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Top Summer Activities in Eureka Springs

Taking in views like this over Beaver Lake is one of our favorite things to do in Eureka Springs in the summer

Eureka Springs, a quaint and charming Victoria town nestled in the scenic Ozark Mountains, has long been a favored getaway for rest, relaxation, and romance. There is an incredible range of things to do in Eureka Springs, too. It's a spectacular 4-season destination with wonderful Bed and Breakfasts to call home while you're here.

Whether you'd prefer to spend your time on the streets shopping, eating, and admiring the historic Victorian architecture of downtown Eureka Springs, or whether you're an adventure-seeking traveler looking for something fun to do, you'll find plenty of things to do in Eureka Springs this summer and fall.  

Eureka Springs is easy to get to from a broad swath of the country, too, which in part is what makes it such a great getaway destination.  Add to this ease of travel plenty of things to do and exquisite lodging with our Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in the area, and you have the perfect recipe for a great getaway.  

Are you ready for a bit of fun this summer? Head on over to our Select Registry partners, and experience what real hospitality feels like. We look forward to seeing you!

Visiting Thorncrown Chapel is one of the most amazing things to do in Eureka Springs

The Best Things to Do in Eureka Springs

There are so many things to do in Eureka Springs, and with a town steeped in history and natural beauty, it's no wonder. At its roots, Eureka Springs was known for - and named for - the healing springs that are found here. Today, this healing history and historic charm continue to appeal to tourists from around the world.  

If you're visiting this summer, here are a few of our favorite things to do in Eureka Springs:

  1. Visit the inspiring beauty of Thorncrown Chapel, with its 6,000 square feet of glass (425 windows!).  It is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful things to do in Eureka Springs.
  2. Browse the historic district of downtown Eureka Springs, admiring the Victorian architecture and browsing the shops as you go. Make sure to stop into Basin Spring Park when you need a break.
  3. Visit the Blue Spring Heritage Center, where you'll find the beautiful Blue Spring to admire. 
  4. Visit the big cats and animals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
  5. Visit the strange gardens and surroundings at Quigley's Castle
  6. Head underground at Cosmic Cavern, the largest cave of its type in Arkansas.
  7. Getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery is one of the best things to do in Eureka Springs. Head to Lake Leatherwood City Park for a paddle, hike, or bike ride. 
  8. Head to the Buffalo National River for a hike, followed by a relaxing float on the river. 
  9. Are you looking for unique things to do in Eureka Springs? Take a haunted ghost tour at the famous Crescent Hotel, which is known as America's most haunted hotel!
  10. Get out on the water on Beaver Lake! There are boat rentals available at local marinas, or you can take a cruise with Belle of the Ozarks. 
Seeing fall foliage is one of the most beautiful things to do in Eureka Springs

Plan Ahead for Fall Foliage

When you think of great destinations in which to enjoy the stunningly vibrant beauty of fall, does Eureka Springs come to mind? It should! We know New England has a stellar reputation for fall foliage, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. But there are plenty of other, oftentimes underrated, destinations in which to enjoy the foliage.  Eureka Springs is one of those!

Enjoying fall foliage is one of the best things to do in Eureka Springs throughout the year. The weather is nice here in the fall, and the mountain hues are beautiful.  Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Eureka Springs in the fall: 

  1. Take a hike at Hawksbill Crag. It offers some extraordinary overlooks of the Ozark Mountains. Other great hikes include those at Dogwood Canyon, which stretches across the Missouri-Arkansas border and offers exceptional views of the Ozark Mountains.
  2. Enjoy a hike or float on the Buffalo Natural River. It's great during the summer, but simply spectacular in fall.
  3. Take a scenic drive through the winding mountain roads of the Ozarks. Two great drives include the Scenic 7 Byway and the Pig Trail Scenic Byway.
  4. For a thrill ride through the Ozark Mountains and a whole new way to enjoy the fall foliage, visit Ozark Mountain Ziplines
  5. Attend one of the great events happening this fall in Eureka Springs.

Of course, all of this incredible fall foliage is best enjoyed at one of our Select Registry members. They tend to get busy in the fall, though, so make sure to book your room well in advance so you can enjoy this sensational fall getaway!

Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfasts

Arsenic & Old Lace Bed and Breakfast Inn

This Queen Anne Style mansion is a unique getaway in Eureka Springs, Arkansas which is a unique Ozark Mountain Village with young ideas and historic architecture. When you choose Arsenic and Old Lace, the finest Eureka Springs bed and breakfast, you will get the treatment you deserve.

Arsenic and Old Lace is the ideal home base for exploring all the outdoor adventure, scenery, history, shopping, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the attractions of Northwest Arkansas. We're an easy 15-minute stroll to the shopping and restaurants, and just steps from the trolley stop and Historic Loop.

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Heartstone Inn & Cottages

The Heartstone Inn B&B has 11 contemporary, comfortable, and thoughtfully designed rooms, suites, or cottages located on the Historic Loop of Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the Ozark Mountains. Although close to downtown, the Inn is quiet and calming with multiple decks overlooking gardens that inspire nature and bird watching.

Start your day with an extraordinary full breakfast served at your own private table.  Gentle hospitality awaits with helpful suggestions and personal service. Walk to shops and restaurants, drive to nearby wineries, or simply relax on the veranda with a glass of wine. The trolley also comes right by. 

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Hot Springs Bed & Breakfasts

Reserve at Host Springs

Reserve at Hot Springs

The W.C. Brown House, a formerly private mansion and national heritage landmark, has been fully restored to its gilded age glory as the centerpiece of a new boutique Inn called The Reserve at Hot Springs. The house has been a landmark in Hot Springs, Arkansas for over one hundred thirty years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the heart of the city, the majestic estate features elaborate detailing and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and a variety of outbuildings, including a carriage house and The Conservatory.

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Best Places to Stay in Eureka Springs

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Best Places to Stay in Hot Springs

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