Eureka Springs Family Vacations
Eureka Springs is a favorite place for family vacations where the amount of fun is only limited by your imagination. Lively, playful, and intriguing activities and attractions are waiting for you and your family this spring so march on over and join the fun!
Here are a few family friendly activities:
Walk on the wild side – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to lions, tigers, bears and more.
Photograph a ghost – visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel and take photographs of the most haunted areas then look for orbs.
Zip through the trees – Eureka Springs Ziplines…well, its more fun than we can put into words.
Discover the “wild west” of Eureka – take the Hell Raisers, Hoodlums & Heated history tour to learn about bank robberies, the Doolin-Dalton gang and more.
Meet an Illusionist & a Medium- Intrigue Theater is one of the best shows you will see. This nationally acclaimed duo with intrigue the whole family.
Fun for the girls - Mom, take your girls to the spa. Catch up while you get your nails done. If it’s the first time for her, let the spa know so they can make it extra special. Look for spa specials and save a little money too.
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Basin Spring Park is located in the heart of the Eureka Springs Historic District and is the perfect place to hang out while you are deciding what to do next. Here you are close to great food like The Balcony Restaurant and some really neat Eureka Springs attractions like Downtown-N-Underground and the Hell Raisers Hoodlums & Heated History Tours. Live music plays in the bandshell and local street acts can be found performing in the park and up and down Spring Street. There is no better place than this to watch one of Eureka Springs’ famous parades.
Kids of all ages are amazed by illusions and will be completely mesmerized by Intrigue Theater. The young Sean Paul can be compared to a modern day Houdini and he is making a name for himself as a world class illusionist. After seeing the show, head over to the magic shop next door to the Basin Park Hotel and let the young ones try their hand at some classic slight of hand tricks and illusions.
Tour America’s Most Haunted Hotel. The Crescent Hotel has been featured on popular shows like Ghost Hunter’s and Bio Channel’s My Ghost Story. Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours provide exclusive access to some of the most famous ghost sighting locations and allow you to take photos to try and capture a mysterious image of your own.
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Eureka Springs is truly unique and stages the “Largest Attended Outdoor Drama in America”. Home to the Great Passion Play and the monumental Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs is one of the most inspiring places for Christian families. The Great Passion Play takes visitors back to the 1st century to be inspired by the story of Jesus. The grounds also house a replica of Moses’ Tabernacle and provide an opportunity for visitors to meet Biblical characters who bring the scriptures to life.
The Ozark Mountains are a perfect setting for an extreme canopy tour. Exhilarating Ozark Mountain Ziplines offer 120-1800 ft long trips across scenic canyons and suspend you up to 200 ft above the ground.
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Investigated by the Sci-Fi Channel’s Ghost Hunters, the Crescent Hotel is known as America’s Most Haunted Hotel. It has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, A&E’s Haunted Road Trips, USA Today and most recently the Bio Network’s My Ghost Story. The hotel continues to gain popularity as the legend continues.
Tours run 7 nights a week. Tickets are $19.50 per person. Children under the age of twelve are $7.00.
Tour size is limited therefore it is strongly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure a tour. Tour times are at 8pm with additional time slots made available as needed.
Visitors and guests alike flock to America’s Most Haunted Hotel to explore and take the nightly ghost tour. Staffed by members of ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormals) the tour opens behind the scenes “active areas” culminating with a thrilling visit to the Baker Hospital morgue and autopsy table.
Eureka Springs attractions make Eureka Springs a choice vacation destination. Here are some of the most popular attractions:
- Ghost Tours
- The Great Passion Play
- Ozark Mountain Ziplines at Eureka Springs
- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
- Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad
- Downtown – N – Underground
- Intrigue Theater
- Pine Mountain Theater
- Hellraisers, Hoodlums & Heated History Tour – New!
See a full list of Eureka Springs attractions. If you are planning on visiting several attractions, consider purchasing attraction ticket bundles online to save money. Many Eureka Springs lodging properties offer vacation packages that include attraction tickets.
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Stand up paddle-boarding or SUP is one of the fastest growing water sports. Now in Eureka Springs, SUP Outfitters is the Stand-up Paddle-boarding resource for Northwest Arkansas. A great activity for kids and the whole family. SUP is a great workout for the whole body but suitable for most people. Never been paddle-boarding? Don’t worry. SUP Outfitters offers lessons to get you started.
If you have experience, SUP Outfitters rents board and is a licensed dealer for the best brands in paddleboards. Explore Beaver Lake on a paddleboard with Melodye…your experienced guide. You’ll enjoy amazing views from the board and feel good about this eco-friendly sport.
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So you are taking the family to Eureka Springs. There are lots of family friendly activities to keep you busy.
- Go on a ghost tour. Kids get a thrill from exploring the places they have seen on the televised ghost hunting shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. Reservations for ghost tours in America’s Most Haunted Hotel are highly recommended. Be sure to reserve your ghost tour tickets and attraction tickets online in advance.
- Meet lions, tigers and bears…oh my. Kids love to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to see rescued big cats and bears. Dinner for the animals is around 5. It is a great time to visit. Reserve Turpentine Creek tickets online now.
- Find adventure Downtown Underground. Discover the “wild” side of Eureka and explore underground passages no longer accessible to the public with Downtown-N-Underground tours. Buy your Downtown-N-Underground tickets online.
