Eureka Springs Family Vacations
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
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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The Ghosts of Eureka Springs | ESP Weekend
Once the bright glow of Christmas lights descend from the rooftops back into the attic for the season, the darkness of the January nights become eerie. An excellent thing to do to warm up in the dead of winter is to run over to Eureka Springs Arkansas to hunt the dead during one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States. 2019 is an exceptionally special year, because an extra weekend has been added on to satisfy the great demand.
These nocturnal investigations will take place at two of the town’s haunted hotels, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel for the weekends of January 4th-6th; and the 11th-13th of 2019. Each of the nights, half of the guests will take on the ghoulish adventure at each of the two locations, while switching hotels the following night.
Still not totally convinced? Here is some fascinating history for you on the hotels! The Crescent Hotel is known for the incredible amount of supernatural events that have occurred over the years. It has been the location of the Crescent College and Conservatory for young Women, the Baker Cancer Curable Hospital, and holds the current status as the most haunted hotel in America.
The other location, the Basin Park Hotel as served historically as both a fire station and a speakeasy. Come and “speak-easy” with some lingering spirits that have been hanging around since the building’s grand opening. It also sits steps away from the ancient hand-carved basin around which the city of Eureka Springs sprang up overnight (haha, get it, Eureka Springs, sprang?) The known active areas of each location will be available for investigations led by expert ghost hunters overnight, with plenty of opportunity for independent searches (if you’re feeling brave).
In case you still haven’t realized by reading this far, ESP stands for Eureka Springs Paranormal, which could also stand “Parapsychological.” Both of the guided and independent investigations will take place from midnight to dawn.
“We have our best slate of Celebrity investigators coming in 2019“
What better way to spend the hours that most regular, boring humans spend asleep, am I right? But don’t worry, the wee hours of the morning are not the only times for freaky fun! During the day various hands-on activities are offered, giving conference participants the opportunity to assess their own levels of psychic ability. These activities include: individual telepathy testing; a psychomanteum (modern version of an ancient Greek “scrying” temple); a workshop in automatic writing; and readings with highly qualified psychics. There will also be special talks, videos, a book signing with noted paranormal writers and informal chats with famous tour guides. Some of the performances include a traditional Ozark storytelling event, a paranormal play and much more. So now to answer the question…are you a venturesome soul ready to undergo some paranormal excitement?
Follow your curiosities into this exhilarating world for a couple of days and book your tickets now!
In Eureka Springs, Arkansas
We love being an Ozark Mountain town.
Here are CAN’T MISS Summer Things to Do:
- Beaver Lake
- Mountain Biking in Eureka Springs
- The Crescent Hotel – Summer Activities Program
- Floating the Arkansas White River
- Downtown Eureka Springs
- Turpentine Creek & Intrigue Theater
- Haunted Attractions
Celebrate the 4th of July in Eureka Springs!
Book 2 nights and get the 3rd night for JUST $18.86! Breakfast for Two included!
Call in only: 877-342-9766
Valid any 3 days from July 1st-5th.
Eureka Springs –
Arkansas’ best destination destination for all generations to travel together
What do you want in your summer vacation? Reconnecting with family? Learning more about one another while exploring somewhere new? This summer visit Eureka Springs for a fun-filled large family adventure that doesn’t break the bank. Enjoy watching grandparents and grand kids stroll hand-in-hand. Catch up with siblings and get to know their kids a better. The down-to-earth atmosphere in Eureka allows you to spend more time engaging with those you come with rather than worrying about making it to your next event or fighting traffic.
Start your travel off right by spending some time exploring Lake Leatherwood Park with the entire family. There are hiking trails available, a playground and a lake to swim, canoe & boat in. Pack a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. There are campgrounds and RV hookups available if you want to spend a night camping under that stars. Reserve your campsite online.
One event sure to spellbind everyone in your group is a show at Intrigue Theater with the Illusionist Sean-Paul and the Ghost Talker Juliane. This duo calls Eureka Springs home and the perfect place to develop new material that is then used while they are on tour around the states. The show is a tribute to the Golden Age of Magic in the early 1900s and audiences are kept small and intimate so that everyone in the audience can fully experience the demonstrations. Get a taste of what the show has to offer here. Tickets should be reserved in advance as there is limited seating.
