15 Best Things to Do in Rogers, AR

Rogers, AR
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Located in the Ozark Mountains, Rogers in Benton County, Arkansas is one of the fastest growing metros in America.

It is also the country’s most bustling suburbs, overflowing with things to do and places to see.

There are a lot of places in Rogers that are found on the National Register of Historic Places.

Home to Walmart’s very first store and the headquarters of Daisy Outdoor Products, Rogers is also an important city for commerce.

Here is a short list of things to do in Rogers - no matter your age or interests, there’s something in the city for everyone!

Rogers Commercial Historic District

Rogers Commercial Historic District
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Created in 1988 as the Walnut Street Historic District, the Rogers Commercial Historic District has expanded ever since.

A large part of Rogers’ commercial area and offices is within this district.

As the name suggests, the area is notable and a great visit for those who would like a glimpse at the historically significant buildings of the area.

These buildings include the Rogers Post Office Building and the Lane Hotel.

These buildings are examples of Colonial Revival styling and Spanish Colonial Revival respectively, and worth a visit to everyone interested in historical architecture.

Rogers Aquatic Center

The Rogers Aquatic Center is a beautiful waterpark open to the public.

The center boasts three acres of land filled with water slides, a lap pool, a splash pad for the little ones and a large play area.

A fun feature is the whirlpool in the ‘Lazy River’ which keeps unsuspecting guests swirling in the river when they’re about to move out.

But the whirlpool is no threat.

With over thirty lifeguards on duty throughout the Rogers Aquatic Center, there is no danger to any guests in the water.

The Center is a great way to cool off in Rogers’s warm summers!

War Eagle Cavern

Along the shores of Beaver Lake in Rogers, Arkansas is the beautiful War Eagle Cavern.

This Cavern is said to have been inhabited by Native American peoples long before the settlers arrived in America.

Open to the public in 1978, the Cavern is not just an important part of nature, but also the people’s history.

The natural freshwater streams flowing through the cave from an underground spring made the War Eagle Cavern an important refuge for people during the Great Depression.

All kinds of people have inhabited the massive rooms of the cave, but even on its own, it’s a wonder to look at.

Stalagmites, stalactites, and Arkansas crystals have been forming in the War Eagle Cavern for millions of years and are definitely not a sight to be missed.

Daisy Airgun Museum

Daisy Airgun Museum
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The influence of commerce on the development of the city of Rogers is inescapable.

It is tied to the history and culture of the place.

Daisy Airgun Museum, located in downtown Rogers is among the many museums in the city, and not the only one that celebrates a historic company.

Daisy air guns have been a part of American life for a long time, and this museum celebrates the air guns that made Daisy a household name in the country.

A perfect place to reminisce, and admire a vital part of American history, the Daisy Airgun Museum is open to the general public Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The Walmart Museum

Walmart Museum
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The first shop of the iconic chain retailer Walmart was set up in Rogers, Arkansas.

It stands to reason then that The Walmart Museum would be set up exactly where it all began.

The museum celebrates the vision of Sam Walton and the company he created.

Apart from the origins of one of America’s most beloved retailers, the museum also celebrates the people working for the company now.

It elaborates on its hopes for the future, and how it is working to help the communities that support it.

This museum is an essential visit for everyone looking to understand the pathway to the American dream.

Sassafras Spring Vineyard and Winery

About 18 miles away from Rogers lies the Sassafras Spring Vineyard and Winery – with great wine and a fantastic location for personal and official events.

Best known for hosting weddings, the Sassafras Spring Vineyard and Winery also organizes wine tastings of their award-winning wines, dinners and other meals and other, personalized winery events.

The Sassafras Spring Vineyard and Winery is open through Tuesdays to Sundays, and a beautiful getaway from the main city.

Urban Forest Axe House

A few miles away from Rogers, in Bentonville, is the Urban Forest Axe House.

Urban Forest declares itself to be Arkansas’s original axe throwing venue and is certified by the World Axe Throwing League.

Unusual, but absolutely entertaining, the Urban Forest offers a number of games and challenges for friends, wedding parties, or corporate groups looking for a memorable trip.

The instructors are careful and great guides to everyone, and beginner are absolutely encouraged to come along and join the fun.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art works towards bringing American Art and the country’s natural wealth together.

The museum sits on 120 acres of land in the Ozark Forest, with trails open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The collection ranges from Rockwell to Warhol, and the museum’s structure itself is an architectural feat by Moshe Safdie.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is free to everyone who wants to visit and open on all days except Tuesdays.

Butterfield Stage

Among the newest venues in the historical city of Rogers, the Butterfield Stage is located in the newly renovated Railyard Park.

Designed to be an ‘intimate and fun’ outdoor venue for live music, Butterfield Stage aims to bring the community together for music, farmer’s markets and other outdoor activities.

Rogers Historical Museum

Interactive displays and re-created scenes of early Rogers City and Northwest Arkansas are the highlight of the Rogers Historical Museum.

The museum offers an important look into the local history and culture of region with exciting exhibits and family-friendly programs.

