Things to do

When your need to relax has ended, set out for a day of exploration and adventure. Whether you want to take in the beauty of additional attractions or set out for adventure, no passport is necessary! Sample the sights and sounds of the area surrounding Paris.

Nearby Mt. Magazine State Park offers something for everyone – take in the beauty of the valley below while sitting in an old-fashioned rocking chair on the porch at The Lodge located on the top of Arkansas’s highest mountain. Hike, bike, camp, explore the visitor’s center, dine in The Lodge’s restaurant — you’ll need more than a day to visit one of the three “Tri-Peaks” area state parks located within an easy drive of Paris.

The Logan County Coal Miners Memorial is located in Paris inside the museum at 804 South Elm Street. Funded by donations of families, friends and individuals interested in preserving this fascinating and important local history, the museum features photographs and artifacts honoring the thousands of men who worked in the local mines. From the 1880s until the 1950s, coal was “king” and coal mining dominated north Logan County’s economy.

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Don’t get “hung up” searching for something else to do! Visit the site of the last legal hanging in Arkansas, the Logan County “Old Jail” Museum at 202 N. Vine Street in Paris. Permanent museum exhibits include Indian artifacts, clothing and needlework, the impact of local family doctors, the development and demise of the county’s railroads and information of the area’s ‘famous’ outlaws!

There are 39 locations in Logan County listed as Historically Registered Sites. Each is at least 50 years old, retains original architectural design and materials, or are associated with a significant events, persons or designs yielding importance in the area’s prehistory and history. They include murals, historic homes, bridges, barns, schools, highway portions and much more!

No visit is complete without a trek to Subiaco, home to an Arkansas Historic landmark steeped in spiritual tradition traced back to 5th Century Italy. Home to the Romanesque-style Abbey church, sprawling academy campus, farmland, gardens and vineyards, Subiaco is home to the Benedictine Abbey and Subiaco Academy, a college-prep boarding school for young men. Tours may be arranged. Contact the Paris Chamber for additional information.

Any season is perfect to sample the tastes of the region with any of Arkansas’ seven working wineries – four located just miles from Paris in Altus, Arkansas. Stop by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and pick up your guide to Arkansas’s “Wine Country.”

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