Are you visiting Northwest Arkansas but only have one day to see the area? Maybe you are flying in to visit one of the major headquarters of many different industries such as Walmart, JB Hunt, or Tyson? Not to worry! Here are a couple must see places in Northwest Arkansas while you are there.
The Walmart Museum
Why is the NW Arkansas area one of the fasted growing regions in the US? Because in 1950 Sam Walton started his very first 5 & dime store on the town square and the rest is history. At the Walmart Museum, you can visit this very first store, gallery museum, and The Spark Café Soda Fountain. Be sure to stop in for a treat!
The Flying Fish
I’m a fan of fried fish. It’s one my my favorite treats – if it’s cooked just right. The Flying Fish knows how to cook some fried fish! They also have po’ boys, gumbo, crab, shrimp, you name it. It is one building over from the Bentonville town square.
The decor is quirky and fun. There are tons of 8×10 photos of people with their catches from around the area. There is also a wall made up of those fake mounted fish that used to sing when the button on the plaque is pushed. And lots of fishing items all over the place. If the food doesn’t keep you mesmerized, the decor will!
Crystal Bridges Museum
Ohhh how I love that Alice Walton gifted this region with such an amazing museum and grounds. The architecture is amazing and the hiking paths with sculpture garden, a Frank Llyod Wright home, amphitheater, and more is just top notch. My favorite exhibit was seeing Georgia O’Keefe’s exhibit a couple years ago. She is my favorite. Don’t even get me started on her Great Beyond postcard print I picked up at the gift shop during that exhibit. Just lovely. Even if you are not a big art buff, it doesn’t matter, there will be something just for you that will speak to your heart; or you’re stomach if you want to get something delicious from the restaurant/cafe.
Scott Family Amazeum
This is located on the road just at the entrance of Crystal Bridges and a great place for kids. We took our kiddos about 3 years ago and they had to be dragged out of the place. They were between the ages of 5-9 years old at the time. I know we were there between 2-3 hours but they could have stayed longer. The Amazeum is an interactive museum for kids where they can build, tinker, explore, and create. There is also an outdoor playground and, well, an indoor one too.
Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari
Speaking of things to do with kids, try out the Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari in Gentry, Arkansas. If you love drive through safari’s that also have animal exhibits you can walk up to then this is a great place to visit. It’s a little off the beaten path but we thought it was well worth the drive. Check out my article about it here.
The Amp & The Walton Arts Center
Looking for a cool outdoor concert setting? The Amp in Rogers, Arkansas, is it! National acts have performed on this stage from Luke Bryan to Pitbull to Jim Gaffigan to Chris Tomlin to Jimmy Buffett. They definitely have a variety in their lineup and events are happening all the time!
Looking for a cool indoor stage setting? The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas is it! This venue hosts concerts, comedians, Broadway theater plays, symphonies, and more. Check out the calendar of upcoming events for both venues.
The Mural & Shops of Downtown Springdale
I love how art can totally change a place. Murals do this in a big way. Downtown Springdale is full of beautiful and surprising murals that just lifts my heart. Be sure to take a stroll down Emma Avenue and check out all the fun arts stores, delicious eateries, clothing designer stores, and more. My favorite window shopping was the installation art(see below).
These are just a teeny tiny fraction of the things to see and do in Northwest Arkansas. I didn’t even get into the outdoor fun like “floating” and boating, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, biking, and more. And don’t even get me started about all the shopping available!
Have you visited this area? What would you add to this list of top things to see in Northwest Arkansas?
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