Looking for a fun, family-friendly outing for the summer? You don’t have to go far. We’re showcasing the best that Arkansas has to offer in our Arkansas Adventures series. In the northeast corner of the state, the city of Jonesboro offers plenty of amusement and excellent eats for every budget.
What to DO in Jonesboro
Did you know that the Arkansas State University campus includes a museum? You do now, and summer is the perfect time to visit to avoid any crowds. The ASU Museum seeks to be a hub of lifelong learning for people of all ages and to fill a gap in resources for people in Northeast Arkansas. Put yourself in the shoes of a pioneer in the interactive Arkansas Frontier exhibit, examine the impressive Crowley’s Ridge Mastodon skeleton, and learn about the many accomplishments of the Native Americans who first tamed the Arkansas land.
If you’ve visited in the past, you’re guaranteed to find something new on your return trip. The cherry on top? Admission is always FREE for all guests.
If the outdoors are calling, you’re in luck! At the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center you can explore and experience unique North American nature and wildlife. Inside, the center focuses on the formation of the 200-mile-long ridge (hence, Crowley’s Ridge). After exploring the exhibits, go outside to the Habitats trail, winding around Willow Pond, across a ride top to the edge of the prairie and back.
Craighead Forrest State Park is another excellent outdoor option. From biking and running to bird watching and fishing, this 692-acre park offers something for all. Tent sites as well as RV campgrounds are available.
Take family game night to the next level at Jonesboro’s Hijinx Family Entertainment Center. Whether you’re young or simply young at heart, you’ll be hard pressed to find more entertainment options under one roof: bowling, billiards, laser tag, inflatable bounce houses, an arcade with more than 50 games, a ropes course, and a “foam factory” where thousands of foam balls can be blasted, scooped, and thrown. After you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a table at JT’s Grill inside of Hijinx for a cheeseburger, pizza, or their signature funnel cake fries.
Where to EAT in Jonesboro
Don’t leave town without trying Demo’s Smoke House BBQ. Their award-winning barbecue is smoked daily. Visit one of their two locations and choose from ribs, chicken, beef brisket, or pulled pork.
Sue’s Kitchen is one of the oldest family-owned restaurants in Jonesboro. Named for a Jonesboro native with a long career in catering, the newly reopened restaurant offers all of Sue’s classic recipes, including the Jalapeno Pimento Cheese sandwich and Sue’s Famous 3-Way salad.
Skinny J’s in downtown Jonesboro bills itself as “not your average steakhouse and burger joint.” A glance at their menu confirms the slogan. Offerings include an oyster bar, shrimp and grits, and the “Southern Peach” pimento cheese sandwich, as well as a dizzying array of burger and steak options.
Bradi Bear Chimes In
Bradi Bear wanted to chime in with food recommendations for those traveling with pets: “Momma says I have quite the sweet tooth, so it makes sense that my two favorite places in Jonesboro are Bliss Cupcakes for their “bliss for pups” pupcake and Shadrach’s coffee for a whip cream puppy-ccino.” You also can’t go wrong ordering anything from the human’s menu at either establishment!
Taylor King Law: On Your Side, By Your Side in Jonesboro
While we hope that all of your summer travels bring you home safely, we also know that accidents happen. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car wreck in Arkansas, you’re not alone. Taylor King Law is here to help.
Stop by our Jonesboro office at 1306 South Caraway Road to begin your FREE, no-obligation consultation. You can also call us toll-free at 1-800-227-9732 or submit a case form on our website.
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Photo Credit: Abbi Siler