Top Things To Do In Fayetteville

Located deep in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville is one of the highest major cities between the Great Plains and the Appalachian Mountain Range. While it was originally known as Washington, the city’s high altitude has since earned it the nickname, “The Hill.” Fayetteville has also been home to the University of Arkansas for more than 130 years. Keep reading to learn about the best things to do in this historic city turned college town.

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Fayetteville offers everything from lakeside walks and high adrenaline bike trails to botanical gardens and interactive museums.

Some of the best things to do near Fayetteville include:

  • Biking or hiking the Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail
  • Renting a boat or bike and exploring the scenery of Lake Fayetteville
  • Exploring the themed gardens and butterfly house at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
  • Shopping, dining, and drinking along the West Dickson Street Commercial Historic District
  • Attending a program or checking the interactive exhibits at the Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks

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Some of the best tourist attractions in Fayetteville are associated with the University of Arkansas. However, this college town is also a hub of art, music, and history.

Popular attractions near Fayetteville include:

  • Eating a locally sourced meal at The Farmer’s Table Café
  • Touring the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Arkansas’ prize public garden
  • Celebrating at Blues, Bikes & BBQ, the world’s largest motorcycle rally for charity
  • Rooting for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks at the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • Catching a concert at George’s Majestic Lounge, the oldest live music venue in Arkansas

“The Hill” offers plenty of options for changing up your day-to-day life. Paint some ceramics, hike a trail, or soak up the sights and sounds of downtown Fayetteville.

Some of the most exciting activities near Fayetteville include:

  • Signing up for a fun art (not fine art) class at Painting with a Twist Studio 56
  • Taking in the sights and sounds of the Fayetteville Downtown Square & Gardens
  • Packing a picnic and sharing it in Devil’s Den State Park (it’s prettier than it sounds)
  • Fishing from one of the five lakes, four rivers, or countless streams throughout town
  • Seeing the latest blockbuster at Malco Razorback Cinema Grill & IMAX Movie Theater

What is a college town without a little nightlife? While football games are a good place to start, Fayetteville offers several other late-night attractions for locals and visitors alike.

Some of the best nighttime activities near Fayetteville include: 


  • Savoring delicious Italian fare and a craft cocktail at Fresco
  • Catching a double feature at the 112 Drive-In Theater
  • Attending a Star Wars Pub Crawl or game-day celebration
  • Cracking up during an improv or stand-up comedy show at Nomad’s or La La Land
  • Experiencing a world-class musical or theatrical performance at the Walton Arts Center

Despite its reputation as a college town, Fayetteville is home to plenty of family-friendly activities. Active families can rent bicycles and explore the Ozarks, while more traditional families play mini-golf, laser tag, and Pac Man.

Some of the best family-friendly activities near Fayetteville include:

  • Trying your hand at outdoor laser tag at Modern Mission
  • Trying to get a hole-in-one at Gator Golf Fayetteville
  • Driving go-karts and bumper cars at Lokomotion Family Fun Park
  • Playing retro video games for prizes at Arkadia Retrocade
  • Wandering through the rock labyrinth, troll statues, fountains, and other sculptures at Terra Studios

When you’ve had your fill of the great outdoors, head inside and relax with a few low-key activities.

Some of Fayetteville’s best indoor attractions include:

  • Getting your thrift shop on at Fayetteville’s Funky Yard Sale
  • Searching for treasure at French Quarters Antiques
  • Admiring the artwork in Fayetteville Underground, the city’s premiere art gallery
  • Treating yourself to a tasting tour at Columbus House Brewery & Taproom
  • Getting lost among the bookshelves in the Dickson Street Bookshop

Fayetteville’s proximity to the Ozarks makes for an abundance of trails and parks. The city also harbors a deep love of art, beer, and nature.

That said, some of the best outdoor activities in Fayetteville include:

  • Sampling local beers on a self-guided tour along the Fayetteville Ale Trail
  • Visiting the World Peace Fountain near the Fayetteville Town Center
  • Shopping for fresh produce, locally made artwork, and other handmade goods at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market
  • Renting bikes and exploring the 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway trail
  • Running or walking through all 12,000 acres of Hobbs State Park