Eureka Springs Family Vacations

Eureka Springs Announces New Family Attraction

The Young Americans

(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) — Summer fun seems to be growing exponentially here in this Arkansas Ozarks vacation destination.  One such new summer attraction that is getting a lot of buzz is the debut of a brand new musical review called “A Place Called Home” performed by The Young Americans.  Performed at Center Stage for Performing Arts, the show schedule in July includes 4 shows a week.  Friday and Saturday shows include a dinner theater experience served by the cast members prior to the show.  Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm.  There is plenty of theater seating for everyone and show only tickets are available as well.  There is a Sunday matinee performance of the show only at 3:00 p.m.

“All cast members are students at Young Americans College of the Performing Arts, located in Corona, California”, explained Andy Luna, the show’s CEO.  Luna, a former Young Americans performer, researched and wrote this special show just for Northwest Arkansas.  “Our only other American show is performed throughout the summer in Michigan on the Boyne Highlands stage, although we have had outreach performances in Japan and Germany.”

The performance takes the audience on a trip around all genres of music.  From upbeat big band, pop hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s, a Motown review that is unsurpassed, to tunes one would hear in a country dance hall plus Gospel songs that would emanate from the open windows of a country church.  Patriotic tunes have not been forgotten, either.  The crescendo of the two-act performance is their salute to Broadway.  Their selection of show tunes puts the audience right there on “The Great White Way”.

The nearly two-hour performance is both amazing and inspirational.  The talent, energy, and enthusiasm of this large cast of young performers is unheralded.  There is not one cast member that does not add sparkle since all sing and all dance, and all is done magnificently well.  It is a show that will be loved and long remembered by members of the audience.

The show is a good fit for Eureka Springs since it adds a performing arts experience to Eureka’s well-established visual arts offering as well as offering a great nighttime activity for the resort community’s thousands of visitors and locals alike.  This type of family entertainment is ideal for all ages for the music is non-stop keeping guests continually entertained.

Center Stage owner- Kristy Balthazor is partnering with Chef Wil Larsen and his wife Kelsey owners of the Eureka Dinner Club to create a delightful culinary experience for dinner theater guests.  The dinner theater portion of the evening allows the stars of the Young American cast to interact with guests prior to the show.  The cast members enjoy both serving and serenading their guests prior to their stage performance.  Dessert is enjoyed during the brief intermission between each 1-hour long act of the show.

In welcoming the new attraction to his town, Mayor Butch Berry said, “We are very excited about welcoming The Young Americans to our wonderful, historic, resort town.  They will add another level of entertainment to what we have to offer our visitors from out of state as well as our neighbors in Northwest Arkansas and other Arkansans who choose to vacation here.”

Three of the performers radiated excitement, not only about the show but about their new five-month home.  “For all 26 of us (16 singers and dancers; seven members of the band; one sound tech; one lighting tech; one backstage manager) we immediately fell in love with Eureka Springs, a community that just as quickly embraced us as family.”

The Young Americans group was founded in 1962 and is a 501c3 charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education, and cultural interaction among student members and their audiences.

Tickets may be obtained through the Center Stage website <>.  For more information, call 479-239-2062.

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Skip the Lines and Have Good Times

Does it sometimes feel like you’re spending most of your family vacation standing in line waiting for your turn? Well step out of that line and have a good time and experience all the hassle-free fun things to do in our beautiful Ozark Mountain town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

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Make a splash in one of a kind Eureka Springs, AR this Summer!

Here are just a few of the many wonderful and exciting memory making adventures that await you and your family in our stress free lil’ mountain town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas:

Just south of Eureka Springs on 459 acres is home to a variety of exotic and native animals, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is one of America’s most beloved and respected big cat sanctuaries. Providing compassionate care and lifetime refuge to survivors of the exotic animal trade, this nonprofit is a Northwest Arkansas “Top 10” attraction and one of the most popular in Eureka Springs. Enjoy educational daily tours or experience Africa in the Ozarks in one of their unique lodging accommodations.  Follow them on social media for regular updates, photos, videos and more!

Experience the exhilarating thrill of a zip line canopy tour right in the heart of the beautiful, pristine Ozark Mountains at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. You’ll go soaring through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 2000 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs. Experience 10 cables and one swinging bridge. 

These exciting ziplines offer the highest degree of safety while providing large or small groups, families, and private parties an exhilarating outdoor fun & safe adventure. This expert staff will operate and deliver 2 hours of fun per tour for any persons 3 years of age or older.  

