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Best things to do in Fort Smith

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

History Museum
“Fort Smith was the edge of the Old West for many years... this place has tons of interesting history about the times and characters from the period.”
5 locals recommend
Museum
“Great place to read on some of the history of Fort Smith, as well as walk around, take pictures, walk down by the river, etc. ”
3 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of our go-to burger places in town. It's located in the heart of downtown. Bricktown has some wonderful local beer and a wood fired oven pizza to match. Kids love to watch the pizza makers while waiting for their food.”
4 locals recommend
Park
“A great place for local fishing, the nature center is built on land that used to be part of Fort Chaffee. The center itself has some neat exhibits on the local animals that live in the area. Enjoy some great walking trails around the lake.”
3 locals recommend
Art Museum
“If you need a place indoors to relax, take a look at the Fort Smith Regional Art museum. It's a short drive from the house down Rogers avenue and is a hub for a lot of the art scene in Fort Smith.”
3 locals recommend
Bar
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3 locals recommend
Café
“Cafe *but teas*, also baked goods, and AMAZING French Toast options from savory to sweet to sensational and seasonal. Visit for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Park on 10th to avoid the meters on Garrison. ”
2 locals recommend
Park
“A quaint park that features an antique carousel and ferris wheel from the 1935 world's fair. Check out the pullman car diner and the double decker concession stand as well.”
3 locals recommend
Café
“They had us when we saw coffee and beer on the menu together. Located right at the tip of downtown, Fort Smith Coffee Company is serving up some awesome beverages and tasty crepes. Opens at 6am for the early birds.”
4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“We really enjoy escape rooms and our area has several. FS Escape Rooms has six different rooms, and they suggest at least 4 for any room, some rooms can accommodate large groups (5, 8, even as many as 16 in one of their rooms). You have one house to try to "escape" using the provided clues.”
2 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“Rolando's is has some very tasty dishes. We always make sure to get some guac. Our favorite menu item is Popeye's Burrito. In the mood for dessert? Make sure to ask about the bananas!”
3 locals recommend
Café
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“Local and in my view better than the Starbuck chain. There are several Sweet Bay Coffee locations in town. My favorite is adjacent to Creekmore Park, and across from Main Branch library. Inside and glassed patio. Chess club meets there Monday evenings. ”
2 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“A great time for the kids when in season, Parrot Island features a great area for small children while also catering to the bigger kids with a wave pool, 4 big slides and a lazy river. Located in Ben Geren Park, there's plenty of fun for everyone.”
4 locals recommend
Museum
“How often do you get to ride a vintage electric trolley? The volunteers at the museum have worked to keep the trolley running. It's a short trip, but fun for the kids.”
3 locals recommend
Bar
“Friendly neighborhood bar with craft beer, darts, tvs, and trivia on Monday nights!”
2 locals recommend
Bar
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“21 West End is a great fine dining restaurant in downtown Fort Smith. It's a wonderful place for an anniversary dinner, featuring great steaks and a very nice wine selection. It closes early on weekday nights at 9 but is open until 11:30pm Friday and Saturday.”
2 locals recommend