10 Reasons to Make Eureka Springs Your Extraordinary Summer Escape!

There’s so much to do in Eureka Springs this summer!   Here are a few reasons to make Eureka Springs your extraordinary summertime escape!

1. Beautiful Waters

Cool off in one of our lakes or rivers. Eureka Springs is an outdoor lover’s paradise and brimming with activities. The city is surrounded by 2 rivers and 3 lakes with great fishing, smooth water for canoe or kayak float trips, boating, jet skiing and paddle boarding!

2. Mouthwatering Cuisine

Eureka Springs can satisfy anyone’s appetite for everything from down home southern food to romantic, candlelit dinners. Award-winning restaurants serve savory Czech-German dishes, authentic Italian cuisine, and spicy East Indian fare. You’ll find Mediterranean, Chinese, Irish, Mexican, Cajun, and Thai as well. You can also dine on a dining car at Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway. Taste area wines at Keels Creek Winery and Railway Winery

3. Unique Lodging

Cozy up in a historic downtown B&B, hotel, motel, a romantic private suite, treehouse, hobbit cave, cottage, or a cabin in the woods. And if you want to spend the night with a tiger in your back yard we have that too!

4. Festivals and special events

Enjoy the region’s finest Blues acts at the annual Eureka Springs Blues Weekend.  Mountain bikers love the steep hills and winding roads during the Fat Tire Festival.   Or do you have what it takes to become The Eurekan?  Enter the 3-day multi-sport festival! Visit with artists during Second Saturday Gallery Stroll. Celebrate diversity at Summer Diversity Weekend

5. Shopping

Shop until you drop at one of our dozens of shops and galleries.   The streets of Eureka Springs are lined with stores filled with unique and one of a kind items.  Many are locally made.   There are no big box, chain stores in Eureka Springs just specialty shops with clothing, leather, art, furniture, souvenirs, candles, candy, jewelry and more!


6.Performing Arts

The opera at Inspiration Point presents three fully staged operas during its June and July summer opera festival Opera in the Ozarks.   Kick up your heels with Drumming in the Park the first Saturday of every month or Dancing in the Park on the 4th Saturdays.

7. Historical Sites

Take in the history of Eureka Springs at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.  What’s under downtown Eureka Springs? You can take a tour and find out!   Visit Pea Ridge Military Park where the Battle of Pea Ridge was fought during the Civil War on March 6–8, 1862

8. Unique Attractions

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church is listed in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” because visitors enter the building from the bell tower. Tour the Ozarks’ strangest dwelling, Quigley Castle. Visit rescued big cats and other wild animals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. See why the beautiful Thorncrown Chapel has received dozens of architecture awards from around the world

 9. Outdoor activities

The 1600-acre Lake Leatherwood city park is crisscrossed with 25 miles of hiking and biking trails. Explore the springs of Eureka Springs with this handy map. Ride horses at Dinner Bell Ranch, Hidden Valley Ranch, or Bear Mountain Stables.  Zipline through the forest at Ozark Mountain Ziplines

10. Relaxation

Unwind and have a relaxing massage or pamper yourself with a spa treatment at one of the many spas throughout town.