No wooden towers here! All natural and minimal hiking on clear cut trails finishing up at the bottom of the gorge where an air-conditioned bus is waiting with smiling faces to take you back to the welcome center just minutes away. 

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Bridge the gap with your family this Summer at Ozark Mountain Ziplines in one of a kind Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

Lake Leatherwood City Park

1610 beautiful acres of peaceful Ozark mountain countryside with something for everyone to enjoy. An 85 acre lake to swim, fish, paddle & gaze upon. 20+miles of maintained trails to hike or cycle. 199 bird species to watch from the bird blind. Fields for baseball & soccer. Cabins & camping for rest & renewal. Walk the dog, let the kid’s run, take a hike, join a pick-up game, throw out a line, pack a picnic, fly a kite . . .what are you waiting for ~ Lake Leatherwood City Park is here for YOU!

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Jump into Summer family fun at beautiful Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

What is the #1 Attraction in Eureka Springs? Downtown Eureka Springs!  With shopping, dining, nightlife and much more, strolling down Spring and Main Streets will create the perfect backdrop to your vacation.

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Good times and great fun in Basin Springs Park. Celebrate Summer in Eureka Springs!

Take a leisurely walk on Main Street and explore unique shops, dine underground, have lunch, take a carriage ride, or explore the history with the Downtown Walking Tours. People watch in Basin Spring Park and see where the town was founded or see what life was like in the 1900’s with a visit to the Historical Eureka Springs Museum and focus on the Springs of Eureka Springs.

Continue up to the Award Winning Spring Street visiting art galleries, boutiques and dining in local favorites that are open all year round. Whether you are shopping for your favorite pup, gourmet foods, or something to remember your trip by Downtown Eureka Springs offers spectacular shopping.

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The jewel of Downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel.

Stay Downtown
Nothing is more fun than being in walking distance to all of the fun in Eureka Springs! Downtown offers a variety of lodging from historic properties like the Basin Park Hotel, luxury properties, cottages and cabins, Bed and Breakfasts, and even tree houses! There is something for every visitor!

No Visit to Eureka Springs is complete without time in Downtown Eureka Springs.

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Best of the Basin

Mountain Bike Mecca

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The thrill of the ride! Eureka Springs has trails for the expert and the novice alike!

Eureka Springs with its ever growing Trail system now includes the most spectacular downhill biking course on the OzTraisl System.  Miles and miles of family friendly biking can be found at Lake Leatherwood, The Grounds of the Great Passion Play and throughout the In-City Trail system

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New ghostly discovery at The 1886 Crescent Hotel

On February 5, 2019, while working to extend a parking pad at the north end of the 1886 Crescent Hotel, a chance discovery was made by the hotel’s landscape gardener, Susan Benson.  There in that first scoop of dirt were a couple strange, medical-looking bottles.  Knowing part of the hotel’s history that it was once a “cancer curing hospital” in the late 1930s, Benson called the hotel’s ghost tour manager, Keith Scales.  Upon his arrival, Scales realized the bottles he was looking at were identical to those that appeared on an advertising poster of the late Norman Baker, the charlatan who operated the hospital.

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Human organs found preserved at the Crescent Hotel! Things just got a little more haunted here!

On April 9, 2019, team members of the Arkansas Archeology Survey, part of the University of Arkansas system, arrived from the nearby Fayetteville campus, to begin their meticulous study.  They began to carefully peel back layers of dirt and rock.  Cutting root clusters as needed, the “find” was slowly uncovered.

All the folklore, all the hair-raising stories, all the rumors were now proving to be true with each and every bottle, medical specimen jar, gruesome surgical tool, etc. as they arose from their 80-year-old grave.  Physical remnants of Baker’s Cancer Curable Hospital could now be seen, studied and displayed.  The discovery echoed throughout the United States thanks to such news outlets as Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, CNN, and Newsweek, to name just a few.

Ghost Tours are offered nightly at The 1886 Crescent Hotel “The Most Haunted Hotel in America” beginning at 8.00 pm. Your professional, colorful costumed guides will take you through the Crescent Hotel pointing out the most active areas and telling you the stories behind the sightings that have been reported over many generations. The tour ends in the highly active morgue – legacy of the notorious Norman Baker “Cancer Curable” Hospital. After the tour the guides will be happy to share their extensive knowledge of the hotel and Eureka Springs with those who have questions. Meet your guide and fellow guests 10-15 minutes before your tour at the Faculty Lounge on the fourth floor. $22.50 for adults, under 13 $8.00.

