Looking for things to do in Bentonville, AR? Just what is all the buzz about regarding the beautiful city of Bentonville Arkansas? Many things actually. Bentonville is an amazing mix of culture, cycling, recreation, business, shopping and also chef-driven restaurants that are incredible places to eat.
Things To Do in Bentonville AR
1) BENTONVILLE DOWNTOWN SQUARE
The Walmart Museum is a wonderful interactive museum covering the fascinating history of Walmart and the life of Sam Walton and other Walton family members. While you’re there, check out the replica five and dime store and the delightful old-time ice cream parlor next door.
If you’re up for a bit of adventure, you can rent a bike or an ebike (here is a list of Top 10 Bike Rentals). Rentals include all you will need for a safe, comfortable ride, or you can always welcome to BYOB (bring your own bike). Take a ride on some of the stunningly beautiful trails around the city proper including Coler Creek, Slaughter Pen and the Razorback Greenway. The Meteor Cafe and The HUB Bike Shop are both bike shops that are popular gathering places for cyclists who enjoy great food, drinks and socializing.
If biking is not your thing, visit the recently restored Meteor Guitar Gallery or shop the wonderful little art galleries, specialty stores & trendy boutiques around the Historic Bentonville square including Remedy Road, In Season, Label and many others. Once Upon a Time Books is a full-line, on-line, used bookstore that is a delight place to enjoy.
2) LIBATIONS EXTRAORDINAIRE
Scotch and Soda, Oven & Tap, Pedaler’s Pub and the Undercroft located below The Preacher’s Son are all places to sample the tasty creations of the area’s top mixologists. If beer is your thing, make a pit stop at Bike Rack Brewing located in the 8th Street Market. They have an excellent selection of craft brews, and the customers and staff are welcoming and helpful. If a fun wine bar is on your list, then Ramo d’Olivo will serve you well! The First Seat, tucked away down a cute alley is a cozy pub where you can relax, have a drink and have a delicious bite to eat.
3) Bentonville Restaurants on the Square
Oven & Tap, Preacher’s Son, Pressroom, Tusk & Trotter (all on the square or just off the square) and The Hive Bentonville are all favorite places to experience the unique chef-driven cuisine found only in Northwest Arkansas. Bar Cleeta, a rustic fine-dining restaurant, offers an eclectic wine program, cocktails, oysters, charcuterie and shared/small plates focused on seasonal ingredients. Want additional dining options? Here are the Best Restaurants in Bentonville.
4) KICK BACK TIME
5) MORNING IN NWA
Saturday Farmers’ Market has coffee, sweet rolls, every sort of organic produce you might want, live music and a lively, fun atmosphere. If you are looking for a fantastic bagel, stop by Ozark Mountain Bagel Co. just off the Square. Or you could start your morning off with a short bike ride, run, walk or jog through nearby Compton Gardens, a 6.5-acre, amazing nature/woodland. If you’ve worked up an appetite, the Pressroom is the place to go for breakfast. Just want a coffee? Onyx Coffee, also just off the square, delights in creating the coffee of your dreams. If Guatemalan coffee is more to your liking, then 211 Cafe is not to be missed.
6) ART MECCA
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the 1.2 billion dollar museum founded by Alice Walton, youngest of Sam Walton’s children, is the crown jewel of the art scene in NWA. Save time to visit this breathtaking museum, and its beautiful surrounding grounds with its many lovely landscaped trails and awe inspiring sculptures. The Momentary, is a contemporary art space and performance venue that serves as a satellite of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It is Located in downtown Bentonville near 8th Street Market, the Momentary spotlights emerging visual, performing and culinary artists in a welcoming, communal space 21C Museum Hotel also displays awesome art on a rotating basis.
7) LUNCH FOR FOODIES
While you’re at Crystal Bridges, enjoy a farm-to-table fresh lunch at Eleven, or stop by Crepes Paulette and sample the best crepe you’ve ever put in your mouth. Yeyo’s, a new brick and mortar restaurant in the 8th Street Market, has delicious authentic Mexican flavors made from only farm fresh ingredients. Wright’s Barbecue located north of the Lawrence Splash Park/Ice Rink might be the best BBQ you have ever had in your life. In addition, Wright’s is conveniently located across the street from the Comptoms Garden and Crystal Bridges trails. You also will want to check out, Trash Creamery, a fun 80’s themed Ice Cream shop.
8) CHICEST SHOPPING
Shop the wonderful art galleries and specialty stores and boutiques on the square and up and down the adjoining side streets. Remedy Road specializes in gifts that give back. You’ll find clothing, purses, exotic gifts and more at this delightful boutique located just off the square.
Treat yourself to some of the most delicious food to be found in Northwest Arkansas. Table Mesa Bistro, a boutique style restaurant, features multicultural offerings that include the perfect blend of delicious seasonal ingredients. Regardless of which dish you order, your taste buds will rejoice and thank you for it. Table Mesa is a great place to relax with friends after enjoying a fabulous meal. The drinks are out-of-this-world, and the service is friendly and efficient. Blu Fish House specializes in fresh-from-the-docks seafood. This unique fresh market and restaurant features tantalizingly delicious seafood and sushi, a casual friendly atmosphere, great service, indoor and outdoor seating and an overall dining experience that you will never forget. If world-class sushi is your thing, then you have to experience AOI Sushi, located across the street from 21c.
10) HANGING COOL
The Undercroft, the speakeasy-like bar in the basement of the Preacher’s Son or Scotch & Soda are the places to finish off your evening. Both are lively local favorites. The nearby Momentary (Tower Bar) is a favorite local spot as well.
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