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8 Things to Do in Fayetteville, Arkansas

It’s not just Razorbacks that roam the streets of Fayetteville. It’s Northeast Arkansas newcomers eager to experience the Ozarks as well as small-town seekers in search of what Dickson Street is all about. Whichever traveler you are, you’re sure to find yourself at home at Graduate Fayetteville, just steps from both the University of Arkansas and the eats, drinks, and attractions that make Fayetteville so unique. 

Explore Fayetteville in the steps of Razorbacks before you by experiencing these eight things to do, see, and eat, all within reach of the heart of downtown.

1

Razorback Regional Greenway

Walk and bike to your heart’s content at Razorback Regional Greenway, an expansive green space featuring a paved 36-mile trail. The trail traverses several historic routes, including the Butterfield Stagecoach route, Civil War routes, and even the Trail of Tears. Just imagine those who took to the trail before you as you step or pedal through the Fayetteville countryside. 

If you complete the entire trail, you’ll have ventured through dozens of different communities spanning six downtown areas, three hospitals, the University of Arkansas campus, and even the headquarters of Walmart and Tyson Foods.

Insider Tip

If you’re visiting Fayetteville in the fall, stop by for a stroll through the autumn foliage.

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Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

More than 70,000 visitors a year flock to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (BGO), a sprawling garden that provides hands-on experiences with nature. Stroll the rows of plants, flowers, and more, or attend one of BGO’s special events, like yoga or cooking in the garden, all of which showcase the natural beauty of the Ozarks. 

A $10 admission fee grants you access to the entire garden, which includes twelve themed backyard gardens. Bring home inspiration for your own backyard, whether you’re inspired by vegetables and herbs, Japanese flora and fauna, or even a garden designed specially for butterflies.

Insider Tip

If you’re visiting in May, check out the annual Chefs in the Garden event featuring live music and a diverse selection of culinary creations from Northwest Arkansas’s finest chefs. 

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Leverett Lounge

Small plates, big flavors, and house-crafted cocktails are the name of the game at Leverett Lounge. This fine-dining favorite is elevated yet Southern and simple all at the same time, making this a go-to for a nice dinner out or a quick, delicious meal while on the go. 

Their dine-in menu is also prix-fixe, adding a little magic to the dining experience. For $35, you can dig into a seasonal soup or salad and appetizers like garlic cheese grits or burrata, followed by entrees like Korean fried chicken or cauliflower or seared red fish in garlic butter. Don’t miss Kenna’s blackout chocolate cake for an indulgent dessert.

Insider Tip

Order the herb goat cheese appetizer, sweetened with Arkansas honey and drizzled with harissa.

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Maxine’s Tap Room

You’ll always feel at home at Maxine’s Tap Room. The current owners of the bar actually consider themselves caretakers, maintaining this historic gathering place in honor of its original owner, Maxine Miller. Maxine envisioned the tap room as a place to enjoy a drink, connect with friends, and celebrate exciting downtown Fayetteville. 

That celebratory and welcoming spirit remains intact, making Maxine’s Tap Room a local favorite. Stop by for quality cocktails, specialty drinks you’ll only find at Maxine’s, as well as local craft beer.

Insider Tip

Don’t miss Happy Hour – every day (except Sunday!) from 4pm-7pm.

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Feed and Folly

Fayetteville is as historic as small towns come, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a meal with a modern twist. Feed and Folly brings modern rooftop dining to the Fayetteville community, paying tribute to the traditions of Southern hospitality and house-cured meats. 

Gather around a charcuterie plate, fill up on smoked wings or pastrami fries, or opt for a full meal like burgers, sandwiches, salads, and even bangers and mash.

Insider Tip

Make sure you get The Archie Sour, Fox Trail Distillery bourbon, housemade sour mix and a Cabernet float. Named after colorful Arkansas historical figure Archibald Yell.

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Fayettechill 

Locally-made, environmentally-friendly threads are on the shelves at Fayettechill. They’re a self-described “goods for the woods” shop, with a special passion for creating things that are kind to Mother Nature. 

Their flagship store, affectionately referred to as Basecamp, sits in the heart of historic downtown Fayetteville. Basecamp is both an outdoor retailer and a community hub for all things outdoors. Stop by to pick up a branded t-shirt or beanie or to stock up for your next adventure—even if that’s just strolling through campus.

Insider Tip

Join the Fayettechill Campers Club for exclusive offers and discounts all year round.

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Freckled Hen Farmhouse

Freckled Hen Farmhouse celebrates the simple life: cultivating a garden, hosting dinner parties, and creating a home you love. These are all values of the store’s owners, Fayetteville locals Luke and Natalie Freeman, so you’ll see this Southern hospitality-inspired spirit in all of their home goods and gifts. 

Peruse wares from the heart, from earrings to candles to scoops and spoons and even artisan baking supplies. The Freckled Hen now has two locations, Freckled Hen Home and Freckled Hen Cottage, so be sure to stop by both. 

Insider Tip

In town celebrating a special occasion? Support local with a handcrafted gift from an Arkansas maker.

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Dickson St. Bookshop

Turn the page at Dickson St. Bookshop, a popular destination in Fayetteville for its more than 100,000 used and out of print books. Their shelves are packed with more stories than you can imagine, ranging from addiction and recovery to Buddhism, boxing to Winston Churchill.

Dickson St. Bookshop sells both hardback and paperback tomes, so you can find a story that’ll fit in your purse or maybe even your pocket. Stop by to stock up on books for your long journey home, then map out your plan for your next visit to this sprawling book seller.

Insider Tip

Buy one of their postcards, sketched by a local artist, for 50 cents and send a note home from your trip.

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