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Ghost Hunt at the 1905 Basin Park Hotel

Since they started to incorporate a ghost hunt into their tours, reports of paranormal activity in certain areas of the building a have multiplied. Is it because more people are now searching for evidence of the supernatural, or are more investigations encouraging invisible friends to reach back to folks from the other side? 

Your journey begins with an exclusive visit to the roof, where photo-ops from the tallest building in old town Eureka Springs make for “lifetime memories.”

As a preliminary to the main event your guide will recount the stories of ghostly activity in the building that have been handed down over generations,  and introduce you  to a few characters from the colorful history of Eureka Springs whose lives were bound up with the Basin park hotel and are very likely to be still present – in some form!

Then you will be given the tools to investigate the most active areas for yourself – these include the Barefoot Ballroom, the notorious third floor and the underground cave.

Your experiences, photographs and other evidence will be recorded and documented on our websites and Facebook pages. In this way you will help us build an archive of supernatural occurrences in the Basin Park Hotel – testimonials that will be read by guests at the hotel for years to come.

Summer Hours are Wednesday – Sunday at 10:30.  

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Join the thrill of a ghost hunt at The 1905 Basin Park Hotel in haunted Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

Looking for some good old wholesome family fun? There is no shortage of entertainment for the entire family when you come to Eureka Springs, Arkansas’ Premier Family Fun Center. Pig Trail Kart N’ Golf offers you the very best in entertainment and wholesome clean family fun. With two Putt Putt Courses, a multi-level Go Kart track, indoor Arcade and Play Center and Batting Cages, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Good times and lifetime memories await you! 

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Rev up and run with some bumper car fun in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!

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It’s a whole in one for family fun in the Arkansas Ozarks!


If you’re looking for an activity the whole family will enjoy, check out an afternoon at Onyx Cave Eureka Springs.  Known as the oldest show cave in Arkansas, visitors have been flocking to this unique attraction since it was discovered in 1893.  Onyx Cave can be found just six miles from Eureka Springs on Onyx Cave Lane.  

Each person entering the cave will receive a pair of radio headphones to wear during the tour.  Tours are all self-guided and last around 30-minutes.  The Onyx Cave is a great outing for little children as the tour can be as quick or as long as you like.  The cave offers easy access to the ramps but there are stairs that lead to the gift shop.  No strollers or pets are permitted inside the cave.

The Onyx Cave remains at a cool temperature of 57 degrees year-round.  The underground formations consist of natural flowstone known as cave onyx.  A few of the chambers that can be seen on the tour include the Witches Fireplace and the Friendly Dragon.

 Adults ages 13 and up are admitted for $7.50, children are $3.50 and ages 3 and under are admitted free.  On your way out of the cave, take a browse through the cave Gift Shop featuring jewelry, rocks, and Onyx gift items.

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Take your time and preserve your lifetime memories in pics! No rush, just good times!

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Fun and exploration for the whole family at Onyx Cave in Eureka Springs! Hassle-free fun at your own pace.

Experience gravity gone wrong! Water and balls roll uphill, people walk at strange angles and appear to grow taller and shorter, depending on where they stand! Years ago, moonshiners operated in the cavern – it was perfect for making the “Devil’s Brew” – in fact, the cove of Beaver Lake where the cavern is located is still referred to as “Devil’s Gap”. Years after the cavern was opened for public tours, remnants of a still was found in the cavern, and remains of what must have been a shack was discovered on the hillside. Local lore has it that the good ole boys would stay in this shack while making their “White Lightning” inside the cavern. Building from the foundations remaining, it was soon discovered that gravity had gone wrong. Was it because of the huge cavern just below pulling it in? Is there some kind of vortex? Or was there just too much moonshine involved in the construction? Experience it yourself! See how water flows uphill, balls roll uphill, people walk at strange angles and seem to grow taller and shorter!
 Expect to be totally confused as the laws of gravity seem to no longer apply!
Whether you are planning your family vacation or just a fun weekend adventure, War Eagle Cavern offers hours of affordable family fun. Located half-way between Eureka Springs and Rogers, Arkansas.
We are: stroller-accessible, pet friendly, and have limited handicap accessibility.
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Enter a new world this Summer! Adventure for the entire family close to Eureka Springs!

