Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.
ARKANSAS TRAVELERS BASEBALL
When the hot summer sun has your mouth watering for a cold beer, juicy hot dog and baseball game, look no further than the new Arkansas Travelers' baseball stadium, Dickey-Stephens Park. The Travs are affiliated with the Anaheim Angels and have won five league titles since 1966. The season usually runs from April thru September.
For those who want a look back in time, the Travelers Baseball Museum is located on the main concourse inside the ballpark and contains artifacts and memorabilia ranging from the Travs' original 1901 charter to team photos and historic moments from years gone by.
400 W. Broadway St. For game times and ticket information, call 664-1555 or visit them on the web at www.travs.com.
ARKANSAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Whether reminiscing or sharing your love of sports with future generations, this museum offers visitors a unique look at some of Arkansas's sports greats. Inside, visitors learn about national sports' figures such as Frank Broyles, Jerry Jones, Scottie Pippen, Jermain Taylor, Brooks Robinson and Paul "Bear" Bryant just to name a few.
#3 Verizon Arena Way. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m-4:30 p.m. Cost: Adults $6; seniors $4; Ages 6-17 $3; and children under 6 get in free. 663-4328; www.arksportshalloffame.com
If you're looking for great concerts along with family-friendly fare and sporting events, chances are you can find it at Verizon Arena. With a capacity of more than 18,000, this facility has catapulted entertainment to a new level in Central Arkansas.
1 Verizon Arena Way. For show and ticket information, call 340-5660; www.verizonarena.com
Arena football's lightning-fast pace and nonstop excitement is making the sport increasingly popular across the country, and Central Arkansas is no exception.
Since entering the Arena 2 Football League in 2000, the Arkansas Diamonds (formerly the Arkansas Twisters) have set league attendance records at Verizon Arena and have seen players continue on to every major professional football league in the world.
For games and tickets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745.3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
The Arkansas Rhinos, a member of the semi-professional North American Football League, play their games at Jacksonville Middle School in Jacksonville. They begin their season in June and play through September.For ticket and schedule information, call 350-7843 or visit www.thearkansasrhinos.com.
ARKANSAS INLAND MARITIME MUSEUM
Home of the USS Razorback, the longest-serving submarine in the world, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is fun for both young and old. Centered around the submarine the U.S.S. Razorback (SS 394) and the historic tug U.S.S. Hoga (YT 146), the museum is more than just a military museum, offering displays and programs on the impact of maritime trade, the inland waterways system, the Arkansas River, and even aquaculture. The submarine tour is not recommended for children under 5.
120 Riverfront Park Dr. Spring hours: Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m. Tours: Adults $6; active duty/retired military, children and seniors $4. 371-8320; www.aimm.museum
BAKER HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST
One of the more unique places to stay in Argenta is the Queen Anne-style Baker House Bed and Breakfast. While a showcase for Victorian antiques, the mansion offers visitors modern conveniences. Its exterior features a three-story tower, fountains, gardens, and even a hitching post for horse riding guests. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Structures.
109 W. Fifth St. 372-9930
ARKANSAS QUEEN RIVERBOAT
See the beautiful Arkansas River from the decks of the elegant Arkansas Queen. The view from the river shows off Little Rock and North Little Rock in an entirely new light. See the presidential library, the Little Rock metropolitan skyline, the Old State House and the beautiful parks along the shore. The Captain's commentary tells of the river's fascinating history. The Arkansas Queen sails from the North Shore Maritime Center, located next to the U.S.S. Razorback, on the banks of the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Queen offers sightseeing, lunch, dinner/dance and special occasion cruises. Reservations are recommended for lunch and dinner cruises.
100 Riverfront Park Dr. 372-5777