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28 Things To Do in Bentonville AR

28 Things To Do in Bentonville AR - The Holler

This post has been sponsored by Visit Bentonville. All opinions are my own!

If you’re looking for a great place to visit, look no further than Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Bentonville is the home of the Walmart world headquarters and the Walton Family Foundation. Their combined presence has made Bentonville a community of giving, nature, and innovation.

Bentonville has so much to offer and this guide will help you see everything! Whether its restaurants, museums, or activities, Bentonville has it all.

Bentonville Sign

28 Things To Do in Bentonville AR

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Restaurants in Bentonville

1. The Hive

Whether you are visiting the 21c Museum, staying in it’s hotel, or are just looking for a great place to eat, stop in at The Hive. The food has a southern flair (get a biscuit!) and the chef, Mathew McClure is a five-time nominated James Beard chef.

The most striking features of the restaurant is the art instillation that surrounds the restaurant. BuzzKill is made entirely of repurposed materials like garden hoses! 

*Bonus* Ask for the penguin table to dine with an unexpected guest.

The Hive Restaurant in Bentonville, AR

The Hive Restaurant interior in Bentonville, AR

BuzzKill in The Hive Restaurant in Bentonville, AR

2. Fred’s Hickory Inn

Stop in for the ribs, stay for a piece of Arkansas history. One of the oldest restaurants in Bentonville, Fred’s Hickory Inn is where former President Bill Clinton first announced his run for presidency. We had the pleasure of starting our Bentonville tour with this restaurant and it is definitely worth visiting!

The outside of Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville, AR

Picture of Bill Clinton at Fred's Hickory Inn

3. Oven & Tap

If a craving for wood-fired pizza comes over you, head to Oven & Tap. I opted for the Spicy Joe pizza – fontina cheese, pepperoni, jalapenos, and honey. What a delicious combination! Two must orders – the pimento dip and the fried mozzarella.

exterior of Oven and Tap

the wood fired oven at Oven and Tap

Spicy Joe pizza at Oven and Tap

4. The Preacher’s Son

I am going to go as far as saying The Preacher’s Son is the most beautiful restaurant in Bentonville. It is completely gluten-free and completely delicious.

Chef Matthew Cooper spoke at a panel I attended about the Bentonville food scene and he is very humble. His creative menu surpassed my expectations of gluten-free dining.

Go for lunch to bask in the light-filled room, come back for dinner because the food is so delicious.

The bar at The Preacher's Son in Bentonville

artichokes from The Preacher's Son

The restaurant interior at The Preacher's Son

5. Bike Rack Brewing

Any travel guide written by me will have at least one brewery and my Bentonville go-to is Bike Rack Brewing. It’s the oldest brewery in Bentonville and has two locations: one in 8th Street Market and one in the Arts District.

Bike Rack Brewing sign

Bike Rack Brewing shelving

6. Pressroom

I didn’t get a chance to visit Pressroom but it’s on my list for my next Bentonville visit after all of the rave reviews from my trip-mates. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and brunch on the weekend.

Pressroom window sign

7. Tavola Trattoria

There are many Italian restaurants in the world and I’m sure you have your favorite traditional Italian dish.

If dining at Tavola Trattoria, I highly recommend the Wood Fired Salmon Gnocchi. If I’m stuffed and still finish my plate it’s a great sign – pillowy gnocchi is the best.

Also, their wine list included one of my favorite Sicilan reds – extra bonus!

Wood Fired Salmon Gnocchi at Tavola

Wall Art at Tavola, Bentonville

8. Buttered Biscuit

Two different Uber drivers said to go to Buttered Biscuit. TWO. While I didn’t get a chance to go to the restaurant, our Brightwater breakfast was catered by them. The biscuits with an assortment of jams and spreads were delicious. Honey marmalade for the win!

9. Eleven

Eleven is the restaurant inside Crystal Bridges (more on that below.) The menu has an Ozark emphasis and is modern comfort food. Get the beans and cornbread – don’t think twice.

Beans and cornbread at Eleven

10. Tusk and Trotter

Meat lovers – this one’s for you. One of the best restaurants in the region, Tusk and Trotter is a casual restaurant serving High South cuisine. Most of the menu is sourced from local farmers and ranchers.

11. Mauricio’s Cafe

I woke up early on my last day in Bentonville to visit two last places. One of those was 211 Cafe. Located inside Bike Rack Brewing, grab a coffee or a hot chocolate before you start your day. And say hi to Maurico!

211 Cafe in Bentonville

Maurico's menu in 211 Cafe

12. Bentonville Baking Company

My last stop of my Bentonville trip was Bentonville Baking Company. O. M. G. If you’re a pastry lover, this is your new favorite place. Definitely get a homemade pop tart. And a blueberry sweet roll.