Cosmic Cavern in Berryville, Arkansas is one of the states’ most beautiful natural attractions! When you are in Northwest Arkansas or the Berryville area and are looking for “things to do” or “attractions” Cosmic Cavern is a “must see” destination. We are easy to find, right between Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Branson, Missouri. Cosmic Cavern is Arkansas’s largest privately owned show cave. Cosmic Cavern was discovered in 1845, but wasn’t developed until 1927. Cosmic Cavern’s cave tour is approximately a 1hr and 15 minute walking tour in the warmest cave in the Ozarks, at a steady 64 degrees and 96% humidity. The cave is a warm 64 degrees in the winter and a cool 64 degrees in the summer. It is the perfect temperature no matter what season of the year you choose to vist! The cave features a 9 foot soda straw, the longest known in the Ozarks, and 2 bottomless cave lakes. The first lake, South Lake, has had trout in it for nearly 50 years. Some of the trout have gone blind and most have lost their color. One of the lakes was discovered in 1993 in the “Silent Splendor” section which made national news. This was Arkansas’ most delicate discovery. The bottom or end of these lakes has yet to be found. The newly discovered area, “Silent Splendor” is hailed as a must see attraction in Arkansas. It is so pristine and untouched that many of the beautiful formations are transparent.

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Adventure awaits the whole family this Summer at Cosmic Caverns in the beautiful Arkansas Ozarks! Located between Eureka Springs and Branson.


It’s time to bring a little nostalgia back into your lives, along with a lot of convenience: Ride a Trolley. It’s easy…it’s inexpensive…reservations are not necessary…and you can catch a trolley at any one of the 130 stops located in town. To make it even easier getting around, they’ve color-coded the routes. Just look for the colored pennant flying from the front bumper and the matching banner on the side. And in addition to the trolleys, they have a couple of mini-buses to back up their fleet. They can be used just like the trolleys.
These fun trolleys cover every area of town: to the west on Highway 62 as far as the Razorback Gift Shop (and to Thorncrown Chapeland Lake Leatherwood City Park until 4 pm most days between April and October); north on Highway 23 (also known as Main Street in town) to the Eureka Springs North Arkansas Railroad; East on Highway 62 to the Alpen Dorf Motel turn-around and North on Passion Play Road to the entrance of the Great Passion Play. The most popular is the Red Route that will take you throughout the largest historic district in Arkansas, the heart of Eureka Springs and will even drop you in front of the iconic Crescent Hotel!
See a different side of Eureka from one of our open-air trams. Each narrated tour lasts approximately 85 minutes and has 2 stops, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and one of our lovely springs, Grotto Spring. Tours start at and return to the
Eureka Springs Transit & Welcome Center (Trolley Stop #1) 137 W. Van Buren (Hwy. 62W) They are 1/4 mile west of the intersection of Highway 62 and Highway 23N (also known as Main Street)

Experience the intrigue of spending an evening with a world class illusionist and a medium. Even the most hardened cynics are amazed  by what they encounter at Intrigue Theater

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Prepare to be amazed at The Intrigue Theater!

The 19th century began the Golden Age of Magic as captured in films like The Illusionist and The Prestige. This time honored and closely guarded craft has been kept alive by the most dedicated of performers. Intrigue Theater features nationally acclaimed illusionist Sean-Paul and medium Juliana Fay  performing in an elegant and elaborate setting in the mysterious Gavioli Theater that pays homage to that magical Golden Era. 

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Push the limits of reality!

Don’t miss this dazzling trip back in time that blends science, mystery, illusion, and spiritualism into one spectacular theatrical performance that will blow your mind! Family friendly shows are held in an historic building which can seat 100 guests at a time. This ensures each guest has an up close view but it also means that tickets sell out quickly.

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The BIG water is here in Eureka Springs.  The local Eureka Springs Marina is Starkey Marina and is an ideal place to launch or rent boats.

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Life is good on Beaver Lake. Summer fun in Northwest Arkansas!


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Come see what’s new at The 1886 Crescent Hotel this year!

Summer Fun at The 1886 Crescent Hotel includes its newest venue – THE FRISCO SPORTING CLUB.  Celebrate the start of the Weekend with Friday Night Fun  that includes Free BBQ and Activities.  See all the Resort Programs included with a stay at the Crescent Hotel

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So you are taking the family to Eureka Springs. There are lots of family friendly activities to keep you busy.

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a top attraction for family vacations to Eureka Springs.

Here are the most popular activities preferred by kids. These activities are great for church group and youth group trips too!

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Eureka Springs Outdoor Adventure

Everyone, local and tourist, gets excited for the ice to melt away and fill up the rivers near Eureka Springs each spring. Arkansas floating is an awesome adventure for friends and families.  In Eureka Springs, Arkansas that means the White River and Kings River are welcoming floaters each spring.

