When making your vacation plans for 2014, be sure to add Eureka Springs, Arkansas to the top of the list. This historic and artsy town is a great place to let yourself be a tourist and see some great attractions that draw visitors every year while also enjoying the unique shopping, art galleries and many outstanding restaurants. With many of the attractions free to the public, why not take a couple of days and visit Eureka Springs.
Before the town of Eureka Springs was developed into a resort community, over sixty two natural springs flowed from the Ozark Mountains. Today, a dozen of these springs have been restored and can be visited throughout the town. One of the most famous is Basin Spring which can be found at the base of Basin Spring Park. Crescent Spring can be found on Spring Street and is covered by a Victorian Gazebo. Small signs can be found around town directing tourists to each spring. This is a great activity on foot or hop on the Eureka Springs open air tram rides for a narrated tour.
Bring your camera and make your way to the largest statue of Christ in North America, the Christ of the Ozarks Statue. This seven story statue represents a symbol of love and hope to the world as it overlooks Eureka Springs from Magnetic Mountain. While you tour the grounds, be sure to get your tickets to The Great Passion Play. Rated “America’s #1 attended outdoor drama” a cast of actors, animals and birds retell the greatest story ever told. The Holy Land Tour, Bible Museum and Sacred Arts Museum are also on site to tour.
Hidden in the Ozark Mountains is the majestic 48 foot tall Thorncrown Chapel. With over 6,000 square feet of glass and 425 windows, this landmark is not to be missed. The Thorncrown Chapel has been named fourth on the list of top buildings in the twentieth century. Guests are welcome to walk the wooded trail to visit the chapel daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The chapel is free to visit and guests are treated to a short presentation of the chapel’s history and a song by one of the Thorncrown musicians.
While walking and shopping the streets of the downtown Historic District, it’s hard not to spot one of the town’s most unique landmarks, the 500 pound Humpty Dumpty statue. Humpty Dumpty sits on a wall near Basin Park at the Queen Deer place owned by the Harriman family. With Eureka Springs being famous for its art scene, Humpty Dumpty fits right in and has become an attraction not to be missed while exploring the town.
When planning your visit, check out the comfort and hospitality of a stay at a local bed and breakfast. Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast is a Queen Anne Victorian style mansion set in the hills of Eureka Springs and within walking distance of the Historic District. The Inn offers five guest suites, is pet friendly and provides a complimentary, gourmet breakfast each morning. Let the innkeepers help play your vacation with their free vacation guide. They’ve got the inside scoop on all the best dining, shopping and tours and outdoor activities to see on your trip!
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