There are so many things to do in Eureka Springs that you may have to come back and visit Beaver Lake Cottages again. The area boasts a beautiful wilderness setting on Beaver Lake that’s perfect for outdoor recreation like hiking, water sports and more. The following things to do in Eureka Springs are those that we think are most likely to bring you the most memories and acquaint you with the real essence of Eureka Springs. It would take over a week to see and do everything in the area. Below are a few things to do in Eureka Springs to get you started on planning your getaway.

On-site Lake

fishing on Beaver Lake is a great thing to do near Eureka Springs!Fishing

  • Striper, Bass & Trout are abundant!
  • Beaver Lake is one of the premier fishing sites in the area, hosting tournaments, TV shows, and just regular people.

Kayaking

  • Enjoy a quiet sunrise on the water!
  • Glide effortlessly through the water on his & hers complimentary kayaks.

Stand-up Paddle Boards

  • It’s easier than you might think!
  • Explore the nooks & crannies of Beaver Lake on complimentary his & hers Stand-up Paddle Boards.  It’s easy.  Just watch a 5-minute youtube video and you’ll have the basics down pat.

Swimming

  • Cool-off in Beaver Lake
  • Beaver Lake, fed by the White River, is among the cleanest water in the state.

Sailboat for Two

Enjoying a catamaran ride on Beaver Lake is a wonderful thing to do near Eureka Springs!

$200 half day; $350 full day

  • Even if you’ve never sailed before, you’ll get the knack within an hour or so on a 16′ boat that is small enough to manage, yet large enough to scoot across the water.  There is nothing like being propelled across the water with just the sound of the wind in your ears. It makes a great setting for a proposal, too!

Pontoon Boat

$200 half day; $350 full day (plus fuel)

  • The easiest way to sightsee
  • Pontoon boats are the most versatile boat hands down…steady under your feet with plenty of room to maneuver around.  Boat over to the marina for pizza and a cold beverage.  Explore islands on the return trip and feed the birds that nest there.  Split the cost with another couple if you don’t mind company or need someone more experienced. Must be 25 years of age, and Arkansas requires a boater safety course if born after 1986.    

Be sure to take a safety course through Boat Ed before renting Sea-doo, Catamaran and Pontoon Boats.

Sailboat Excursion-Lesson

$75/hour; 2-hour minimum (available starting July 1st)

  • Learn as much as you want or simply sit back and relax while Captain Collin takes you on a literal wind-blown journey across the lake on his Catalina 22 sailboat. Best wind is in the afternoon, while the smoothest sailing comes in the evening “glass-off”.  Starlight evening excursions available by request (another great proposal setting).  There is nothing more magical!

On-site Land

Hiking to heights like these is one of the best things to do in Eureka Springs!Hiking

  • Take a hike through the woods
  • Borrow one of our hiking poles and follow the trail through the woods and down to the shore where you’ll find our boat dock supplied with kayaks, paddle boards and more.

Mountain Biking

$10/hour; 2-hour minimum; rented in pairs

  • When hiking just doesn’t excite you anymore
  • Traverse the trails of Beaver Lake Cottage’s 10+ acres on our Trek mountain bikes, or cart them 15 minutes to Lake Leatherwood where mountain bike-specific trails have been built that attract riders from around the surrounding area.  
  • Helmets provided and required.

Geo-caching

  • It’s like hiking with a purpose!
  • Scour Beaver Lake Cottage’s 10+ acres to find the BLC Cache…and perhaps a little something extra -or- take a short drive to Holiday Island to scout and search for a hidden treasure cache in an abandoned railroad tunnel (very cool)!

The Local Area

Guide Fishing

  • When you’re serious about catching fish!
  • Our guide connections are some of the best in the business.  
  • There is never a guarantee, but our guides rarely come back empty- handed.  
  • Usually around $400 for a half day.

Scuba Diving

  • Beaver Lake’s clear water is a draw for divers
  • If you are a diver, there is no better lake in the area.  
  • Explore the submerged town of Monte Ne that succumbed to the lake created by the Beaver Dam.
  • You’ll find the area dive shop just 10 minutes up the road from your cottage/suite.

Rafting

King’s River Excursion

  • This is a great float even for the novice paddler…4 miles and 2 ½ hours.  
  • The scenery is breath-taking with limestone bluffs rising two to three hundred feet above the river giving the water it’s gorgeous emerald green color.  
  • And, there are huge trout in this deep cold waterway.

Sea-doos

$50/hour + fuel; 2-hour minimum

  • Experience required
  • If you’ve ever ridden a jet ski or motorcycle, then this is for you.  Leisurely tour the lake, race or just play.  Must be 25 years of age, and Arkansas requires a boater safety course if born after 1986.

CavesExploring caves is an adventurous thing to do in Eureka Springs!

  • The Ozarks are known for its many caverns!
  • Tour Onyx Cave or Mystic Caverns for a cool treat just outside of Eureka Springs.
  • They are both an inexpensive jaunt that doesn’t carve a lot of time out of your day.

Zip-Line

  • An instant adrenaline rush
  • When mountain biking and Sea-doo’s are not exciting enough, try the zip-lines in Eureka Springs.  
  • Soar through the air from up to 300+ feet high with cable lengths from up to 2000 feet long over vast gorgeous, beautiful Ozark hardwood trees and limestone cliffs.

Horseback Riding

  • Saddle-up!
  • Rides are led by experienced guides who tell great stories and tall tales.

Shopping

  • Historic Downtown Eureka Springs is fun!
  • Eureka Springs is consistently rated one of the top ten small towns in America and is on the National Historic Registry.  
  • The shops in Eureka Springs come in every description. Clothing, brass, glass, fine art galleries, folk art, dolls, miniatures, woodcraft, customer leather good, jewelry, souvenirs and much more.

Great Passion Play

May through October

  • America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama 
  • Since 1968, the Play has been seen by over 7.7 Million people from all over the world.
  • The Play is performed beneath the night sky by a cast of around 150 actors and many live animals as well.

DiningA dinner for two is one of the most romantic things to do in Eureka Springs!

  • Let us steer you to the right places
  • Eureka Springs has some wonderful restaurants; we, of course, have our favorites.  
  • In fact, your cottage/suite includes a notebook full of local menus, organized by food type.  

Tell us what you like, and we will steer you to where we would go.

Tours

  • Underground Eureka is our favorite!
  • Eureka Springs comes alive on the Downtown-N-Underground Walking Tour.  This backstage pass of sorts, allows you to peek into the town’s past and it’s secrets as historical characters come to life.
  • This relatively inexpensive, 75-minute tour is a great way to walk off lunch from one of the many fabulous downtown restaurants.

Shows

Intrigue Theatre 

  • Our favorite
  • Created by Illusionists, Sean-Paul, and Juliane is a charming and nostalgic performance that brings visitors back to an age of mystery.  
  • Inspired by the Victorian and haunted landscape of Eureka Springs, it is a Vaudeville Era show that is unmatched anywhere in the country.

Museums

Crystal Bridges Museum is a wonderful way to enjoy the local culture of Eureka Springs!Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

  • It’s worth the drive!
  • Founded by Alice Walton (yes, the Wal-Mart family heiress) is located one hour away in Bentonville, Arkansas.  
  • It houses a permanent collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day.  
  • The museum acquired Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House in 2015 after it was taken apart in New Jersey and rebuilt on the grounds in Bentonville.  
  • Admission is free

These are some of the marvelous things to do in Eureka Springs, and you may discover more when you:

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