Located on the Springfield Plateau deep in the Ozark Mountains, Springdale is the fourth-largest city in Arkansas. A long-standing and essential industrial town for the region, Springdale is home to the world headquarters of Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producing company. The city has several interesting attractions to explore, including Arvest Ballpark, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, and the Randal Tyson Recreational Complex.
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Arvest Ballpark is a baseball stadium in Springdale and home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League. Located at the corner of Gene George Boulevard and Watkins Avenue, the ballpark was opened in 2008 and is a hub for summertime entertainment in Northwest Arkansas. The ballpark hosts more than 70 baseball games in the summer, along with several festivals, fairs, and charitable events throughout the year. Designed by Kansas City-based architects HOK Sport, the stadium has a seating capacity for 7,305 people and a field surface of Patriot Bermuda over-seeded with rye. Arvest Ballpark has a fan zone with a merchandise stores selling a variety of baseball and team apparel, gear, and souvenirs.
3000 Gene George Blvd, Springdale, AR 72762, Phone: 479-927-4900
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2.Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
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The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is a regional history museum in Springdale that is dedicated to the history of the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. Named after the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s after applying for a post office, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History tells the story of the people who shaped the Ozarks through a range of fascinating exhibits and displays, and six historic buildings spread across the museum grounds. The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History also has an extensive research library with a collection of over 500,000 photographs of Ozark life and offers guided docent-led tours of the museum and the historic buildings.
118 W Johnson Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-750-8165
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3.Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
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The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad, also known as the A&M, is a Class III short-line railroad in Springdale that operates a line extending 139.5 miles from Fort Smith in Arkansas to Monett in Missouri. Initially owned by BN predecessor St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, better known as the Frisco, the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad dates back to the 1980s when it took over approximately 140 miles of railroad owned by the Burlington Northern Railroad. The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad runs three different excursion trips, using vintage heavyweight passenger cars and one, lightweight, streamlined parlor car that was built in the 1950s. These trips range in length and boast spectacular views of the Ozark Mountain range and the Arkansas River.
306 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-751-8600
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4.Arts Center of the Ozarks
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The Arts Center of the Ozarks, also known as the ACO, is an arts organization and center that offers an interactive, immersive, and multi-cultural arts-based experience. Best known for its theatre production, along with visual art and production classes, the center also provides a variety of shows, musical performances and visual arts education, such as local community and traveling exhibits, and fashion shows. Established as the Springdale Fine Arts Association in 1967, the Arts Center of the Ozarks was the only community theatre in Northwest Arkansas at the time and has since grown to become one of the state’s most renowned centers for performing arts.
214 S Main St, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-751-5441
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Home of the Rodeo of the Ozarks, Parsons Stadium is a community stadium and recreational space that hosts a variety of events throughout the year from the Ozark Demolition Derby and Monster Truck performances to Buckin' in the Ozarks. The Rodeo of the Ozarks was established in 1944 as a much-needed relief from the stress of World War II and has been entertaining both locals and visitors ever since. Today, the show draws more than 10,000 people each night, who flock to the Parsons Stadium to experience the Wild Wild West in all its glory.
1423 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-756-0464
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Tontitown Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that has been making wine for more than 95 years. Passed down through generations, the tradition of Italian wine-making was learned by Nazzareno Ranalli in 1923 and has continued to be one of Tontitown's landmark businesses to this day. Housed in the Taldo House, which was built in 1917, the Tontitown Winery produces finely crafted wines from local Tontitown grown grapes and offers tastings in their modern tasting room, seven days a week. The winery has lovely outdoor seating for tastings in the warmer summer months, and an exciting exhibit on Italian winemaking. Signature wines include reds like Chambourcin, Italian Red, and Ives noir, and whites such as White Muscadine, and Niagara.
335 N Barrington Rd, Springdale, AR 72762, Phone: 479-361-8700
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7.Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery
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Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery is a beautifully designed winery and tasting room that produces several award-winning wines and provides a stunning venue for romantic weddings and special events. Based in what was once an old dairy barn that was stylishly renovated into the current tasting room, Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery features multiple decks built off the back of the tasting room that boasts spectacular views of the surrounding natural beauty of the property. The winery currently produces around 1000 cases of wine each year, including award-winning Chardonnay, Rosè, Riesling, and Syrah, and as well as serve an excellent selection of wines from around the world that are available for tastings. In addition to the winery’s acclaimed selection of wines, they also offer local Arkansas wines and beers, and are open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
6461 E Guy Terry Rd, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-419-4999
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8.Fly ARH (Arkansas Helicopters)
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Founded in 2005, flyARH (Arkansas Helicopters) is one of the premier aviation suppliers for the greater Northwest Arkansas region and provides unique experiences to area residents and visitors. The company offers a range of aerial tours, including Uptown and Downtown Fayetteville, Beaver Lake and Crystal Bridges, Eureka Springs, and more, as well as romantic wedding flights, and customized tours and excursions. flyARH also offers professional in-flight training for fixed and rotary wing helicopters for people wanting to learn to fly.
802 Airport Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-365-3640
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9.The Jones Center
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The Jones Center is a massive indoor recreational facility for both adults and children that features a variety of recreational fields, equipment, and fun-filled activities, including an ice-skating rink, indoor soccer court, swimming pools, and a fully equipped gym. In addition to world-class facilities such as a Runaway Bike Park, Dive-In Movies, Ice Skating, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium, the center also offers a variety of classes, workshops, youth classes, and summer camps throughout the year, as well as hosts several major sporting events such as the Red Bull Track World Championship Final.
