​​What to Do in Conway, Arkansas in 24 Hours?

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Conway, Arkansas, is the county seat of Faulkner County. During Reconstruction, it became an important trade center for cotton and poultry after connecting to the railroad network between Little Rock and Memphis. Conway has expanded to a population of about 65,000 people today and is home to Central Arkansas University.

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Here are some things to do if you find yourself within 24 hours in Conway.

1. Breakfast at Maumelle Fine Foods

Maumelle Fine Foods is a beautiful locally-owned buffet restaurant located inside the Belvedere Hotel. The breakfast buffet is only $10 and has various options, including standard breakfast platters, smoked salmon, Mediterranean salads, and even fresh oysters on the half shell.

2. Visit the UCA Campus

Conway's most famous attraction is the University of Central Arkansas, between downtown Conway and Beaver Lake. The UCA has approximately 12,000 students and is the home of the Arkansas Travelers athletic teams.

3. Walk along Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake is popular with locals for fishing, boating, and camping. There are also numerous parks along the water, including Alum Creek Park, which offers 30 campsites on Beaver Lake's shore.

4. Lunch at Big Orange Midtown or Big Orange Jones Boulevard

Both locations offer outstanding service combined with fantastic salads, sandwiches, fried chicken baskets, and daily specials. 

The atmosphere is excellent, and they even offer live local music on the weekends.

5. Tour at Buffalo Brewing Company

The city of Conway would not be complete without a mention of the Buffalo Brewing Company. Their taproom serves delectable tastes, flights, and growlers to-go.

6. Dinner at Pressroom or Bistro 501

Two great downtown Conway restaurants are serving everything from steaks and seafood to sandwiches and salads. At Pressroom, you can pair your meal with a selection from their wine cellar. Bistro 501 also offers live music on the weekends and is dog-friendly in their outdoor courtyard.


Conway is a city that has grown fast over the past few decades, and there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to take advantage. There is a ton to do with excellent access to hiking trails, lakes, parks, and campgrounds for those who like outdoor activities.

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