Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs ~ Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

Eureka Springs Has Something For Everyone – Locals proudly boast that their town has something for everyone, and they aren’t kidding! Bikers can live it up at the Pied Piper Pub and Cathouse Lounge; Christians love the Eureka Springs Passion Play; mountain bikers enjoy Lake Leatherwood; fishermen and fisherwomen take joy in the White River, Kings River, and Beaver Lake. The things to do list covers every base you can possibly think of!

The adorable village is noted throughout the world for its shopping, and I’m happy to report that the locals agree. They say that the downtown shops and galleries are “very cool”. In fact, if you just walk into a few, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

After a fun day of shopping, mountain biking, or fishing, you’re sure to be starving, and the locals are proud of all their local restaurants. Their favorites, however, include:

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Please see the restaurant listings for exact restaurant locations.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Is Something Special – A great activity for the entire family and a local favorite is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. This big cat rescue is a great activity for the entire family. In fact, some of the town’s more unusual cabins are found on the property. You sleep while the cats wander around the grounds beneath your perch. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an experience like this elsewhere in the world. Did I mention that the “Things to Do” list was going to be wonderfully eclectic?


Jim Fains Herbacy Offers Natural Potions and Vitamins –   Where do the local residents go to get holistic healing for just about any ailment? Why Fains Herbacy, of course! According to the locals, Jim Fains Herbacy is a community treasure with a bonus of a knowledgeable and friendly staff. You’ll find natural potions and vitamins to keep you feeling fit and ready for your entire stay and the rest of your life.


The Great Passion Play – Tourists and locals flock to this outdoor Christian attraction drama. The Christian play takes place in an outdoor amphitheater that includes special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of 150 Biblically-costumed actors. Be sure to take in the Bible Museum and Christ of the Ozarks as well.


The Farmers Market is an open-air market that meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from April through November, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., at The Village at Pine Mountain on U.S. 62 (aka E. Van Buren Street).The market sells locally grown produce, including organically grown goods, flowers, and plants. Depending on the growing season, you might also find herbs, honey, beef, chicken, breads, sweets, crafts, and more. Often, there is live music at this popular market.   There is a covered space with chairs provided to sit and have coffee with your neighbors.


During the summer, there is also a Saturday morning market in the parking lot of Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking. Hey, not only a restaurant favorite, but also a great place to browse through yet another wonderful area market!


The locals are proud of the fact that their city is known as the Wedding Capital of the South. Almost every B&B can arrange for your wedding. Barbara Harmony officiates weddings and is said to give the sweetest ceremonies of anyone in the country. Susan Storch was mentioned as a very good wedding photographer. See, even the locals know that your special day will be made extra special if you have it in their little city.