Nestled at the western edge of the magnificent Arkansas Ozarks, the historic city of Fayetteville offers a wealth of exciting opportunities for fun and adventure. In Fayetteville, there are enough exciting spectator sports, cultural events, recreation, history, shopping, dining and nightlife to keep you busy full time!
The focal point of our charming downtown and the site for many local activities is "The Square" on which sits The Old Post Office, a former government building built in 1909 on the site of three previous courthouses. Downtown and The Square is home to unique shops, restaurants, historic buildings and modern offices. The dazzling display of colorful flowers in the Square gardens, carefully tended from season to season, makes this a delightful place to visit. From April to November, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the Farmer's Market bustles with local produce, floral and food vendors, arts & crafts vendors and entertainment. You will probably run into a familiar face or 2 as it is a great place to catch up with neighbors and friends.
The Historic District on Washington and Willow Streets has some of our finest older homes, and walking tours are available at Headquarters House.
Situated on the northern edge of town, Lake Fayetteville, a lovely one hundred and ninety-four acre park, offers a host of recreational opportunities. Boating, fishing, softball and other sports, plus hiking, picnicking and more, are just minutes away.
Northwest Arkansas Mall is the largest and newest shopping facility in Northwest Arkansas. A wide variety of national stores, specialty shops and food venues ensure a pleasurable experience. In May and October, visitors come from near and far to shop more than thirty major Arts and Crafts Fairs, including the famous War Eagle Fair. These shows feature the work of some of the nation's finest artisans.
University of Arkansas' Old Main, completed in 1875, is a twin-towered brick building that is a stately landmark. It housed the first classes taught at the university. Today, it contains the beautifully restored Giffels Auditorium and historic displays, as well as the administrative offices of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The Arkansas Razorbacks are perennial Southeastern Conference contenders in football, basketball, baseball, track and field, and other sports. The university's men's and women's sports programs and athletic facilities rival those of any school in the nation.
For outdoor activities, visit beautiful Beaver Lake, which boasts more than five hundred miles of shoreline. It is a popular spot for boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming and camping. Devil's Den is a carefully preserved state park, just a short drive from Fayetteville. It is situated in the beautiful Boston Mountains, and offers camping, caving, hiking, fishing, canoeing and other outdoor activities. Lake Wedington is a scenic little forest lake, located just fifteen miles west of Fayetteville. It has picnic areas, cabins, camping and hiking, fishing, boating and swimming.
Take part in May in Springfest, or in October, in Autumnfest. These old-fashioned community celebrations usher in the change of seasons with food, music, parades, arts and crafts and a roster of special events. The North Arkansas Symphony plays from September through May. This outstanding seventy-piece orchestra has entertained Northwest Arkansas audiences for more than thirty years.
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