Whether you are a native, a local or a visitor this information will help you to get a handle on the dynamic community of Bentonville Arkansas.

You can feel it in the air. Bentonville Arkansas is an exciting place to be!

Why Bentonville Arkansas?

What’s all the buzz about? No longer a “small town,” the city of Bentonville is a bustling cultural municipality, which is not only the headquarters for Sam’s Club and Walmart, the largest company in the world, but it is also the location for the breathtaking, 1.2 billion dollar, globally ranked Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

With all of this growth, Bentonville has managed to maintain its close knit community charm. Its population is diverse, yet neighbors are still neighbors in the traditional sense of the word. Its people are friendly and willing to chat it up or help a person in need.

Bentonville is definitely a wonderful place to be, put down roots, live and visit for a plethora of reasons.

Where Exactly Is Bentonville Arkansas?

When you visit Arkansas, Bentonville is located in the extreme Northwest corner of the state, perfectly situated in the beautiful Ozark mountains which includes plentiful lakes, streams, rivers and trees.

How To Get to Bentonville Arkansas?

Flying?

Northwest Regional Airport (XNA)
Making Bentonville easily accessible from anywhere, the Northwest Regional Airport (XNA) has direct commercial flights to and from huge destination cities across the country.

Bentonville Municipal Airport
This is a city-owned, public-use airport also known as Louise M. Thaden Field. This airport is known for offering services to smaller jets and private planes, but also to the OZ1 Flying Club.

Flying OZ operates out of Thaden Fieldhouse (north of the airport) and focuses on backcountry aviation (taking airplanes into remote areas for fly-ins or recreational trips).

Driving?

Being located in the middle of America, you can get to Bentonville easily:

Springfield to Bentonville Ar : 2 hours
Tulsa To Bentonville : 2 Hours
Oklahoma City to Bentonville : 4 Hours
Little Rock To Bentonville : 3 Hours
Memphis To Bentonville : 5.5 Hours
St. Louis To Bentonville: 5.5 Hours
Kansas City To Bentonville: 3.3 Hours
Dallas To Bentonville: 5.5 Hours
Albuquerque To Bentonville : 11.5 Hours

Bentonville Has It All

Attractions

Its world-class OZ mountain bike trails, lively culinary scene, craft breweries, award-winning restaurants, fabulous art galleries, amazing boutiques, festivals of every kind and trendy specialty shops combine to help make it the burgeoning city that it is.

The Historic Downtown Square, OZ Flying Club & Thaden Fieldhouse, 8th Street Market and The Momentary (satellite museum to Crystal Bridges) are all just a small sampling of its unique attractions.

It is now the mountain bike capital of the world. and

It boasts many outstanding hotels, hundreds of Airbnbs & Vrbo’s and a myriad of phenomenal restaurants..

Business & Jobs

Entrepreneurial opportunities abound in this flourishing city. With unparalleled growth also comes exceptional job opportunities.

If you want a job in Bentonville, you can find work, no matter your specialty. New businesses are opening daily with no end in sight.

Health Care

Northwest Medical Center Bentonville AR is a 128-bed acute care facility offering cardiac care, excellent emergency care, The Family Birth Place, The Orthopedic and Spine Center, Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center.

Only minutes away from anywhere in the city, this amazing hospital stands ready to meet your health needs.

Hotels, Airbnb’s, Vrbo’s Rentals In Bentonville

Bentonville has many exciting lodging opportunities including the brilliant boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel in downtown.

Element hotel features multiple space options to suit your particular need.

There are over 700 Airbnbs – Vrbo’s in Bella Vista and Bentonville with tons of neat options to suit your circumstances.

Double Tree Suites offers executive rooms & 2-room Suites and the Victoria in beautiful downtown is a delightful B&B.

There are many additional options as well.

Click here for the Top 10 Places to Stay in Bentonville and Bella Vista.

Top 10 Bentonville Airbnb’s

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Budget – Bentonville

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Top 10 Bella Vista Lakeside

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Bike Friendly 

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Bike Friendly Bella Vista

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RESTAURANTS & PLACES TO EAT IN BENTONVILLE 

People come from all over the world to work and visit Bentonville. This wide diversity of cultures demands a huge variety of restaurants, just to meet the needs of the locals and influx of visitors.

Restaurants – Food Trucks
People come from all over the world to work and visit Bentonville. This wide diversity of cultures demands a huge variety of restaurants, just to meet the needs of the locals and influx of visitors.

No matter what type of culinary experience you’re craving, you can likely find the flavors you’re looking for without leaving the city’s borders.

We have thirty eight lists comprised of different cuisine types. If you can think of a cuisine you like, it’s most likely covered in this handy travel companion.

Our Top 10 lists for each category will save you hours of time, oodles of money and tons of energy as you experience the very best of Bentonville’s cuisine. 

Click here for a full list of Bentonville Top 10 Restaurants and places to eat including 38 cuisine types.

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Top 10 International

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Top 8 Burgers
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New Restaurants

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ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO IN BENTONVILLE ARKANSAS

Feeling fully alive and seeking adventure? Our lists of attractions, activities and things to do will have you doing those specific things that make you laugh and have fun in no time.

Museums

Are you into museums? Bentonville has several museums including its world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a once in a lifetime experience. The permanent collection is free to all. The architecture is spectacular and the grounds are amazing. The Momentary, The Museum of Native American Art and the Walmart Museum (the story of Walmart and its founder, Sam Walton), are other not-to-be-missed museums.

Bentonville Mountain Biking

Did you come for the thrill of riding the more than 100 miles of MTB trails? The top 10 Mountain Bike Trails list will have you out on the trails that most fit your skill level in a jiffy.

