Families all over Arkansas / Oklahoma and Missouri have had one week in March circled on their calendars since the school year started. Inside that circle are written the words “Eureka Springs”. Why? Because kids’ love to spend Spring Break in a place not too far away that thrills with zip-lines, ghost hunting, lions and tigers, and so much more. That’s why families from “SEC Country” will be traveling to the Arkansas Ozarks and the “Extraordinary Spring Break Escape”: Eureka Springs.
Here families can challenge the state’s highest zip-line as speeds through the canopy of trees high in the Ozark hills. Ozark Mountain Zip-lines offer an extreme adventure for ages three and up. Ten zip-lines 120- to 1800-feet long suspended 20-to 200-feet above the ground. Opening March 5th!
Eureka’s Must See Show! Intrigue Theater is back this season starting March 17th (Wed-Sunday shows.) Fun for the whole family, you won’t believe what this illusionist and medium can do.
At least two hotels in Eureka Springs offer top-rated ghost hunting. The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa has become known as “America’s most haunted hotel” because of the unparalleled paranormal discoveries, seen and/or digitally captured by those on the hotel’s nightly ghost tour as well as numerous television programs such as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”. The newest venture into the past and the beyond is the 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s “Spirits of The Basin” nightly tour. This top to bottom tour of Downtown Eureka’s only skyscraper introduces names and mental images of those who have walked –and some say still walking- the hallways of this historic seven story structure and the tales that have made them immortal.
Saved from extinction, big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge roam their natural habitats roaring and waiting for families’ close-up looks. These lions and tigers and bears, creatures that someday may be only a picture online, become stars of safe safaris daily. These massive, beautiful animals were rescued from awful circumstances and given a new chance to live out their years here in a loving, caring natural environment.
Other family-friendly Spring Break attractions include hiking the “hills and hollers” of the urban Ozark trails, sojourning through time on the Downtown-n- Underground tour; experiencing the inspiration of The Great Passion Play’s Bible Museum and pre-arranged Holy Land Tour; holding on tight on the back deck of a vintage trolley as it traverses over Eureka’s twisty, zigzag, up and down streets; and capturing “new history” with an antique family photo at Judge Roy Bean’s.
For those looking to reconnect and relax with your spouse or partner, plan some spa time, shop, dine and stay over night with discounted Winter room rates by 30-45% from the normal season rates. Click here for availability. For Great Winter Things To Do, see below…
- ESP Weekend-Jan 8th-10th & 15-17th
- Ozark Mountain Music Festival-Jan 21st-24th
- Mardi Gras Festival-Jan 30th-Feb 9th
- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge-Open Everyday 9am-5pm
- The Great Passion Play Holy Land Tours-Open Everyday (Except Sundays) 10am-5pm
- Flickering Tales-Open Fri & Sat at 10pm
- Spirits of the Basin Tour-Open Tues-Sun at 8pm
- Crescent Ghost Tours-Open Everyday at 8pm
- Eureka Van Tours-Open Daily at 11am
- Hellraisers, Hoodlums & Heated History Tour-Open Daily at 11am
- Downtown -N- Underground Tour-Open Saturdays at 4pm
- Not Really A Door– Open Fri & Sat at 9pm
- Keels Creek Winery Tasting Room-Open Everyday Noon-5pm
- Fresh Harvest Olive Oil & Balsamic Tasting Room-Open Tues-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri & Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm
- Eureka Springs Historical Museum-Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm & Sun 11am-4pm
- Cosmic Caverns-Open Fri & Sat 9am-5pm and weekdays by appointment
- Onyx Cave-Open 9am-4pm based on winter weather
- Dinner Bell Ranch-By appointment 479-253-2900
- Bear Mountain Riding Stables-Year Round: 479-253-6990
- Steves Stables-By appointment 479-253-5877
- Beaver Lake Eagle Watching Tours- (Nov-Feb)
- Hobbs State Park-479-789-5000
- Hike The Natural Springs in Town-Spring Maps available at the Chamber of Commerce
- Lake Leatherwood Hiking Trails
- Black Bass Lake Trail
- Art Galleries
- St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
- Pea Ridge National Military Park-Daily 8:30am-4pm
- Roaring River State Park
- Hobbs State Park
- Buffalo River Outdoor Center
- War Eagle Mill
- Promise Land Zoo
- Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
- Drive to Beaver Bridge or Beaver Dam
According to an article published in Travel & Leisure Magazine written by Jim Becker, senior travelers visit this historic community of 2,000 -hidden away in the Arkansas Ozarks- for many reasons: “great ‘Main Street’ town”, a designated “Distinctive Destination” in America by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and the fact that it is truly a “resort village”. However, “active” seniors flock to enjoy this Extraordinary Escape as it pairs together interesting and enriching activities perfect for just two.
