Top Attractions in Eureka Springs

From water sports on Beaver Lake to shopping in the downtown district, Eureka Springs offers a unique retreat in the Ozark Mountains. Discover what makes this quaint town one of the best family-friendly destinations with these top Eureka Springs attractions.

1. Downtown District

Navigating Downtown Eureka Springs is a must if you’re visiting the area. Victorian homes, spas, independent stores, springs, boutique restaurants, historic hotels, and beautiful natural areas line the area, perfect for a relaxing trip. Shop, dine outdoors, explore local history, visit art galleries on Spring Street, and much more. Further, there are 21 bars in the downtown district if you’re looking for a lively nightlife scene. 

2. Thorncrown Chapel

Located on Highway 62 West just outside of Eureka Springs, Thorncrown Chapel stands as a breathtakingly unique wooden and glass chapel. Resting on top of 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone, the structure seems to blend into its beautiful forested surroundings and has won numerous architectural awards for its lovely, modern design.

3. Blue Spring Heritage Center

Discover the beauty and historical significance of the Blue Spring Heritage Center grounds in Eureka Springs. Guests can view traces and artifacts of the Blue Spring site that has nurtured communities since prehistoric times, particularly Native American tribes like the Cherokee. Gaze at the wondrous Blue Spring, which pours 38 million gallons of clear water each day into its trout-filled lagoon. Further, visitors can wander through garden areas and natural pathways, as well as view old photos and a new historic film that provides insightful context of the historical site. 

4. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge offers 459 acres of refuge to a variety of previously neglected and abused big cats and other animals. Considered a respected ethical animal tourism destination, this family-friendly attraction features educational, interactive activities and popular annual events. 

5. Eureka Springs Tram Tours 

Take in the sights of Eureka Springs’ charming historic district on an open-air tram tour. Expert guides that are natives to the area or long-time residents regale riders about significant sites and city history during the approximately 90-minute tour. 

6. Eureka Springs Brewery

Sample small batch brews, wine, and cider at Eureka Springs Brewery. In addition, non-alcoholic beverages are available as well. Families, couples, and friends can enjoy disc golf, indoor and outdoor seating, and beautiful valley views. 

7. Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

Travel back in time by riding the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway’s train cars. When riding the Excursion Train, guests can view the 1940s-era diesel locomotive in operation as well as its stationary steam locomotive exhibits. Guests also have the option of riding in the Dining Car, enjoying 1920s-era decor and prepared cuisine while riding the restored Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad.

8. Belle of the Ozarks

View over 60 miles of picturesque shoreline on the Belle of the Ozarks passenger cruise. On a relaxing one hour and 15 minute ride on Beaver Lake, guests can see panoramic views of the lake’s shoreline, an island wildlife sanctuary, Whitney Mountain, Whitehouse Bluffs, and Beaver Dam. Moreover, local wildlife like osprey, monarch butterflies, and bald eagles may appear over the crystal blue waters. Additionally, while at Beaver Lake, guests can participate in a multitude of recreational activities like swimming, sailing, scuba diving, skiing, and fishing.

9. The Great Passion Play

Since 1968, The Great Passion Play has featured Christian-themed attractions in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Watch the acclaimed The Great Passion Play, a reenactment of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ in the nonprofit’s outdoor amphitheater area. With 170 costumed actors, live animals, and high level sound effects and lighting, this epic drama continually dazzles guests. Additionally, the grounds offer seasonal events, recreations of holy sites, a petting zoo, hike and bike trails, the Bible Museum, and so much more.

10. Ozark Mountain Ziplines

Soar through the air up to 200+ feet high over a sweeping forest of hardwood trees and limestone cliffs in the Ozark Mountains. Trained professionals at Ozark Mountain Ziplines can guide small or large parties for safe, no-experience-necessary fun.

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