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Old 05-07-2006, 08:41 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Things To Do in Eureka Springs!

What to do in Eureka Springs???

A question that is often asked by guests coming to Eureka Springs is, “What is there to do here in Eureka Springs?” I’m listing a number of things this beautiful, historic town has to offer. If I were to add shops, restaurants and massage/spa locations to this list, the list would be extremely long, so I’m trying to stick to “things to do”. I hope this document is able to help the first time and return guests to our beautiful city.

My first suggestion is that you go to www.eurekasprings.org and request a free visitors guide. This will be mailed to you for free and it contains a wealth of information on Eureka Springs!

Paper Moon Attractions! Definitely keep an eye on this site to keep abreast of all the amazing talent coming to perform here in Eureka Springs!

Guided Tours Of The Rosalie - Guided tours lead by Miss Savilatea Grace deChorum, in Victorian garb delightfully takes you through this lavishly furnished home with museum quality antiques. Also featuring the first telephone switchboard and its operator "Miss Mae Starr" Visit the gardens bursting with flowers, statuary and whimsy. They are currently being brought back to their Victorian splendor along with a secret garden........... Be amazed by Ber-Tea, the wonder cat, as he does his tricks (that’s if he feels like it) Guided tours cost $7.50 per person including attraction tax, children under 6 free. For additional information, call 1 (479) 253 7377 or 1 (888) 882 7377 or check out http://www.rosalietours-weddings.com.

Historic District Tram Tours – Get a narrated tour of the Historic Loop and downtown Eureka Springs while riding an open-air tram. Tours start from the Transit Department office, next door to the Greater Eureka Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors’ Center on Hwy 62 West, at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. daily, from May 1 through Oct. 31.
From Nov. 1 to Nov. 24, tours will be only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For additional information, call the transit department office at (479) 253-9572.

Blue Spring Heritage Center – Blue Spring is a natural wonder, pouring 38 million gallons of cold, clear water each day into its trout-stocked lagoon. Start your adventure with an insightful historic film in the Visitor Center, then stroll the handicapped accessible walkways and inviting garden paths that wind through the 33 acres. For more information, check out www.bluespringheritage.com.

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway - Step back to a time when passenger trains crossed America and traveling was a pleasant adventure. That’s what you’ll experience as you roll through the beautiful Ozark woodlands on the ES&NA Railway. For more information, check out www.esnarailway.com.

Model Railroad Company – A must see for the train enthusiast, and for the child in all of us! Take a tour of the fabulous operating model train display. Over eight scale miles of elegantly displayed digital trains, set in a beautiful Ozark’s autumn landscape. For more information, check out www.railroadtrain.com.

Onyx Cave – Onyx Cave is located six miles east of Eureka Springs and is open all year. The cave maintains a constant temperature of 57 degrees. Radio headphones guide you through the cave as you pass amazing formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Brochures are available at most lodging destinations. For more information call (479) 253-9321

Canoe Float Trips on the Scenic White River – Bring your camera and enjoy a canoe float trip on the scenic White River. An early morning or afternoon float will reveal some of the Ozark’s most beautiful scenery. Fish, wildlife and bird watching are also popular sights for true nature lovers. For more information, check out www.eureka-net.com/riverview.

Kings River Canoes & Kayaks – You deserve a good paddlin’. Full service canoe and kayak outfitter. Several float trips to choose from. Swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking. For more information, check out www.kingsriverretreat.com.

Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge – Fascinating geographical formations in a tranquil, wooded area. Scenic Hwy. 62 West, then 2-1/2 miles to the end of Pivot Rock Road. For more information, call (479) 253-8860

Steve’s Stables on Pond Mountain – Guided Trail Rides on the highest mountaintop in the country. Scenic trails; gentle horses; fun for all! For more information, call (479) 253-5877.

Red Bud Riding Stables – Secluded trails tucked in the hollows, just minutes from downtown. Enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty of the Ozarks on horseback. For more information, call (479) 253-6556.

Belle of the Ozarks, Beaver Lake Cruises – Relax and view over 60 miles of scenic shoreline as the Captain delights you with a narration on the area’s history. See an ancient Indian burial ground, the submerged homestead and cruise around a 200 acre game preserve island; thrill to the sight of deer swimming, migrating birds and many lake activities. Watch for bald eagles when the foliage turns brilliant colors in the fall. For more information, call (479) 253-6200.