- Experience Extreme FUN. Thrills and adventure await you on the Ozark Mountain Ziplines at Eureka Springs. Zip down one of 10 lines ranging from 120-1800 feet in length. Explore Beaver Lake with SUP Outfitters, stand up paddle-boarding for the whole family.
- Ride the train. They love the sound of the whistle blowing and the clickity-clack of the track.Kids see the train switch tracks and get to talk to a real train conductor. Ride on the ES & NA Railway.
- Take a scenic drive. Visit all 10 sites on the Arkansas Art Trail. Motorcycles from
all over the country come to ride the winding, scenic roads of the Ozarks.
- Tour the natural springs. Visit dozens of natural springs, many surrounded by beautiful little pocket parks. Many enjoy taking photos of the springs with the change of each season. The springs are open year round.
- Enjoy a movie under a blanket of stars. During the warmer months, free movies play in the open air of Basin Spring Park in downtown Eureka Springs. Plan your vacation around Eureka Springs events.
- Explore the outdoors. Eureka Springs has miles of woodland trails right in town. Hike, float, ride or bike.
- Take an architectural tour. From Thorncrown Chapel to the famous Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs is full of amazing architecture. Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown Eureka Springs.
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Having earned a reputation as America’s Most Haunted Hotel, the Crescent Hotel has a rich and colorful history. The hotel’s grand lobby makes an impression making it no surprise that the Crescent Hotel is a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America.
Thousands of visitors to the Crescent Hotel are entertained with intriguing tales from its past every year with exciting ghost tours. Though Crescent Ghost Tours are one of the most popular of Eureka Springs attractions, the Crescent Hotel has built on its reputation and launched Crescent Theatre. Run by Keith Scales, Crescent Theatre is all about entertainment and offers a variety of shows suitable for different ages and interests.
Whether you are staying overnight at the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa or just visiting Eureka Springs don’t miss a chance to discover what makes the Crescent Hotel and the mountain town of Eureka Springs such a unique destination.
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Eureka Springs is a vacation destination. Recognized as a one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, one of America’s Top 6 Getaway Destinations and a Top 25 Arts Destination in the U.S., Eureka Springs offers a variety of things to keep your family busy.
Take a tour of Eureka’s Underground with a Downtown-N-Underground tour or hang with the big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.
Arts & Crafts
Adults love to explore downtown Eureka Springs. Unique shops, dozens of art galleries and independently owned restaurants are part of what make Eureka Springs an extraordinary escape. Kids of all ages can get crafty with a class at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.
Meet in the mornings for a War Eagle breakfast and enjoy resort activities at a mountaintop spa resort. Kids will love the swimming pool and adults will enjoy the spa. The resort’s shuttle or the Eureka Springs trolley can transport your family all over Eureka Springs so you can explore together.
Surrounded by parks, lakes and natural springs, Eureka Springs offers many outdoor activities for families. Rent canoes or old fashioned paddle boats at Lake Leatherwood and plan a family cookout.
Stay in a cottage, a hotel downtown or a mountaintop spa resort. Eureka Springs lodging can accommodate everyone. Contact one of Eureka Springs professional sales representatives to help you plan your reunion. Let them help you get the best rates on rooms and attractions.
Eureka Springs is a destination for adventure travel in Arkansas, the Natural State. Here are just a few of the outdoor activities you can try while in Eureka Springs:
- Hiking – From the sidewalks of downtown to the pristine woodland trails, Eureka Springs offers plenty of hiking opportunities. Take a walking or guided tour of downtown, explore Oil Springs Trail on Black Bass Lake or take an expedition to nearby Buffalo River National Park Region.
- Biking – Discover epic trails at Lake Leatherwood or sign up for one of Eureka Springs Outdoor Events.
- Floating – Enjoy scenic floats on the Kings River with Black Jack Adventure, Kings River Outfitters or Riverside Canoes. Float the White River with Adventure Mountain Outfitters. Canoe or paddle on Lake Leatherwood.
- Ziplining – Feel the thrill of zipping through the Ozark Mountain canopy in Eureka Springs. Ozark Mountain Ziplines at Eureka Springs will guide your adventure through the treetops.
- Fishing – The White River is a premier fishing stream.
- Boating – Table Rock Lake and Beaver Lake offer boat rentals and other watercraft for a fun day on the water. Check out Starkey Marina and Holiday Island Marina for boat rentals.
- Swimming – With clear water, Beaver Lake is the choice lake for swimming and diving.
- Spelunking – Discover Onyx Cave, War Eagle Cavern, Cosmic Caverns or one of many historic caves near the natural springs of Eureka Springs.
- Water Skiing – Table Rock Lake and Beaver Lake are perfect for water skiing. Check out Starkey Marina and Holiday Island Marina for boat and ski rentals.
- Horseback Riding – Spend a day exploring the outdoors on horseback at one of many Eureka Springs stables. Check out Red Bud Riding Stables or Steve’s Stables.
- Birding & Wildlife Viewing – You will find wildlife everywhere in Eureka Springs. Explore Lake Leatherwood, Harmon Park, Black Bass Lake and other city parks. To see elk, visit the Buffalo National River Region.
- Scenic Drives & Motorcycle Rides – Follow the Arkansas Art Trail or download a map of Eureka Springs Best Motorcycle Rides.
Plan your Eureka Springs outdoor vacation.