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

Event date: July 13, 2019

Bark Bash 2019

Dog lovers and owners will have a wonderful time with their furry companions at the free Second Annual Bark Bash, organized by the team at leisurlist. Taking place at the Fayetteville Town Center on July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., Bark Bash is designed to conveniently connect pet owners with a range of local vendors. Attendees and their pups can shop for all sorts of products and services, visit with local rescue and adoption agencies, all while hanging out and socializing with other dogs and their humans.

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Rockwood Club Revival

There’s a long, storied history of great music being performed over the decades in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A good number of legends have graced the stages of a community that has always attracted more attention from well-known artists than the population would imply—and some of the very best came to play the one and only Rockwood Club.

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The Good Dog Cafe

If you experience second thoughts about leaving the house without your favorite furry sidekick or you’d treasure a place to find other dog-lovers who never tire of talking about all things canine, we’ve got a perfect solution for you and your precious pup—The Good Dog Café!

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JBGB Free Summer Concert Series 2019

JBGB, a literal playground for adults that happens to serve house-brewed frosty beverages and all manner of tasty bar food, is also fully committed to bringing the people to the party all summer long with an outstanding free concert series. VIP tickets for each show are available for purchase; visit the JBGB website for information about times and pricing at thejbgb.com/fsc.

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Local Breweries in Fayetteville

Craft beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in Fayetteville is definitely not a passing phase. Just within the confines of the city itself you’ll find several breweries and their public taprooms with atmospheres exhibiting personalities as distinct and diverse as the beers they produce. It’s impossible to choose a favorite, so we humbly suggest you try them all. If you do see an exploratory brewery adventure in your future, make sure to check out the Fayetteville Ale Trail, Arkansas’ original craft beer tour of Northwest Arkansas. Get your passport to collect stamps from 15 stops, and you’ll receive a prize. Here are the first six locations to get you started…Salut! Prost! Slaynt! Cheers!

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Visitor’s Guide

Check out our Fayetteville Visitor’s Guide full of insider tips and guides to hotels, dining, entertainment, the arts, and more

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