To kick off the spring season, we’ve spoken to Trigger Gap Outfitters to find out more!



Featured Float Company for Spring  in  Eureka Springs

Trigger Gap Outfitters   Kings River, Arkansas

Owners Chris and Juanita Crider are Eureka Springs staples. They’re a hometown family who have always been connected with Eureka and the Kings River. The Crider’s location is a unique and historic place that locals hold close to their hearts. It seems as though the Crider’s are destined to be the caretakers of such a cherished spot along the river. Their educational background in Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Education, along with their life experience (in business and the outdoors) coupled with a truly tough work ethic and their individual passions for the river have set them up for success. 

Juanita describes how the river reflects and informs her experience in life. “The water reminds me to be aware, alert, and present for what is around me. We get comfortable in our routines, but the river is always changing- every time you get on the water it has changed in some way. For me, adventure is anything that pushes your comfort zone a little bit, and you can gain so much by being willing to experience something new. The river reflects life in that way, and there are incredible learning opportunities there. The Kings River has given me more than I could ever give it..”

But they continue to work towards the goal of giving back! “We want to teach people to be stewards of the river. NWA is beautiful and has so many opportunities. It really has the potential to bring people together in lots of different ways” 

Entering into their 3rd season, their business still has plenty of room to continue growth, but you can guarantee you’re in good hands when you work with Trigger Gap Outfitters. As you start your adventure, you’ll be equipped with knowledge and advise along with your canoe! Look to them in the future as they continue to develop programs geared towards teaching and taking care of our beautiful Natural State. 

Opening April 6th, 2019  Find out more here
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Eureka Springs Outfitters and Boat Rentals

Kings River Outfitters  8190 AR-221, ES  

Kings River Outfitters provides canoes, kayaks, shuttles, and guide services.

Give us a call at 479-253-8954 to make a reservation.

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Riverview Resort & Country Store  17939 US-62, ES

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Float Eureka 216 A West Van Buren St, ES

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Adventure Mountain Outfitters   151 Spring St, ES

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Black Jack Adventures 2 Judah St, ES

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Spider Creek Resort 8179 Hwy 187, ES

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From various points of Eureka Springs and the surrounding Ozarks, you can see a large white statue of Christ with outstretched arms. While this stands as a welcome to those visiting the region, it also marks the location of The Great Passion Play. Since 1968 this organization has delivered inspiring performances…but that is not all that is happening off of Passion Play Road these days.

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While the main play takes place at 8:30 PM, the museums and gift shop open up in the morning starting at 10:00 AM. Why not make a day of it and get there early. Start with a classic picture with the whole family in front of the statue and spend time exploring the nature trails around the facility. When you are in need of a little AC, check out the various museums which boast a vast display of religious articles and art. Once your tire of walking through the museums, take a break and check out the Israeli bomb shelter that was recently donated and a section of the Berlin Wall. Walk right up to both and learn more about what is going on around the world.

After a morning of exploring on your own, join the Backstage Tour and see exactly how the play comes to life. Check out the sets and barn area– you’ll even get to see how the special effects work. Following the tour, a buffet is available for those who want to eat before the play.

Leading up to the play are two free performances “Parables of the Potter” and “David the Shepherd” that tie into the big performance at 8:30. Seating for the Passion Play is first come, first seated. With over 4,000 seats you are sure to have your pick of up-close to see all the details or back row to see the big-picture of the “Greatest Story Ever Told.”

To learn more about the various attractions or purchase tickets, visit the website.


  • Christ of the Ozarks
  • Hiking & Nature Trails
  • Section of the Berlin Wall
  • Bible Museum
  • Sacred Arts
  • The Tabernacle
  • Backstage Tour
  • Israeli Bomb Shelter
  • History Museum
  • David the Shepherd
  • Parables of the Potter
  • God With Us Movie

Interested in learning more about the Tabernacle?  Reserve tickets to tour the life-size replica and learn more about how it is connected throughout Scripture.

After a day full of exploring history, check into one of the nearby accommodations and enjoy all that Eureka Springs has to offer. Check out the Crescent or 1905 Basin Park Hotel for a room with access to a great pool! The Great Passion Play is more than just a play. It’s an experience that will capture your imagination with history come to life!

The Crescent Hotel offers a Passion Play PARTNER RATE – Click Here

The Passion Play also has wedding packages available if you are interested in a historical backdrop for your big day! Learn more here.