“Active seniors come to Eureka Springs in late summer not to sit in a rocker on one of our verandas and watch the clouds drift by,” explained Jack Moyer, general manager of two local historic hotels. “Rather they come here to race past the clouds while flying along on one of Arkansas’ largest zip lines with no waiting in line behind dozens and dozens of children. These are today’s seniors.”
Eureka Springs, in rebranding itself as the “Extraordinary Escape”, also made a real commitment to the outdoors. Blessed with its location between two rivers and three lakes and within an hour to the Buffalo River Region, visitors enjoy boating, canoeing, kayaking and the newest trend of stand-up paddle boarding on its adjacent lakes -Beaver, Table Rock and Leatherwood- and fishing, floating and scenic hikes are often found at the area rivers -White, Kings and Buffalo. Eureka Springs also boasts an urban trail system through many of its parks and past its 63 springs locations. Some trails reveal a hidden staircase or earthen path that leads up to “the crown at the top of the town”, the famous Crescent Hotel. These simple strolls can turn a shopping sojourn into a challenging hiking experience just by turning a corner. Mountain bikers are discovering that many of these hiking trails second as a challenging mountain bike route. The authority site for a full listing of outdoor activities is www.EurekaSpringsOnline.com/outdoors.
Of course fall travel brings motorcyclists to the Ozarks. Riders never stop grinning once they have accepted the challenge of some of our local and area rides like the number one biker ride in the country, ‘The Pig Trail’ which is Arkansas Highway 23.” Great rides are profiled on EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com and ArkansasArtTrail.com and include easy day trips to such sites as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Buffalo River Region. Several Eureka hotels offer overnight covered and locked motorcycle parking with lodging.
Though active seniors may enjoy Eureka Springs’ thrills and excitement by day, it’s the relaxation and entertainment by night that make this destination stand alone as Arkansas’ premier resort destination. Offering more than 2,000 affordable guest rooms ready to embrace visitors as the sun begins to sink but not before enjoying live entertainment, diving into a great meal, or giving in to the well-trained hands of a massage therapist at one Eureka’s numerous spas.
Live entertainment found on the 21 & Fun entertainment listing or the professional shows including Intrigue Theater, The Great Passion Play, or a Crescent Hotel ghost tour offer outstanding and truly unique evening performances. More than 100 area restaurants, including two dozen of the state’s finest, are located in Eureka Springs. Restaurant listings with local favorites may be found at EurekaSpringsRestaurant.com and area attractions are at ReserveEureka.com. Local spa massage professionals work hard to transform tired bodies into a relaxed state. Unique garden settings coupled with well-known national brands like Aveda and Bare Minerals offer patrons an exceptional and pleasant renewal experience.
Whether one refers to Eureka Springs as “The Little Switzerland of America” or “The Stair-Step Town” as Becker did or by the appellation adopted by the city, “The Extraordinary Escape”, it seems active seniors call it “the place to be” for a late summer vacation.
May brings travelers to Eureka Springs, Arkansas with Great Weather, New Attractions Opening for the Season and Lodging Discounts!
Seniors traveling in May can find discounts on lodging, great dining and evening entertainment. The opening of The Great Passion Play on Friday, May 1st is complimented by the George Brothers Show opening in Pine Mountain Jamboree and the exciting introduction of Lovin’ Every Minute, a high production show certain to dazzle you with stunning technical effects and music ranging from jazz to classic rock to broadway! Cirque-style acrobatics and performed downtown Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm in the city auditorium.
