Enjoy a getaway to one of the most beautiful spots in the Southwest, Crater of Diamonds State Park. Whether you’re looking to win big with some precious stones, slip and slide by the pool, or enjoy the natural beauty of the park itself, the Arkansas hot spot is perfect for families and friends. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be an unforgettable trip; here are five things to do in Crater of Diamonds State Park.
Test your luck on the park’s 37 acres of land designated for finding precious stones. Families and friends will enjoy learning to shovel and sift for these tiny, pricy prizes. With famously huge diamonds like “Uncle Sam” and “Strawn-Wagner,” discovered at the park, this dig is definitely worth the dirt. Keep an eye out for stones that are smooth, round, and translucent; you never know what you might find.
After getting down and dirty in the diamond mine, check out the Diamond Springs Water Park. Perfect for families and children, the park includes a mining-themed playground and a 4,166-square-foot shallow pool. Whether you want to continue the excitement on the park’s two waterslides, or sit back and relish in your mining finds under an umbrella, the Diamond Springs Water Park is the perfect place to relax after a day of digging and sifting.
3…Take a Hike
Looking for a little more nature in your vacation? Stop by River Trail, a scenic hike to help you unwind. At 1.2 miles, this family friendly route brings travelers to the Little Missouri River, a perfect place to make memories with a photo op. Clocking in at about an hour, the trail loops back through the forest to create an easy, leisurely activity for hikers of all ages to enjoy.
Don’t leave Crater of Diamonds State Park without spending a night under the stars at one of the forty-seven campsites. With such a wide range of camping opportunities, the park can fit the needs of any vacationer.
If pitching a tent isn’t exactly your style, then spend a comfortable, rustic night at John’s Riverside retreat. These cozy cabins offer all the luxuries of home within one of America’s most beautiful state parks.
For a unique experience, set up camp in one of Crater of Diamonds State Park’s teepees, set at the bank of the river. Outdoor hot tubs attached to each teepee are sure to make for a memorable night. Think your teepee will be too cramped for your party? Think again, the park also offers a Grand Master Teepee, large enough to fit eight people.
There’s more than diamonds to catch on this trip. Head out on the water in a canoe supplied by John’s Riverside Cabins and Teepees and relax as you fish in the river. Canoes are complementary and the river is home to largemouth bass, catfish, and bream. Experts say you’ll have more luck out on the water in the summer months when the water is cool, making for a fun activity the whole family will appreciate.