Things To Do
There are so many things to do in Eureka Springs! There are interesting shops and art galleries with great shopping. There are often free concerts in the Basin Park. There is fine dining galore! The entire town is a Historic District with beautiful Victorian architecture, stunning gardens, and beautiful views everywhere you look. It seems like there is always some kind of festival going on!
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there is hiking (several locations), boating, canoeing, zip lining, swimming, and caves to explore. Eureka Springs is surrounded by water and beautiful mountains. Eureka Springs is a great place to get away to, just to relax and have fun.
Featuring a spectacular natural entrance, War Eagle Cavern on the shores of Beaver Lake offers 60 minute guided walking tours. No stairs or tight passages, wide walkways and stroller and pet-friendly. Gem panning, Lost in the Woods maze, hiking trails, and picnic and play areas above for hours of family fun.
The Cave maintains a constant temperature of 57 degrees. Our radio headphones guide you through the cave as you pass amazing formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Easy access ramps take you to the cave entrance and a nonstrenuous trail leads you through it. Also, visit our 1890s Button and Doll Museum.
Mystic Caverns offers guided tours through two spectacular Ozark caverns at one location. The older cavern, Mystic, has been toured since the 1920s and is filled with beautiful calcite formations. The younger cavern, Crystal Dome, wasn't discovered until 1967 and has been maintained in pristine condition!
Come see why Cosmic Cavern has been named as one of the top 10 showcaves in the U.S. Cosmic Cavern is one of Arkansas' hidden treasures. You will see 2 bottomless cave lakes during your 1hr and 15-minute tour. Looking for a NEW adventure? Come on our Wild Cave Tours!
Holiday Island offers an 18-hole championship course and an executive 9-hole course. We also have the most unique driving range in the state. We offer golf tournaments for corporate and group outings and special rates including a week of unlimited golf, power cart and driving range privileges for $99 per person.
Lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!) are in the main compound area where visitors are as close as five feet away from these magnificent creatures. Picnic tables, benches, and small playground areas are in full view of the animals, making Turpentine Creek a fun adventure for individuals, couples, and families alike.
This is a MUST DO event while you’re in Eureka Springs. The tours are 90 minutes long and every moment is filled with visually stimulating scenery as well as informative and entertaining history and information. Tram Tours depart from the Transit Center at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM daily, May–October. See our website for the official schedule, prices and group tour information.
Visit the historic bluff shelter, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk on the ground that nurtured the Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears. Connect with the natural beauty of our many native gardens. See the power and wonder of Blue Spring, pouring 38 million gallons of cold, clear water each day into its trout-filled lagoon.
Experience the exhilarating thrill of a Zip Line Canopy Tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Soar through the air.
Entertain the whole family with our scenic 4-mile drive-thru and an exciting petting zoo where the animals will eat right out of your hands!!! We have over 500 animals representing 50+ species on over 120 acres that are waiting for you! We are located just 10 miles north of beautiful Eureka Springs.
See the pre-historical Native American burial grounds, the submerged homestead, a 200-acre game preserve island & Beaver Dam. Thrill to the sight of deer swimming, birds migrating, cliff jumpers, and other exciting lake activities. Bald Eagles nest on our route with two fledglings this season that are now are being fed along the shoreline & learning flight skills.
Fishing charter in Carroll County, Arkansas
Fishing guides on Beaver Lake and the Famous White River both are a world of Adventures, Fish for Trout, Walleye, Bass, Fly fishing or Conventional.
The White River, located just outside of Eureka Springs, is a beautiful place to bring your family and friends if you want to catch fish and experience the crystal clear waters of the Ozark Mountains. Whether its a trip for you and the family or you the guys, it is something that can't be missed. The White River is home to several species of trout and depending on the season, you might even hook up with a walleye, white bass or hybrid striper.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, welcomes you to the Mill, Canyon Grill Restaurant, Artifact Display, Nature & Conservation Center, Treehouse Masters Treehouse, miles of paved and rugged trails - perfect for walking, hiking, or biking (bike and kiddie-cart rental available or bring your own), various seasonal outdoor/conservation-focused activities, and exciting fee-based Adventures!
Lake Leatherwood City Park is a place of natural serenity encompassing 1610 acres which includes an 85-acre spring-fed lake. The lake is formed by one of the largest hand-cut native limestone dams in the country.
Black Bass Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash (5-6 minute drive).
Fascinating geological formations in a tranquil, wooded area. Easy hiking for you and the kids.
Conservation Area is a 12,056-acre Arkansas state park in Benton, Carroll, and Madison Counties, Arkansas in the United States.
Recreational day-use area and seasonal campground offering fishing, hiking and water-sports options.
One of the few remaining free-flowing rivers in the country, the Kings River, in Arkansas, begins in the Boston Mountains of the Ozark National Forest and flows northward for more than 90 miles where it empties into Table Rock Lake at the Missouri state line. This family-friendly river flows casually past massive rock bluffs, shady tree-lined banks, crystal clear pools, and sloping gravel bars.
The Ozark Mountain Hoedown Music Theater: Join us Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for Top Quality Blues, Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel performances through October. Enjoy every show in the intimate setting of Eureka's oldest theater featuring plush chairs, climate control, and concessions. Shows start at 7:30 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm, and the box office opens at 5:30 pm. Visit our website and Facebook for schedule and information.
