The list below includes 75 free or cheap things to do in or near Bentonville, Arkansas, including 51 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Skating Rinks, Hiking Trails and Bowling.
From Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System to Compton Garden, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Bentonville and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Eureka Springs.
With interlacing trails and paths, visitors at Compton Garden can browse the gardens with labeled plants indicating its species and history. The garden features native plants and has a bridge for visitors to walk on.
Situated on 1.3 acres, Bark Park is an off-leash canine recreation facility that offers separate areas for small and large dogs. The park provides benches, drinking water, restroom facilities and an agility course.
600 Museum Way, Crystal Bridges - Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR 72712
Leo Villareal's Buckyball is part of the permanent collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The thirty foot sculpture is covered in LED tubes that randomly change and is surrounded by reclined benches to facilitate night viewing.
Built in 1875 by Colonel Samuel West Peel, the mansion and its historic gardens serve as a living display of that period. The garden is an outdoor museum of heritage roses, native plants, and many heirloom varieties of plants that are not usually seen anymore.
The museum gives visitors a glimpse into the life of the first American inhabitants. It is divided into different time periods depicting the changing lives of Native Americans which can be seen through their artifacts.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is not only a museum, but also a park. It is named after the spring which feeds the site's ponds. Besides the art galleries, it also has a library, a restaurant and themed hiking trails.
Located inside the Melvin Ford Aquatic Center, the Bentonville City Pool actually comprises multiple pools, including a one foot deep pool for small children, a diving well, and a competition pool for lap swimming.
When it was opened in 1950, this shop was the first Wallmart in the world. Nowadays Walmart Visitor Center acts as both a museum exhibiting a gallery which depicts the life of Sam Walton, and a Spark Cafe Soda Fountain, where the visitor can enjoy a wide variety of refreshments.