There’s no doubt that Marion is a great place to live, but it’s also a great place to visit. Southern hospitality abounds in our enchanting town that waits for visitors to come and enjoy. Marion has lodging accommodations to suit your budget and taste. Visit the friendly staff at one of our local motels and restaurants where you can relax and feel right at home.
Enjoy a change of pace in a town where history is alive and well. Marion offers you a visit into the old south delta region of Arkansas where farming is still king and a tractor always has the right-of-way. History buffs will enjoy local Civil War sites such as Mound City, burned down by the Union Army, then relocated to be built on top of a Mississippi Indian Cultural Mound. Hopefield, the second settlement in Arkansas and the beginning of the growth we know today, is located nearby off Mound City Road. The Arkansas Walking Trail, close to our historic Marion Hotel and Courthouse, will beckon you to explore and enjoy. History abounds with the diversity of the Sultana disaster in 1865 to one of the first Negro Business Men’s Association buildings in the state.
You can drive along on the same route as the first federal road in Arkansas, trans-Mississippi migration, and the Bell Route of the Trail of Tears. Marion Lake, an ancient meander belt of the Mississippi River, is an ecological oasis for waterfowl and aquatic mammals and is located just minutes from our beautiful Courthouse Square.
Nearby lakes provide the perfect spot for the serious or not-so-serious fisherman. Our area offers a variety of places where you can catch your supper or work on your fishing tale about “the one that got away”.
Marion has caught the attention of the film industry over the years – filmmakers were so impressed with our area that they made the first talking movie here. Since that time, filming of movies such as Great Balls of Fire, The Client, The Firm, Separated by Murder, and The Painted House has taken place in our area.
Not only does Marion offer our own unique mix of wonderful things, we are also a mere eight miles away from the Memphis waterfront, which only enhances your stay with us. Come visit us, and understand why people who visit don’t want to leave.
Marion has something of interest for the whole family…
History & Travel:
Learn about the steamboat, Sultana, which exploded and sank in 1865, killing more than 1,800 home-bound Union ex-prisoners of war in what is still the largest peacetime maritime disaster in the world. Visit us for our second annual Sultana Exhibit, held this year June 10-July 26. Plans are underway for the opening of Marion’s Sultana Museum in the very near future.
Marion has two historic walking trails, both of which feature monuments and historical sites. Included on the Crittenden County Walking Tour are the Crittenden County Courthouse, the Marion Hotel, and the old Citizens Bank, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Marion is located on the Great River Road National Scenic Byway, part of a 10-state driving route on either side of the Mississippi River.
Marion is located in the Mississippi Flyway duck hunting zone.
Marion Golf and Athletic Club offers championship-caliber golf on their 18-hole course.
Marion is home to a state of the art recreation complex that hosts top-ranked baseball and softball tournaments.
The Marion Chamber of Commerce hosts Marion’s annual 5K Fun Run each April. For more information, visit www.marionchamberrun.com.
Marion’s Esperanza Bonanza Festival, held every May, features barbecue, crawfish, live music, a carnival, rodeo and lots of other activities. Visit EB’s website for more info about dates and activities – www.esperanzabonanza.org.
October is possibly the most fun month of the year for Marion
residents and visitors. All around town, from Oct. 1 – 31,there is evidence of our annual Scarecrow Contest, when homes and businesses alike are encouraged to participate in the friendly competition by displaying their own unique scarecrow. You’ll enjoy driving around town and seeing the creativity and imagination of our townspeople. The contest, which began in 2011, has received two awards from AR Delta Byways.
There’s no better way to welcome the Christmas season than with our local Christmas parade. This year’s parade will be held on Dec. 5 at 6:30. Come enjoy an evening of wonder and excitement as Santa stops by to pay us a visit.
When you visit us, stop in West Memphis and visit the new AR Welcome Center.