Forbes Magazine ranked Fayetteville, Ark., the 4th-best town in America in 2009 for business and career opportunities. The fast-growing college town, home to the University of Arkansas, offers families and students plenty of indoor and outdoor entertainment. If you've recently moved to the area or just plan to visit, bring the kids to one of the handful of family-oriented destinations within the city limits.
Lokomotion Family Fun Park
Fayetteville's Lokomotion Family Fun Park (no website; 4520 North College Ave.; 479-582-5600) is designed for both children and parents alike. The park offers four different go-kart tracks for riders as young as age 4, as well as laser tag, two miniature golf courses, a cafe, bumper boats and even a mechanical bull. The park is perfect for birthday parties, reunions or just a day of fun.
112 Drive In
Students and local families frequent the 112 Drive In (112driveintheatre.com), which offers movie-going nostalgia and plenty of family-oriented flicks. Admission is $12 per car. The theater is open Thursday through Sunday and offers a concession stand for mid-movie snacks.
Dozier's Sta-N-Step Farms
Dozier's Sta-N-Step Farms (no website; 3104 Wildcat Creek Blvd.; 479-361-2789) is geared toward families who appreciate the ultimate in local fare: fresh berries that you take right off the vine. Kids will love picking blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. For quick trips, the fruit is also available pre-picked and packaged to take home.
If miniature golf is your game, Gator Golf (gatorgolffayetteville.com) is the place to putt. The course offers two 18-hole courses across 2 acres, complete with waterfalls and an African animal theme. Gator Golf opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon on Sundays. A round of golf is $5 a person for one course and $9 for both courses.
University of Arkansas Discovery Zone
An on-campus museum with free admission, the University of Arkansas Discovery Zone (cmase.uark.edu/UADZ/UADZ.htm) is filled with family-oriented, seasonal exhibitions on topics such as backyard science, frontier exploration and astronomy. The museum is open year round, but groups of 10 or more must call ahead for reservations.