Have you ever been to a place you fell in love with instantly? Arkansas did this for me because it had everything I was looking for. There are Mountains, caves, caverns, hot springs and so much more. Arkansas is located in the south of the United States. The state is surrounded by Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
When I was planning my honeymoon I wanted to have a small escape close to where we lived. I had not been to Oklahoma or Arkansas and both of those states are quite close to Kansas, so I decided on both of those states and divide my time up between the two. My husband and I went to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for part of our honeymoon. I had the best time with him there. Below I will give you my top 8 things to do in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Top 8 Things to Do In Eureka Springs, Arkansas:
1.) Stay in a Tree House
For our honeymoon, I rented a treehouse cabin in the outskirts of Eureka Springs. The treehouse was away from others so we had our privacy. The treehouse came with a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen and a whirlpool tub. I chose the honeymoon package before I purchased the cabin itself. The owners came in gave us a bottle of champagne, two glasses, sprinkled rose pedals on the bed and tub, and a rose on each of our pedals. We also got a massage at a local massage parlor which was fantastic. This was definitely a romantic getaway for our honeymoon. They had different cabins you could rent that were decorated in many ways.
2.) Beaver Dam
Beaver Dam is connected to Beaver Lake in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Beaver Lake is part of the Ozark Mountains. The lake has about 487 miles of shoreline in it. This is a great activity to do with the family or explore on your own. There are a lot of recreation areas, places to explore and things to see in Beaver Lake and at Beaver Dam.
3.) Walk around Downtown
In downtown Eureka Springs there is a lot to do and see. There are many different places to eat, shop, see and do. The place has a lot to offer. There are a few places to go that are off the beaten path, so make sure to do your research about these places before you go to Eureka Springs to find them.
4.) Onyx Cave
This cave is located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This cave has been a big tourist attraction since 1893, which is the oldest show cave in Arkansas. This cave is self guided as you listen to headphones as someone talks you through the cave. The cave will take around 30 minutes to explore on your own. The cost to get into the cave is $8.00 per person and $3.75 for children. There are stairs leading down to the cave, so beware of heights and stairs before going to this beauty.
5.) Promised Land Zoo
There are two different locations for this zoo Branson and Eagle Rock, Missouri. Eagle Rock, Missouri was the location that my husband and I went to. This was located quite close to Eureka Springs. This zoo is one that you can buy some food and feed the animals as you drive along. There are many animals behind a fence for fear of them hurting you or vice versa. There are many deer freely roaming around and will walk right up to your car for you to feed them. These deer are not aggressive at all and it is quite amazing how calm they are when you feed them. I enjoyed going here with my husband, this is definitely a great family activity to do.
6.) Cosmic Cavern
This cavern is located in Berryville, Arkansas. This cavern is made out of limestone and is known as Arkansas most beautifully decorated caverns. The cavern is surprisingly warm and quite humid. There is 2 bottomless cave lakes in the cavern, one contain trout in it that have lost their color and have gone blind. This tour lasts for an hour and 15 minutes. There is a lot of walking, climbing stairs and heights involved so beware of that before heading to one of these beauties. This was one of my favorite things we did near Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
7.) Rowdy Beaver Restaurant
This restaurant was located right down the street from where our cabin was located. I was amazed at how good it was. The staff was friendly and it was a family environment. The food was delicious and not very expensive. I would suggest this restaurant for one of your meals while in Eureka Springs.
8.) Cafe Amore
While walking around downtown Eureka Springs, we were looking for something to eat and hangout at. We were also waiting for our cabin to be finished with our surprise that I had for my husband. We stumbled upon this place and I was sold on it. The atmosphere, the staff and the food were all fantastic. My husband and I split a pizza and a drink. I would definitely recommend going here for one of your meals.
As you can see, Eureka Springs has so much to offer. There is so much more to Arkansas than what I had seen. The state is absolutely beautiful all over and the people are nice. I would love to go back and explore more such as the hot springs and other cities. If you live near Eureka Springs, Arkansas it is worth a weekend getaway. Most treehouses have a minimum of a two night stay. I have had a few friends tell me Eureka Springs is beautiful around Christmas time. My husband and I went in August, it was quite hot but still amazing to go to.
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