Located in the lush Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Eureka Springs is a family town filled with beautiful Victorian architecture. In fact, the entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When you arrive in Eureka, take a trolley ride through the city to enjoy its historic sites. Be sure to visit Queen Anne Mansion House, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved buildings in the city.
During the day, Eureka Springs offers plenty of entertainment and recreation options, from theme parks to beautiful churches. In the evenings, head out to the Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down, a musical and comedy performance that unites genres like bluegrass, country, and gospel. From spring to fall, the Great Passion Play is another unique Eureka attraction. At this popular event, the story of Christ is staged in a huge amphitheater, three to four times each week. In addition to the Great Passion Play, summer brings a roster of weekly arts and music events to downtown Eureka.
Some of the best places to visit around Eureka Springs are:
-Turpentine Creek Big Cat Wildlife Refuge: One of Eureka's best attractions, this refuge for abandoned or abused tigers, lions, and other big cats is open to the public. Visit during feeding time for the best show or take a tour out to the natural habitat spaces.
-Onyx Cave Park: Just outside Eureka, visitors can take a guided audio tour of this natural cave.
-Christ of the Ozarks: Here you will find a modern seven-story statue of Christ located on Magnetic Mountain. Over 67 feet tall, it is one of the biggest statues of Christ in the world and a major Eureka Springs attraction.
-Eureka Springs Historical Museum: Originally built in 1889, this unique museum exhibits artifacts, furniture, photographs, and other interesting historical pieces from early Eureka Springs' history.
-Queen Anne Mansion House Museum: This restored Victorian mansion has been redecorated with perfectly designed 19th century interiors.
-Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway: You can take a ride or have a meal on a refurbished 1920s locomotive at the North Arkansas Railway.
-Thorncrown Chapel: Designed by E. Fay Jones, this unique glass church features more than 400 windows overlooking the woods.
A vacation rental makes a great home base for your trip to Eureka Springs. With trees and mountains all around, a luxury condo or cabin rental in the woods will give you a great taste of the Ozark environment.
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