Eureka Springs Travel Guide

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Eureka Springs Highlights

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     A great place to wander and gawk at the sites 

  • Con
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     Modern veneer of tourism and knicknacks 

  • In a nutshell
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     Unique Village in the Beautiful Ozark Countryside 

Eureka Springs Things to Do

  • Intrigue Theater - a Must See in Eureka...

    We have done a lot of traveling and seen many shows... This was something we decided to do last minute and thoroughly enjoyed it! Both my 8 and my 18 year old had a great time! First of all let me say that this show was entertaining and I loved the showmanship. Both Sean-Paul and Juliane are very talented and charming. We were there for the first...

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  • Thorncrown Chapel

    Thorncrown chapel is gorgeous and is perfectly settled into the woods. When I was walking up to the chapel I could not do anything but just stare at the beautiful architecture. When you walk inside there is someone there to greet you and answer any questions you may have. It is extremely tranquil and relaxing just sitting inside the nice cool...

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  • Christ of the Ozarks

    The Christ of the Ozarks was absolutely breathtaking. I have always dreamed of visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro and this is probably going to be the closest I will come. But that is no problem at all because this statue may not be as big but it is still outstanding to see. To see the Statue it is free but they are in...

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  • Lucky 7 Rooftop Billiards

    Friendly, laid-back saloon on top floor of Basin Park Hotel. Only open after dark. Two old-time regulation pocket pool tables, foos-ball table, dartboard, table shuffleboard, dominoes, chess, backgammon, big-screen TV, and bar in a smoky atmosphere. Good place to take your girl to play a fun, leisurely game of pool and kinda romantic in a kinda...

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  • The Great Passion Play

    Outdoor theatrical of Jesus the Christ's last days of mortal ministry upon the Earth, His crucifixion and resurrection. Very well presented. Unmissable.

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  • Christ of the Ozarks

    An awesome and inspiring icon of Eureka Springs. The monumental statue of Jesus Christ stands over 67 feet tall. Sculpted by Emmet Sullivan, one of the assistants on Mount Rushmore, in 1966. It is visible from many points around Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is the third-tallest sculpture of Jesus in the world after two Messiah statues in South...

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Eureka Springs Restaurants

  • D-luscious!

    The 1876 really has a full variety menu, but I went for the breakfast buffet and waffle bar and was NOT disappointed. Food was great and plenteous and varied. Staff were friendly and helpful. I'd have to say the waffles topped with blackberries, but everything was scrumptious!

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  • Mmmmm-waHHH!!!

    Molto bene! Benissimo!! EVERYTHING about Ermilio's is pleasing: the setting, the staff, the atmosphere, the camaraderie. And the food! Ah, the food!! EVERY bite! I started with the Caprese Salad and a basket of wonderful bread. Ordered the mostaccioli al pesto to which my server added gorgonzola cheese sauce partway through with my blessing. I...

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  • Not So Italian

    Well, I'll tell ya, service was poor. I sat at a table for some time before a waiter noticed me. He came back eventually to get my order, then after awhile to bring the food. After that I didn't see hide nor hair of him. Following a lengthy wait after I was finished with my meal, I finally went up to the kitchen window, and after another prolonged...

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  • Can't go wrong here!

    Great food, great ambiance, great views, great service, great goodness! It was all just dandy. The stand-out for me though was the unusual but delicious garlic cheese grits. Yum!

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  • "It May Not Look Famous, But It Is!"

    Woooooo, Piggy!!! Memphis-style Southern pit barbecue. Sandwiches less than $10. Dinners $10-20. Now, I had the Whole Rack of Ribs. That was $21.50. And, brother, that was a WHOLE rack! Slopping over the ends of the platter. I thought I was back in Amarillo at the Big Texan workin' on that 72-ouncer! It was worth more than what I paid. I had the...

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  • Incredible Steakhouse ~ Delicous Wine

    I had the pleasure of eating at Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse while visiting Eureka Springs. We had a party of 6 and were seated by one of the many charming nooks next to a fireplace. The inside of the restaurant has such a warm and inviting ambiance. The service was attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable. We ordered many different selections from...

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Eureka Springs Nightlife

  • There are plenty of shows in...

    There are plenty of shows in the evening and you can get a listing of them once you get to Eureka Springs. I am not a country music fan so my wife and I went to a magician's show at a theater near our hotel. The lobby of our hotel had brochures from all the local activities to help us decide how to spend our evening.

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  • while in Eureka springs visit...

    while in Eureka springs visit the lumberyard saloonIts newly built, and they have bands in there on the weekends where anything u like

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  • Eureka Springs Hotels

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Eureka Springs Transportation

  • Planer Hill Park & Ride

    One of the Park & Ride terminals for using public transport. 177 S. Main St., Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632.

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  • Eureka Public Transport

    Parking is a swashbuckling adventure in Eureka, so check out public transit. Quite comfortable and informal. One adult ride is $3, but All-Day Passes are $5 and Two-Day Passes are $8. A Child's Pass (age 7-11) is $1. [They DO like their parking fees in Eureka: $5/day at both the Eureka Transit & Welcome Center and the Planer Hill Park & Ride (Stops...

