There is never a shortage of fun things to do right here in Eureka Springs. Whether you love the outdoors, seek adventure or love the nightlife, there is so much to do in this small town. Here are just a few of our favorite Eureka Springs activities to get you started.
If you are seeking a day of adventure, check out Ozark Mountain Zip Lines. Imagine soaring 200 feet in the air through the beautiful trees of the Ozarks. This outing is fun for the whole family. Spring hours begin March 1st and open 6 days a week excluding Wednesdays. Another adventure for the family is Onyx Cave Park located just six miles East of Eureka Springs. Self-guided tours through the cave are 30 minutes. The cave is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Adult tickets are $7.50 children are $3.50 and 3 and under are free.
There are a few ways to get to know the town of Eureka Springs a little better. Check out Eureka Springs Historical Tours. In warmer months, open air tram rides give a narrated and scenic view of the Historic District. The tour lasts 85 minutes and is great fun. The tram stops at two different locations: the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Grotto Spring. Adult tickets are $15.00 and children 12 and under are $7.00. If you are looking to explore on foot, Downtown N Underground Tours are a great place to start. On these tours, a Eureka Springs local takes guests on an exciting 75 minute walking tour of the town. On the Hoodlum’s Morning Tour, the guide will tell the tales of the people from the past that played an important role in Eureka Springs history. This tour is 45 minutes long and great for the whole family. Important stopping points along the way include the caves that Civil War soldiers went to collect water for healing.
One place you might not expect here in Eureka Springs is Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. This non-profit refuge is home to over 130 big cats including lions and tigers. Winter hours for the refuge are 9:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Habitat tours begin each day at 10:00am. Guests are invited to check out the Education Station to better understand the refuge’s mission for every visitor to learn more about big cats. There is also a touch and feel center great for kids to get to experience items like fur, whiskers and more.
Rated the #1 show in Eureka Springs by TripAdvisor, The Illusionist and the Medium at Intrigue Theater is another one of our favorite nighttime activities. Perfect for a date night or fun with a group of friends, this show is full of mystery and intrigue. Hosts Sean-Paul the Illusionist and Juliane Fay the Medium will leave you wanting more at this unforgettable show. The show is set to return to Eureka Springs this May.
Be sure to check out the majestic Thorncrown Chapel standing 48 feet tall in the Ozark Mountains. With 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows, this Eureka Springs attraction is definitely worth a visit. The Thorncrown Chapel is open daily for visitation and offers two Sunday church services from April through October.
Of course one of our favorite activities is relaxing here at Arsenic & Old Lace. This bed and breakfast just two blocks from the Historic District offers luxurious rooms and peaceful views of the surrounding gardens. Put your feet up by the seasonal fireplace provided in each room or enjoy a glass of wine or coffee on the mansion’s wrap around porch. Innkeepers Beverly and Doug Breitling are sure to take good care of you on your visit and make you feel right at home.
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