Calling all space and science lovers! In April 2024, a solar eclipse will cover a swath of cities across the middle of the United States. Texarkana, AR, and Texarkana, TX, are in the path of totality, so Texarkana visitors and residents will have an excellent view of the eclipse.
To celebrate this fascinating natural phenomenon, both cities are hosting a joint Solarbration event the weekend of April 5-8, 2024. Not many people will be able to say they saw the solar eclipse in two states at once!
Texarkana is the perfect place to watch this historic event. If you’re planning a trip to Texarkana, AR, to watch the eclipse, we’re here to help you make the most of your trip. Here are some of the highlights to help you get started.
The Food Scene
From local staples like Sue ‘N Carol’s Kitchen to hidden gems like Pop’s Place, Texarkana’s food scene will make your mouth water. You can find sizzling fajitas at Zapata’s or El Chico Cafe. Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar and Hopkins Icehouse are iconic spots to grab a burger and a beer.
If you want to look outside of downtown, Big Jake’s BBQ and Mother Kelley’s Home Cooking are must-try spots. And don’t get us started on the food truck scene – we highly recommend looking for RazorDogs Hotdogs or Underground Pizza Company. If you’re still hungry, you can scope out more restaurants here.
Fun for the Whole Family
Aside from the Solarbration event, there are plenty of family-friendly things to get up to while you’re visiting Texarkana. The Four States Fair will be in town that week, so keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for updates. If your kids are active, there are plenty of parks and trails for your family to explore, too! Bobby Ferguson Park and Jefferson Park both have multiple playgrounds and other areas for your kids to explore, and you can click here to check out the other parks in Texarkana, AR. If you’ve got kids who love to read, there are several Little Free Libraries throughout the city that you can check out. Search “Texarkana, AR” on the map to find them while you’re here.
Besides having some of the best food around, Texarkana, AR, is a dog-friendly city so you don’t have to leave Fido at home. Be sure to stop by the PetSafe JefFURson Dog Park so your furry friends can stretch their legs and have some fun of their own. There are also several restaurants with dog-friendly patios, including Fat Jack’s, Hopkins Icehouse, and Three Chicks Feed, Seed & Cafe.
There are plenty of comfortable accommodations in Texarkana, AR, and the Solarbration website has a list of hotels that have partnered with the event to host visitors during the eclipse. The Comfort Suites Texarkana, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn & Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center, and Holiday Inn Express and Suites East are all great hotels for an overnight or multi-day stay. Find the complete list of hotels in Texarkana, AR, here.
Join the Solarbration
The Solarbration will start on April 5 and end on April 8, allowing plenty of time for everyone to celebrate the eclipse. The festivities will be on and around the state line, making Texarkana, AR, one of the only places you can view the eclipse in two states at once.
Check the Solarbration website for more information and event updates, and RSVP for Solarbration if you plan to attend! If you have any questions about staying in Texarkana, AR, feel free to contact us here.