Nestled in the northwest corner of Arkansas, this bustling city in the Ozarks is a unique art getaway with plenty to see, do, taste, and enjoy. We want to spotlight five amazing experiences you’ve got to try this fall in Bentonville, which includes a world-class art scene, incredible dining, major attractions, and exciting bike trails.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Recently listed by Newsweek as one of “10 Great New(ish) Museums in the World You Can’t Miss,” Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is brimming with beauty in the fall season, both in the galleries and outside on five miles of nature trails. The museum is a great destination for art, architecture, and nature lovers. Stroll the stellar collection of American art with artists like Gilbert Stuart, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Kehinde Wiley while enjoying the Moshe Safdie-designed architecture. The museum includes the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House, as well as a Fly’s Eye Dome structure by R. Buckminster Fuller.
You won’t find a more bike-friendly town. Right off the city square, you have immediate access to year-round riding, as well as quality and diversity of trails combined to make Bentonville a must-visit destination for cyclist and adventure enthusiasts alike. There’s something for riders of all skill levels, where you can find a network of more than 140 miles of trails; 40 plus hard surface and over 100 miles of single track in or connected to Bentonville. Saddle up and ride a variety of trails all day long before returning for delicious food, local brew’s and exciting live entertainment.
104 E Central Ave, Bentonville, visitbentonville.com/bike
You won’t find a more intimate and enjoyable aviation experience than Thaden Field in Bentonville. Named the 2019 Municipal Airport of the Year, Thaden Field provides visitors and residents accessible experiences, including a flight school, an exhibition hanger, scenic flights, canoe rental for Lake Bentonville and so much more. This aviation operation takes its name from the famed Arkansas-born pilot Louise Thaden, operating as the only municipal, private jet airport in Northwest Arkansas that will land you minutes away from beautiful downtown Bentonville. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a cocktail on the patio of Café’ Louise while watching vintage planes land and take off from the runway.
2205 SW I Street, Bentonville, Thadenfield.com
Located directly off the downtown square, the Walmart Museum immediately catches your eye as a must-visit landmark. First opened in 1990, the museum sits inside the original Walton’s 5&10, with the original structure that still operates as a store front today. Want to shop for retro toys, souvenirs, and snacks? You’ll find it at the Walton 5&10, where you can not only purchase fun souvenirs, but experience 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 and some of the best ice cream around!
105 N. Main St., Bentonville, walmartmuseum.com
Scott Family Amazeum
Want to climb a tree canopy, adventure into an indoor cave, tinker around in a tinkering hub, or enjoy nearly one acre of outdoor space and ever-evolving daily pop-up activities? Then check out the Amazeum! A must-visit for children and adults alike. The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive experience with a foundation in the arts and sciences, encouraging creativity, curiosity, and community through exhibits, educational collaboration, and programs, workshops, and camps. Fun for the whole family that you won’t want to miss!
1009 Museum Way, Bentonville, amazeum.org
Whether you’re looking to relax with art for a weekend or to experience something new this fall, find your way to Bentonville, Arkansas. Start planning your trip today.