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Head to Springdale for Scenic Ozarks History

Further afield in Springdale, Arkansas, you’ll still find a wealth of Ozarks history and scenery.

By Jamie Thomas

Nov 2020

Springdale AR skyline
Photos courtesy Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks, Springdale Chamber of CommerceSpringdale, Arkansas, is a history buff’s dream thanks to the town’s roots in the growth of the Ozarks.
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Springdale AR
Photos courtesy Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks, Springdale Chamber of CommerceBotanical Garden of the Ozarks
Shilo Museum of the Ozarks in Springdale AR
Photos courtesy Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Shiloh Museum of the Ozarks, Springdale Chamber of CommerceShilo Museum of the Ozarks

Arkansas Missouri Railroad

Want to really experience a piece of history? Riding the rail in an old-fashioned train car is a unique experience, and a trip to Springdale is the perfect time to hop on board. While the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad has only been operating for 30 years, its passenger excursions are focused on providing an authentic vintage experience using carts from the 1920s and ’30s. Trips take passengers through river valleys and tunnels on a variety of different excursions. You can book your tickets by heading the website and clicking on “Excursions”.

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History offers exhibits both in the museum and online and cover a vast swathe of regional history. Visiting the museum, you’ll find exhibits on post-World War II economic growth all the way back to prehistoric Ozarks complete with recreations of caves and prehistoric tools. Many of the exhibits are designed to be interactive and hands-on, and there are also rotating exhibits covering topics such as Greek Life and the influence of Greek-letter organizations in colleges and universities. Check the website for current exhibits and COVID-related requirements.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks was founded as a grass-roots effort to teach people in the community about gardening and to provide a space to relax and have fun. Now, the garden is host to more than 80,000 guests every year, and offers tours, learning programs for kids and adults and more. The gardens are open year-round except for New Year’s Day, and are currently open Friday–Tuesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Remember to bring a jacket as the gardens are outdoors.