(Eureka Springs, Arkansas) – Families have discovered that the best way to get a break from the indoor confines of a classroom is to load the family up for the kids’ spring vacation and head to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Here are five reasons:

#1 – Mountain Biking> Eureka Springs has become the mecca for family mountain biking in their five state region.  The reason is simple: millions of dollars have been invested recently in building mountain bike trails for all ages and all ability levels.  Urban trails crisscross the downtown area.  The Great Passion Play has developed a network of trails on their mountaintop acreage.  For those who want to thrill to some of the most exciting downhill runs in the nation, the challenge of Leatherwood Gravity Trail Project sits majestically waiting to be shred.  Lake Leatherwood, one of the largest city parks in the nation, offers easy mountain bike access with the city’s mountain bike shuttle system.

#2 – City Parks> Along with the mountain biking trails, hiking trails can be discovered all over town.  Visitors are pleasantly surprised to find many Eureka Springs hotels have a “trailhead” just outside their front door.  These trails offer dynamic vistas and wonderful surprises like discovering “downtown” just around many a corner of an urban trail.  Other discoveries include trails leading to the locations of the city’s parks and historic 63 spring locations, the sites to where millions flocked in the late nineteenth century to take advantage of the waters’ healing properties, properties now long gone by.  A must hike is down to –and around- Black Bass Lake with its hand-built earthen and cut stone dam erected in 1894 to form the drinking water reservoir which quenched the thirst of this newly incorporated city.

#3 – Two Lakes / Three Rivers> Beaver Lake and Table Rock Lake are both pristine Corps of Engineers’ clear water playgrounds and both border the city.  Great fishing and boating are the best on both of these “big water” venues.  Also surrounding Eureka Springs are three rivers: White, Kings and the Buffalo National River.  Families have found that kayaking or canoeing along these three ribbons of H2O bring pleasurable opportunities for memorable family excursions.


#4 – Foodie Mecca> This resort village has probably the widest array and largest variety of places to eat of any city of its size (Eureka’s population is 2,001) or larger.  Some of the greatest restaurants in Arkansas call Eureka Springs home.  In addition to these more formal establishments (but NOTHING is formal in Eureka Springs) are dozens of cafes, bistros and eateries that offer unique bills of fare and are locally owned and operated.  Families love SkyBar Gourmet Pizza. It is quite easy to provide a different breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options each day of their vacation.

#5- Resort Activities> Many hotels are now offering resort activities to give families more than just a place to sleep, many of which take family members into the out of doors.  Historic hotels like the 1886 Crescent and 1905 Basin Park have a daily schedule of activities designed for all members of the family, some totally unique.  Keeping in the tradition of hotels that popped up all along railroad lines going west in the nineteenth century, the Crescent, for example, offers such unique recreational adventures as hatchet throwing in their Frisco Sporting Club.  Both hotels also offer a chance to do a little ghost hunting since both are internationally recognized for their paranormal occurrences

Featured Attraction

Spring Break at Turpentine Creek

Feline Fun at Turpentine Creek

Planning your pre-summer vacation can be stressful, but including TCWR in your travel plans is a choice that won’t “Spring Break” your heart! As an ethical tourism destination, you can feel good knowing that your visit to the Refuge is making a difference in the lives of Exotic Pet Trade survivors…while being just plain fun! In addition to normal tours (our trolley is also up and running again!), we have plenty of other feline-fantastic ways to spend a day or two getting to know our animal residents while taking in quality time with the humans you love:  Read MORE

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Coming to Eureka Springs…

…a new springtime festival in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.  Touted as an “Ozark Mountain Explosion of the Senses”, this Food, Wine and Adventure Festival is perfect for hikers, bikers and people who love the good stuff.  SHRED Eureka Springs, another OZ  production, kicks off its inaugural year on March 27, 2020.


A Family Reunion Space for Nature Lovers

The tree-lined path smells of earth and pine. It wanders down into a valley and hovers just above Rockhouse Creek. It bounds gracefully over multicolored stones and persistent green mosses as it flows to the river just ahead. Even in the winter, sounds of life abound. Chickadees tweet discretely in the brushiest part of the woods and a self-confident armadillo scours the woodland floor for his next tasty treat without any concern for us as we hike past him. Within a mile, we make our way to the bluff overlooking the Kings River and as we exit the canopy of pine and cedar, we spot him. He is hunting, although it  eagles on the shore of kings riverappears more like dancing, as he patrols the water and shoreline. It isn’t until he rests on a branch stretching out over the river that we can view his intimidating talons and the intensity in his eyes. Bald eagles are regularly spotted on this section of the river but standing nearly at his level on the bluff offers an unforgettable view. Just downstream his fishing partner, just as intense and beautiful, soars close to the water’s surface. By a measure of time and effort, the hike to the river from the Kings River Deckhouse is short but the journey is far from ordinary.

hiking near kings river

Hiking near the Kings River Deckhouse.

