Welcome to Paris…Leave the Passport at Home!
The city of Paris, Arkansas, is located at the junction of Highways 22 and 309, and is an interesting, and in some ways a unique place to visit.
At first glance the city’s small size gives the impression it has little in common with its namesake in France, but look more closely and you will find a whole host of attractions that many thousands of visitors come to see every year.
The area was first settled by pioneers around 1820, however, the name Paris wasn’t given to the town until 1874. Visitors can discover more about the history of the town by spending some time at the Logan County Museum. It is housed in what used to be the town’s prison and is located just three blocks from the historic courthouse.
For many years Paris’ main industry was coal mining, but this declined in the mid-20th century. Manufacturing and agriculture are now the main industries and tourism is flourishing. The tourist industry was given a boost with the opening of a resort at the top of Mount Magazine, and the state park is estimated to receive around 400,000 tourists each year. There are also plenty of campsites for you to try if you don’t mind basic accommodation.
Historic features such as the Logan County Courthouse are a big attraction for some visitors and the town is home to a number of buildings featured on the National Historic Register. The aforementioned Logan County Museum has a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions. You can find out more about the region’s railroad history, see one of the vintage quilts or view the Indian artifacts. Other visitors come for one of the annual festivals or for the excellent shops. There are several unique antique shops and boutiques where you will find some bargains.
Some of the outdoor attractions are a must for those who like to hike or climb. Mount Magazine is right on the doorstep and there are hiking trails suitable for people of all abilities. The state park is actually the highest point in Arkansas. Close by are Paris City Lake and Cove Lake where you can enjoy swimming, sailing and fishing. Motorcyclists and cyclists will also find there are several bike events based in Paris each year.
The summer farmers’ market is very popular. Every Tuesday and Saturday the town square is filled with stalls and you can try some of the best local produce before you buy. Alternatively, spend a little time browsing at the Auction House and Flea Market in nearby Countyline.
The town is also the venue of the unique international Butterfly Festival, held in June each year. The festival was established in 1997 after a rare species was found in the area, having previously been thought extinct. More than 10,000 people attend the event each year. If you prefer to visit in winter you will see why the town is part of the Arkansas Tour of Holiday Lights. In October there is Frontier Day, where the founding members of the city are celebrated.
This is a wine-producing area and a local vineyard provides bed and breakfast accommodations. Visitors can sample some of the local wine or find out more about the history of the vineyard and the region’s wine production at the on-site museum.
In the evening many tourists make for one of the city’s casinos. With more than 2650 slots and other gaming devices available, you might strike it lucky. One attraction most visitors take advantage of is the town’s own version of the Eiffel Tower. This 25-foot replica offers a great photo opportunity and the water fountain base is very pretty.
Therefore, if you are looking for serious fun, Arkansas has 2 no deposit casinos (Southland Park & Oaklawn Jockey Park) and where you will find over 2,651 slots and gaming devices. The minimal wager in Arkansas is $0.01 and the maximum wager is $25.
For more information on what to do in the region contact the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce. This beautiful city has so much to offer and you can take time to experience the unique atmosphere at your own pace!
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