Things to Do for Incoming Freshman at the University of Arkansas

So, you’ve graduated high school and are packing up to move to the good ol’ city of Fayetteville, Arkansas! While you’re gearing up for classes in the fall, you also can’t help but think… what in the world should I do in my new home? Whether that be enjoying the food, art or even outdoor scene, Fayetteville has you covered. This city has so much to offer, and you are about to be in for the best 4 years!

Foodies, Unite!

If there is anything that unites a group of people more than food… let us know. Fayetteville is home to some of the best restaurants for college students and what a perfect excuse to grab some new friends and go try them out! If you’re new to the Northwest Arkansas area you might have never heard of the infamous Steven Special. A popular Mexican dish around town, the special features a delicious blend of grilled chicken, rice and cheese dip (known as queso to the rest of the world) served with tortillas to wrap it all up in. You get a lot of bang for your buck and the Steven Special is offered at just about every Mexican restaurant in Fayetteville. Mexico Viejo and Mojito’s are two of our favorite spots to grab this bite to eat (insert dancing salsa emoji).

If a morning of brunchin’ is more of your thing, Fayetteville might as well just be the brunch capital of Arkansas. Arsaga’s at the Depot is a college classic, offering a traditional brunch with a local spin. The famous Brezenski plate is a popular Arsaga’s offering and includes: two eggs, fresh avocado, salt & pepper tomatoes, herbed potatoes with coriander aioli, two pieces of sliced bacon, and sourdough toast. Now that your mouth is watering… go enjoy some time at the Depot!

Art Attack!!

If there is one thing to be true about Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas, everywhere you look there is art to admire! Whether that be local art or art that our community has the honor of enjoying from another place, it makes for a very creative place to be. Art Ventures is a gallery on the Fayetteville Square that offers “art for everyone” and a unique vision behind a concept that the whole community can enjoy.

Not to mention, in Bentonville (just a half hour down the highway) is a world-renowned gem called Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation and is a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Admission is free to the permanent collection (what a deal!). The art in Fayetteville not only leaves the community inspired, but sets a creative tone for the University of Arkansas as well!

Kickin’ it Outdoors

The beauty of the Ozarks is so special to the University of Arkansas. You could spend every weekend hiking a new trail or exploring a new park and never run out of new places to go outside in Fayetteville. Some favorite outdoor activities for students include: hiking at Devils Den, walking the trails around town or even taking a lap around the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market. A quick drive, and you are at Devil’s Den State Park! On a nice day you can take the trails up to the top of cliffs and have a picture perfect view of the Ozarks. You may even run into fellow classmates snapping pics at the top too!

Fayetteville is definitely a town that encourages walking, and it makes it easy to do with all of the built in trails throughout the city. The Razorback Regional Greenway trail can be taken from restaurants to class or from museums to parks… a convenient way to get active freshman year. The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market is a staple to this town, and it’s hard to not want to take a victory lap around the market (located on the Fayetteville Square) every Saturday morning. Local vendors sell a wide collection of goods including: fruits, veggies, flowers, coffee and even art. There is a little bit of something for everyone at the Farmer’s Market and it is the perfect way to relax and enjoy a lively event at the same time!

Director of Marketing & Communications

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