Top Things to Do in Eureka Springs this Spring
The days are getting longer, the temperatures are warmer, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the sounds of music begin to fill the air—it’s springtime in Eureka Springs.
Eureka Springs offers up the best weather in the springtime, and Mother Nature shows off with a beautiful display of flowers and blooms. Whether you are traveling with family, friends or just your significant other, Eureka Springs has something for everyone to experience!
Nestled between the navigable wilderness water of the Kings River and a section of the 690-mile-long White River, Eureka Springs is the perfect home base for fishing and water sports enthusiasts. To the west, Beaver Lake holds bragging rights to the finest Arkansas bass, walleye and trout fishing, as well as unusually clear waters perfect for scuba diving.
A few miles north of town, Table Rock Lake stretches for 52 scenic miles, allowing for all types of water sports and excellent fishing.
Those who prefer kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, or swimming will find plenty of locations in the region where they can enjoy their water sports. And depending on the season, there are rapids to shoot on the Kings River.
On the edge of town, Eureka Springs’ beautiful Lake Leatherwood City Park, a 1,600-acre forested park with more than 25 miles of hiking and biking trails ranging from easy to highly technical, and an 85-acre spring-fed lake for watersports and fishing.
Experience the exhilarating thrill of a Zip Line Canopy Tour right in the heart of an Ozark forest. Soar through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 2000 feet long over vast, gorgeous, beautiful hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. The dense forest of hardwoods provides a beautiful setting for a nature-filled experience guaranteed to satisfy thrill seekers from all walks of life.
Explore the History
See the colorful past of this unique town and the people who lived here at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. The museum is located at the heart of the historic district in Calif House, built in 1889. The museum houses a collection of documents, photographs, and artifacts that tell the story of Eureka Springs.
While in Eureka Springs, take a tram, or underground walking tour and learn about our historic buildings and unique past. Trolleys are a preferred way to get around the winding, crisscrossed streets.
Seek out some of our past residents on one of the walking ghost tours of the historic hotels or ghost van tours around town.
Let Us Entertain You
There’s nothing like listening to live music, and Eureka Springs has music and concerts happening all the time. In April, the Basin Park Music series kicks off for the season with free concerts in the park. During May, several weekends will celebrate Jazz. The Auditorium has shows lined up including the annual John Two-Hawks Mother’s Day Concert in May—which is free to all moms! Eureka Springs hosts some great festivals all year, but the entire month of May celebrates the arts with May Festival of the Arts.
See What’s Blooming
Eureka Springs first drew visitors in the late 1800s because of the healing powers believed to be present in over 60 natural springs there. While the springs today are not potable, they are wonderfully landscaped & lushly gardened. They provide excellent picnic and rest areas as well as giving a beautiful arboretum-like feel. Grab a parks & trails map and find the 15 prominent springs that are easily walkable.
Celebrate the Arts
Eureka Springs is one of the most celebrated destinations in the central United States. A destination of choice for artists since the 1800s, Eureka Springs is currently home to over two hundred working artists and over thirty art galleries. All around town, you will find artists working in their studios and displaying their creations. The galleries of Eureka Springs are a joy to shop for the creative outpourings from over 2,000 artists of local, national and international note. Iron masks to raku pottery, smoke drawings, oil paintings, fine crafts, etchings, marble and bronze sculptures, exotic fantasy art, Native American art, fine glass — the list goes on and on. Not all of Eureka Springs’ fine art is in galleries or museums. You can see artistic expressions all over town.
Shop til you Drop!
Eureka Springs is a shopper’s paradise. Boutiques, antiques, trending setting clothing, handcrafted jewelry, and eclectic gifts, can be found all around town. Find antique stores full of furniture, home décor, and unique treasures. Art Galleries feature local, regional and nationally known artists and feature a variety of two and three-dimensional works of art.