Spring break in the 501

As the 501 comes alive with the signs of spring, the desire to do a little traveling begins to increase.

Whether families are looking for a spring break destination close to home or a weekend adventure, residents don’t have to travel far to find something for everyone.

And from a global experience with Heifer International or grabbing a passport to make your way around the state and visit national parks, spring travel in Arkansas can really hit the spot.

Consider a visit to Heifer Village on the Heifer International Campus in Downtown Little Rock. The village provides interactive exhibits and an education experience for visitors of all ages. Guests are introduced to the possibility of a world free of hunger and poverty. The hands-on, global education facility is located across from the Clinton Presidential Library. Heifer Village is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Heifer International also offers a global education experience at its Learning Center at Heifer Ranch in Perryville. The ranch features multi-night programs aimed at giving visitors a hands-on look at how other cultures face the challenges of hunger and poverty daily. For more information on Heifer International, visit heifer.org

501 LIFE often features events at Arkansas State Parks. These parks offer a variety of programs at the various visitor centers and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of our state.

Arkansas is also home to several national parks. A great way to enjoy these parks is through the park service “Passport To Your National Parks” program. The 104-page travelogue includes color-coded maps, pre-visit information, illustrations and photographs. It includes a list of every national park area in the United States. Spaces allow you to collect the series of commemorative Passport stamps issued each year.

A few places around the state where passport books can be stamped include:

Arkansas Post National Historic Site near Gillett
Buffalo National River
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Hot Springs National Park
Little Rock Central High School
William J. Clinton Birthplace in Hope