Explore History and Natural Beauty in El Dorado
From performances in the historic Rialto Theater to the trails of the South Arkansas Arboretum, there’s plenty to see and do in El Dorado, Arkansas. The Country Inn & Suites is only two miles from the heart of downtown, so you don’t have to travel far to enjoy shopping and dining on Main Street or to catch a concert or show. Explore local history at the John Newton House or Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, or take a drive to Moro Bay State Park for an afternoon of fishing and kayaking. El Dorado also offers many opportunities to experience the fine arts, from the galleries at the Art Center to concerts by the South Arkansas Symphony. Explore the following attractions:
- Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (17 miles)
Learn about south Arkansas’ unique geology that made it the center of a large-scale oil boom in the 1920s. Tour the museum’s interactive exhibits, including a recreation of a vintage boom town.
Phone: +1 (870) 725-2877
- Bodenhamer Skate Park (2.7 miles)
Cruise down the ramps of this local skate park on your skateboard or BMX bike.
- Downtown El Dorado Historic Square (2.5 miles)
Admire the classic architecture of downtown’s “Hamburger Row,” explore the specialty shops, and relax with a cup of joe at a local coffee shop.
- John Newton House (2.5 miles)
This beautiful home, built before the Civil War, has been carefully restored and features antique furnishings. Don’t miss the lively MayHaw Festival at the start of each May.
Phone: +1 (870) 862-9890
- Mellor Park Mall (3.3 miles)
This local shopping mall includes JCPenney and Big Lots, as well as restaurants such as Applebee’s and New Century Chinese.
Phone: +1 (870) 863-3062
- Moro Bay State Park (25 miles)
This beautiful park is ideal for hiking, kayaking and enjoying a picnic lunch, and it features plenty of opportunities for fishing.
Phone: +1 (870) 463-8555
- Rialto Theatre (2.1 miles)
Enjoy the elaborate design and architecture of this live performance space, originally built as a movie theater in 1929 during El Dorado’s boom.
- South Arkansas Arboretum (1 mile)
Stroll through this 12-acre preserve and see the beauty of azaleas, camellias and majestic trees. The paved walkways are convenient for walkers and joggers.
- South Arkansas Arts Center (2.9 miles)
The Arts Center features art galleries, ballet and drama performances, and it offers classes to the public in music, photography, the visual arts and more.
Phone: +1 (870) 862-5474
- South Arkansas Symphony (2.3 miles)
Spend the evening out and immerse yourself in the beautiful sounds of this 70-member professional orchestra.
Phone: +1 (800) 792-0521