The beauty of visiting a small town like Eureka Springs is that a group can split up and explore the downtown shops and stores without completely separating from the group and getting lost. Wander through downtown Eureka, enjoying your time in the different art galleries while grandparents walk the kids down the waterfall steps or watch taffy being made in Sweet’s Fudge Kitchen. Meet up at the Balcony Bar and Restaurant located in the 1905 Basin Park Hotel for a yummy lunch and break. It overlooks Spring Street and has plenty of seating for the whole family.
After a day in town, take a drive to visit the Passion Play–it is more than just a performance. You can go on a behind the scenes tour, check out the sacred arts center, the Bible museum and more. The sets are realistic and there are live animals. A great photo opportunity is available with the larger than life statue of Christ. The picnic and park area there is a great place to eat snacks and rest up after travelling back in time. Receive 15% off on your ticket purchases with a group of 15+.
Qué es lo que quieres para tu vacación de verano? Pasar tiempo de calidad con tu familia? Aprender más de tus familiares mientras exploran un lugar nuevo? Visita Eureka Springs este verano para pasar unas vacaciones divertidas y accesibles!
Puedes gozar al ver a los abuelos y nietos pasear juntos ó disfrutar las vacaciones con tus hermanos y sus hijos.
El sencillo y cómodo ambiente de Eureka Springs te permite pasar las vacaciones con tu familia y amigos. No tienes que preocuparte de ir al siguiente evento planeado ó de estar atrapado en el tráfico!
Bring everyone in the family! Even the dogs. Eureka Springs is a pet-friendly community with many lodging options. Check out the Crescent Hotel’s current Fun For Fido package which includes treats for your furry friend and 25% off pet products in the New Moon Salon.
Eureka Springs is the destination you need for an affordable large family get away. With a wonderful mix of outdoor activities to get everyone out and moving and shows to cool off and be amazed at. There are so many more exciting things to explore in Eureka check them out here.
Book the Manor House in the Crescent Park so the whole family can stay together– great for reunions.
A trip to America’s Most Haunted Hotel just got more fun…Is that even possible? With jumbo lawn games decorating the gorgeous gardens, afternoon tea on the porch and pool parties, the days just became as exciting as the nights.
Activities at the Crescent Hotel change daily to keep the schedule fresh and ever engaging. Whether it’s a sunrise stretch in the morning, a fitness walk through the quirky surrounding neighborhoods or a history tour around the Crescent hotel and surrounding grounds you may find it hard to leave.
In the evenings, catch one of the many Ghost Tours that run from 7 – 11. The whole family will enjoy being guided around the hotel from the spots that actively get the most ghost readings. Maybe you can even catch a whiff of long gone Dr. John Freemont Ellis’ cherry tobacco as you make your way past room 212…other guests have!
You may find that the crew is hungry after hunting for ghosts. A short trip to the Sky Bar at the top of the Crescent will remedy this with some of the best pizza around. Try the Smoky BBQ Chicken pizza–it’s a Eureka Springs favorite.
Learn about the Crescent Hotel Spirits of the Crescent Family Package available Summer 2017. For families with younger children, the earlier show times are recommended
Spirits of the Crescent Family Package-1 Night Ghost Pkg
1 night stay 2 rooms
4 Crescent Ghost Tour Tickets (additional tickets 25% off)
1 Large SkyBar Gourmet Pizza ($30 Food Voucher applied)
Choose from 1 Big “Hank” the Ghost, 2 Small “Hanks” OR 2 Ghost Tshirts
$299 plus taxes and fees. Call in Only 877-342-9766
The Crescent is a trip in and of itself, but for more information on what to do around town see the blog Plan Your Summer Vacation.
Summer is the time for catching up and laughing way too long and hard into the night. It’s for hanging around the pool sharing stories, eating too much food and getting too much sun. Now, where is the best location to do all that?
The Lookout Cottage Estate in Eureka Springs is the ideal reunion destination. The Estate, privately gated and including a grand 5 bedroom house and multiple cottages are part of the Crescent Park surrounding the Legendary Crescent Hotel. Although adjacent to Crescent Hotel, the cottages are private and they share in the same natural beauty that they Ozarks have to offer. All cottages come with their own unique histories and are all beautifully renovated with all the necessities of a proper getaway.
