Visit El Dorado for Parks, Museums and More
It’s overwhelming how many opportunities there are to explore the history and culture of El Dorado, from art galleries to Civil War sites and arboretums to live concerts. If you’re in town to visit Mother Nature, stop by the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources to learn about the area’s unique geology or visit Moro Bay State Park for outdoor fun. If it’s the arts you’re looking for, buy tickets to a show by the South Arkansas Symphony or ponder the meaning of paintings in the South Arkansas Art Center. Don’t leave El Dorado without exploring downtown’s historic buildings, including the Rialto Theatre, built in the ‘20s when the town’s economy was booming due to emergence of the oil industry.
Explore the following attractions:
- Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (17 miles)
This museum features interactive exhibitions that explore El Dorado’s geology and how the city became the center of a large-scale oil boom in the 1920s.
Phone: +1 (870) 725-2877
- Bodenhamer Skate Park (2.7 miles)
Show off your skateboarding skills or simply watch the locals at this skate park, located next door to the Boys & Girls Club.
- Downtown El Dorado Historic Square (2.5 miles)
Shop, dine and play in downtown El Dorado while you admire the historic architecture and wealth of specialty shops.
Phone: +1 (870) 862-4747
- Mellor Park Mall (3.3 miles)
Shop for clothing and gifts at stores like JCPenney and Citi Trends, and grab a bite to eat at Applebee’s.
Phone: +1 (870) 863-3062
- Moro Bay State Park (25 miles)
This state park is a picturesque place to go kayaking, enjoy a picnic, go fishing in Raymond Lake or watch the local wildlife.
Phone: +1 (870) 463-8555
- Newton House Museum (2.5 miles)
Be enchanted by the décor of this two-story home, built in 1849 before the American Civil War. Take a tour any day of the week, and don’t miss the MayHaw Festival held in early May.
Phone: +1 (870) 862-9890
- Rialto Theatre (2.1 miles)
This Classical Revival-style theater, built in 1929 when the oil industry was booming in El Dorado, provides a gorgeous venue for live performances.
- South Arkansas Arboretum (1 mile)
Take a serene, self-guided tour through 13 acres of Arkansas woodlands, learning about the indigenous and exotic species of plants that grow there.
Phone: +1 (888) 287-2757
- South Arkansas Arts Center (2.9 miles)
Peruse the creativity on display in The Merkle and Price Galleries, take in a show in the theater or attend one of the many classes and events.
Phone: +1 (870) 862-5474
- South Arkansas Symphony (2.3 miles)
This incredible, 70-member orchestra performs at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium throughout the year.
Phone: +1 (870) 862-0521