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kids decided hot springs....need help

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kids decided hot springs....need help

Anyone out there that can help us, I will be grateful! Family of four going to Hot Springs for kid's(4 and 7) spring break. My son(7) wants to mine for diamonds and crystals so, we are headed to Arkansas April 9-14th. I need suggestions for where to stay. We would like a convienent location and a decent hotel. But we can not spend too much money because my husband and I were naughty and spent too much in Mexico in March(hehehehehe). If you could suggest anything for around 60 - 100 dollars a night, that would be great. Of course we would prefer something in the mid range price of that amount. Also, if there are any suggestions on things to do other than the mining, please let me know.

Any tips regarding the mining? (where for the crystals, best place.....I have done that 12 years ago @ Staley's)

Thanks a Million, Mary

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1. Re: kids decided hot springs....need help

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, is the best place to go, a 37-acre plowed field that is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic pipe that 95 million years ago, through heat and pressure, formed the diamonds and other semi-precious stones lucky visitors find here today.

Here's the web address


it is sixty miles from hot springs, It would be a little closer to stay in hope arkansas, only 40 miles.

I found these three hotels in murfreesboro,

Little Shamrock Motel - 2.6 miles SE - 919 N Washington Ave - (870) 285-2342

American Heritage Inn - 2.8 miles SE - 705 N Washington Ave - (870) 285-2131

Queen of Diamonds Inn - 2.8 miles SE - 318 N Washington Ave - (870) 285-3105

If you want to stay in hot springs, try the Willow beach motel, they are on the lake and have really good prices, here's the web address


the rates-Nightly Rates: Off-Season; $62/night Double, $67/night King

In-Season; (3/4/05 to 4/17/05 and 5/24/05 to 9/19/05) $74/night Double, $79/night King.

Willow Beach Motel

260 Lake Hamilton Drive

Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913



And hot springs has a nice theme park calles magic springs, It has a water park as well as rides, It's right as you go into hot springs,

Magic Spring & Crystal Falls

1701 E. Grand Ave.

Hot Springs, AR 71901


There are lakes to enjoy around hot springs as well. I hope this helps some.

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2. Re: kids decided hot springs....need help

Thanks you for your the great information!!!!!!!! I think we will stay the first two nights closer to Murfressboro and then head to Hot Springs for a few more nights.

We will be using one of the hotels that you have suggested, thanks again.

Also do you have any information regarding the crystal mines. I think the kids will find more crystals then we will find diamonds. We are hitting both places.

Thanks Again!!!!!

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3. Re: kids decided hot springs....need help

Your welcome, I really have never tyried mineing for crystals, But I found a few things that might get you started on the right path,


Gee & Dee Crystal

4764 HWY 27 N



Open 7 days a week; restroom at mine, water available, digging tools available upon request. Mine is on Brewster Mtn

Starfire Mines

5403 Highway 270 East



Maybe this will help.

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