While you’re staying at The Ireland Hotel, check out the various interesting and beautiful sites around town.
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond mine in the United States open to the public. Dig for gemstones. For more information, visit the official site: Crater of Diamonds.
The Little Shamrock is about 5 minutes drive from the Crater, The Ireland is the closest hotel to the Crater in all of Murfreesboro.
Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village is a tourist attraction featuring a museum, arrowhead hunting, a trading post and tours. Located one and a half miles from Court House Square, this Village is a favourite for the younger children, and they love the Indian aspect and the artifacts they can find. You can check out their official website here: KaDoHa.com
The old Owens-Stelle Building was erected about 1909 during the “Murfreesboro Diamond Rush”. Initially built as a doctor’s office and pharmacy it has housed Hawkins General Store since 1943 when Millard and Florence Hawkins first opened!
Lake Greeson is located just 6 miles from the Little Shamrock Motel and was formed when the Narrows Dam was built on the Little Missouri River in 1950. The lake is known for its great fishing for striped bass, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass. Lake Greeson is also stocked with northern pike and walleye. The Little Missouri River, above and below Lake Greeson, is stocked with rainbow trout.
Yes, you can go to the races! Just minutes from Murfreesboro every Saturday night. Time trials are at 7pm and the race starts at 8pm. Great fun for the entire family! They have a few other special races so check out their website for details: DiamondParkSpeedway.com
Check out this video from May 2013:
Keep in mind we are in a Dry County. In fact, our neighbouring town of Nashville (which is 15 minutes down the highway where Walmart is located) is also a dry county. There are no locations in these Counties to purchase any type of alcohol and consumption of it is to be indoors, with no public drinking permitted.
Many of our guests enjoy taking a day trip to enjoy the unique attractions in Hot Springs but stay in our small quiet town. The Hot Springs park with the steaming water running over the rocks is quite the sight. I personally like to collect water while I am there as there are locations for this purpose at various spots around the city. Collect either hot or cooled water. My favorite tours are the Belle River Paddle Boat tour of Lake Hamilton. It was very informative giving a rich history of the area, the gangsters who ran the city’s underworld and the famous Bath house; this is a great experience that you will not find anywhere else. If you enjoy taking a baths, check it out !
Historic Washington was the capital of Arkansas before the Civil War. A visit here feels like a trip back in time! All original buildings filled with a rich tapestry of history. The staff dresses in period costumes and even the restaurant has traditional southern fare.
Their events calendar is full all year round with various Civil War re-enactments, festivals and fairs. I love visiting often, check out their website: Historic Washington State Park
Want more digging? About a one hour drive from Murfreesboro is a mountainous area named Mena that is full of crystals. There are two locations that I have been told are good:
I am told this is a great place to dig for crystals; especially with children! It is located near Mena. Check out their website for more information: Sweet Surrender Crystals
Another location to dig for crystals with the family! Keep all you find. For details, see: Wegner Crystal Mines
I first learned of the existence of this mine from some geology students that visited the motel last year. It is located in Jessieville, Arkansas about an hour and a half drive from Murfreesboro. If you happen to be visiting the Hot Springs during your visit to Arkansas, the Coleman Mines are approximately half an hour’s drive North of the Springs. You can find more info at: Coleman Crystal Mines