Experience

Surrounded by the scenic Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville is the entertainment capital of Northwest Arkansas. With its thriving arts scene, legendary live music and nightlife, culinary treasures, and events and attractions for all ages, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Fayetteville! Enjoy nearly anything you can imagine, from Razorback athletic events to winding mountain roads made for motorcycles. We’ve got enough outdoor activities to last a lifetime, and a system of cycling trails befitting of the only Bike City in the United States.  When you experience Fayetteville, brimming with historic sites, boutiques, and family-friendly activities, you’ll find enough variety to keep your entire group all smiles.

We invite you to explore our unique corner of Arkansas and immerse yourself in our thriving community. With its small town feel and big time culture, Fayetteville’s full of attractions that just might find you extending your stay!

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As if the lush landscaping and vibrant themed gardens (all twelve of them!) of our beloved Botanical Garden of the Ozarks right here in Fayetteville aren’t enough, BGO also boasts the only Butterfly House in the state of Arkansas and over 70,000 visitors annually. In true Fayetteville fashion, BGO is a lovely, whimsical, and must-see destination where you can revel in the peace of the outdoors and connect with nature - and each other! Enjoy a leisurely stroll, join a guided tour, or stop by for an event and enjoy the enchanting beauty of the Garden.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

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Spend an afternoon bonding with the family at Arkadia Retrocade, where parents can relive their arcade days on games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, and kids can ditch the PlayStation for the afternoon to enjoy the timeless strategies of games like Tetris and Asteroids. The classic, stand-up arcade machines are straight out of the ‘80s: vintage, out-of-service machines, fixed up and installed in the Retrocade! $5 - cash only - covers you for all-day game play, no quarters necessary.

Arkadia Retrocade

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This family-friendly wonderland of art is home to the iconic Bluebird of Happiness and houses a six-acre art park, gallery, art classes and demonstrations. Replete with sculpture gardens, large-scale murals, sparkling glasswork, fantastical creatures, and playful fountains that are loved by visitors of all ages, Terra Studios inspires creativity in all who visit. Even your dog friends are welcome - when accompanied by conscientious owners prepared to clean up after them, of course! Terra Studios is a wildly popular Northwest Arkansas tourist attraction, and the non-profit welcomes you to visit - for free! - all year round.

Terra Studios

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You won’t want to miss this museum that flies! In a way, it’s literal -- Fayetteville’s Arkansas Air & Military Museum is an unusual one in that many of the historic aircraft on display can still take flight. Residing in an all-wood hangar listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places, this largest aviation museum in Arkansas is a fascinating glimpse into the colorful history of aviation in the state, bursting with original artifacts and aviation memorabilia. Small but mighty, this tucked-away gem is an experience the entire family can enjoy.

Arkansas Air and Military Museum

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Sometimes known as simply “The Square” to locals, Fayetteville’s Historic Square is a popular walkable, history-filled, family friendly location where you’ll never run out of things to do, places to shop, or food to eat! Two hours of free parking will afford you enough time to stroll the gardens, drop by our Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center, grab a local beer and a bite to eat - with time to spare! Make a day of it and enjoy a classic Fayetteville experience by picking up local produce at the Farmers’ Market, taking in the holiday spectacle that is Lights of the Ozarks, soaking in the local culture at First Thursday, or stopping by the annual Block Street Block Party.

Fayetteville Farmer’s Market

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This self-guided beer tour gives both visitors and locals a glimpse into the unique craft brewery and cidery culture of Northwest Arkansas. The Fayetteville Ale Trail currently features 17 stops, each of which will commemorate your visit with a personalized stamp in your passport! Passports are available for no cost at any Ale Trail brewery/cidery location or at the Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center. Completed passports can be redeemed for a free prize!

Fayetteville Ale Trail

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The Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center, located on the Historic Downtown Square, is the go-to place to learn about the best things to do and events going on while you’re in town! The Visitors Center offers seating areas, a phone charging station, and local art on display, plus videos and wall maps showcasing attractions throughout Fayetteville. As the neon sign says, all are welcome! Be sure to make this your first stop and pick up a free Visitor’s Guide, Fayetteville Ale Trail passport, maps, and brochures to help you get around. Plus, browse a unique assortment of locally made merchandise and one-of-a-kind souvenirs!

