Spring Break: Couples, Friends, Families

Spring break is around the corner. The busy season at work and school quickly approaches. Now is the time to book a spring escape and recharge for the craziness to come. Whether you are a couple wanting to get away from it all, girlfriends wanting to reconnect or a family wanting to make memories, Eureka Springs is your one-stop-shop.

Couples:

Book a room at the historic Crescent hotel, drop your bags off and head outdoors to go biking in Lake Leatherwood Park or perhaps you prefer canoeing down King’s River. Maybe a reflective time outdoors is called for, so bring your hammocks, hike to a waterfall within Buffalo National Park and make yourself at home for the afternoon.

Throughout your stay, take some time to try out the finest dining—we have 59 chef-owned restaurants so you’ll never run out of options.

With a few days of outdoor fun in the books, head down to the New Moon Spa for one of our many relaxing services—including a full-body massage or a variety of facials. Just make sure to call and schedule your services in advance, so our masseuse can be ready and waiting.

Girlfriends:

It’s hard to maintain relationships over a distance! Take some time to reconnect with your college roommates, your high school BFFs, the girls. Eureka Springs is an engaging little town with wonderfully unique stores for shopping and a town layout that allows you to walk everywhere!

When the evening strikes, put on your favorite pair of heels and hit one of over 20 bars. From pubs to karaoke, lounges to dancing, you’ll have fun catching up amongst the vibrant, local nightlife. Click here for our 21 & fun guide.

Families:

You know time together as a family is precious. With a visit to Eureka Springs, you can engage in a variety of activities that keep up with your kids and spark new excitement. Check out Turpentine Creek, a wildlife refuge that rescues cats (of all sizes) from around the nation. The up-close tours will spellbind kids both big and small!

Maybe you’re past the boogie-man stage and on to the thrill-seeking stage. If so our ghost tour offered at the one and only Crescent hotel is just the thing. You walk back in time (and throughout the hotel) hearing of the ghosts that still roam the halls, as well as visit the morgue—yes, a real morgue where a crazy “doctor” used to store bodies, now you’re intrigued.

Don’t delay in scheduling your trip to Eureka this spring break, no matter the occasion or group!

Family Dining

Eureka Springs has many family-friendly dining options. Over 50 owner operated restaurants are located in town. These establishments have seating options to accommodate your larger crowd…

  • Mud Street Cafe: Known for their coffee, this cafe is located underground. Their fresh offerings for breakfast and lunch are complimented by their quirky decor. Local art, oak tables, Victorian carpet…it’s the perfect makings for a fun family brunch! Grab a mug of coffee and enjoy time around the table.
  • Balcony Bar and Restaurant: Enjoy hearty appetizers, live music and outdoor seating that overlooks the heart of the downtown area. With a bar inside you can grab a cold drink for a relaxing meal outside with the family. Check out the War Eagle Fish Fry if you stop by on a Friday!
  • Aquarius Taqueria: Inspired by the street food in Mexico the flavors, let alone the colors, are popping! The patio has a great natural spring and a great view of those coming and going to town. You’ll want to try the homemade chips and salsa!
  • Bubba’s Barbecue: This hidden gem is right off 71 highway into Eureka Springs. The baked beans, brisket, and ribs are favorites. In need of a take out location? Bubba’s has you covered with quick carry out service.
  • Cafe Amoré: Pizza, lasagna…Italian galore. The pizza is one of the most highly rated in the area.With a casual atmosphere and attentive staff, you will feel right at home with the whole family. You may even find that the owner greets you at the door and walks you to your table!

Check a full list of restaurants in the area or read another dining cheat sheet.

Eureka Springs is a laid back town that welcomes your whole family. Stop for a bite to eat and then spend some time getting to know the town and all its quirky offerings! Book a room and make it the 2017 summer family vacation!

Local Attractions

Eureka Springs is a charming town with little colored historic houses and a downtown full of studios and quirky shops. What you may not know is that Eureka is also home to a variety of exciting attractions.

  • Intrigue Theater: Illusionist and medium duo Sean-Paul and wife Juliane dazzle in this intimate show that seeks to engage the audience. Numbers are purposely kept small to ensure you can adequately observe all acts and guests are often asked to participate. Located in the historic Gavioli building, the magic seems to ooze from the very walls.
  • The Great Passion Play and Attractions: Have you heard of Christ of the Ozarks? Maybe you have seen pictures of a large white figure towering over a beautiful landscape. This statue is part of the inspirational outdoor drama that has been performed for over 40 years. However, the drama is not all there is to see. There is also a HoHoly Land Tour, a section of the Berlin Wall, several museums, hiking trails and more.
  • Not Really a Door: This original comedy-thriller is a one-hour play that keeps you guessing until the end. Can you correctly guess which one is the ghost? Located in the America’s Most Haunted Hotel, the Crescent, the setting is as spooky as play. Spend the night is this historic beauty and see if you can find a ghost of your own. Don’t believe me? Ask to see the pictures at the front desk!
  • Ozark Mountain Music Theater: Fun for all ages, this show is family oriented and features high-energy music and skit performances. With seasoned musicians and great comedy, two hours goes fast. The show usually ends with a musical tribute to veterans and military personnel.

Reserve your tickets for all these events and more! You will also find special lodging packages with vouchers included. Who wouldn’t want to include two body massages and a free $50 shopping voucher downtown in their vacation?

Eagle Watching Tour

It’s officially winter and school is back in session. This means the weekends leave the kids cooped up with little to do that doesn’t involve a screen for hours on end.

Break the cycle and plan a trip to eagle watch at Hobbs State Park. A short drive from Eureka Springs, this park provides the perfect weekend outing.

Eagle watching tours allow you to see eagles of all ages as well as other wildlife with an unobstructed view from a seat on a 28-foot pontoon boat on the great Beaver Lake.

Check out all things Beaver Lake.

Bundle up, bring your binoculars and come check out the sights while learning from the tour guides. The tour covers the Van Winkle arm of the lake which many claim is the most scenic area of Beaver Lake as it is still undeveloped. This undisturbed paradise allows the animals to prosper. Red-tail hawks, deer, herons and more are frequently spotted on tours.

Find more park information here.

Leave the phones at home and come experience nature first hand.

Dates for the remaining tours are: February 4, 5, 11,13, 18, 19, 25, 26. Reserve your spot now.

Tours are approximately an hour and a half long and depart from the Rocky Branch Marina at 3 PM and reservations are required. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times. Adults $10.00 + tax. Children 6-12 $5.00 + tax.