Step Back into the Past in Eureka Springs Historic District

Historic Basin Park in downtown Eureka Springs Historic District

Visit Historic Eureka Springs

When visiting Eureka Springs Historic District, it’s hard to ignore the charming history of the town. Beautiful Victorian architecture dots the landscape, and the entire downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. This small Arkansas town owes its early prosperity to the underground hot springs rumored to have healing powers. Although the indigenous Osage Nation already knew about the springs’ for decades, it wasn’t until the mid 19th century that the word started to spread. This was when a local doctor declared, “eureka!” after using the spring water to heal his son. Ever since that moment, Eureka Springs has become a tourist destination for those looking to remedy their ailments at the mystical hot springs.

Visit Eureka Springs Historic District

The curiosity continues today, with thousands of people visiting our hot springs each year to learn about the local healing legend. Visit Eureka Springs historic district during your vacation and discover the fascinating history of our unique city. And afterward, you can stay in our cabins with Can-U-Canoe overlooking the stunning Ozarks. Join us in Eureka Springs and step back into the past when you visit these historic sites:

Historic Sites in Eureka Springs

The significant sites of Eureka Springs historic district can be found downtown. The town’s early success created many large hotels and homes to accommodate the growing population and tourism. We recommend checking out these sites in downtown Eureka Springs:

  • Eureka Springs Historical Museum: The best place to learn about local history is at the historical museum downtown. You can visit educational exhibits, watch a film with historical images and artifacts, a historical art gallery, and a heritage garden.
  • Historic Hotels: Eureka Springs is home to five landmark hotels that used to host the influx of tourists lured by the town’s healing springs. The most famous hotels include the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, 1905 Basin Park Hotel, the Grand Central Hotel, and New Orleans Hotel.
  • Basin Spring Park: This park has been the town square for over 100 years and is a must-stop destination for anyone visiting Eureka Springs. The park has held many historical events over the years and is the location of one of the infamous healing springs. We recommend reading the signs around the park to learn more about this significant site.

Embark on a Historical Tour

One of the best ways to learn about the Eureka Springs historic district is by signing up for a tour. Explore the underground downtown on a walking tour of the city’s hidden gems. There is also a 90-minute tram tour to see Victorian homes, historic buildings, and several healing springs. These tours are narrated by local guides and a perfect introduction to the intriguing history of Eureka Springs. 

Scenic Eureka Springs Cabins

Discover the unique past in Eureka Springs’s historic district during your Arkansas vacation. Explore the historic sites on your own or embark on a guided tour. At the end of the day, return to your cabin with Can-U-Canoe and enjoy all of our amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, wood burning fireplaces, and outdoor decks. We can accommodate any group with our small and family cabins or experience luxury at one of our SkyView suites. Book one of our spacious cabins today and see the legendary hot springs for yourself during your Arkansas getaway.