Upon entering the front door, it is apparent that this is a very special place. Wood-sided and thoughtfully designed, the house lives to complement the land that surrounds it. Large windows look out toward the river and the massive deck suspends you over the dense forest managed by the Nature Conservancy. Inside, the kitchen and living area are separated by several stories of stacked native rock, forming a massive fireplace at the center of the home. The stately main house is flanked by two separate bungalows (containing two full suites in each) and connected by a large pavilion and a monumental stone firepit making the property feel a bit like Camp David. It’s no surprise that this compound was once owned by the Liedtke family.

large deck overlooking kings river

Kings River Deckhouse at night.

For three days our extended family made the Kings River Deckhouse our home. During the day we hiked, watched movies, and spent time catching up. We cooked elaborate meals together and ate around a rustic live edge wooden table surrounded by windows that offered an unobstructed view of the natural beauty all around.

In the evening we played epic card games and stayed up watching the last coals of a once roaring fire, flicker out before heading to bed. On the final morning, we all woke shortly before 5am and met on the deck with a cup of coffee to watch the sun rise over the trees. Painfully aware that it was our last morning together before life returned to normal, we all reflected on the experiences we enjoyed here and vowed to do this every year. I am certain that the Kings River Deckhouse has been filled with the joy and laughter of many moments like ours and many more to come.

sun rise over the kings river

View of the sunrise over the Kings River.

Your stay at the Kings River Deckhouse supports the mission of the Nature Conservancy, to protect precious land and water resources and create a world where people and nature thrive.

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The Kings River Deckhouse is located just 5 miles from Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Rockhouse Road. It is a perfect place to relax, hike, and watch wildlife without ever getting into your car. Of course mountain biking, floating, fishing, and hiking are just minutes from the property. With downtown Eureka Springs just a few minutes down the road, your family can enjoy Eureka Springs dining, shopping, spas, and more. The Ozark Mountain region has so many things to do, you will plan your next trip before leaving Eureka Springs!

Eureka Springs Arkansas may not be best known for vacation getaways during the chilly part of the year, but that is changing with this Ozark Mountain destination evolving into a year round travel spot.

Romantic cabin retreats, year-round dining, destination spas, music festivals, paranormal events, valentines day, scenic hiking, eagle watching and destination mountain biking have transformed this season into a sought after mountain escape.


Popular lodging in the winter season is readily available in Eureka Springs.

Downtown hotels such as the Basin Park Hotel offer lodging in the center of downtown district adjacent to the many year-round restaurants, coffee stops and entertaining nightlife. (Shopping is assured on weekend days)

Cabins resorts are perfect to escape and find renewal with a quiet escape overlooking Beaver Lake or the fresh smells of the Ozarks during this crisp period. Try Loblolly Pines Adventure Camp with its on-property trail, waterfall, community deck and outdoor hot tub.

Loblolly Pines

Of course, the venerable Crescent Hotel and Spa is open year round. Known as a preeminent destination spa resort, the winter season sees fewer day visits and the hotel finds a more peaceful path towards relaxations. For those investigating the paranormal, a weekday visit with a sparsely populated hotel paired with a late night ghost tour is a bucket check item.


For dining, the majority of Eureka Springs restaurants are also open now year round. (Weekends are sure, however check operating hours mid-week as a common pattern is to close two days and reduce hours Monday – Thursday.)

Breakfast at Mud Street will always start your day in a good way with a big pancake, tasty muffin top or healthy fruit, granola and yogurt

Lunch on the Balcony Restaurant is a winner year round. Indoor dining available. Try the monte cristo with the blackberry jam or enjoy one of the home made soups.

Dinner in the winter at Rogues Manor is an event. Sip on a scotch from a wide collection, take you time and enjoy one of the finest steaks you will find.

When you need coffee Downtown Eureka Springs has three great coffee shops. Eureka Springs Coffee is on Main St, Daily Roast is at Spring and Center and Brews can be found on upper Spring.


Ozark Mountain Music Festival

While enjoying some you time, there are also plenty of great activities that may be a bit different that how you previously visited this quaint mountain town.

