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Nearby Attractions in Fayetteville

Nestled in the stunning Boston Mountain Range of the Ozarks, and surrounded by a rich history of Native American culture, Fayetteville has no shortage of museums and interesting spaces to explore. Interested in history? Bike or walk past portions of the Trail of Tears and the Butterfly Stagecoach on thirty-six miles of the Razorback Regional Greenway.

Looking for a pretty place to walk and connect with nature? Spend an afternoon strolling through twelve themed backyard gardens at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.  

Whatever you’re in the mood for, here’s five of the best museums, gardens and attractions to explore in Fayetteville, AR. 


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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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Designed by famed architect Moshe Safdie, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is without a doubt one of our favorite places to spend the day in Fayetteville. Between the world-class collection of American art, stunning architecture and 120 acres of Ozark forest and trails, everyone will enjoy a trip to Crystal Bridges. Before you go, be sure to look up their extensive programming – tours, classes and workshops are the perfect way to explore everything on offer. The best part? Admission to the museum is always free.  

Insider Tip

The best views in the whole place are found at Eleven, the museum’s all-day restaurant.

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Walton Arts Center

Widely considered to be Northwest Arkansas’ cultural epicenter, the Walton Arts Center is home to a full season of Broadway, dance, theater, music and family shows. Walton Arts Center’s goal is to bring a wide variety of high-caliber experiences typically only found in major cities, to Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas as a whole. Right around the corner from campus and a quick walk from restaurants and bars on Dickson St, it’s in an ideal location for visiting arts aficionados. Ticket prices and showtimes vary, so check out their online schedule to see what’s playing while you’re in town.  

Insider Tip

There’s no bad time to see a show at the WAC, but matinee performances always feel special. 

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George’s Majestic Lounge

Become a part of Fayetteville’s history with a trip to George’s Majestic Lounge, Arkansas’ oldest and longest-running live music venue. Formally dating back to the ‘70s and a little less-formally hosting social events since the ‘30s, George’s is a mainstay in the Fayetteville music scene. Over the years, countless talented artists like Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Lucinda Williams, Florida Georgia Line and Muscadine Bloodline have graced the stage. With live performances happening almost every day, you’ll have plenty of chances to experience the one-of-a-kind flavor.  

Insider Tip

They host legendary happy hour shows every Friday, starting at 6 p.m.

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