There is a broad variety of cultural activities in Northwest Arkansas. The Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street in Fayetteville offers a variety of theater, music, art, and other activities from touring Broadway plays to world-reknown musicians. They have a live music venue at the Washington County Fairgrounds, called The Amp, that presents touring musical acts from rock to pop to country throughout the Summer months. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a new (opened in 2011) world-class art museum focusing on American art. It’s about 20 minutes north in Bentonville.
Fayetteville has a great biking/walking trail system that is continually expanding. More about the city’s trail systems can be found on the city’s website, Access Fayetteville.
Fayetteville has two large multi-screen movie theaters and one of the last remaining drive-in theaters left in American, the 112 Drive-In. It’s open from about March to about October, depending on the weather.
Arkansas is the “Natural State,” so campers, hikers, kayakers, and nature enthusiasts will find an abundance of things to do. Some highlights include Devils Den State Park, Big Bluff/Goat Trail in Ponca, and Mount Magazine. You can find a good listing of state parks here. If you do one outdoor excursion, make it a float trip down a portion of the Buffalo National River. You will not be disappointed! The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is small, but has a nice garden and is home to the Fayetteville Farmers Market on Sundays. Wilson Park is one of the more popular parks and has a pool, a walking path, tennis courts, basketball courts and a sand volleyball court, and it is within walking distance from the School of Law.
Living In Fayetteville
The University of Arkansas has an off campus housing department (http://offcampushousing.uark.edu/) with resources that allow you to search for housing, compare prices, proximity to campus, and help finding used furniture. You can also find information on roommates, utilities, landlord contracts, etc… In order to use the site you will first need to sign up for a guest account.
You may recall that the School of Law is located on the north side of campus, as shown on this UA Campus map http://campusmaps.uark.edu/
There are a lot of apartment options and a fair number of houses and duplexes. If you plan to drive, keep in mind that typically, the further you are from campus, the less expensive the housing becomes. There can be, however, difficulties associated with parking on campus. See Transportation, below.
If you need household furnishings, you can find good quality, inexpensive furniture at any of the Goodwill locations, though the closest to the University is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. There are other thrift stores as well, including the Peace at Home Thrift Store on Garland and the Salvation Army Thrift Store on South West Avenue.
If you are planning to fly into Arkansas, please note that our closest airport is the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport located in Bentonville, Arkansas, about 30 miles north of Fayetteville. They also have links to shuttles, taxi information, and bus routes under the "travel planning" link.
The UA bus line is good, and it is free http://parking.uark.edu/67.php .
Parking on campus can be difficult unless you buy a permit. You can find information on permit costs at the Parking website (http://parking.uark.edu/20.php).
If you plan to be on foot or bike, Fayetteville has a large number of beautifully maintained walking/biking trails. The city of Fayetteville parks and recreation department has a nice listing of the trails with a great interactive map found here: http://www.accessfayetteville.org/government/parks_and_recreation/trails_and_greenways/index.cfm. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but as you start to identify housing, you will find that most housing sites will mention which trails are accessed nearest to the property, and then you can use the interactive map to see how long of a walk/bike ride it would be for you.
The Northwest Arkansas Local Food Guide is a great resource for restaurants, farmers markets, CSAs, and farms that support and utilize local food. The farmers market in Fayetteville should be on your must-do list.
The main grocery chain in Fayetteville is Harps, which has a nice selection and is clean and well-organized. There is also a great co-op, Ozark Natural Foods, which offers a 5% discount each Tuesday and Saturday to owners. You can become an owner for a fee of $20 annually. The Marvin’s IGA on College Avenue is also recognized for its selection of organic and health foods. There are also Walmart Supercenters and Walmart Neighborhood Markets.
On campus, there are almost too many food options to list, so I will direct you to our dining services website which lists all of our eateries and includes a pricing guide. The School of Law is very close to the Student Union building, which houses a number of options. Arsaga’s Espresso Cafe, which serves drinks, pastries, and sandwiches, is located in The Young Law Library within the School of Law.