Experience Fayetteville Visitors Center

Local Breweries in Fayetteville

Craft beer culture in Northwest Arkansas was born in Fayetteville, and today it's grown to include a range of microbreweries as diverse as they are delicious! You'll currently find seven microbrewery and nanobrewery operations crafting local beer in Fayetteville, AR. It's up to you to find the public taproom that has the atmosphere that fits your style! No matter where you end up, you'll find that our breweries have personalities as distinct and varied as the beers they produce.

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Where to Do Valentine's, Galentine's & Palentine's Day in Fay

From romantic nights on the town to brunch with your galentines, Fayetteville is full of options for celebrating Valentine's Day (or not)! You'll find restaurants featuring special Valentine's dinner menus, live music, chocolate, dance parties, and plenty of reasons to imbibe. Romantic interest or not, there's plenty of love to be shared with all the folks in your life this V-Day! Find a list of options for marking the occasion this Valentine's Day in Fayetteville below. Valentine's Valentine’s Day 4-Course Dinner See the Menu | Make a Reservation Tuesday, February 14 - Seatings at 5:00pm & 7:30pmElla’s Table | Inside Inn at Carnall Hall | 465 Arkansas Ave | Fayetteville, AR Valentine’s Day 5-Course Prix Fixe See the Menu | Make a Reservation Tuesday, February 14 - Seatings from 5:15pm to 9:45pmTheo’s - Fayetteville | 318 Campbell Ave | Fayetteville, AR Valentine’s Day 5-Course Tasting Menu See the Menu | Make a Reservation Tuesday, February 14 - Seatings at 9:15pm & 9:30pmAtlas | 208 N Block Ave | Fayetteville, AR Love Poetry Workshop Get Tickets Tuesday, February 7 - 6:30-8:00pmPearl’s Books | 28 E Center St | Fayetteville, AR Sweetheart Hangar Dance Get Tickets Saturday, February 11 - 6:00pmArkansas Air & Military Museum | 4290 S School Ave | Fayetteville, AR Moulin Rouge! The Musical Broadway's Most Romantic Night Out February 9-19Up the wow factor by upgrading to the VIP ExperienceWalton Arts Center | 295 W Dickson St | Fayetteville, AR Cocktails, Conversations, & Love with Uncle Nearest: A Whiskey Affair Reserve Your Spot 25% off for ExpFay friends! Use code UNCLE25 Saturday, February 18 - 6:00-9:00pmUrban Cellar Winery | 2901 E Zion Rd | Fayetteville, AR   Palentine's Valentine’s Day Sucks Party No roses. No chocolate. No conversational hearts. Tuesday, February 14 - 4:00pmCrisis Brewing Company | 210 S Archibald Yell Blvd | Fayetteville, AR Ooh! La, la! A Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Three courses, and they're all chocolate. Thursday, February 9 - 6:30-9:30pmFayetteville Public Library | 401 W Mountain St | Fayetteville, AR Vino & Vintage Clothing, like wine, gets better with time. Saturday, February 11 - 4:00-6:00pmDirtbag Vintage and Thrift | 407 N College Ave | Fayetteville, AR Break-Up Poetry Workshop Catharsis for heart-stomping Tuesday, January 31 - 6:30-8:00pmPearl’s Books | 28 E Center St | Fayetteville, AR  Galentine's Day: GURL GANGCocktails, mocktails, florals, and friends Saturday, February 4 - 1:00-2:30pmEden’s Flower Truck | 3959 N Steele Blvd | Fayetteville, AR Kim's Convenience Not traditional, but neither are you. This is the award-winning play that spawned the hit comedy series on Netflix!TheatreSquared | 477 W Spring St | Fayetteville, AR The Harry Party!Harry Styles x Dance Party, Cocktails & Photo Ops Friday, February 10 - 9:00pmJJ's Live | 3615 N Steele Blvd | Fayetteville, AR BEST NIGHT EVER: Taylor's VersionT Swift Dance Party + Deep Cuts Friday, February 17 - 9:00pmJJ's Live | 3615 N Steele Blvd | Fayetteville, AR BONUS: Take the Cake (Class) Here's one we can all enjoy! Sign up now to make a Valentine's unicorn, fox, or floral cake with Rick's Bakery.

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Visitor’s Guide

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