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Fort Smith Arkansas: Where Second Biggest Doesn’t Mean Second

Fort Smith is the second largest city in the state of Arkansas. But if you think that second biggest means second best when it comes to things to see and do, you would be mistaken. In fact, there are few areas in the state of Arkansas where there is such a wide variety of things to see and do that you will literally have to make a list to ensure that you don’t miss anything, regardless of how long you will be here.


It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy indoor attractions or outdoor, there is no shortage of things to do in Fort Smith Arkansas. Surround yourself in the natural beauty that makes this one of the most popular areas to visit and enjoy in the state. There are literally hundreds of outdoor attractions in the form of parks, campgrounds, and other things to spark your interest. And even if you like the outdoors, but are interested in taking in some culture, attractions such as the Riverfront Amphitheater will make both sides of you happy with the skies as your roof and the many live performances that take place all year long for your edification.

Feeling “Social”?

And if you really want to feel social but also have a great time at it, you can enjoy shopping and otherwise mingling among so many others who take shopping trips and other excursions practically everywhere in the area. Want to take in some history? Fort Smith Arkansas is brimming with it, with everything from historic military points of interest–Fort Chaffee is where Elvis stopped on is way to basic training and received his GI haircut here–to Fort Smith National Historic Site, which is where “Hanging’ Judge” Isaac C. Parker presided. And if you like the spicier side of life, schedule a stop at Miss Laura’s Social Club, the only former brothel on the national list of historic places.