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Located in central Arkansas, White County includes the communities of Bradford, Bald Knob, Judsonia, Pangburn, Rose Bud, Romance, Beebe and Searcy, the county seat. Nearly 80,000 people live and work in the county, which includes both suburban and rural landscapes. Centrally located, it’s easy to explore most of the state with a short drive, but you may be surprised at how much there is to see and do. Here are our picks for the top 8 things to do in White County.
The Little Red River tops most local anglers’ lists of best places to go fishing, but White County has a lot of fishing hot spots. Some of our favorite sites include:
Learning should never end and regularly visiting museums is a great way to practice being a lifelong learner. White County has several museums that will pique the interests of the young and the old.
The colleges and universities in White County are for more than just college students. The beautiful campuses offer events and activities for the community at large, provide a safe place to go for a walk to experience lifelong learning opportunities, and they offer a variety of programs and services to children and families.
Photo courtesy of Al Fowler.
White County has a rich history, and historic properties are located throughout the county. The history is diverse, and efforts have been taken to preserve some of the most beautiful and exciting sites. A few of our favorites include:
Smyrna Church – Center Hill
White County Courthouse – Searcy
Strawberry Sheds – Bald Knob
Rialto Theater – Searcy
Grand Army of the Republic Memorial – Judsonia
Pattie Cobb Hall – Searcy (Harding University)
Spring Park – Searcy
Photo courtesy of Do Drop In.
Although some really great flea markets exist throughout the county, Beebe is considered the flea market capital of White County. With over 10 brick-and-mortar flea markets and antique shops, there is always some treasure to be found or stroll through the outdoor Beebe flea market held every Saturday at 2204 W Dewitt Henry Drive.
Photo courtesy of Al Fowler.
Local artist Jason White is well known for his mural work in White County and throughout the state. Several of White’s murals are located in downtown Searcy. White also served a role in getting the Art Alley started.
Strawberry Homefest – Bald Knob (and don’t forget to grab a famous strawberry shortcake at the Bulldog Restaurant!)
Get Down Downtown – Searcy
World Championship Chocolate Gravy Cookoff
Fallin’ Blackbird Festival – Beebe
Photo courtesy of Harding University.
Something magical happens when the house lights dim, and the stage lights come up. Viewers are instantly transported into the world of the performers, and for a few hours, you can forget about the real world and fully immerse yourself in song and dance.
Do you have a favorite spot in White County that we’ve overlooked? Leave us a comment so we can add it to our list!
Cover photo courtesy of Al Fowler.
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