Bentonville Baking Company baked goods

13. Markham and Fitz

Everyone I met in Bentonville RAVED about the brown sugar bourbon chocolate chip cookies at Markham and Fitz and they weren’t joking. Their cookies were the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. Get a cookie (or two!) and a mug of hot chocolate.

Markham and Fitz cookies

Jenny drinking a mug of hot chocolate

Markham and Fitz hot white chocolate

Museums in Bentonville

14. Crystal Bridges

Plan a day or two to visit Crystal Bridges, which has no admission cost thanks to Walmart. There are so many unique works of art including a Rosie the Riveter painting and the painting of George Washington used to model the dollar bill.

The museum is remarkable, with in its works of art and in the building’s design, and is a must-visit when in Bentonville.

Crystal Bridges Rosie the riveter

Crystal Bridges hallway

Crystal Bridges ceiling sculpture

15. 21c Hotel Bentonville Museum

The 21c hotel chain is more than just a hotel – its a museum too. You see art right away when you walk past Making Change, a sculpture made out of thousands of coins and Cadillac limousine, to get to the front door. It’s free and open to the public 365 days a year and tours are available.

Making Change sculpture

Close up photo of Making Change

16. Meteor Guitar Gallery

Is it an art gallery? An event space? A guitar store? It’s all three. I had fun walking around looking at all of the guitars and art and I *wish* I would have had time to see a show there too!

Guitars for sale at Meteor Guitar Gallery

Meteor Guitar Gallery photo

17. The Walmart Museum

Take a self guided tour at the Walmart Museum. See where it all began in the original Waltons 5 & 10 space And on your way out, stop at The Spark Cafe for an ice cream soda!

Waltons 5-10 Bentonville

18. MONAH

MONAH, short for the Museum of Native American History, is a walk through America’s past. Admission is free!

Activities in Bentonville

19. Explore the Paths Outside Crystal Bridges

The Crystal Bridges museum extends outside of the museum walls. There are 3.5 miles of trails and sculptures and plenty of nature to see. I only had time to see a small portion but managed to come across a buck on my walk!

bear sculpture

waterfall on the Crystal Bridges nature path

20. Play at the Amazeum

Age is just a number at the Amazeum – people of all ages will have a great time. Check out their events calendar for adults-only events like the UnGala or Amazeum on the Rocks to release your inner child.

Amazeum monster dog

22. Take a Class at Brightwater

On a vacation to Bentonville, you won’t have time to enroll in Brightwater’s world-class culinary institute. You will, however, be able to take one of their one-off classes! Increase your wine knowledge, learn how to pair beer and wine, and so much more!

Their Facebook events page can give you all of the details.

Brightwater Culinary Institute

23. Sample Chocolates at Kyya Chocolate

I walked into Kyya Chocolate and immediately wanted to buy everything – chocolate smells so good! They are more than just a chocolate company, the really care about the farmers they work with around the world. I sampled many of the chocolates and ended up buying just as many!

Eat More Chocolate Sign

23. Play Shuffleboard at The Holler

Where can you get great food, coffee and drinks AND play a game of shuffleboard? The Holler in Bentonville.

The Holler shuffleboard court

The Holler coffee area

24. Rent a Bike from Phat Tire and Ride the Greenway

Get some exercise by renting a bike from Phat Tire Bike Shop and getting on the Greenway. Take a guided tour or follow a trail map and explore the Greenway on your own!

25. Go on a Mountain Bike Ride

Feeling a little more adventurous? Rent a mountain bike. Bentonville, AR is a Mecca for mountain biking. There are 28 miles of mountain biking trails and thousands of riders come from all over the country each year to ride them.

26. Bentonville Film Festival

Looking to do some celebrity people watching? Bentonville has you covered. Each May, the Bentonville Film Festival attracts film lovers, content creators, influencers, distributors, and advertisers. Geena Davis co-founded the festival so keep an eye out for her!

27. Create Your Own Bentonville Street Art Tour

All around Bentonville, you will find works of art on buildings and sidewalks. Walk the streets with a cup of coffee and see what you can discover!

Bentonville Street Art

Live Your Best Life

28. Shop the Streets of Bentonville

While you’re on your street art tour, step into some of the many shops in the downtown area. They are locally owned and totally unique!

Streets of Bentonville

Extra: Hotels in Bentonville, AR

Where are you going to stay when you visit Bentonville? I stayed at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton and loved my room and the hotel service. Half of our group stayed there and the other half stayed at Four Points. Both are very close to all of the best parts of Bentonville!

Did I miss anything? Let me know! I would love to add more places to my next Bentonville itinerary.


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