Sunday, July 20, 2014

Arkansas Family Vacation - The Crater of Diamonds State Park

If our family needed anything lately, it was for sure some time together away from the house. As a homeschooling family we spend a good amount of time learning together at home. It's fun and we love it but every now and then it's awesome to explore the world and learn together away from the house as well. We just arrived back home from a wonderful family vacation. We went to the beautiful state of Arkansas. We had drove through before but had never stopped to visit. We are so glad we did. It was relaxing, fun, and educational. I'm glad we had the opportunity to take the trip and we are looking forward to returning sometime in the future. Today I will be sharing about our first stop.

Our first stop on the trip was The Crater of Diamonds State Park to look for some diamonds. Did we find any? Well no, but we did enjoy ourselves and would love to go back. The Crater of Diamonds State Park is located right outside of Murfreesboro, Arkansas. They offer a wonderful Teacher's Guide that is very educational. It teaches the history and can also help you plan a trip. Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public. It would have been so neat to find a diamond. It takes a bit of knowledge to know what to look for. At one point we thought we found a tiny one, only to discover it was a tiny piece of quartz. They do offer education presentations throughout the day and have very helpful staff in place to help identify and educate.

They also have a wonderful campsite that we stayed the night in. It only cost us $13.00. We were pretty impressed with the price and the beauty of the campsite. They also had a wonderful bath house across the path from the site.

It was so fun to pitch a tent with the kids and enjoy the great outdoors. We enjoyed sitting around the camp fire in the evening and making s'mores. In the morning we fixed yummy breakfast burritos and started packing up to head on the our next part of the adventure.

We found camping to be quite enjoyable and a great bonding experience. It was nice to see everyone work to together to make things run smoothly. Memories were made.

Have you been to The Crater of Diamonds State Park? If so, we would love to hear about your experience. Thinking about going and have questions? Feel free to shoot us a comment or email us.

Stay tuned to learn more about our trip. We will be sharing more soon. 

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