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8 Unforgettable Things to Do in Eureka Springs, Arkansas this year!

Eureka Springs has been a favorite vacation spot in Arkansas for a long time. That’s because there are so many great things to do in Eureka Springs, Arkansas! My husband and I spent a winter weekend in Eureka Springs one year and it even snowed. It was beautiful. Absolutely unforgettable.

Eureka Springs is located in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas.

The entire city is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Eureka Springs Historic District. Eureka Springs was originally called “The Magic City” and later the “Stairstep Town” because of its mountainous terrain and the winding, up-and-down paths of its streets and walkways.

It is a tourist destination for its unique character as a Victorian resort village. The city has steep winding streets filled with Victorian-style cottages and manors. The historic commercial downtown of the city has an extensive streetscape of well-preserved Victorian buildings. The streets wind around the town, and no two intersect at a 90 degree angle; there are no traffic lights.
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So, if you’re planning a trip to Eureka Springs but you aren’t sure what you should do when you get there, I’ve got a plan for you! Trust me. Arkansans know best.

Things to do in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs is a great town for an Arkansas mini-vacation. With delicious restaurants, excellent boutique shopping, spooky adventures, and kid-friendly activities, there is something for everyone!

Stay at the Crescent Hotel

The Crescent Hotel is an iconic place to stay in Eureka Springs. If you truly want to relax, this is where you need to go but don’t worry, this hotel is in the middle of the action for those of you who love to stay active!

Perched high above the Victorian Village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas is the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, a palatial structure and landmark hotel known widely in the Ozark Mountains as the “symbol of hospitality” for the State of Arkansas. An icon for Eureka Springs lodging, the full-service Crescent Hotel features 72 rooms with upscale suites and 4 luxury cottages. Guests enjoy the resort activities, hot tub, swimming pool, New Moon Spa & Salon, Crystal Dining Room, SkyBar Gourmet Pizza, concierge and bellman service and 15 acres of manicured gardens with hiking, biking and walking trails that loop through the city and pass the city Dog Park, Skate Park and City Playground.Crescent Hotel

Lunch at Local Flavor Café

Gorgeous salads, spinach & artichoke dip, unbeatable burgers, crab cakes, and amazing house specialties – Local Flavor Café knows how to give you an excellent lunch experience!

Enjoy a quaint and eclectic dining experience in the heart of Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Local Flavor Café offers fresh and creative dishes for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Delightful dining in a warm, friendly environment rich with art, Local Flavor Café has extensive wine offerings as well as cocktails to enhance your dining experience.

Local Flavor Cafe
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Enjoy dinner at Ermilio’s Italian Restaurant

Nobody cooks like Ermilio’s.

Stuffed Mushrooms, Filet Mignon, Tuscan Chicken Pasta, and Hand-rolled meatballs, Ermilio’s makes the best. Be sure to save room for a Chocolate Pistachio Cannoli, Tiramisu, and a latte. You can thank me later.

We are located on the upper Historic Loop (old Highway 62 B) in Eureka Springs, AR, just a few blocks from the renowned Crescent Hotel.

Ermilio’s

You find Ermilio’s at 62 White Street, Eureka Springs AR 72632.
Phone: (479) 253-8806

best place to eat in eureka springs arkansas
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Ice Skate at the Crescent Hotel

If you’re visiting Eureka Springs in the winter, be sure to practice your Triple Axel, Swizzles, and Twizzles on the ice skating rink at the Crescent Hotel.

“We create lifetime memories,” said Jack Moyer, hotel executive vice president and general manager, “and that is the reason why our hotel decided to add a ‘frozen pond’ in our Fountain Garden. We have also created a festive environment adjacent to the rink, with a nightly fire pit as well as tables and chairs where the family, when off the ice, can gather and perhaps enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and other beverages from our refreshment stand.”

Jack Moyer, Crescent Hotel
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Go ziplining – Adventure for the Adrenaline Junkies

Personally, I’m not sure I am brave enough. People would be hearing me scream for miles around if I tried ziplining! But, if you’re braver than I, Ozark Mountain Ziplines has got the perfect adventure for you!

Address: 208 West Van Buren     Phone: 479-363-6699

Zip Line Canopy Tours first originated in Costa Rica as a way for people to experience the animal & plant life that are unique to the canopy of a rain forest. Ozark Mountain Ziplines’ hardwood forest canopy has its own bird, plant, and animal life, which our guided tour is designed to introduce you to as you glide along from tree to tree!

Our experience derives from years of designing, building and operating zip lines all over the world from as far south as Costa Rica, Ecuador, and all over the Continental United States and Canada. 

Offering 10 cables and one swinging bridge!
Ozark Mountain Ziplines

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For those of you who like to be spooked, take the haunted hotel tour.

In additon to ziplining, here is another place where folks would be hearing me scream for miles around!

I’m easily spooked, y’all.

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 when you tour America’s Most Haunted Hotel.

America’s Most Haunted Hotel
Haunted Hotel Tour in Eureka Springs Arkansas
This photo should lighten things up a bit!

Kid-Friendly Ideas in Eureka Springs

The kids in your life will love Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge!

Turpentine Creek is a wildlife refuge for big cats and bears. You can take tours and they even have lodging. It’s a wild experience! It has also been named one of the BEST zoos in Arkansas.

“Turpentine Creek is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed facility for exotic and native wildlife, accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), a founding member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BSCA), and the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). We rescue survivors of the Exotic Animal Trade with a focus on big cats and bear, providing them a safe lifelong home with exceptional diets and proper care, while working to preserve endangered species in the wild through public education and advocacy.”Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Be sure to check it off your EPIC Arkansas Bucket List!

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For a truly unique experience, don’t miss Thorncrown Chapel

Nestled in a woodland setting, Thorncrown Chapel rises forty-eight feet into the Ozark sky. This magnificent wooden structure contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It sits atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, making it blend perfectly with its setting. The chapel’s simple design and majestic beauty combine to make it what critics have called “one of the finest religious spaces of modern times.”

Since the chapel opened in 1980, over seven million people have visited this woodland sanctuary.

So while in the Ozarks, stop by what many have called one of the most beautiful and inspiring chapels in the world.

Thorncrown Chapel

You will find Thorncrown Chapel on Highway 62 West right outside of Eureka Springs. Donations are accepted.

P.S. They have plenty of parking for buses and RVs.

Thorncrown Chapel Eureka Springs Arkansas
Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs Arkansas. Photo by ELTON MENEFEE on Unsplash

Unforgettable Things to Do in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

If you can manage to do all of the things on this list, you will have an unforgettable experience in a place that many of us Arkansans love! You’ll leave knowing that a vacation in Arkansas is completely worth it.

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