Top 5 Ways to Spend a Day in Eureka Springs, Ar.

Branson's central position in the Ozarks makes quick day trips a breeze. Discover what adventures are waiting for you in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, just over an hour southwest of Branson.

While in the Branson area, we encourage a quick day trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where you will experience unique sights, shows and attractions. Here are the top five ways to spend a day in Eureka Springs:

Get Wild

See all your favorite wild animal species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Turpentine Creek provides care for abandoned and neglected animals, with an emphasis on big cats. Take a guided tour of this 459-acre facility, located about seven miles from Eureka Springs.

Ride the Belle

Enjoy the 75-minute, 12-mile cruise around beautiful Beaver Lake on the Belle of the Ozarks. This narrated tour showcases several points of interest, including an American Indian burial ground and the Whitehouse Bluffs.

Going to the Chapel

If you enjoy amazing architecture, visiting Thorncrown Chapel is a must. The 48-foot structure has more than 400 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass. In addition to being one of the most popular wedding venues in the area, the chapel is open for tours, March through November (times vary by season), and hosts regular Sunday services from April through the third week in December.

Enjoy the Arts

Eureka Spring is noted for its outstanding collection of artists, artisans and galleries. Whether you’re interested in paintings, pottery, wood or glass creations, or cozy quilts, the shops and galleries of Eureka Springs are sure to amaze.

See a Live Show

The Great Passion Play is one of Arkansas’ most well-known attractions. Staged multiple times a week from May through October, The Passion Play focuses on the life of Jesus, from the time of Lazarus’ resurrection through Christ’s crucifixion and ascension into Heaven. While here you can also experience the 67-foot tall Christ of the Ozarks statue, a section of the Berlin Wall, a two-hour interactive tour of the Holy Land and a Bible museum.

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