HUFFINGTON POST
10/27/2011 12:16 pm ET Updated Dec 26, 2011

Thanksgiving In Arkansas: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in Arkansas is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Arkansas and one opportunity to give back to others.

Arkansas Thanksgiving Events Map

Thanksgiving At Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Perched atop the second-highest mountain in Arkansas, Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge is also known as "The Castle in the Clouds." Each year, a Thanksgiving buffet with traditional offerings is held in The Queen's restaurant in the lodge. The park has numerous activities to offer besides the dinner, such as hiking the trails and backpacking. Reservations for rooms can be made for guests who want to stay for the weekend.

3877 Highway 88 W., Mena, AR 71953

Arkansas Queen Riverboat Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

The Arkansas Queen riverboat offers daily delightful lunch and dinner cruises up the Arkansas River. And on certain holidays, such as Thanksgiving, the ship hosts a special menu -- the Thanksgiving meal offers guests a turkey dinner with all the trimmings while making a five- to seven-mile journey and back to port. Afterward, cruisers enjoy live entertainment, fireworks and the sights of the Twin Cities (Little Rock and North Little Rock) skyline. The riverboat sets sail twice on Thanksgiving Day.

100 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Volunteer: Thanksgiving Dinner At The Little Rock Compassion Center

The Little Rock Compassion Center provides assistance to homeless and underprivileged residents of Little Rock. Services that the agency provides include a food pantry, hot meals, emergency shelter and church services. Volunteers can help cook and serve Thanksgiving dinner for the 800 to 1,000 guests the center is expecting, or they can sign up for the food-basket program.

3618 W. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, AR 72204 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In Arkansas: Video

View a tour of the Arkansas Queen riverboat, which offers Thanksgiving Day dinner cruises.


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Want other great Thanksgiving events and volunteering opportunities? Check out TurkeyQuest and our coverage in Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.