When it comes to entertaining groups, there are enough entertaining activities in Fort Smith to fill up any number of days that your group will be visiting. Below, you will find some of the attractions that are most popular with other groups that Tour Fort Smith.
Tour the famous former bordello that now serves as the city's official Visitors Center. With prior arrangements, "Miss Laura" will personally greet your group and give everyone a lively tour of this beautiful Victorian mansion that has been restored to its original grandeur. Learn More!
National Historic Site
Explore the courtroom of Hangin' Judge Isaac C. Parker, the old jail known as "Hell on the Border", walk along the Trail of Tears water route, and hear stories about infamous outlaws and brave Deputy U.S. Marshals at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Learn More!
Museum of History
Browse a large collection of permanent, temporary and interactive exhibits to go on a journey through Fort Smith's earlier years in this 100-year-old museum. Then, enjoy an old-fashioned soda, float or sundae from the 1920's Drug Store Soda Fountain. Learn More!
Darby Home - Tour the boyhood home of General William O. Darby, famed leader of the Darby's Rangers in World War II. Darby's Rangers went on to become the modern Army Rangers.
The Clayton House - Tour the lovely, preserved Victorian home of William Henry Harrison Clayton, Prosecuting Attorney for Judge Isaac C. Parker.
Immaculate Conception or First Lutheran Church - Guided tour of one of our oldest churches; learn the history of the church and beautiful stained glass windows from a member of the church.
St. Scholastica Monastery - Tour this peaceful monastery with a guide and learn about its long and interesting history. See beautiful paintings that line the hallways and visit the indoor pool constructed in 1924.
Chaffee Barbershop Museum - Learn the history of Fort Chaffee, built in 1941, and which served as training fort for World War II and Korean Wars, held German prisoners of war, and later served as the primary processing facility for thousands of Vietnamese and Cuban refugees coming to America. The Chaffee Barbershop is where the new soldiers got their initial "buzz cuts." One of these soldiers attracted more than the usual amount of attention for his first Army haircut here - one Elvis Presley. On March 25, 1958, the eyes of the world were on this barbershop when Elvis was inducted into the U.S. Army and got his famous haircut that made front page headlines across the globe.
River Valley Nature Center - Open since 2006, this new 14,000-square-foot nature center sits on 170 acres of pristine Arkansas River Valley land, preserved as an area to protect and promote The Natural State's diversity of flora and fauna in this region. Tour the center's many interactive exhibits, attend a special class or lecture, or get your group involved in the dozens of completely free activities the center offers, from kayaking, canoeing and fishing on Wells Lake, to taking guided nature hikes over the beautiful surrounding acreage. Wear comfortable shoes and take a camera to capture the natural beauty.
Other Entertainment & Activities for Groups:
Dinner Theater - Miss Laura's Players present "The Medicine Show on Hangin' Day," a light-hearted original musical/comedy set in Fort Smith 100 years ago during the days of Belle Starr and Judge Parker, and other infamous local characters. (Note: presented for groups only, by prior arrangement.)
Trial re-enactment in Judge Parker's Courtroom - Twelve members of your group are the jurors while the rest of the group watches from the gallery as Fort Smith National Historic Site staff and volunteers re-enact a famous trial from Judge Parker's court, such as the United States of America v. Cherokee Bill.
Victorian High Tea at the Clayton House - Enjoy high tea, with all the elegance of the Victorian era, at this landmark Fort Smith home. Receive a tour of the home and learn the stories of its furnishings, artifacts, and fascinating history.
Electric Trolley Rides In Downtown Fort Smith - A genuine, restored 1926 electric streetcar carries passengers on half-mile runs between Fort Smith's historic Garrison Avenue and the National Cemetery, bringing back memories for some and new thrills for others.
A&M Scenic Railway Excursion - Climb aboard a turn-of-the-century railroad passenger car for an exciting day trip through the scenic Ozark Mountains. Ride over Ozark streams, picturesque trestles and through a mountain tunnel.