Eureka Springs, Arkansas has a population of 2,095 and yet remains as one of Arkansas’s well known small towns, due to a unique culture that keeps the town slightly separate from the rest of the state–while still maintaining all of the charm of a cozy location situated in the Ozark Mountains. For such a small town, Eureka Springs likely has more activities for residents and visitors to participate in than any other tiny town in Arkansas! Check out all of the things you can do around this small town. Everything here is perfect for the family, or even if you’re just traveling with friends!
15. Go Antiquing
If you're into seeking out the best of antiques, Eureka Springs has plenty of places to satisfy your fancy! Eureka West Antiques Market and Wonderland Antiques are awesome locations where you can easily spend a day antique hunting and finding treasures.
14. Take a Spa Day
Eureka Springs is famous for putting visitors completely at ease! There are several locations around town where you can get service that will make you feel like royalty. Try the Palace Hotel and Bath House Spa, the Grand Central Hotel and Spa, the New Moon Spa and Salon or many other great locations for an amazing experience. Get pampered from head to toe!
13. See the World's Largest Tuned Musical Windchime
Celestial Windz Harmonic Bizzar holds the proud title of the World's Largest Tuned Musical Windchime! Located at 381 Highway 23 S., visitors can view the big chime by appointment and get their photograph next to this iconic monument.
12. Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has more than 450 acres for housing and caring for abandoned and abused big cats. In addition to doing this awesome work, Turpentine Creek also houses several other animal species, including black bears and even a monkey! Visitors can even stay on the premises with a choice of eight suites and six camping spots.
11. Take a Wine Tour
Eureka Springs produces a wide selection of wines from Keels Creek Vineyards and other Arkansas-grown grapes. The choices include primarily dry white and red wines and lightly sweet wines. A tasting room is located in a Spanish-style building shared with an art gallery that houses work of regional artists.
10. Visit Quigley's Castle
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Quigley's Castle was built in 1943 and is one of the more interesting places you can tour in Eureka Springs. The first floor of the house is surrounded by tropical plants that grow and extend all the way to the second floor of the house. The house's exterior is a museum of stones collected by the builder, and the property itself is covered with beauty. Visitors can sit on benches and enjoy the sight of lovely perennial gardens!
9. Visit the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway
Established in 1981, the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway is a passenger tourist railway that features a catered lunch and dinner train, in addition to excursion tours from April to October every year!
8. See St. Elizabeth's Chapel
Saint Elizabeth's Chapel was constructed in 1904 and is a beautiful structure that seems to be completely normal. What's unique about the location is that the visitors enter the church through the bell tower! This gorgeous little bit of architecture is well worth seeing and photographing!
7. Visit Thorncrown Chapel
One of Eureka Springs' more popular places to visit (and to get married in), Thorncrown Chapel has been open to the public for more than three decades and has been recognized by national media as one of America's most unique and most beautiful places of worship!
6. See Christ of the Ozarks and the Passion Play
We've mentioned before that Christ of the Ozarks is one of the must-see locales in the state, but Eureka Springs also has the Passion Play that's definitely worth a watch!
5. Visit Beaver Lake
No matter what time of year it is, Beaver Lake is always a great place for nature lovers and photographers to visit! Take a hike or take the family out for a day trip to experience the beauty of this great location a few miles away from downtown Eureka Springs!
4. Visit Lake Leatherwood
Located two miles west of Eureka Springs, Lake Leatherwood has more than 85 acres featuring three miles of shoreline and about 15 miles of hiking trails. Popular for boating, fishing, and picnics, Lake Leatherwood also has beautiful bridges and rock formations that photographers will love capturing on camera!
3. Visit the Quicksilver Gallery
Quicksilver Gallery proudly features fine crafts and work by both local and national artists! Folk craft lovers will be very happy with all of the handmade Ozark one-of-a-kind items here; including drawings, pottery and jewelry!
2. Visit the Aviation Cadet Museum
Open from April to the end of October every year, Aviation Cadet World educates visitors on the journey of the brave individuals who assist the US Army Air Force in getting some bad boy aircraft in the sky! Visitors can even experience a walkthrough of a T-29-C navigator trainer that serves as a flying classroom. Several one-of-a-kind aircraft are also on display at the Cadet Musem!
1. Take a Ghost Tour
The Crescent Hotel is recognized as one of America's most haunted hotels, and as a result Eureka Springs has had an influx of ghost hunters and paranormal activity thrill seekers check in for a few nights to see if things get as spirited as local legend says!
There are a lot of amazing small towns around Arkansas with a lot of charm, but Eureka Springs seems to capture the most imagination in such a small space. Not only does Eureka Springs get an abundant amount of media attention, but it seems to be the one town in the Natural State that’s been featured the most by
Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Sound off, Arkansas. What else do you like about Eureka Springs? There’s a lot to do and so much to enjoy here!