Known as the home of the Arkansas State University flagship campus, Jonesboro is more than just a college town. In eastern Arkansas, it stands out as a major city located on the unique topography of Crowley’s Ridge.
Here’s a weekend’s worth of things to do in this northeast Arkansas town.
When you’re ready to turn in, major hotels line the corridors and many have outdoor swimming pools, a feature kids often like as much as the attractions of the destination. For families with children over 12, try West Washington Guest House Bed and Breakfast (534 W. Washington Ave., www.bbonline.com, 870-935-9300), which offers a dozen unique guest rooms in a 1914-era residence. Or reserve a cabin in advance and stay in the state park at Crowley’s Ridge.
An afternoon at On Target Family Sports Center (705 Joe Martin Expressway, 866-443-7503) involves an 18-hole miniature golf course with a waterfall and fountains, batting cages, driving ranges and a baseball practice field. After some sporting fun, the ASU Museum (100 Cooley Drive, www2.astate.edu/, 870-972-2074) can provide some culture. It’s a member of the Arkansas Discovery Network, which brings to the museum temporary exhibits that are hands-on and interactive fun for all members of the family. Currently a portion of the program “Exploring the Frontier” is on display and includes a replica of a Native American canoe for kids to climb in.
Or, opt for an afternoon of shopping, with J. Christopher Toys (2801 S. Caraway Rd., www.jchristophertoys.com, 870-933-8726) sure to please kids of any age and Patty Cakes (2235 S. Caraway Rd., 870-932-3351) offering the latest styles in baby and children’s clothing. If Mom gets the afternoon off, check out the fashionable finds at Enhancements (1903 Grant Ave., www.enhancementsboutique.com, 870-972-8551;) and Steamroller Blues (2614 E. Nettleton Ave., 870-935-9456) or stylish items for your home at Swank (3410 E. Johnson Ave., 870-336-1620) and Sara Howell Studio and Gallery (405 S. Main St., www.sarahowellgallery.net, 870-935-6336).
Have a friendly, family competition at the Bowling Center (3102 Shelby Dr., www.jonesborobowl.com, 870-972-5270). Adding to the fun is the glow bowl option, where the regular lights are turned off and disco lights and black lights are turned on.
Get some Munchy’s (1320 S. Caraway Road, 870-932-5360), with steamed subs, cheese sticks and waffle fries for the road trip home.