There are a lot of choices these days for exciting weekend getaways and experiential vacations. But if you’re looking for something extra unique that includes a variety of interactive cultural experiences combined with outdoor excursions, visit Bentonville.
Why? This Ozark getaway offers all sorts of fantastic options, from internationally known arts and cultural organizations to an extensive trail network for cyclists of all skill levels. In addition, you won’t want to miss the culinary flavors you can enjoy at chef-driven restaurants throughout the city. All of this, and more, is why Northwest Arkansas is consistently considered one of the nation’s best places to visit.
To help you plan your trip, we’re spotlighting five must-try experiences for you and your family in Bentonville.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
One of the country’s foremost art museums, Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection holds five centuries of works from American masters and gems from lesser-known artists dating from colonial times to the present. The collection is displayed on a rotating basis, and temporary exhibitions run year-round, so there is always something new to see, inside and out.
Currently, Crystal Bridges is hosting three new experiences: a new acquisition, Infinity Mirrored Room—My Heart is Dancing into the Universe by Yayoi Kusama; Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today, a new exhibition exploring the connections between crystals and art throughout the world; and North Forest Lights, an immersive nighttime light experience created exclusively for Crystal Bridges.
With temporary exhibitions running year-round, there’s always something new to see, inside and out.
600 Museum Way, Bentonville, crystalbridges.org.
With a network of more than 140 miles of trails (more than 40 hard surface and over 100 miles of single track) in or connected to Bentonville, this Ozark getaway offers something for riders of all skill levels. A significant bike-friendly town, the terrain, year-round riding, and quality and diversity of trails combine to make the city a world-class destination for beginners and cycling enthusiasts alike. With one of the only cities in the country with a trailhead right off the downtown square, you can ride various trails all day before returning for unique culinary experiences, a cold local brew, or amazing live entertainment. There’s no doubt that Bentonville and northwestern Arkansas have become a new mecca for mountain bikers and a must-visit destination.
Named the 2019 Municipal Airport of the Year, Thaden Field takes its name from the famed Arkansas-born pilot Louise Thaden. This is a must visit when you’re in town, providing visitors exciting experiences including an exhibition hanger, scenic flights, canoe rental for Lake Bentonville, and so much more. Enjoy a cocktail on the patio of Café Louise while watching vintage planes land and take off from the runway. Flying into town on your own? Thaden Field operates as the only municipal, private jet airport in Northwest Arkansas that will land you minutes away from beautiful downtown Bentonville.
2205 SW I Street, Bentonville, Thadenfield.com
Set inside the original Walton’s 5&10, located directly off the downtown square, the museum is a fun favorite for every visitor. First opened in 1990, The Walmart Museum is located directly off the downtown square with the original store front that still operates today. Step inside and shop for retro toys, souvenirs, and snacks. You can also take a free tour that includes a collection of memorabilia, photos, and information on the history of Walmart and the Walton family. The tour concludes in The Spark Café Soda Fountain, where you can grab a scoop of ice cream – the way it was meant to be.
105 N. Main St., Bentonville, walmartmuseum.com.
Scott Family Amazeum
Fun for kiddos and adults alike, the Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum with high adventure rooted in the arts and sciences. Through the Amazeum’s experiences, children will be encouraged to explore creativity, curiosity, and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops, and camps. You will find a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, tinkering hub, and nearly one acre of outdoor space – not to mention ever-evolving daily pop-up activities. A must-visit for children and adults alike.
1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, amazeum.org.
Exciting attractions, chef-driven restaurants, and numerous outdoor adventures are waiting for you right around the corner! Don’t wait! Start planning your trip today.