Northwest Arkansas’ Top Attractions
Northwest Arkansas is known for many things like its vast outdoor activities, access to world-renowned art museums, being home to the world’s largest retailer, and much more. There is something for everyone in our growing communities. Whether you’re planning a trip to visit or you want to be a tourist in your own town, check out this list of must-see attractions in Northwest Arkansas. (These are in no particular order)
Crystal Bridges Museum
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a world-renowned art museum located in Bentonville, Arkansas. The permanent collection of art featured in the museum includes five centuries of American artwork. Temporary exhibits visit the museum throughout the year showcasing art & artists that complement and connect the current collection. In 2021, Crystal Bridges announced an expansion to its current facilities that will increase the size by nearly 50 percent.
Operating as a satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Momentary is a contemporary art space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, artists-in-residence, and more. Located in a decommissioned, renovated cheese factory, the Momentary is a modern and eclectic spot to grab a coffee from Onyx or have drinks at the Tower Bar.
For sports fans, Arvest Ballpark is home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The Naturals are a Double-A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The ballpark is located in Springdale and can seat just over 7,000 fans.
Walton Arts Center
The Walton Arts Center, Arkansas’ largest and busiest arts presenter, brings people to Northwest Arkansas from across the region. In the 2021-2022 season, there were 70 performances shown and over 299,000 tickets sold. The Walton Arts Center has been a staple in Northwest Arkansas since 1992.
Northwest Arkansas as a whole is making a name for itself in the biking industry. With over 250 miles of trails, and more being developed by the day, people from all over the world have started traveling to Northwest Arkansas to experience our trails systems. The trails and courses that run through our area are suitable for cyclocross, mountain biking, pedestrian cycling, gravel, and more.
The Amazeum is a family-friendly facility featuring approximately 50,000 square feet of hands-on interactive education and learning exhibits. With an emphasis on the arts and sciences, the Amazeum has many themed experiences including a tinkering hub, water amazements, a canopy climber, and more. The Amazeum also offers educational programs and special events for both members and guests throughout the year.
University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is one of the nation’s top public research universities, home to the Arkansas Razorbacks, and welcomes more than 27,000 students each year. Fayetteville is the lively college town in which the University of Arkansas is located. The campus contains 709 acres of beautiful hills, trees, and facilities.
Locally produced and nationally acclaimed, TheatreSquared has become Northwest Arkansas’ theatre reaching over 55,000 patrons each year through their productions. The 50,000 square foot facility was designed to create an experience of immersive, professional productions in an intimate setting.
Many cities in Northwest Arkansas have placed an emphasis on creating community spaces for gathering and outdoor activities. There are numerous parks in our area that have dog parks, splash pads, pickleball & tennis courts, pavilions, and so much more! Some notable and recently developed parks to check out are the Railyard Park in Rogers, Osage Park in Bentonville, and Shaw Family Park in Springdale.