downtown park siloam springs

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Siloam Springs, AR  is located in southwest Benton County and is known for its friendly community and natural beauty.

The unique downtown area offers delicious restaurants, a seasonal farmers market, and an array of eclectic shops. In addition, Sager Creek, a 13.4 mile creek runs through downtown Siloam Springs which provides a peaceful refuge with its rock wall-lined banks.There are recreational parks, trails, and picnic sites along beautiful Sager Creek.

John Brown University, a private Christian college located about 35 minutes west of Springdale, AR on U.S. 412, is located here. It is also the home of DaySpring Cards, which makes cards for Christians by Christians.It also has some other surprising attractions for a city of its size. For example, the historic downtown or Main Street has a number of interesting shops like Occasions, Vintage Accents, Amandromeda, Creative Corner and 2 Gals Junk.

From April 19 through October 25, the city hosts a Farmer’s Market in its downtown area. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You will find all sorts of farm produce, pasture raised meat, artisan crafts and a variety of baked goods at this wonderful locally driven market.

Notable Restaurants – include the Cafe on Broadway, a good place to grab an excellent cup of coffee and the daily special. Enjoy authentic Ozark Plateau cuisine by Chef Miles James at 28 Springs restaurant. The eatery features a rotisserie oven, wood burning grill and handcrafted beverages. It’s no wonder it is often mentioned as one of the top five restaurants in NWA. Fratelli’s makes a true Italian-style pizza. Homemade dough using finely ground flour imported directly from Italy is hand-tossed, topped and baked in a super hot wood-fired oven.

You see? There are tons of wonderful things to do in and around the city! Before you dive headfirst into this section, however, please note that there is Siloam Springs, AR and West Siloam Springs, OK. This area is one of those areas split down the middle by the state line border. Unless you live here, you probably won’t know which part you are in!  I’m going to be talking primarily about Siloam Springs, AR, but we will venture across the state line to the Oklahoma side.  So don’t get confused!

Gambling at the Cherokee Casino may be still be the main attraction in the area, but if the slots and playing poker are not your idea of recreation, there are other fun things to do in this NWA city. While away your afternoon; shop the antique stores, flea markets and trendy boutiques, and take advantage of the many outstanding outdoor activities.

The Parks and Recreation Department hosts many different events throughout the year, weather permitting. As examples, some of the April events scheduled are Kite Day located at the Siloam Springs Municipal Airport and the Dogwood 5K Run at Bob Henry Park Pavilion. Check the Park and Recreation calendar for other upcoming community events.