Make Bentonville, AR your summer getaway! Voted second in USA Today’s Top 10 Best Small Towns in the U.S. for Adventure and third in Time Out Magazine’s 16 Best Cities For A Weekend Getaway, Bentonville is a hub for arts, culinary, and outdoor experiences. Here’s your guide to planning a great visit this summer:
In Bentonville, you can immerse yourself in art, science, history, and more. Be sure to check each museum’s hours before you go. Here’s a short overview of what’s on this summer:
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: Diego Rivera’s America is an exhibition featuring more than 130 of Rivera’s paintings, frescoes, and drawings, including many works which have never been shown in public before. The exhibition is on view until July 31—don’t miss the final stop of this major exhibition curated by SFMOMA. Plus, enjoy free admission to the collection galleries!
The Momentary: Two solo exhibitions by Latina artists are on view this summer: Yvette Mayorga: What a Time to be and Firelei Báez’s To breathe full and free… Mayorga’s exhibition combines images of family, found objects, ‘90s nostalgia, moments of Midwest life, and her signature pink and frosted style to interrogate the art historical canon and the meaning of belonging through painting, collage, and sculpture while Báez’s work is a sweeping sculptural installation that reclaims and revisits the Caribbean’s place in the story of Western world history. General admission to the galleries is free.
And don’t miss upcoming performances at the Momentary, including a Brothers Osborne concert in July and the world-premiere of “Die No Die (Arkansas),” a site-responsive performance by Matty Davis, 2022 artist-in-residence.
Amazeum: Featuring hands-on family activities and STEM fun, this is THE destination for families with kids from infants to teenagers! Check out interactive exhibitions like the 3M Tinkering Hub, the Market sponsored by Walmart, the Nature Valley Water Amazements, and more. Admission is free to members and children under two, and costs $11 for all others.
Museum of Native American History: Learn about the history and heritage of the Native American people with this collection of over 10,000 Native American artifacts and collections both donated and on load. General admission is free.
Bentonville History Museum: The recently-opened museum includes several displays that tell the rich history of the city of Bentonville. From early Native American settlements to the growth of Walmart—there’s so much to discover!
Walmart Museum Heritage Lab: Bentonville’s staple of the Square, the Walton 5 and 10, is closed for renovation, but you can still learn about the history of Walmart at their pop-up location at Ledger Bentonville. Try out new exhibits, technologies, and more, and get a glimpse into the future of the new Walmart Museum. The lab is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily and from 12 to 7 pm on Sundays with free admission.
Peel Museum and Botanical Garden: Learn about the apple industry that was thriving in Bentonville from the 1800s to the 1920s with free interactive tours of the historic Peel Family home, and explore beautiful summer blooms in the botanical garden.
Compton Gardens and Arboretum: This oasis with an impressive selection of native plants, trees, and greenery is free to enjoy in Downtown Bentonville from dawn to dusk every day. Find OZ Art scattered throughout the trails, or pop into the building from 8 am to 5 pm weekdays, and find an informative exhibit about the history of the Buffalo river.
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From our miles of mountain biking trails to our quilt of parks, you can spend all day, every day outside! Here’s just a few options:
Spend a morning basking in the beauty of Coler MTB preserve, strolling their main path to the Rise, or biking their 19 miles of trails. Bonus: Airship at Applegate is tucked along the trail, and makes for a great stop to refuel and refresh.
Bike Curious? Rent a mountain bike and join the Bike School Bentonville team every Saturday this summer for their free beginner-level guided mountain bike ride of our popular Slaughter Pen Bike Park. Or check out their bike school offerings for the whole family.
Bonus: check out our 2023 Summer Ride Guide here.
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There’s always something happening in Bentonville, but here’s a list of a few big upcoming and recurring events:
- 7:30 am–1 pm, Saturdays: Farmers Market and Art Market on the Bentonville Square
- 7–9:30 pm, Saturday nights: Summer Forest Concert Series at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
- 3–9 pm, first Friday of every month: First Fridays on the Square
- July 4: Independence Day celebrations at Orchard Park
- July 10–16: Honor Fest
- July 15: Live on the Green: Brothers Osborne at the Momentary
- August 18–19: SOAR NWA
- More to come!
Is live music your thing? Here's our 2023 guide for concerts all summer.
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Explore our Bentonville Dining Guide, and check out these tips for making the most of the Bentonville culinary scene:
Dining on the Square
Whether you’re craving Italian, Ark-Mex, seafood, or a good ol’ burger, you’ll find something to satisfy any palate on the Bentonville Square. Stop in the original gastro-pub of Bentonville: Tusk and Trotter, enjoy farm fresh gluten-free menu at Conifer, and so much more. Out for dinner? Check ahead to see if reservations are recommended.
Dining at the Market District
Cruise down NW A Street to 8th Street and you’ll find Bentonvile’s bike-tastic restaurants: Pedler’s Pub and The Hub. Then,keep going and you’ll find the darling Crepes Paulette. Hop over to 8th Street Market to explore delicious award-winning eateries, like Yeyo’s Mexican Street Food, Sweet Freedom Cheese, and Co-Op Ramen, and don’t miss the delightful Roll & Fold, or the classic loafin’ Joe’s sandwich truck.
Our main drag is nothing to sneeze at either! Delicious restaurants can be found the whole way down. Check out Meld, Crisp & Green, Flavors Indian Cuisine & Lounge, and Table at Hickory Inn.
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Home rentals and hotels alike abound around Bentonville. Trying to decide where to stay? Here’s some tips:
- If you’re looking to fly into town then walk or bike, we recommend 21c Museum hotel or vacation rentals in the Downtown and Market area, like you see here.
- Driving in? Great! Take your pick of hotels throughout Bentonville, and simply park downtown, here’s a map of downtown parking options.
See more places to stay here.
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If you need additional help planning your visit, check out our DIY mix and match itinerary builder. Or stop by our Visitor’s Center for tips and brochures when you get to town. We’re happy to help you!
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