A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
LITTLE ROCK ZOO
No trip to Midtown would be complete without a stop at the Little Rock Zoo, and soon there will be more to love. The zoo will soon welcome approximately eight African penguins to the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe African Penguin Exhibit. In the meantime, there's plenty to see and do at the zoo. The 33-acre zoo is home to more than 200 different animal species, with more than 700 animals calling it home. More than 80 years old, the zoo continues to grow its animal family and add new exhibits. A good example of one of their innovative exhibits is the recently established African Veldt that is home to several species, including zebra, kudu and ostrich.
Also, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo is home to the fully-restored, antique "Over the Jumps Carousel" — the only fully-operational carousel of it's kind in the country. Both young and old will enjoy taking a ride down memory lane.
I-630 Fair Park exit. Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Cost: Adults $10; Children under 12 and seniors $8; Children under the age of one admitted free; $2 parking fee. 666-2406; www.littlerockzoo.com.
Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is home to the UALR Trojans, NCAA Division I basketball team. The school's Lady Trojans also play there (the women's basketball program is part of the Sun Belt Conference). For schedule and ticket information, call 565-UALR (8257) or visit them on the web at www.ualrtrojans.com.
WAR MEMORIAL GOLF COURSE
A hilly 18-hole course in the heart of Little Rock located next to Warm Memorial Stadium at Markham and Fair Park.
5511 W. Markham St. 663-0854; www.littlerock.org/ParksRecreation/GolfCourses/