The Rogers Historical Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has several exhibits.

These include exhibits elated to the region’s role in the Civil War, its production activities, and all the commercial activities that drive Rogers forward even today.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge National Military Park
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About 10 miles away from Rogers lies the Pea Ridge National Military Park, where an important battle for Missouri was fought during the Civil War.

Pea Ridge was an important battlefield, and today is one of the most intact of the Civil War battlefields in the country.

The Park has persevered the site of the Battle of Pea Bridge remarkably well.

Visitors can take part in the driving tour or walk through the hiking trails.

Restored battlefield, a portion of the pre-war Old Telegraph Road, and about 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears are all accessible to the public.

An important location is Elkhorn Tavern, which was at the center of the battle.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Reserve

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Reserve is committed to providing sanctuary to abandoned and abused big cats who have been rescued.

While the sanctuary focuses on big cats like tigers, lions, and cougars, it has also rescued bears, servals and coatimundi.

The sanctuary itself does amazing work, but more importantly offers people a chance to learn and understand these predators in a space that treats them respectfully.

Accommodations are available for all kinds of family and non-family groups, with helpful tour guides.

The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Reserve lies about 30 miles outside Rogers in Eureka Springs.

Hobbs State Park Conservation Area

Bridge at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area
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Arkansas’s largest state park, Hobbs State Park spans 12,054 acres along the southern shores of Beaver Lake.

It is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts in Northern Arkansas.

There are a number of trails for hiking and camping including the Pigeon Roost Trail, Hidden Diversity Trail, Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail, and the Monument Trails.

There’s a shooting-range, and a visitor’s center with exhibits for those who don’t want to be hiking through the park.

The Park is open for hunting during hunting season with game like deer, quail and turkey easily found in Ozark.

Fishing on Beaver Lake is also recommended, especially for those on the lookout for a trophy catch.

War Eagle Mill and Bridge

War Eagle Bridge
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A favorite landmark in Northwest Arkansas, the War Eagle Mill was first built in 1832 by Sylvanus and Catherine Blackburn.

This gristmill was used by the Union Army to grind grain for food in 1862, but the mill was destroyed after the Battle of Pea Bridge and reconstructed in 1873.

It was burned down again and redone in 1973, and the 18-foot cypress waterwheel system set up then is still used in the War Eagle Mill to this day.

The Mill focuses on high quality healthy organic products that can be purchased in their shop or tried in their restaurant.

The restaurant, called The Bean Palace puts on a pot of beans and fresh cornbread to welcome their guests to a homestyle meal, made with fully organic produce of the Mill.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
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The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship is an annual women’s professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour.

The Championship was first played in 2007 and all editions of this tournament have been played at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship is usually held on dates between July to September.

Walmart became the Championship’s presenting sponsor in 2010, taking over from P&G.

in 2011, Walmart became the title sponsor and P&G became the presenting sponsor.

Arkansas Air and Military Museum

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The Arkansas Air and Military Museum is located about 30 miles away from Rogers in Fayetteville.

It is the largest aviation museum in the state of Arkansas with a number of aircraft and other memorabilia on display.

The aircraft displayed in the museum are unusual because some of them are still capable of flight.

The exhibits include pre-World War 2 racing planes, military vehicles, artifacts from the Civil War and Vietnam-era Army helicopters.

The Arkansas Air and Military Museum itself is housed in a hangar that was an important part of American history.

The building was a former headquarters for the United States’ training posts during World War 2.

Lake Atalanta

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Lake Atalanta is a reservoir that was built in 1936 and is the main water source for the city of Rogers.

It is found along Prairie Creek and is surrounded by the second oldest park in Rogers.

The Lake Atalanta Park has a playground, a picnic area and walking trail and the entire Lake Atalanta is an important recreation spot in the city.

The Lake itself is great for fishing and is part of the ‘Family and Community Fishing Program’ for Arkansas.

The Railyard Bike Park is a part of the Lake Atalanta Park as well.

The Park is open through the week from 6 AM to 10 PM

Arkansas Public Theatre

The Arkansas Public Theatre is a performing arts company that puts on live shows in the historic district of Rogers and used to be known as the Rogers Little Theater.

A well-preserved gem in the heart of the city of Rogers the Victory Theater is the home of The Arkansas Public Theatre.

It was designed by the well-known Rogers Architect A.O.Clarke.

It was always an important space for the community to gather and was sorely missed when it closed its doors in the 1970s.

The City of Rogers purchased the theatre to serve as the home of public theater in Arkansas in 2008.

The shows are cutting-edge and Broadway level and have played an important role in revitalizing the historic district of downtown Rogers.

Ozark Beer Company

The first local craft brewery in Rogers, Arkansas, the Ozark Beer Company was founded In 2013.

They produce a number of seasonal beers along with their regulars on tap and are open through the week.

At the tasting and tap room visitors can sample the regular ales like the American Pale Ale and stouts like the Ozark Cream Stouts.

There are usually a few varieties of the brewery’s small batches on tap as well.