Local Area Attractions
Old Frisco Depot Train Ride
Embarking from historic Van Buren’s Old Frisco Depot, the Ozark Scenic Railway vintage train will take you on a breathtaking ride through the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Every weekend from April through mid-November, a three-hour round trip ride from Van Buren to Winslow offers you spectacular views of the Boston Mountains. There’s no better way to experience the majesty of the Ozarks!
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Fort Smith National Historic Site embraces the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Commemorating a significant phase of America’s westward expansion, it stands today a reminder of 80 turbulent years in the history of Federal Indian policy.
Van Buren Old Town
A stroll down Van Buren’s beautifully restored Victorian Main Street is a walk through a more gracious and elegant time. The exceptional collection of fascinating shops that line this quaint and picturesque street contain shopping treasures of almost every description. And at prices that will make you feel like a river pirate.
Wineries: Wiederkehr, Post Familie, Mount Bethel and Cowie
This area known as Altus area has a wine making heritage dating back to the 1880s and is famous for its historic vineyards and award-winning wines. The German and Swiss immigrants who settled here passed on their traditions and knowledge of wine production to the present families. Hundreds of acres of vineyards surround the Altus area and contribute to its European culture. Each winery has a tasting room and gift shop, and offers free tours daily.
Old Fort Museum
From the founding of the first fort in 1817 to nearby Fort Chaffee’s role in the 1980’s, the tumultuous history of Fort Smith’s presence on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border is brought to life in a series of fascinating exhibits and displays. They tell the area’s story through the westward expansion, the Civil War, the Gay Nineties -- and the emergence of a modern city in the 20th century. Don’t miss the old-fashioned drug store and working soda fountain.