If you're looking for the out of the ordinary tourist attractions, Arkansas is a great place to find them! We might not have the world's largest frying pan, but we do have some interesting, odd, and wild attractions. Some interesting trivia: In the movie "Elizabethtown," Orlando Bloom visits the seven-foot-tall Jesus and Dinosaur World (closed) as his character spreads his father's ashes across the United States.
Alligator Farm & Merman
The alligator farm not only has a petting zoo and alligators, but it also has a room with interesting artifacts, including a merman. Open every day of the year from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The Alligator food shows are from May 1 to Oct. 15 on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at noon.
Did you know Arkansas was the spinach capital of the world? I didn't. However, the folks in Alma do! They have an eight-foot, bronze Popeye tribute in their town square to announce it.
This is truly an amazing little town of miniatures. Most of the "tiny town" is handmade and intricately detailed. Tiny Town is touted as the world's largest animated miniature city and the world's largest indoor display. It's frequented by mini-celebrities like Mr. T.
If you like cars, you'll like this museum. There are some "celebrity" cars, but the coolest is the Climber. It's the only car ever built in Arkansas. The museum is near Petit Jean in Morrilton, Arkansas.
This chapel is famous because you have to enter it through the Bell Tower. It's a beautiful chapel and it's a neat little piece of history. It's adjacent to the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.
What can you say about a seven-story high Jesus? He is a part of the "Great Passion Play" and was built entirely by hand.
Gay Nineties Button and Doll Museum
This museum has button mosaics and dolls that have been collected over many years. It's attached to Onyx Cave too which is another attraction in itself.
The Norman Library is only about the size of a small bedroom: 177 square feet. It is/was a freestanding library and fully operational for a many years. The library was built in 1939 by the WPA. Aside from it's size, it's noted for it's rock work (as many WPA projects are) and Spanish tile roof.
This great little cafe in Redfield is still operational, and has been attracting roadside tourists since the 60s. Redfield is about an hour from Little Rock, towards Pine Bluff. Get a milkshake. They're delicious.
The Little Golden Gate Bridge in Beaver takes the name "Little" seriously. It's only 554 feet long and 11 feet wide. The Beaver bridge is the last remaining suspension bridge in Arkansas. Just be careful. It's a one lane bridge, so you have to be considerate to oncoming traffic.