Springdale is home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals — the Kansas City Royals’ AA affiliate. The Naturals play 70 home games at award-winning Arvest Ballpark during a season that stretches from April to Labor Day. There’s exciting Texas League action featuring many future Major Leaguers. Nightly promotions, including post-game fireworks every Friday home game, make a night at the ballpark great family fun. Tours and group sales are available.
The Jones Center is the premier family recreational center in the Midwest. Featuring the region’s only ice rink, you can take advantage of daily public skating sessions and very affordable user and skate rental fees. The Jones Center offers something for everyone. Recreational facilities include a large indoor lap pool, indoor leisure pool with a winding slide and mushroom waterfall, fitness room, and a gymnasium with an indoor track.
Experience the region’s top history museum by spending a few hours at Springdale’s Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. See and hear what it was like to live in the Ozark Mountains during the last century. This regional history museum provides insight to the native peoples and pioneers who helped settle Northwest Arkansas. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the museum offers free admission.
Few places in America can boast of an urban trail quite like the Razorback Regional Greenway. Perfect for cyclists and walkers, this shared used paved trail stretches 36 miles through Northwest Arkansas’ four largest cities. Trailheads at Downtown Springdale’s Walter Turnbow Park at Shiloh Square and Lake Springdale bookend the prettiest section of the trail as it meanders alongside Spring Creek.
Grab a window seat to history when you board the beautifully restored passenger trains of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. You’ll travel in the style of a bygone era. Crossing trestles with views for miles, your journey will take you all the way to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains. Board from the Downtown Springdale depot and experience the Golden Age of Travel.
Ranked as one of America’s best outdoor rodeos, the Rodeo of the Ozarks pits professionals against some of the country’s top livestock every summer. In addition to the Rodeo of the Ozarks, Parsons Stadium also plays host to bull riding, spring demolition derbies, monster truck racing series, carnivals and more.
Water sports, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and more are minutes away from Springdale on the clear waters of Beaver Lake. With a 500-mile shoreline, this Corps of Engineers lake winds through more than 70 miles of scenic Northwest Arkansas and offers spectacular access to our state’s natural beauty. Learn about Arkansas’ largest state park by visiting the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area visitor center.
Float the Buffalo National River (the nation’s first national river), hike or camp at one of our region’s many state parks, or learn about our past at the Pea Ridge National Military Park or the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. Get outside and explore our state’s breathtaking beauty and discover why Arkansas is known as The Natural State.
Works of our nation’s most famous artists are on display at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. With a collection spanning five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to current day (including Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter”), this stunning museum charges no admission to its permanent collection. There’s just as much to see along the museum’s trails including tours of famous Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House. Closed Tuesdays. Combine your trip with a stop at the adjacent Scott Family Amazeum.
Hands-on discovery will delight children of all ages at the Scott Family Amazeum, located adjacent to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The region’s newest museum brings learning to life, enhancing family involvement while evoking a sense of curiosity and discovery. Interactive exhibits engage visitors with the lands, industries and people that built and sustain the Arkansas culture. The museum is open every day but Tuesday. Free admission for kids 2 and under.