Art Galleries, Boutiques, Specialty Stores

Into Art Galleries, trendy boutiques or specialty shopping? We guide you to the best in the city. Check out our lists for those exciting things to do that make your heart beat faster:

Art

Bentonville has a thriving art culture. Just take a look at all the paintings on the sides of buildings and fences throughout the city. Or take a walk on its many trails to see the fabulous sculptures. Crystal Bridges has art classes designed for babies up to tweens. Area artists may sell unique, fine art on Saturdays and Thursdays on the Downtown Square.

Downtown Square

The Historic Bentonville Downtown Square is the hub of the city. It is surrounded by trendy restaurants, specialty stores, museums, bike shops, bars and much more. Many events and activities are held on the square, and many others originate from there. The vibe on the Square is friendly and lively.

Farmer’s Markets

Bentonville has two farmers markets. One is on the Historic Bentonville Downtown Square on Saturday from 7:30AM – 1PM, and the Thursday Farmers Market is located on the east side of the Downtown Square. Great place to get wonderful veggies, fruits, meat, flowers, soaps, jewelry and more.

First Fridays

Every First Friday throughout the year, the Bentonville Square transforms itself into a huge block party. There are booths, vendors, food trucks, lots of fun-loving people and a blast is had by all.

Live Music

Live music is flourishing in Bentonville. The Meteor Guitar Gallery, just off the Square, has regularly scheduled live music events. Bentonville Taproom and Pedaler’s Pub also has live music on most weekends and so do many other restaurants and bars.

Indoor Attractions

The Bentonville Community Center is a beehive of activity throughout the year. It offers a multitude of activities for all age groups including swim classes. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a beautiful place to enjoy regardless of the weather. The Museum of Native American History is a great place to take the kids on a rainy afternoon. They’ll learn the history of the Americas’ here. Scott Family Amazeum is a great interactive museum for the kiddos. Parents love it too! Climb Bentonville offers a climbing gym with bouldering, lead climbing, kids climbing, yoga, fitness and more. Let’s Imagine has push bikes, Legos, climbing toys and more. Great place to take your little ones. Urban Forest Axe House, open Thursdays – Sundays is a fun place to learn and develop the skill of throwing an axe. It is certified by the World Axe Throwing League.

Outdoor Activities

Bike Rentals Bike rental repair and rental shops are scattered throughout the city. Forgot to bring your bike, no worries, you’ll be able to rent one from one of Bentonville’s premier rental shops. Click here for Top 8 Bike Rentals in Bentonville. Cycling Cycling ranks at the top of things to do in Bentonville. Riders love to get out in the fresh air and ride through the scenery.

Bentonville Trails & Multi-use Trails

Choose from hundreds of miles of trails throughout the city and beyond. Feel the wind in your hair and across your skin. Ride the famous Oz Trails or ride the scenic Razorback Greenway or some of Bentonville’s other paved trails. If you come to visit or live in Bentonville, the cycling bug might bite you.

Mountain Bike Guided Tours – Gravel Rides

There are several companies that offer bike tours. We recommend OZ Cycling Tours, a locally and native owned business. It’s owners love all things cycling, and are also State of Arkansas mountain bike champions.

Parks

You will be impressed with the many parks in Bentonville. The city has wisely set aside land for green space and for outdoor activities. As you drive through the city, you can’t help but notice all the parks where people can enjoy various activities.

Shopping

Unique shopping around the Downtown Square and adjoining blocks can keep you busy for an afternoon or an entire day. You’ll love the delightful boutiques and specialty stores like 3 Dog Bakery and Remedy Road.

Camping

Blowing Springs and Coler Mountain Bike Preserve both have camping spots. Blowing Springs has 65 RV Spots with full hookups and facilities and you can camp there too. Coler has platform tent campsites in the center of the Preserve. As you can see, Bentonville AR is a thriving city without all the stifling characteristics of a big city. Come see for yourself what all the fun is about.

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Shopping

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Trails
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Happening This Week

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ALL THINGS KIDS 

Bentonville is a great place to visit, or put down roots and raise a family, and there are plenty of family-friendly activities, things to do and restaurants that exist to cater to your kids.

Would your kids enjoy a world-class climbing facility, would they love to learn to ride a bike, are they ready to ride the MTB trails, are they into theatre, do they enjoy cultural activities, libraries and museums, are they into splash pads or ice skating, are they eager to hit the playgrounds and multi-use trails or do they enjoy skating.

You’ll find all of this information and more in the handy lists below:

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Kids Things To Do

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Kid Pump Tracks

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BUCKET LISTS

Have you ever visited a destination only to realize later that there was so much more to see and do? What a complete bummer!

Look through this exciting bucket list to see if there are still places you would like to eat, things you would like to do and places to see that are must-do’s before leaving the city.

Maybe you’re a foodie, an adventurer, a museum lover, a cyclist.

It doesn’t matter, this Bucket List will zero you in on the things that are important to you.

Cycling Bucket List

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Cocktail Bucket List

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Art Bucket List

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Public Art Bucket List

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Foodie Bucket List

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Multi Use Trails Bucket List

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ITINERARIES & DAY TRIP

Bentonville is perfect for launching Itineraries and Day Trips.

Below are 3 handy itineraries including Downtown Bentonville, Crystal Bridges and Museums.

The fun day trips take you to Tulsa, OK and Eureka Springs, AR. Not everyone wants to do the same things and these Itineraries and Day Trips offer exciting alternatives.

Downtown Itinerary

Eureka Day Trip Itinerary

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Crystal Bridges Itinerary

Tulsa Day Trip

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Museum Itinerary

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