Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Eureka Springs is one of the most celebrated destinations in the central United States for the arts and cultural heritage traveler and has been recognized by major organizations across the country. It has been designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" and has been selected as an America in Bloom national awards winner.
For the past two years, "American Style" magazine named Eureka Springs as a "Top Twenty-five Arts Destination." We have been described in every edition of Jim Villani’s book, "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America." In addition to being a Preserve America community, most of our town is listed as nationally significant on the National Register of Historic Places.
Take the trolley or just stroll the streets. Over 100 shops and art galleries set on a picturesque mountainside. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Eureka Springs as one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” Streets are lined with Victorian homes hugging cliff sides, and its entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Eureka Springs has block after block of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, fine art galleries, craft emporiums, spas, museums and restaurants. Festivals and events span everything from blues, jazz and opera to car shows to UFOs, antiques and the arts. Top-name entertainers perform at The Auditorium and thousands attend The Great Passion Play each year. Eureka is also home to several music variety shows. Trolley and carriage rides are a popular way to see the city. Historic hotels and unique bed and breakfasts, hotels and cabins accommodate visitors.
Please note...several shops and restaurants close in January, but it's a wonderful time of year to stay in our treehouses! Please call our office or the Chamber of Commerce, (479) 253-8737, for schedule of events and closings.
Blue Springs Heritage Center /bluespringheritage.com
The largest spring in Northwest Arkansas, Blue Spring flows 38 million gallons of water every day. The bluff shelter has been named on the National Register of Historic Places and was a stopover on the Trail of Tears. There are 33 acres of beautiful native gardens, plants, and blooms.
The Great Passion Play/greatpassionplay.com
"America's #1 Attended Outdoor Drama"
An unforgettable and inspiring performance enjoyed by more than seven million people from all over the world for over 40 years.
Experience the wonder and glory of the Greatest Story Ever Told -- The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas! A cast of hundreds perform amid historically accurate stage settings, The Great Passion Play brings to life the thrilling, epic drama surrounding Christ’s last days on earth, death and resurrection.
The Ozarks Strangest Dwelling
Thorncrown Chapel is a 48-foot tall glass structure with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It was designed by renowned architect E. Fay Jones. Called the most beautiful chapel in the world, the glass and wood wonder hides deep in a woodland setting.
The world’s largest "big cat" refuge.
War Eagle Mill/wareaglemill.com
War Eagle Mill is the only working mill in Arkansas, and it is still powered by an eighteen-foot cypress waterwheel. Believed to be the only undershot water wheel currently in operation in the United States.
Queen Anne Mansion/thequeenannemansion.com
The Queen Anne Mansion is dedicated to preserving and maintaining The Queen Anne estate as a premier destination to experience the finest in American architecture, decorative and cultural arts.
Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway/esnarailway.com
It's family fun at it's finest from the minute you arrive at the historic Eureka Springs depot, restored to live again as the home for the ES&NA Railway.
Promised Land Animal Park/plzoo.com
Home to hundreds of rare and endangered species from all over the world! We currently feature a four-mile drive through and petting zoo that displays 50 species.
Horse drawn carriage/oldendayscarriageservices.com
Take a fascinating tour of underground rooms and phenomenal formations in this cave that was discovered at the end of the 19th century. For more information, call 479-253-9321.
Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge
These prehistoric sites have long been a favorite tourist attraction in Eureka Springs for over 100 years. Both have been the subject of Ripley's Believe It or Not. If you love nature, you'll love this attraction-it’s one of the best places to spot Indigo Bunting birds.
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park/Dogwoodcanyon.com
Sprawls across the Missouri-Arkansas border, just south of Branson, MO. The entrance is located on Missouri Highway 86, approximately 16 miles west of U.S. Highway 65. Many opportunities await you within this amazing 2,200 acre slice of Ozarks paradise. Choose from Self-guided Walking or Biking, Guided Tram Tours, Trout Fishing, and Horseback Riding.
Historic District Walking Tours
Discover the personal stories behind Eureka Springs' incredible, colorful history. May through October, weather permitting. (479) 253-9111