Springdale is a lively city where you can experience history, culture and traditional Southern hospitality. Perched on the Springfield Plateau and surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, the city combines natural beauty with urban appeal.
Things to do in Springdale
Downtown Springdale will charm you with its bustling streets lined with cafes, antique stores and craft breweries. Discover the city’s cultural identity in the Arts District before heading to the Outdoor Dining District to enjoy live music and browse food truck offerings.
Learn more about the unique history and heritage of Springdale at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, which is set in a woodland park. Exhibits cover Indigenous American culture, the Civil War and the famous Rodeo of the Ozarks held every year.
The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad winds through the mountains, valleys and forests of Northwest Arkansas. Climb aboard a turn-of-the-century passenger carriage and enjoy a scenic ride on the historic railroad.
Venture out of the city to enjoy outdoor recreation destinations like Beaver Lake. Relax on the shoreline, swim in the crystal-clear water and cast a line for trophy-sized bass. The Mulberry River meanders through the Ozark National Forest and can be explored by canoe or on guided white-water rafting trips, depending on the time of year.
Foodies shouldn’t miss a visit to the award-winning chicken restaurant in the heart of downtown Springdale. The restaurant is a local institution and has been tantalising diners for more than 50 years. You’ll also find restaurants serving Arkansas specialties like fried catfish, homestyle baked beans and fluffy biscuits topped with “sawmill” gravy.
Getting around Springdale
Springdale is located in Northwest Arkansas, a three-hour drive from Little Rock. Downtown Springdale is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot or by local buses. Northwest Arkansas National Airport is a 30-minute drive away and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City is a four-hour drive away.