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  • Eureka Trolly Tours

    Eureka Springs has a guided trolly tour that you can take. It describes the historic district, the architecture and history of the town itself. It's an open air tram. The cost for this is$7.50 per person. There is another option of just buying an all-day pass to hop on and off the trolly at various stops. The cost for this is $3.50 per person.

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Eureka Springs Shopping

  • Antiques and a great view

    Five miles west of Eureka Springs you can pull over from Highway 62 and enjoy the superb view from Inspiration Point. Here at the top of Rock Candy Mountain, you are 550 feet above the White River valley. During our visit the hillsides were covered with redbud trees in blossom. I'm sure it's a fantastic spot for a sunset. Castle Antiques is a...

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  • The Rare Independent Book Store

    If you like book stores this is a fine one. The owner is usually at the counter and helpful. The selection here is eclectic and interesting. It is well worth the stop. The prices are standard to a little below. There is a pretty well stocked kids selection.It feels relaxed and comfortable. It is a good place to browse around for something you have...

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  • Browsing the streets of Eureka Springs

    Eureka Springs shopping is essentially about antiques, arts and crafts. Most shops are located on Spring Street and Main Street. You will need at least 1 full day to go around.

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Eureka Springs Local Customs

  • Marriage Capital of the South: Eureka...

    When we took the open tram to tour historic Eureka Springs, our tour guide told us that "Eureka Springs is known as the Marriage/Wedding Capital of the South"! She went further and explained that there are more places to be married here almost than in Las Vegas!Most of the "ministers" gained their licenses from the internet; however, it is legal....

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  • Halloween Decorations

    If you get a chance to come to Eureka Springs during October, you will see many kinds of decorations, such as scarecrows, pumpkins, and Halloween decor. I really love this time of the year! This little scarecrow is typical for this time of year all across the US.

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  • Leaf Burning

    In this area of the country, you are still allowed to burn your fall leaves. Most areas of the cities in the US require you to bag the leaves, not burn them. I love the smell of burning leaves with the chill of the fall air! What could be better!

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Eureka Springs Warnings and Dangers

  • Climbing Needs to be YOUr Thing

    If you are not in good shape, or do not like climbing steeper type streets, stay at the bottom. The 1000 plus buildings and homes are on the gradual incline going up to the top where the Cresent Hotel rests. It could be as much as 1 1/2 miles to get there. We took a shortcut through the homes where an old stairway existed. It saved time in winding...

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  • Roads are DAngerous

    Around this area are many curves and winding roads. Caution is to go slow. In fact, advise on some curves is 15 miles per hour. I did not believe that until the tires squeeled from the sharp curves. By the way, there are not many guard rails stopping you form dropping over the edge of the road. The sheer drop in many areas is enough to scare you to...

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  • Parking CAn be at Your Hazard

    Watch where you park. The local officials do patrol the parking areas, and also the trolley lots. I imagine the tickets prices are enough to make it worth their while. On the street, many slots are forbidden, while others may allow 15 minutes, or so. Some lots are where they try to direct you. The price is a high charge of $1 per hour. That sucks....

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Eureka Springs Off The Beaten Path

  • Chainsaw Sculpting Festival

    Seasonal events and festivals take place all the time around town. This was a chainsaw sculpting festival in April 2012. I noticed it while driving past, whipped in, and snapped a few pics.

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  • Along Sycamore Springs Trail, Black Bass...

    A Eureka Springs city park little-known to visitors. Park entrance road is directly across Hwy 62 from Sherwood Court Cottages.

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  • Beaver Lake-Tablerock Lake

    This is a peaceful setting, and has a suspension bridge over the water here. The town is very small and sleepy. A owner of Rogues Manor in Eureka Springs must own the food store here, and is building -for a long time- a home/castle across the lake. It is a fishing and boating area around here. The lakes all connect and the White River is the link...

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Eureka Springs Sports & Outdoors

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    by BruceDunning Written May 2, 2009

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    This area is the beginning of canoe trips on the White River. They get more frequent up into Missouri where rapids give more fast pace action. This water is so pristine, and green in color from the limestone base

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Eureka Springs Favorites

  • Why is it named Eureka Springs?

    I've answered the "Why is it named Eureka Springs" question in a different post. I would encourage visitors to come to Eureka Springs in the Spring or Autumn. In the Spring, the dogwood blooms, and it's lovely, but the Autumn is my favorite. When I was growing up there, my grandmother called it the "Flaming Fall Review." Not as brilliant as New...

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  • Why is it called Eureka Springs?

    Someone asked this question, but the reply was not at all an answer to the question. Eureka Springs was named during the 1800s when a white explorer who was looking for a cure for various illnesses discovered an Indian tribe camped by one of the springs. He asked why they stayed there, and they told him that the chief's daughter had been blind...

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  • Why is it named Eureka Springs?

    Eureka Springs gets it's name from the natural hot springs that were once the major tourist attraction to this region of Arkansas in the early 1900's. The springs are still there, but no longer used for that purpose. In the photo there is a large hotel built up on the hill that was built specifically for this purpose: to cater to the tourists...

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