Honored with the title of one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the town of Eureka Springs is an ideal getaway for senior citizen travel groups. Guided tram tours, trolleys and carriage rides are available for learning the history of Eureka Springs and exploring the Victorian architecture around town. Those seeking an outdoor adventure will find over sixty natural springs, three lakes and over 1800 acres of city park land. Senior citizen travel groups will enjoy an escape to this mountain town with its distinctive attractions, amazing views and plenty of shopping and dining. There is always something to do in this extraordinary town.
For an afternoon in the Ozark Mountains, Thorncrown Chapel is a stunning structure known as one of the most beautiful and inspiring chapels in the world. The chapel stands 48 feet tall with 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. Groups are invited for visitation from April to November from 9:00am to 5:00pm. All tour groups will hear a brief history of the chapel and enjoy a song by one of the chapel musicians. Admission is free but donations are welcome. There are even two Sunday services, one at 9:00am and 11:00am April through October. All people are invited to hear a biblically based teaching and enjoy music.
The Great Passion Play, the nation’s #1 outdoor drama, is an unforgettable experience telling the story of Christ’s life and death. Hundreds of actors and live animals take the stage at the open air amphitheater complete with individual seats. The Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Holy Land Tour, Bible Museum and Sacred Arts Museum are also on the grounds for touring. Group reservations can be made by calling 1-800-882-7529.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is one of Eureka Springs’ strangest dwellings. Quigley’s Castle is located on Highway 23 just four miles south of Eureka Springs. This castle was the vision of Mrs. Elise Quigley. Her design included 28 large windows and space between the living area and the walls for tropical plants. Over the years, the home was built with lumber from their land and only $2000 spent on supplies and glass. Visitors can tour the grounds for $7.00 from March to November. The inside of the home houses Mrs. Quigley’s family antiques and her butterfly wall. Elise’s garden includes over 400 varieties of flowers and bird baths covered with stones she has collected since childhood.
Since 1948, the Blue Spring Heritage Center has become a popular tourist destination in Eureka Springs. There are over a mile of trails to explore with flowers, crops and plants unique to the Ozarks. Along the route, visitors will see the Medicine Wheel Garden, the Three Sisters Garden and the Woodland Garden. Tours begin with a short film telling the history of the region. The theater where the film is shown also houses artifacts and serves as a museum to show the history of the Blue Spring. The Blue Spring Heritage Center is open from 9:00am to 6:00pm March to November. Group rates are available for 12 persons or more at $8.75 per person. Bus parking is also available.
For a unique lodging experience, a Eureka Springs bed and breakfast makes the perfect place for relaxing on your getaway. Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast is located just two blocks from the Eureka Springs Historic District. Each of the five guest rooms is spacious and features private balconies, spa showers, fireplaces and other added conveniences to make it feel just like home. A complimentary breakfast is served daily overlooking the gardens. For reservations, or questions about booking a group, call 1-866-350-5454.
Photo courtesy of Doug Wertman