Looking for things to do in Fayetteville AR? We have some fantastic suggestions, in fact here are 50+ fun things to do – everything you’re looking for in one place. Fayetteville Arkansas is a beautiful college town situated in the Boston Mountains, a subset of the stunning Ozark Mountains. It’s home to the main campus of the University of Arkansas, which is home to the famous Razorbacks (you haven’t lived until you’ve heard the fans calling the hogs during a live game).
50+ Things To Do in Fabulous Fayetteville AR
The city is known for Dickson Street, its unique restaurants, jumpin’ night spots, the downtown Fayetteville Square, uptown area, beautiful Mt. Kessler and its many scenic multi-use and bike trails in and around the city and the newly opened Centennial Park located at Millsap Mountain is a cycling-activated park with state-of-the-art cyclo-cross and mountain biking.
Explore famous Dickson Street or hop on one of the many beautiful multi-use trails that run through and around the city. If you’re a nature buff, stop by Fayettechill on W Dickson St, where you’ll find comfortable, cozy and long-lasting outdoors clothing. Good Things Boutique also features organic clothing and activewear. Calling all book lovers! With more than 100,000 hard-to-find books, Dickson Street Bookshop, one of the best and most loved independent bookshops in the country is located on Dickson St & N School.
TRAILS & PARKS
Fayetteville is a nature lovers paradise with 3,000 acres of land that include 70 parks with 40 miles of paved and natural trails, three lakes and more.
A favorite for locals and visitors is the Razorback Greenway, a 36 mile paved trail running north-south through Northwest Arkansas, for cyclists and walker. The Greenway connects Walker Park in Fayetteville to Lake Bella Vista north of Bentonville, while also accessing restaurants, pubs, and cultural amenities along the route.
Wildly popular Lake Fayetteville comprises 458 acres of land and 194 acres of water. The lake offers fishing and an abundance of recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Lake Fayetteville has several sections, including the North Shore Park and disc golf course, Veterans Memorial Park, a Boat Dock and Marina, Lake Fayetteville Softball Complex, boat and bike rentals, and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. It also boasts a 5.5-mile nature trail around the lake, as well as 4.3 miles of hard surface multi-use trail that also circles the lake.
Kessler Mountain Regional Park is a green space featuring trails for hiking & mountain biking along with soccer & baseball fields.
Gulley Park is a simple recreational park offering a children’s playground, stream & a gazebo with live music. Gregory Park is a19-acre forest park with an area set aside for nature, a pavilion & extensive walking & hiking options. Gordon Long Park is a shady, forested park featuring a children’s playground, picnic space & creekside nature trails
PLACES TO EAT IN FAYETTEVILLE AR
Bordinos, a Dickson Street tradition, is the place to go for refined Italian dining, wine flights, desserts and impeccable service. Mockingbird Kitchen on North College offers a seasonal menu created from Ozarks fresh ingredients. The mouthwatering, chef-made desserts are addictive, as are the signature cocktails. Theo’s Fayetteville is an upscale restaurant with a chic lounge and lively patio. Theo’s specializes in exquisite Contemporary American style food including sumptuous main plates, salads and popular share plates. Looking for additional dining options in Fayetteville? Here are the Top 10 Restaurants in Fayetteville Arkansas.
Foodies will delight at the wide variety of restaurant choices available in Fayetteville. Cafe Rue Orleans – Cajun & Seafood specializes in classic New Orleans-style seafood dishes and is a foodie favorite, while Herman’s Ribhouse is a beloved iconic bbq restaurant on College Avenue.
Hugo’s, located downtown and downstairs has one of the best tasting old fashioned burgers you’re likely to find anywhere. The atmosphere is lively, especially on game days. Hammontrees Grilled Cheese on N West Ave is wildly popular, and serves vegan and vegetarian gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. There are more than 19 different varieties of cheese to choose from and you may select from the menu or build your own. Thep Thai creates and serves authentic Thai food. Everything is fresh and freshly made, the service is stellar and the staff is informative, helpful and friendly.
Bocca Italian Eatery & Pizzeria has a casual, upscale atmosphere and is the place to go for housemade pastas, breads, salads, sauces and wood-fired pizza. You can taste the freshness in every bite. There’s a comfortable patio and an cozy bar too where you can relax with friends or your date. Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante specializes in delicious, unique Latin inspired food including Quesadillas de Chivo (filled with goat cheese), Pollo Bohemio, Tenchas Taquitos, El Plato Cubano and much more. Service is friendly and attentive. Pesto Cafe is a small, but fun and funky Italian restaurant offering delicious dishes like amazing Shrimp Scampi and a Caesar salad that is to-die-for. Spoon Fusion Korea Oh K-Dog serves amazing authentic and traditional food and NEW Korean hot dogs and egg toast.
