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Adventures in Arkansas for LSU fans

The Battle for the Golden Boot is happening in Fayetteville on Saturday, November 9. If you bleed purple and gold, here are a few ideas for great adventures in Arkansas to go along with the game.

Driving over early?

Fayetteville is becoming a center for outdoor activities since it’s so close to the Ozark Mountains. There are over 3,000 acres of natural areas and parks. botanical garden ARIf canoeing or white water rapids are your thing, check out the Kings and Mulberry Rivers. There are over 3,000 acres of natural areas and parks. The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks contains 12 gardens and a butterfly house. Many musicians love to play at George’s Majestic Lounge. It’s the oldest and longest running club and live music venue in Arkansas. Additionally, the area around Dickson Street is the entertainment heart of the community. If you’re traveling from Shreveport, you can check out the birthplace of President Bill Clinton.

While on campus…

Before the game, see the impressive collection at The Fine Arts Center. Wander the library, see student artwork, and maybe see the University Theatre and Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. UA ArtsStroll around the campus to see the sites: Spoofers Stone, one of the top 20 Student Unions in the country, Il Porcellino, and more. Check out the visitor’s guide website.

The brunch capital and other eats…

Fayetteville has a number of great options if you love some brunch. So many choices have some living in the area to call themselves the capital of brunches. Dirty Apron Bakehouse serves sandwiches, salads and soups with naturally leavened sourdough bread. The brunch at CafĂ© Rue Orleans will make you feel like your in South Louisiana. Their brunch has won many local awards. For something a little bit different for brunch, check out Prelude Breakfast Bar. AR Pancake flightFor unique adventures in Arkansas, try a Pancake Flight featuring 3 bizarre pancake concoctions to along with a Thai Chili Bloody Mary. Outside of brunch, there are many options. In the basement of a building in Historic Fayetteville Square, you will find Hugo’s. It’s a favorite for burgers, sandwiches, and crepes. Barbecue fans flock to Penguin Ed’s Bar-B-Que. Enjoy their daily specials.