A national destination whose popularity belies its size, Eureka Springs defies all expectations. Set in the Ozark Mountains in the northwest corner of the state, this community of 2,073 is home to attractions of every sort. Natural scenery is breathtaking, with two rivers and three lakes offering fishing, guided cruises and canoeing or kayaking opportunities. Take in a different kind of view when you head to the treetops for a zip line experience you won’t soon forget.
There is something happening in Eureka Springs every week, from the longest-running folk festival to a passion play that holds the title of the world’s largest outdoor drama. Catch free music in Basin Spring Park every month from May to October, or see the city’s month-long celebration of its large and famed art community at the May Festival of the Arts.
Watch the beauty of the past come to life in Eureka Springs. With all the historical monuments and architecture, you won’t have to look far — the entire historic downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to charming 19th-century Victorian construction. Other attractions include the towering Christ of the Ozarks statue, the world’s largest big cat sanctuary at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, and Thorncrown Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice and Arkansan E. Fay Jones and ranked by the American Institute of Architects as the fourth-greatest architectural achievement of the 20th century.
Whether you come to play or come to stay, Eureka Springs will make a lifelong impression.