Are food trucks your thing? Then here are some trucks that will rock your world! Wicked Wood Fired Pizza, Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken, and Burton’s Creamery. There are several fantastic food trucks at Shulertown Food Truck Court, Yacht Club on College and Lake Fayetteville. Here are the Top 10 Food Trucks in Fayetteville.
Pizza ring your bell? Then you are going to love Fayetteville. There are several incredible pizza places here, in fact here are the Top 10 Pizza places in Fayetteville.
LATE NIGHT IN FAYETTEVILLE
Dickson Street Entertainment District, the hyper energy heartbeat of Fayetteville is literally filled with galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, bistros, comedy clubs and the Walton Arts Center. Bar hopping, dancing, comedy and pool are available every night of the week. Willy D’s, C4 Nightclub & Lounge, Infusion Bar, Sideways, 21st Amendment, Ryleigh’s and Cork & Keg are just some of the many places to have a fun night in Fayetteville. If you’re hungry, stop by Shulertown, a group of fantastic food trucks located in the heart of Dickson Street.
Do you love fresh vegetables? Then be sure to take in the award-winning Fayetteville Farmers Market held on the Fayetteville Square. Fresh fruits and vegetables, plants flowers, live music, crafts, art and more are displayed for purchase. From there, grab some breakfast and coffee at Arsaga’s at the Depot. The crepes (the sweet ones are wonderful) are to-die-for as are their breakfast plates.
The Farmer’s Table Cafe features locally-sourced breakfast plates served in a warm friendly atmosphere. Another award incredible destination is the Fayetteville Public Library, which was named one of the 10 best American libraries to tour.
Public art can be found throughout Fayetteville including including the World Prayer Peace Fountain, Enjoy Local Wall and Harvesting the Winds of Change murals.
Fenix Arts is an co-op art gallery that organize art exhibitions and pop-up shows throughout the year.
Terra Studios is a fabulous wonderland of art. Bring the family and stroll through six acres of sculpture gardens, murals, sparkling glass, fantasy creatures and fountains. Hundreds of artists have worked to make Terra Studios possible. Alternately, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is 40 acres of astounding beauty.
Riffraff is a comfortable, cozy boutique offering a unique selection of clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods and gifts with a unique Southern flair. You’ll find the newest trends at Riffraff. Masons is another upscale boutique featuring clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry. Whether you’re looking for game day, casual-chic or a stunning formal outfit, you’ll leave feeling and looking like a woman of style. or… Walker Brothers, a specialty store for well dressed men, offers service beyond compare including its made-to-measure program. You’ll find brands like Vineyard Vines, State Traditions, Patagonia, Peter Millar and many more. Beautiful Lives Boutique is a stylish thrift store benefiting moms and children locally and around the world.
COCKTAILS & CRAFT BEER
Fayetteville is home to several craft beer brewing companies, including Crisis Brewing, Columbus Brewery & Tap Room and Fossil Cove Brewing. Apple Blossom Brewing Company is a local favorite, they have over 250 seats, a large patio, full bar, & delicious food.
If you are looking for pubs you will be pleasantly surprised. Feed and Folly has a great vibe with it’s rooftop bar and offers local food and drinks. Farrell’s Lounge Bar & Grill Pub serves draft beer & cocktails offered in an easygoing atmosphere, with a pool table & sports on TVs. Mickey Finn’s offers up Irish Beer and Whiskey.
The Vault is a cocktail and bourbon bar with a great selection and is located on Center Street in downtown Fayetteville.
While you’re on Dickson Street, stop in at Cannibal & Craft, Fayetteville’s smoke free handcrafted cocktail and Tiki bar. Prepare yourself to taste an amazing, perfectly mixed cocktail that is beyond delicious. Only your imagination limits your choices. Beer is also available, and the environment is smoke free.
Pedal Pub Fayetteville is a different bar hopping experience that is new to the area.
George’s Majestic Lounge, in business since 1927, is the longest running club in Arkansas. It’s a favorite live music venue, and attracts popular as well as rising regional talent. There’s tons of dance area, the drinks are amazing and the service is great too. No trip to Fayetteville is complete without a night at George’s. Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar, is located on Wedington and serve local coffee, beer & food and supports local music, art & dance 7 days a week! Prairie Street Live! is an awesome outdoor venue that is family and pet friendly. They offer live music every weekend, food, cocktails and games. In the summer, be sure to go to the free outdoor concerts at Gulley Park.