Thorncrown Chapel – This beautiful glass chapel with amazing architecture opened its doors in the summer of 1980. Since then, the chapel has been visited by nearly two million people from all over the United States and the world. Brochures are available at most lodging destinations. For more information, call (479) 253-7401 or (479) 253-7109.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge – Turpentine Creek is one of the few USDA licensed facilities for large carnivores in the U.S. They rescue neglected or unwanted “Big Cats” and provide them with a safe home in a caring environment. For more information, check out www.tigers.tc.

Pine Mountain Jamboree – Over 30 years of family tradition in the beautiful Ozarks, Don’t miss Arkansas’ most attended and talked about show featuring bluegrass, gospel, pop, rock, big band, Cajun, country music and comedy performed by top entertainers. For more information, check out www.pinemountainjamboree.com.

Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down – The fun begins the moment the Award Winning HOE-DOWN CAST hits the stage. You’ll see some of the most talented pickers and singers to ever assemble on the same stage. You’ll hear contemporary, classic, country, western swing, pop and gospel. For more information, check out www.ozarkmountainhoedown.com.

The Great Passion Play – Witness the power and majesty of The Great Passion Play as a cast of hundreds bring to life the thrilling, epic drama of the Greatest Story Ever Told! See the drama under the Ozark skies from comfortable seating with back rests, in an impressive 4,100-seat amphitheater. For more information, check out www.greatpassionplay.com.

New Holy Land/Tabernacle Tours – Guided tours of Biblical re-creation from Old and New Testaments. Visit the world’s only complete reproduction of Moses’ Tabernacle, Ten Commandments Memorial, Sea of Galilee & more on the Passion Play grounds. For more information, call (479) 253-8559

Christ of the Ozarks Statue – 750,000 visitors journey to visit this seven-story memorial to Christ annually. Overlooking the Ozarks and Eureka Springs, the landmark is seen for miles and lighted for nighttime viewing. Located at The Great Passion Play grounds. For more information, call (479) 253-9200.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church – In Ripley’s “Believe It or Not”. The only church you enter through the bell tower. Just off Historic Loop on Crescent Drive. For more information, call (479) 253-9853. Free.

Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos & Weddings - Specializing in worry-free, inexpensive, unique wedding ceremonies in Victorian, old west saloon, civil war, and roaring 20's themes. The largest old time photo studio in town with the largest selection of period costumes! Newly remodeled 1,500 sq. ft. Shop located in the Heart of downtown Eureka Springs.

Virtual Reality Entertainment, 7195 Hwy 62E, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, (next to Hilltop Garden Center and across the street from SPINS Casino. (479) 253-4919. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You may e-mail us for more information, tom@virtualrealityunlimited.com

Queen Anne Mansion – This Queen Anne masterpiece, featured in Southern Living magazine, was built in Carthage, MO in 1891 and moved to Eureka Springs. The interior oak and cherry woodwork includes seven fireplace mantels and five pocket-doors hand carved by Italian and German woodcarvers. Open daily all year for tours, weddings and receptions. Located on Hwy 62 West. For more information, call (479) 253-8825.

Rosalie House – A lovely Victorian house, which has appeared in dozens of books and magazines, constructed in the 1880’s and restored to its original condition. Furnished with period furniture and accessories. Located at 282 Spring Street. For more information call, (479) 253-7377.

Quigley's Castle - Quigley's Castle is the dream home of Elise Quigley (1910-1984). Her grandchildren invite visitors to wander through her perennial garden of over 400 varieties of flowers. The Garden paths wind around secluded benches, a lily pond and birdbaths up to her home which she beautifully covered with stones she'd collected since childhood. See how she found a way to sleep in treetops full of bloom. Tropical plants grow in the natural soil of the first floor and brush the ceiling of the second floor. She has a butterfly, fossil, crystal, arrowhead and glassware collection beyond imagination. Quigley's Castle is located 4 miles south of Eureka Springs. One can visit between April 1 and October 31. For more information, check out www.quigleyscastle.com.

