Things to Do in Benton
Named for Thomas Hart Benton, one of the most colorful characters in American Benton is located halfway between Little Rock and Hot Springs along I-30. It’s a great place for a day trip or as a stopping point on the way to spend the day in Little Rock.
Benton’s town square is a focal point. Be sure to stop by the Gann Museum of Saline County, the only known structure in the world constructed of bauxite, which is mined in the region.
You can also check out the Royal Theatre, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and hosts live theatrical productions.
Take a trip down Military Road, one of the town’s main drags, which dates to the 1830s and parallels the Old Southwest Trail used by frontier travelers on their way West. The Southwest Trail is part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.
Antiques & Outlets
Searching for a bargain? Benton is the place to be. Indulge your passion for a good deal as you hunt for fashion, vintage, second hand, collectables and unique treasures in many of the antique malls on that line both sides of I-30.
Drive just a little further down I-30 to hunt for bargains at the Outlets of Little Rock (11201 Bass Pro Parkway, Little Rock, 501-455-9100).
Farmer’s Markets and Pumpkin Patches
Located on the Market Street side of the Courthouse, drop by the Benton Farmer’s Market (114 S. East Street, Benton, 501-776-5900, Bentonar.org/farmers-market-1) for organic food, fruits, crafts, local specialties and vegetables, available during the local growing season.
Pick your own homegrown pumpkin at Roseberry Farms, a 56-acre farm (12223 Hwy. 9, Benton, 501-722-8545, roseberry-farms.com). Visit chickens, goats and rabbits, enjoy hayrides and thrills on the tractor-pulled barrel ride, play in a hay fort and more. Open seasonally in the fall.
Take a train ride Mary’s Place Pumpkin Patch (3705 Hwy. 5 N., Bryant, 501-847-3900, MarysPlaceinBryant.com) Kids can play in a wooden maze, treehouse and a hay mountain. Open seasonally in the fall.
The Great Outdoors
Paddle your canoe on the Saline River, one of the last major undammed streams in the Ouachita Mountain system. The river offers excellent fishing, scenery and backcountry floating and is considered one of the most underrated fishing rivers in Arkansas with smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass.
Saline River Canoe (4444 Hwy. 5, Benton, 501-749-2266, www.SalineRiverCanoe.com), offers canoe, kayak & tube rentals, shuttle & guide services and store with restaurant & supplies on the Saline River.