With multiple cottages, there is a fit for every kind of reunion. The largest, Manor House, sleeps up to 12 individuals and has large spaces for the entire party to gather around. This is great for multi-family celebrations. The quaint Anchorage Cottage has all the modern amenities you want in a getaway along with a porch and grill with a fun nook upstairs perfect for the kids. The Grotto Cottage features Two bedrooms, a private patio deck with a hot tub– no need to share with other guests.
A beautiful thing about planning a reunion in the Lookout Cottages is that cottage guests do enjoy the amenities of the hotel and are encouraged to take a walk on the nature trails around Eureka, join a daily yoga stretch, enjoy breakfast in the dining room and more with daily resort activities. The pool and hot tub are a short 5-minute walk away from any of these cottages and further dining options and The New Moon Spa are also available. A complimentary perk is the shuttle service that runs guests between the downtown area and the Crescent, so no need to worry about parking.
Don’t delay as 3, 5 and 7-day discounts are available.
-3 Night Stay $1425 (SAVINGS of $432) not available on Saturdays.
-5 Night Stay $2236 (SAVINGS of $939 )
-7 Night Stay $3279 (SAVINGS of $974)
Book your Lookout Cottage reunion today!
You look outside your windows and you see gray skies and flurries beginning to fall for the umpteenth time this side of 2017 alone. We look out our windows and we see clear blue skies, beckoning sunshine and record high temperatures.
We think it is time for you to pack up and vacation in a new area of the country, one you may not be familiar with—Northwest Arkansas.
Not only does Northwest Arkansas currently have the bragging rights for beautiful weather, but our bucket list will amaze you! We wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t want to go home after a visit to our neck of the woods.
Even more specifically, you will want to check out Eureka Springs, AR. With a rich American history and stories to keep your head spinning, you will be hard pressed to find another town with as much personality.
Bucket List: Exploring the Ozarks
- Crystal Bridges: Museum of American Art
Have you heard of Wal-Mart? You can thank the founder’s daughter, Alice Walton, for the creation of the most recent major art museum in the United States. Located in Bentonville, AR this museum is nestled in a breathtaking valley complete with several bridge pavilions. Other museums can seem stuffy and overwhelming, but with a mix of intimate and wide, floor-to-ceiling window galleries that make you feel as if you are standing on water, you will be sad when the exit appears. Admission is free and the outdoor gardens and hiking trails will keep you enthralled all afternoon!
The Buffalo National River Region is home to all things outdoors: fishing, hiking, biking, riding, floating, etc. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll in which to visually digest a beautiful landscape or you want to work up a sweat exploring the woods and hiking to peaks that overlook waterfall this area has it all. Maybe you have a passion for photography and are eager for new subjects. Bring your camera and check out the elk that feed in the fields along the Buffalo National River between Ponca and Boxley, just after sunrise and then again in the late afternoon.
Branson is known across the Midwest for their shows and quaint historic sets. Spend a day or two wondering through history and enjoying unique talents and shows, and rather than spending your nights in a motel, stay in Eureka Springs’ one-of-a-kind historic landmarks the Crescent or Basin Park hotels. Only an hour away from Branson, you will be able to enjoy the scenic drive in between attractions.
Even Buzzfeed knows Eureka Springs needs to be on your bucket list!
Two words …Chef Owned. One of the best perks of vacation is not cooking, take advantage of that in Eureka Springs; we are home to over 59 restaurants. After a full day of exploring you will be hungry and ready to relax with a glass of wine and a delicious plate of food. So whether you are in the mood for Italian, tacos, a juicy steak or a good ole’ bar, we have a place for you! The dining establishments here are owner operated and it’s not uncommon to see the owner checking in with guests and catching up with the locals. The people here are friendly and enjoy engaging with visitors.
With cold weather in your parts, it’s not likely you’ve been able to get many rounds of golf in lately. If you are looking for a challenging 18-holes or want a fun filled 9-holes to ease back in, come check out the local club at Holiday Island Country Club or nearby Branson Hills Golf Club, Pointe Royale Golf Course, Thousand Hills Golf and more.
Now that you’ve read our bucket list, consider this your personal invitation to join us for a relaxing vacation in the land where spring has already sprung.
Check out value dates available in April.
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.
#4 Learn a Great Lesson
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.
Find great vacation deals on Last Minute Lodging Specials and Attraction Tickets on ReserveEureka.com!