The 2012 Walmart Shareholders Meeting is upon us. Shareholders and Associates from all over the world are in Northwest Arkansas to attend. If you’re among those in town, here are a few attractions we suggest you visit:
Walton’s 5 & 10 – No pilgrimage to the shareholders meeting is complete without a visit to the historic Walton 5 & 10 on the Bentonville Square. This is Sam Walton’s original store in Bentonville which has been recently renovated and restored. You’ll find a small storefront selling candies and souvenirs, a self guided tour with all kinds of Walmart memorabilia (including Sam Walton’s preserved office and his truck), and the Spark Cafe, where you can sit down for a coke or coffee.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art — Crystal Bridges opened in November of 2011 and already ranks as one of the most visited museums in North America, with over a quarter of a million visitors from all over the world. You’ll see art spanning five centuries, including Asher Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton. Admission is free, and it’s just a short walk from the Bentonville Square (hint: after you visit Walton’s 5 & 10).
The University of Arkansas — The Shareholders Meeting is held on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, which is the flagship university in the state. Home of the Razorbacks, take time to stroll around campus to see Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Bud Walton Arena, and Old Main.
The World’s Smallest Walmart – While you’re on campus, walk over to the Garland Center which is located on Garland Ave. There you’ll find the Walmart on Campus, which at 3500 square feet is the world’s smallest Walmart store.
Dickson Street – Ok, a couple of people will come to the Shareholders Meeting to hear the CFO speak, vote their shares, or get a free copy of the annual report. (If that’s you, skip to next item.) But the rest of us will be looking for a good time, which can be found on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. Here you’ll find a plethora of bars and restaurants, as well as hundreds of other fun-loving shareholders and associates who have their priorities in order.
Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari — Over 85 species of animals can be found at the Wilderness Safari in Gentry. You’ll drive your car through acres and acres of lions, and tigers and zebras…oh my! (But don’t worry, the dangerous animals are caged or fenced.) What you’ll find here that you won’t find at a big city zoo: a monkey on your car, or a giraffe sticking it’s head through your car window for a piece of bread.