922 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-756-8090
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10.Cellar Door Antiques
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Cellar Door Antiques is a locally owned and operated an antique store that sells a variety of antique and vintage furniture along with artworks, glassware, decorative smalls, classic and stylized lighting, and clothing. Born from a love of all things old and beautiful, Cellar Door Antiques was named after one of the most beautiful phrases in the English language, ‘cellar door’ which also seemed fitting for the treasures being sold in the store. Cellar Door Antiques hosts several events and shows throughout the year, including Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Workshop, and the Spring Little Craft Show. Cellar Door Antiques is open Monday through Sunday, at various hours.
132 W Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-871-9359
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The MarketPlace Grill is a casual, family-friendly restaurant chain serving an extensive menu of all-American cuisine with Southern flair and an excellent selection of beers, wine, and spirits. Opened in 1995, the MarketPlace Grill aimed to become the nerve center of the community, as the marketplace was in days of old. The family-friendly eatery prepared delicious cuisine with the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients supplied from regional suppliers and served by professional, friendly, and well-trained staff. All dishes are prepared fresh and made to order and are accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers, and imported spirits. The MarketPlace Grill is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
5880, 1636 S 48th St, Springdale, AR 72762, Phone: 479-750-5200
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12.AQ Chicken House
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AQ Chicken House is a long-running restaurant chain that offers a variety of Southern-style chicken dishes served in an old-fashioned setting since 1947. Located on Hwy 71 Business, the family-friendly restaurant has been Springdale's go-to place for fried chicken for more than 70 years and serves a menu of traditional chicken dishes, such as their famous boneless pan-fried chicken. The restaurant also serves other mouthwatering fare like award-winning hickory smoked ribs, homemade spaghetti, southern style catfish, and blackbird sandwiches. Specials are offered throughout the week, such as All-you-can-eat-catfish on Friday nights, and the restaurant also caters for special events, parties, and reunions. AQ Chicken House is open for lunch and early dinner, seven days a week.
1207 N Thompson St, Springdale, AR 72764, Phone: 479-751-4633
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13.Onyx Coffee Lab
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Onyx Coffee Lab is a coffeehouse and café that serves specialty coffee and espresso drinks made with locally roasted, carefully sourced beans, along with a menu of light fare. The restaurant also features a siphon bar, Kyoto cold brew towers, and a drive-through coffee bar and an assortment of locally baked pastries and treats, homemade pie, and ice-cream. The café boasts a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which the community can gather to enjoy great coffee, light bites, and fast Internet access. Onyx Coffee Lab is open for early breakfast, lunch and early evening drinks and coffee, seven days a week.
7058 W Sunset Ave, Springdale, AR 72762, Phone: 479-419-5739
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MJ Pizzeria is a chef-inspired pizzeria, and fast-casual dining concept that offers exceptional cuisine served in a relaxed and laid-back setting. Owned by Chef Miles James, MJ Pizzeria features a menu of Italian-inspired fare such as wood-fired Neapolitan style thin crust pizzas, house-made pastas, fresh appetizers and salads prepared with local organic greens, and house-made desserts, all of which are accompanied by a world-class wine list with an extensive wine by the glass selection, local craft beers on tap and handcrafted craft cocktails. The restaurant features two spacious dining rooms with views of the open kitchen and chefs at work, as well as a full-service bar and a beautiful patio for outdoor summer dining. MJ Pizzeria is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
838 N 48th St suite a, Springdale, AR 72762, Phone: 479-717-6836
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Angus Jack is a locally owned restaurant that focuses on providing delicious, fresh food with a variety of gluten-free options. Opened in 2013, the restaurant specializes in hearty burgers and features a kitchen with a dedicated fryer and bun toaster your gluten-free burgers are crafted with the risk of coming into contact with any gluten-based ingredients. The menu boasts a variety of burgers made with prime beef and a range of mouthwatering toppings, fresh salads, and warm-baked buns, along with other dishes like sandwiches, and a selection of kid’s meals. Angus Jack in Springdale is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
2638 W Sunset Ave, Springdale, AR 72762, Phone: 479-717-2940
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15 Best Things to Do in Springdale, AR
- Arvest Ballpark, Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Thornberg - Fotolia.com
- Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Photo: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
- Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, Photo: Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
- Arts Center of the Ozarks, Photo: Courtesy of Hanoi Photography - Fotolia.com
- Parsons Stadium, Photo: Courtesy of PROMA - Fotolia.com
- Tontitown Winery, Photo: Tontitown Winery
- Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery, Photo: Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery
- Fly ARH (Arkansas Helicopters), Photo: Courtesy of Felix Mizioznikov - Fotolia.com
- The Jones Center, Photo: The Jones Center
- Cellar Door Antiques, Photo: Cellar Door Antiques
- MarketPlace Grill, Photo: Courtesy of Electrography - Fotolia.com
- AQ Chicken House, Photo: AQ Chicken House
- Onyx Coffee Lab, Photo: Onyx Coffee Lab
- MJ Pizzeria, Photo: MJ Pizzeria
- Angus Jack, Photo: Angus Jack
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