How to spend a day in downtown Bentonville
We're back with an installment of our "how to spend a day" series that curates ways you can have your best day in one pocket of Northwest Arkansas.
This time around, we take you through Bentonville.
For the fun-loving
🤣 Sharpen your improv skills and book a workshop with buddies at The Improv Lab.
🍨 Enjoy dessert first at Trash Creamery. This '80s music-themed ice cream shop features treats like the "867-5309" — vanilla ice cream, peach, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, cinnamon and caramel — or the "I Think We're Alone Now" with chocolate ice cream, Golden Grahams, mini 'mallows and marshmallow cream.
🎸 End the night right with live music at Meteor Guitar Gallery.
Keep it light
🥗 Get brunch at this casual California-inspired café Sunny's that has plenty of health-conscious and vegan options.
🌽 Bonus: On Saturdays, check out the farmers market.
🌳 Take in the natural beauty with a walk through the Compton Gardens and Arboretum. Watch for art installations.
🍣 Try a roll at Aoi Sushi. It's a cool space with seriously good sushi.
Expand your palette
😋 Try a sweet or savory crepe at Crepes Paulette.
🎨 Visit The Momentary. This contemporary art museum is sister to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has free admission.
- 🍸 Bonus: Come back after 5pm Tuesday-Saturday for cocktails at Tower Bar on the top floor overlooking the city.
🍷 Sip on an assortment of new wines, whiskeys and rums at Ramo d'Olivo. Pair your refreshment with an appetizer like the caprese bites with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls garnished with basil olive oil and fig balsamic.
🖼 Explore the eclectic art museum inside 21c Museum Hotel. Take a selfie with one of the trademark green penguins throughout the space.
📚 Help the little ones discover a new favorite book at the Bentonville Public Library. Peek at the calendar for story times.
🍦 Treat them to an ice cream cone at The Spark Café. The menu of sweets is made with Arkansas-based Yarnell's ice cream. Get any topping — like Cocoa Pebbles or crushed Oreos — for 50 cents.
🧢 Post-ice cream, stay put and learn the history of the world's largest employer, which started right here in Bentonville, at The Walmart Museum. The museum's temporary home is open at The Ledger on South Main Street while the permanent site on the square is being renovated.
🍤 Get a grown-up po' boy or grilled plate for you and a kids meal for them with catfish, shrimp, chicken or a burger with fries at Flying Fish.
⛸ Bonus: Bentonville's First Friday festival takes place April through October. It's free and family friendly with vendors and activities all over the square. And, in the winter months, take the youngsters ice skating at Lawrence Plaza.
☕️ Wake up with a cup of coffee from Onyx Coffee Lab. Try the Onyx delight, made with honey, cinnamon, vanilla, espresso and milk.
📚 Find a book you can't live without at this cozy shop, Once Upon a Time Book.
🎨 Discover various mediums from local artists at the Art on the Square gallery.
- 🍝 Or enjoy one composed meal and go for Italian at Tavola Trattoria, seafood at Blu Fish House or some elevated pub favorites at Tusk & Trotter Brasserie.
🥯 Have a bagel for breakfast at Ozark Mountain Bagel. On weekends, dig in to brunch at Pressroom, which has menu items such as avocado toast or chorizo breakfast tacos with eggs, potatoes, cotija and roasted-tomato salsa.
🚴 Once you've got your gear, bike any of the many trails around downtown. See a map.
- Bonus: Pedal your way up The Ledger, a building you can bike three-quarters of a mile upward to the top. And take in the artwork on the way.
🍕 Park your bike outside The Pedaler's Pub for some wood-fired pizza or The HUB Bike Lounge, where you can fill up on their trailblazin' chili or a smoked-salmon baguette. These spots are right next to each other on Southwest A Street.
- Or venture to The Meteor burger and bike shop.
🍻 End the night with a beer at Bike Rack Brewing Co. and maybe some live music at Eighth Street Market.
☕️ Start the day with some Airship Coffee on Fifth Street.
💿 Walk to the square and discover something new or old at Block Street Records.
🎥 Go see a movie in luxury at Skylight Cinema.
🍨 Have ice cream before dinner. You deserve it. Try Superfine Sweet Shoppe.
🍺 Unwind with a black apple cider at Tree House, an eclectic home-turned-bar where you can pick a room and sit on sofas with your friends.
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