Begin your visit to the Crater of Diamonds State Park at the park visitor center to view diamonds in the rough and explore its interactive exhibits that explain why diamonds are present here at Arkansas's diamond site. Then pass through the Diamond Discovery Center on your way to prospect in the diamond search area. The search area is open daily throughout the year, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, during:
Memorial Day through Labor Day: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (The last two weeks of August Mon. – Thur. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m./ Fri. Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. /Labor Day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Labor Day through Memorial Day: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pets are allowed in all facilities, with the exception of the park gift shop, Diamond Springs Water Park, and Kimberlite Cafe', as long as they remain on a leash under the owner's control at all times.
The Crater of Diamonds gift shop offers a wide selection of items for sale including souvenir caps, t-shirts, mugs, pins, patches, and spoons. You'll also find an assortment of gem and mineral field guides, diamond-hunting tools, cut and polished rocks and minerals, and novelty items. Drinks and snacks are available in the gift shop. Bagged ice is available for purchase.