Couples looking to venture on a quick getaway can enjoy good outdoor weather while walking the many trails around downtown Eureka Springs or at the city park, Lake Leatherwood. Lots of shopping, spa discount packages, and nightlife to choose from. “Phunkberry Music Festival” a new outdoor music festival in Eureka Springs is coming up May 7- May 10. Check out lineup and tickets here. Intrigue Theater is also another amazing show of Illusion and Mystery that will leave you guessing how they did it! Opening May 22 this season at Gavioli Theater. View more info.
Bikers love the winding roads leading towards Eureka Springs. Biker friendly hotels are designed to accommodate the riders with comfortable rooms and amenities, discounts on spa services or dining, and locked and covered parking. View Eureka Springs Ride Maps.
Love the Arts? Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts has it all from one of a kind Art Exhibits, Galleries, Artrageous Parade, Music in the park, White Street Walk, Made By Me Maker’s Fair, Books & Bloom and more! View all calendar of events here.
Celebrating its 10th Year in 2015, the Eureka Springs, Arkansas Mardi Gras is truly a New Orleans style Mardi Gras set in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas within the downtown area of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
February 6th-17th 2015
This Year’s Theme is Carnival Around The World!
Plan a trip to Eureka Springs for this FUN & Colorful festival set in the Ozarks. With two parades, public balls, royal court, beads, and live music throughout downtown you will not want to miss this one of a kind event!
View Mardi Gras Lodging Deals, click here.
Second Line & Beads
Live music from Joe Giles and the Homewreckers! Come in costume or casual
Black Light Ball-2/7
Visitors are welcome to attend this Sexy, Artistic, & Fun event in a stylish underground space with Black Light Paint, Models, Music & More! $30 per person. Limited Capacity. 8PM-Midnight. BUY TICKETS HERE.
Now that the kids are going back to school, enjoy a getaway end of summer sale in Eureka Springs without all the crowds.
*Eureka Springs is offering Attraction Discounts 8/18-8/28 on ReserveEureka.com
Stay over on the weekend of 8/22 OR 8/23 for JUST $99 in a Premium Room or $129 in a Jacuzzi Suite. (SAVINGS of $65-$85!) Check Availability.
Stay in ANY Room for ONLY $89.95 and get 20% OFF Coupons to the Balcony Restaurant OR on spa services at the Serenity Spa.
Valid Sunday-Thursday, 8/18-8/21 & 8/24-8/28. Check Availability.
WHY WE LOVE Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas – Eurekasprings.com
What is the #1 Attraction in Eureka Springs? Downtown Eureka Springs! Filled with shopping, dining, nightlife and character strolling down Spring and Main Streets will create the perfect backdrop to your vacation.
Shop During the Day
Stroll down Main Street and explore unique shops, dine underground, have lunch, take a carriage ride, or explore the history with the Downtown Walking Tours. People watch in Basin Spring Park and see where the town was founded or see what life was like in the 1900’s with a visit to the Historical Eureka Springs Museum and focus on the Springs of Eureka Springs.
Continue up to the Award Winning Spring Street and visit art galleries, boutiques and dine in local favorites that are open all year round. Whether you are shopping for your favorite pup, gourmet foods, or something to remember your trip by Downtown Eureka Springs offers spectacular shopping.
Play at Night
Nightlife in Eureka Springs is unparalleled! Good times, good food, and good pubs! There are 21 bars in the downtown district and they offer something different at each one! There are casual and cool, loud and fun, and quiet cocktails. Whatever your mood you can find the perfect cocktail and dinner downtown. All the clubs are within walking distance and the taxi service stays open late to get you wherever you need to go!
Nothing is more fun than being in walking distance to all of the fun in Eureka Springs! Downtown offers a variety of lodging from historic properties like the Basin Park Hotel, luxury properties, cottages and cabins, Bed and Breakfasts, and even tree houses! There is something for every visitor!
No Visit to Eureka Springs is complete without time in Downtown Eureka Springs. www.eurekaspringsdowntown.com