Attractions ~ Out and about to see the sights

Monday, February 25, 2008
War Eagle Mill celebrates St. Patrick's Day weekend March 15-17 and the 32nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 23.

In Eureka Springs and the surrounding area, you'll enjoy some attractions you won't find anywhere else.

The Great Passion Play does not present the outdoor drama until the end of April, but stop by to see the largest statue of Christ on this continent. Some of the other attractions at the play stay open all year.

Two great music shows open early in March. The Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down and the Pine Mountain Jamboree have earned critical acclaim for their family-friendly music and comedy.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge offers hope and a home to abandoned big cats, and visitors will have an educational and enjoyable experience, especially at feeding time.

Take a quick drive through the Ozark hills to visit the War Eagle Mill, where you can see a water-powered grist mill before enjoying lunch with a country flavor.

Or head east to Berryville, where you can tour Cosmic Cavern and see the beautiful underground lake.

Whether you stay right in Eureka Springs or branch out into the region, there's an attraction just right for you!

* Basin Park Ghost Tour - The 1905 Basin Park Hotel has long carried the lore of spirits, haunting and unusual happenings. The "Haunting Tales of Downtown Eureka Springs & Ghosts of The Basin Park Hotel" tour is both a chance to learn more about the many tales and fascinating stories of the history of Downtown Eureka Springs as well as possibly witnessing and/or capturing on film our next ghost story. Tours are every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets available at the front desk $15 per person.

* Bear Mountain Riding Stables and Dude Ranch -- is a brand new facility offering trail rides, hayrides, dude weekends and cowboy weddings (on or off horseback) with all the trimmings, including rehearsal dinners and barn dance receptions for up to 150 people. Located three miles West of Eureka Springs on Highway 62. Give them a call to arrange a cowboy experience you will fondly remember. (479) 253-6185.

* Cosmic Cavern -- Take a 1.25 hour tour through the warmest cave in the Ozarks, always a humid 62. The cave is well-lit, so you can see and photograph grotesque, colorful formations. This major Arkansas cave has bottomless lakes, and rare cave fish and amphibians. Spend an hour spelunking. It's fun for all ages. Hwy 21 north of Berryville.

The Crescent and Basin Park Hotels' Ghost Tours offer other-worldly thrills for intrepid visitors to Eureka Springs.

* Eureka Springs Ghost Tours -- Nightly tours at the Crescent Hotel. Room 212, which include legends and modern clairvoyant research, brought to life by trained guides. This is the top-rated ghost tour in the country and has been featured on the Sci-Fi Channel and the Travel Channel. These talented clairvoyants also offer energy and chakra work, private readings, seminars, and ghost tours at other locations. For more information call (479) 253-6800 or see website:

* Steve's Stables located on Pond Mountain Hwy 23 South 2 miles in Eureka Springs Arkansas. Guided year round trail rides on the highest mountaintop in the county! Gentle horses, no nags, fun for all! 1 hour guided rides - $20 per person 10% for groups of 4 or more. Rides leave 10 am thru 3 pm. Call for availability & information 479-253-5877

* Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge -- Turpentine Creek rescues neglected and unwanted big cats and other wild animals nationwide and gives the public a chance to get up close and personal with the king of the jungle and his regal cousins. You've probably never seen this many big cats in one place. It's awesome and the kids will definitely love it. Don't miss the Kite Festival, Saturday, March 22. Open 9 a.m. every day; feeding time is at 5 p.m., and the animals really spring to life then. Hwy 23 South, 7 mi.

* War Eagle Mill -- A scenic half-hour drive from Eureka Springs, War Eagle Mill is definitely worth the trip. The historic water-powered grist mill on lovely War Eagle Creek is a step back in time. The working mill today grinds high-quality organic grains which can be purchased while you're there. Or have some delicious corn bread made from freshly milled corn in the Bean Palace restaurant. Yum! Take Hwy. 23 south to Hwy. 12 W, then left on War Eagle Rd. You can't miss it.

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