Spending time in Bentonville, Arkansas, during the winter is a lot of fun. The weather is fairly mild, with average lows mostly getting to the mid-40s. There are also several enjoyable activities to do, as well as entertaining things to see. The entire Bentonville area is also very family-friendly. Your time in this city is time well-spent, whether you only intend to visit or live here permanently.
Lawrence Plaza is home to some of the best ice skating in the area. Even though the temperatures are rarely below freezing, the space is kept cool enough to throw on a warm coat and glide around. The rink season starts on November 18th and goes all the way to January 15th. You can skate around for exercise and enjoyment or even practice figure skating in this large rink. For younger, less experienced or rusty skaters, the Ice Skating Academy is an option to brush up on your skills in a group setting. If you would prefer to fall in relative privacy, private lessons are also available.
Scott Family Amazeum
No time in Bentonville, Arkansas, would be complete without taking the little ones to the Amazeum. The focus here is on learning by doing. Some past exhibits that have wowed entire families include the Hershey’s Chocolate Lab candy chemical learning exhibit, magnetic building blocks and the bike courses outside the museum itself. If you happen to stay until the place closes, which is easy to do when time runs away from you, the Amazeum has a “parade” to get people out of the building in a fun and natural-feeling way.
Lighting of the Square
Downtown Bentonville shines brightly between November 22nd and December 31st, as the annual Lighting of the Square takes place. Each year, the lighting features the Bentonville Holiday Parade in mid-December. At any time during the lighting, you can stroll around or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage trip to see the sights.
Walmart is a hugely popular store that has never entirely forgotten its small-town roots. Being headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the Walmart Museum is a fun place to learn and experience the store beyond just shopping there. The museum offers an interesting look at how Walmart originally came to be. You can get a custom barcode name tag, enjoy a soda at the on-site shop and see a replica of Sam Walton’s old office, along with his prized red truck. Being in the heart of downtown makes the museum easy to access. The entire experience is a lot of nostalgic fun for older folks and enjoyable for kids. Admission is also free.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
American art in the South is sometimes under-appreciated, but Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art provides plenty of impressive pieces. Whether you choose to take a walk outside to enjoy the sculpture garden or just love being inside to see works of art by local and regional artists, you will not be disappointed in this Bentonville, Arkansas, attraction.
Compton Gardens and Conference Center
Located near Crystal Bridges, the Gardens provide you with a place to stroll around and enjoy a large assortment of fauna. You can even hold events in the attached Conference Center. The entire trail is clearly marked, and the plants are nearly all local. The landscaping is carefully tended, so the statues are displayed to their best. When you have a little time to spend, the Gardens are great.
If you’d like to enjoy all that Bentonville has to offer all year round, please contact Burnett Real Estate Team.