Every now and then you need a break. Eureka Springs, with a population of around 2,500 people, is a picture-perfect spot that has something for everyone, allowing time to reflect and time to experience what this area has to offer. Situated in the Ozark Mountains in Carroll County, Arkansas, this magical city will sweep you away from the stress of your everyday life.
Eureka Springs is a shopper’s paradise and has over 100 unique shops and galleries. If shopping isn’t your thing, the city is also a haven for nature lovers with a 500-acre wildlife refuge and is home to dozens of spas and delightful restaurants. The city has plenty of activities for both families and solo travelers to enjoy, but as the Wedding Capital of the South, Eureka Springs is the perfect destination for loved-up couples looking to tie the knot, or just enjoy a romantic break away.
The Victorian city is laden with beauty and charm and located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, there is plenty of exploring to be done. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy a two-hour zipline tour through the Ozark Mountain forest, and people looking for a more relaxed experience can enjoy the forest with a ride on a steam train. After a day out exploring, tourists in Eureka Springs can wind down with an evening at one of the city’s award-winning restaurants. You will be spoilt for choice as Eureka Springs offers everything from Italian cuisine to Mexican, Thai, Chinese, Mediterranean, and Indian fare.
Eureka Springs is well-known for ‘The Great Passion Play,’ and theater lovers flood here to enjoy the show. The production takes place in an outdoor amphitheater and includes live animals in its depiction of Jesus Christ’s last days on Earth. Visitors have been coming to Eureka Springs for a long, long time, and although this Ozark town is known today for its incredible Victorian architecture, art galleries, and natural beauty, the original attraction was the water. In the past, the Native American tribes of the area believed that the cold spring water could cure many illnesses and diseases, and the hills of Eureka Springs were believed to be full of miracle remedies.
People are still drawn to the healing power of this small community, but relaxation has replaced miraculous cures. The city is now full of stunning day spas and Victorian bed and breakfasts. Eureka Springs’ nationally-known Beaver Lake and Table Rock Lake also attract visitors to stop by the city and enjoy its beautiful scenery. However, besides these famous gems, the city still has many more low-key attractions that visitors can discover and enjoy, off-the-beaten-track.
Visitors to Eureka Springs will be spoilt with free music under the stars in Basin Spring Park and several intriguing art galleries that are home to original, limited-edition works of art. Located in the heart of the Arkansas Art Trail, the city is home to more than 400 working artists and hosts many festivals, including May Festival of the Arts and Eureka Springs Blues Festival.
Eureka Springs truly is full of magical marvels that attract visitors from all over the world. Whether you are looking to have a relaxing spa break away, a jam-packed journey exploring the Ozark Mountain forest, or a tour of its numerous shops and art galleries, this charming city has it all.
By Emily Brown
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