Posted by Jessie K / Sunday, July 28, 2013 / No comments / Arkansas , Eureka Springs , Gardens , Kid Friendly , Things to Do
Blue Springs Heritage Center in Eureka Springs, AR
We visited the Blue Springs Heritage Center in Eureka Springs on a beautiful 75 degree Summer day. The Blue Springs Heritage Center is located about 6 miles West of Eureka Springs along HWY 62. You'll find a large sign at the road entrance and the center is located a few miles in.
Quick Info & Tips
-To view the BSHC hours, admission fees, and other info, visit their official site HERE. To view more about the history and scenery of the BSHC, click HERE.
-The grounds are stroller friendly and I recommend bringing one if you have smaller children.
-Bring extra change for fish food. A quarter doesn't give you very much and this was the highlight of the visit for my kids.
-Watch for snakes! We saw a snake on the main concrete steps walkway that goes downhill from the entrance. I'm not sure what kind it was, but just because it's a high foot-traffic area, doesn't mean they aren't there!
Address: 1537 County Road 210, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
The road from the turnoff at HWY 62 to the center's entrance provides a few beautiful photo ops with space to turnoff and park to snap a few.
You'll find this large map upon entering through the visitors center, but a free handheld one will also be given to you in the gift shop. The map came in handy for us several times.
This is the downhill winding step path to reach the Springs and the Gardens.
It's also where I saw the snake, so be on the lookout!
At the bottom of the entrance path, you'll be greeted by this beautiful scene!
You can view the crystal clear water and feed the fish from the deck of the gazeebo.
Feeding the trout
Meandering along the wooded raised path, you'll find yourself here. Being here in the middle of summer, it was probably a bit more mossy and murky than it normally would be, but it was still very beautiful and serene.
If your visiting in the spring or summer you'll find many different kinds of flora. Though some were looking a bit drought, there were grounds keepers busy watering as we walked through. It was apparent the whole time we were there that they keep up the grounds very well.
The water is so clear in most spots that it almost looks like the ocean.
You can walk across the dam here. It has a very high fence with no spaces in between so it's very safe for kids but still allows adults to see everything easily.
the view from the dam crossing.
The Indian Bluff Shelter
View of the Gazebo from the Rock Gardens
Other sites in the garden not pictured include the Medicine Garden, Meadow Garden, Three Sisters Garden, Herb Walk, etc. so visit the gardens to see this wonderful place for yourself. In my opinion it's a definite must see outdoor activity in Eureka Springs.
There is a beautiful farm located right next to the center. The woman at the gift shop told us we were welcome to view the horses near the fence line if we wanted.
We really enjoyed our visit to the Blue Springs Heritage Center and can't wait to go back when the Fall foliage sets in! I must also mention that the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We had forgotten our stroller and they had a spare they let us borrow. They were also out of water for purchase so we bought a few sodas instead and they emptied out the bottles, cleaned them out, and filled them up with water for us.
Below are a few extra snapshots of our visit to the BSHC.
A quick mother-daughter snapshot before leaving the center.