What began in 1950 as a summer music camp, has evolved into a mecca where university students and graduates in Voice, Instrumental Music, and related arts come to prepare for professional careers, a place where opportunity, music, artist and audience meld with the beauty and splendor of the Ozark Mountains. Beginning in 1993, our strong focus on opera led to our Company name, OPERA IN THE OZARKS at INSPIRATION POINT.
The first performance in The Auditorium was John Phillip Sousa and his 67-piece band. That performance paved the way for Eureka Springs to present the “stars” of today. Some of the stars that have graced The Auditorium's stage include Willie Nelson, Bill Cosby, Buddy Guy, Merle Haggard, Jefferson Starship, John Hammond, John Mayall, Koko Taylor, Ray Charles, Dwight Yoakam, Ani DiFranco, and Arlo Guthrie—to name just a few.
The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is "America's #1 Attended Outdoor Drama" according to the Institute of Outdoor Theatre and Drama of East Carolina University at Greenville.
When in Eureka Springs, travel back to the Victorian age and experience an evening of Mystery & Intrigue performed by an Illusionist and a Medium. Featuring special guests from the other side! See Video Online at www.intriguetheater.com.
Places to Visit
The haunted hotel where some guests checked out…but never left. You may have heard about Michael and Theodora…and “The Ghost in the Morgue.” But do you know about the Nurse…or the “Girl in the Mist”…or the Lady in the Victorian lingerie in room 3500? Hear all these tales and more tonight at 8 pm when you tour America’s Most Haunted Hotel. The Ghost Tour requires walking and steps. There is accessibility to all areas, however, please request assistance in advance of the tour.
Tickets at the Basin Park Hotel, Chamber Office, and a 1/2 hour before the tour in the park. Discover the Stories of Downtown -N- Underground Eureka Springs. Tour offers a unique 75-minute opportunity to enjoy Wild West Period stories, go behind the scenes and on stage at the Auditorium, see the Civil War Cave, go into the 1908 Courthouse and end up in the underground storefront of Eureka Springs. Tours leave from the kiosk promptly at 4 pm in the Basin Spring Park located at 12 Spring St.
The winery processes about 25 tons of local grapes from their vineyard and two other Northwest Arkansas vineyards to make their wines. The wines include many national and international award-winning wines. Known for their dry and flavorful reds and white, Keels Creek Winery also has a selection of lightly sweet wines that is topped off by their Big C, a 5-year-old tawny port of Cynthiana and Chambourcin wines.
The Christ of the Ozarks Statue stands 67 feet with an arm span of 65 feet. Since 1967, the giant figure has overlooked Eureka Springs. The inspiring image of the seven-story statue may be seen from many places in the historic district below.
You walk down a wooded trail, move around a curve and there stands a majestic glass chapel—so beautiful—so close to God. Welcome to Thorncrown Chapel, recently placed fourth on the list of top buildings of the 20th century by members of the American Institute of Architects.
Have fun and experience the arts in a unique way. Where real Eureka Art is created by real Eureka Artists.
Quigley's Castle is the dream home of Elise Quigley. Her grandchildren invite visitors to wander through her perennial garden of over 400 varieties of flowers. Visit her home which she beautifully covered with stones she'd collected since childhood. Also, see how she found a way to sleep in treetops full of bloom.
War Eagle Mill is a working gristmill in Benton County, Arkansas. A mill has been located on the site as early as 1832, but was destroyed three times, and last rebuilt in 1973. The mill currently operates as an undershot gristmill and houses a store and restaurant.
Judge Roy Bean's Old Time Photos & Weddings is located in the downtown Historic District. Da Judge performs weddings in small intimate ceremonies for those just wishin' to get hitched or can perform your wedding with you in one of our unique settings dressed in period costumes for a unique one-of-a-kind wedding.
Aviation Cadet World is the only home in the world for Flying/Aviation Cadets/MarCads/NavCads. We will take you on a trip through time covering the beginning and subsequent training of the men who built the air arm of this nation. Aircraft on display are an F-105-F/G, F-100-F, F-5, T-33, T-34, and two one-of-a-kind aircraft, an F-105-F/G mobile display, and a T-29-C navigator trainer "flying classroom" walk-through display. These are the only displays of this type in the world. The F-105 mobile display allows access to both cockpits; allow 1.5 hours or longer for tours, which are guided. Open from April 1–October 31; other times by appointment. Tours three times/day except for weekends. Check website for times. Reservations required. Free parking; buses welcome, lots of room.
The Eureka Springs Historical Museum preserves and protects the history of this town and its people, which continues to attract thousands of visitors each year. It is still a ‘healing place,’ where people come to get away from it all. Variously known as The City that Water Built, The Little Switzerland of the Ozarks, and an authentic Victorian Village (the whole town is on the National Register Of Historic Places), it was and still is a unique community holding fast to its heritage.
With pieces dating back to the ninth century, the Sacred Arts Center features a diverse mix of artistic mediums portraying Christ and the Christian life. In fact, there are over 1,000 works of art in 64 different forms, making it one of the most extensive collections of Christ-centered art.