When you find yourself heading to Arkansas, make sure you take the time time to stop in Bentonville. There are fun things to do here for the entire family around every corner! Decisions are hard, but I’ve narrowed it down and got the scoop on the top 10 things to do in Bentonville, Arkansas. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, make sure to check out the other things to do in Arkansas!
1. Crystal Bridges Museum
Crystal Bridges is a Museum of American art with beautiful architecture, paintings, sculptures, and traveling exhibits. This museum has works from Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe. Other Famous American artists are also featured here. Along with art, Crystal Bridges has a restaurant, walking trails, and an outdoor concert venue. The permanent exhibits are free to the public.
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Make sure to check out 5 Reasons to Visit Crystal Bridges This Summer!
600 Museum Way|Open daily, Closed Tuesday, Crystalbridges.com
2. Eleven Restaurant
Eleven is a restaurant located inside Crystal Bridges and has featuring food from local and sustainable sources. You can admire the beautiful architecture and views as you dine on southern food. Eleven is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. If you’re looking for other places to eat in Arkansas, we’ve got some great Mexican Restaurants for you!
3. Walmart Museum
The Walmart Museum is located in the original place of the Walton’s 5&10 store here in Bentonville. You can view the founder’s actual office and the famous ford pickup with all the original dents, marks, and scratches.
105 N Main Street | Open Daily| Walmartmuseum.com
4. Walmart’s Spark Café
After you’ve seen the history behind the founders of Walmart, make sure to make your way down to the Spark Cafe and grab a soda or a 50’s style ice cream. Sam Walton has a love for many things; ice cream is one of those. With the Walmart signature colors of blue and yellow, The Spark Cream flavor is made special for the cafe. Make sure to get a taste of the other nine flavors too!
In addition to the yummy blue and yellow flavors, you can add a nod to Walmart by your fashion choices too. This flowy blue sundress and these yellow sandals from Walmart will keep you cool and dressed to impress during your time in Bentonville.
5. 21C Museum and Hotel
21C Museum and Hotel commits to the art of the 21st Century. When you arrive, you’ll see two dramatic pieces of work. For instance, the first is The Orange Tree. Making Change, which is a Fleetwood Cadilac limo concealed in coins, is the second thing you notice when inside. With more than 12,000 square feet, there is something to discover around every corner.
Open daily | 21cmuseumhotels.com/Bentonville
6. Bentonville Farmer’s Market
Mid-April to October, the farmer’s market rolls into town. And with it brings farmers, ranchers, and artisans to the city square. Here you can browse and purchase local produce, meats, and crafts that all the producers have been working hard to grow and make. The farmer’s market is also a great place to take some pictures with your friends and family. Need a picture-worthy outfit? Try this summery embroidered dress and these comfy sandals.
Take a short drive to Fayetteville after you’re done at the market.
Downtown Bentonville Square |Every Saturday | 7:30am-1pm
7. Nature Trails
It is a nice feeling to have the sun on your skin. Here, you are able to walk around and get some fresh air, while still getting to see the sites. Bentonville features one trail that connects to the 21C hotel which makes it easy to travel and not have to use a car. Bentonville is full of walking and biking trails for all ages!
8. The Preacher’s Son
The 1st Christian Church was converted into a restaurant and features an amazing view. This conversion sanctuary features food with a traditional yet rustic feel, with many beautiful features. When you go to the church, make sure to make a reservation, take a peek at the speakeasy, and have a good time.
201 NW A St | 479-445-6065
9. Scott Family Amazeum
This children’s museum is perfect for the family and will keep the little ones entertained! With a tinkering station, water area, a climbable tree with more ways to explore, and interactive exhibits. The culture from the area influences these exhibits.
Open Daily, Closed Tuesday, Amazeum.org
10. Peel Mansion Museum and Heritage Gardens
This Bentonville mansion is beautiful! Peel Mansion, built in 1875 by Colonel Samuel West Peel, has a great example of the Italianate architecture. Historic roses, perennials, and native fauna enclose this amazing house. Inside, you can see stunning artifacts from the era.
400 S Walton Blvd| Open Daily, Closed Sunday and Monday | Peelcompton.com