Abundant Memories Heritage Village - At Abundant Memories Heritage Village, the great American past is alive. In all its color and legendary glory. Nestled in the rustic, colonial setting of the Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Have fun looking around and feel free to contact us for more information. For more information, check out www.abundantmemories.com.

Olden Days Carriage Services -
They leave from historic downtown. For more information, check out http://www.oldendayscarriageservices.com or call
479-253-1737 or 479-253-8432

Southern Pride Carriage Tours -
They leave from the Crescent Hotel
September Hours are 6pm to 10pm
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
For more information, call 870-749-2665

Dinosaur World - On Hwy 187 and is a great place to take kids for a fun afternoon. There is a gift shop that is any child of any age's delight. There are also tables for picnicking and the giant prehistoric beasts located throughout the park will astound and amaze your dinosaur starved young ones. They also have fishing available in their huge pond, (there are literally billions of pan fish (bream, sun, perch, crappie and more) stocked in their pond. No child (or adult) will walk away without having caught something), and a quaint walking suspension bridge to cross from one side of the pond to another. For more information call 479-253-8113

Beaver Dam Store Fly Fishing - Charlotte Downey at Beaver Dam Store not only has canoe trips and fly-fishing lessons, she also has rafts for larger group floats on the White River. She also has the areas largest selection of trout and fly-fishing gear. If you need it to fish or float the White, Charlotte's probably got it. Beaver Dam Store is located on Hwy 187 just past (or before, depending on which entrance to 187 you came in on) Dinosaur World. For more information call 253-6154

Spider Creek Resort - Offer canoe floats and Jon Boats. Spider Creek is located right next door to Beaver Dam Store on Hwy 187. 253-9241
Fun Spot – Just for kids of all ages, Go-cart rentals, miniature golf, bunmper cars and video game room. On highway 62 East. For more information, call (479) 253-7548.

C&J Sports - offer all kinds of events and supplies for SCUBA divers up at their new home near Beaver Dam on Hwy 187. 253-9799 http://candjsports.com/events/

Eureka Springs Historical Museum – See the colorful past of this unique town and the people who lived here. A fascinating collection of papers, photographs, mementos, official documents, home furnishings, and other artifacts. Located at 95 South Main Street. Closed Monday. Nominal Admission. Open daily 9:00 to 4:30. For more information call (479) 253-9417.

Razorback Observation Tower – Climb 100 feet for spectacular Ozark panoramas in every direction. Scenic HWY. 62 West. For more information, call (479) 253-8294.

Pine Mountain Observation Tower – Located in Pine Mountain Village, this 100-foot tower reveals breathtaking scenes of the surrounding Ozarks.
Eureka Springs Ghost Tours – Learn about the ghosts and personalities of the town, the city cemetery and the historic Crescent Hotel. Tours of the hotel are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday, May 1st to Oct. 31st. Friday and Saturday only from Nov. 1st to April 30th. For more information, call the tour office at (479) 253-6800 or visit www.eureka-springs-ghost.com.

Lake Leatherwood – One of the nation’s largest City Parks, this WPA-era park features an historic dam on Lake Leatherwood, with picnic, swimming, fishing, hiking, and off-road bike trails. Free admission. Located on HWY 62 West, For more information, call (479) 253-8624.

Lee Ostergren & Kelly Allen
TradeWinds, LLC
141 West Van Buren
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

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Old 05-08-2006, 08:01 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting all of this. I go of course for the shopping and DeVito's Italian Restaurant and the most important thing - TWO DUMB DAMES FUDGE FACTORY!

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Old 05-13-2006, 09:32 PM   #3
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No problem Vickie! Thanks for taking the time to peruse the list. If I were to list all the shops, restaraunts, galleries, spas, etc., the list would be a mile long. There is just so much to do here it's amazing. We moved here three years ago from San Diego, CA and we've definitely found home!


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Eureka Springs, AR 72632

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Old 05-13-2006, 10:37 PM   #4
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Question How far from Branson

How far is it down to Eueka Springs from Branson and how long would it take to drive it. Would it make a nice day trip? Are there any other nice day trips out of Banson? Thanks.

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Old 05-14-2006, 10:24 AM   #5
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Depending on traffic, the drive from Branson to Eureka Springs is between 45 minutes and an hour. Definitely worth the drive! ; )

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