Mountain bike trails have arrived at both the Great Passion Play site and Lake Leatherwood accenting what was already a great place to ride. In fact, Groups are opting to leave the bikes out and keep the skis in storage.
(This years ski trip can be a mountain bike adventure – same attitude better weather.)

Without the bike, great hiking is available. Picturesque trails often times play witness to bird migration and the overpowering awe of a bald eagle in flight while the Downtown N Underground tour tells the somewhat seedy tales of Eureka Springs’ early days.

For Daytripping, its a short drive to such major sites as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Roaring River State Park, Pea Ridge National Battlefield, or an Arkansas Razorback mens basketball game.

Closer to your cabin, evening activities include a thrilling ghost tour of Americas Most Haunted Hotel or the common live music in the many clubs. Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend and The Ozark Mountain Music Festival both occur in January.


No visit is complete without a trip around the ice at the Crescent Hotel. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4-8 pm current conditions. (some visits more special than others)

It may not be what you were thinking but Eureka Springs Arkansas is ready to host visitors year round.



Eureka Springs MUST DO attraction

On Main Street in Eureka Springs is Escape Room 13.  For those of you who are not familiar with an escape room, it is a space that hosts an elaborate puzzle.  This is not a haunted house, there is nothing scary BUT you can Be assured of a thrill.

Escape Room 13 features two rooms and two puzzles:

In 2017 we solved helped solve one of Eureka Springs’ Greatest Mysteries

(In record time no less)

Escape Room 13

We were given one hour to solve the mystery… which is based on the “Great Eureka Springs Bank Heist” of 1922. Four months of planning and preparing went into the storyline for this room and owner Charles Mowrey wants guests to experience the whole story…even if that means giving a hint or two.  Players searched for clues and then share wits to find pieces to the larger puzzle.

Eureka Springs’ quirky history and colorful town make the perfect backdrop for an escape room experience. Invite your friends and family to join you for a weekend in Eureka to explore the area and engage in a group activity that will leave everyone feeling like Sherlock.

Now in 2019, comes another exciting challenge.

We went in to Save the Still and escape with any evidence of “gambling”.

This time, we barely made it in time as Escape Room 13 proves quite the challenge.

Escape Room 13

Open from 10 – 10 it is recommended to book at least two hours in advance online.

Have questions or want to see other groups who have gone before you? Check out Escape Room 13 on Facebook.


Check out other Things To Do in Eureka Springs. Make it a weekend getaway and stay in The 1905 Basin Park Hotel located within walking distance of Escape Room 13.

Eureka Springs Downhill @ Lake Leatherwood

OzTrails System in Northwest Arkansas

Lake Leatherwood downhill trail

GREEN – Beginner

BLUE – Intermediate

BLACK – Expert


Eureka Springs Downhill (North Hub)

Now that we have talked about the South Hub  let’s cover the North Hub.

As I first entered the site, from the shuttle drop off area, across from Anglers grill (A great stop for a post ride tapped local brew….with a frosty glass!) I noticed I still had a little ways to go to get to my first trail head. I entered the left trail and headed another mile to the North Hub where I would find 4 of the 7 downhill trails. There were tons of signs to guide us all in the right direction.

Eureka Springs Mountain Biking Trails

As you enter into the area of the South Hub you will be greeted with a huge sign full of information on each trail. Behind the sign you will see the stone circle structure where each of the 4 trails heads begin. You can choose to take the ramp or the stairs!

Downhill 4 – Blue

“Fast with big rock drops, chunky rock gardens, and big gaps. Mandatory Jumps, drops and steep staircases.”

Lake Leatherwood downhill #4

Lake Leatherwood Downhill Trail #4

Downhill 5- Blue
“Big rolling jumps, big ledge drops, staircases and a lot of speed. Mandatory Jumps, Mandatory Drops, steep staircases and technical rock gardens.”

OzTrails Lake Leatherwood Downhill $5

OzTrails Lake Leatherwood Downhill Trail

Eureka Springs Mountain Biking Trail

Downhill 6- Green Beginner Line
“Start here for a warm up and scenic ride!”

OzTrail Downhill trail system #6

eureka springs trail marker

eureka springs trail

Downhill 7- Double Black Diamond
“Huge Rock Drops (from the sendoff-see picture below), Large jumps, technical rock gardens, Expert mandatory drops, gaps and rock gardens”

Eureka Springs Downhill Trail #7

Eureka Springs Trail Marker

OzTrail black Diamond trail eureka springs

Each trail is a mile long and has their unique features. Please ride in your means and have fun!

OzTrails video


Room Deals for Bikers — Crescent Hotel  Basin Park Hotel