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El Dorado (Arkansas)

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El Dorado (Arkansas)

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El Dorado is a city in the Timberlands region of Arkansas.

Get in[edit]

SeaPort airlines offers daily flights from Dallas, TX, Hot Springs, AR and Memphis, TN into El Dorado. Greyhound bus lines offers a daily bus from Little Rock, AR to El Dorado.

Get around[edit]

There are no means of public transportation in El Dorado, but there are some car rental agencies in town. Traffic runs fairly smoothly, so anyone used to driving in small to medium sized cities will have no problems getting around.

See[edit][add listing]

Most attractions are located in the downtown area.

  • Union Square. Center of downtown with an impressive Federal courthouse along with the site of the last shootout of the 20th century. (Re-enactments in the summer) Commerative plaques near Laredo's Grill. Many war memorials around the square including an unique Confederate memorial. You will also many references to the Oil boom including derrick's. Make sure to take a picture with the london style phone booths!  edit
  • Murphy Oil Museum, 200 East Peach Street, (870) 862-6411. Museum of a Fortune 100 corporation headquartered in El Dorado. See the beginning of a small company in rural Arkansas to a worldwide leader in Oil. In main Corporate building on Peach Street in reception area. Free but make sure to check with the receptionist.  edit
  • John Newton House, 510 North Jackson, 870-862-9890, [1]. M-F 10-4. Historic pre-civil war house with extensive tours. Make sure to call ahead.  edit
  • South Arkansas Arboretum, (From Ark. 82B in El Dorado, turn north on Timberlane and go one mile.), 870-864-7160, [2]. This 12-acre wooded site adjacent to the old El Dorado High School features plants native to Arkansas’s West Gulf Coastal Plain and exotic species including flowering camellias and azaleas. Managed by the South Arkansas Community College, the arboretum offers paved walking trails, a rental pavilion, rental gazebo, restrooms, and parking. Free.  edit
  • El Dorado High School, 2000 Wildcat Drive, (870) 864-5100. With the help of donations this $50 million High School is one of the most impressive in the Southeast and one of most impressive for a small town. All graduating students get a free college education via "The Promise" provided by Murphy Oil.  edit
  • Rialto Theater, 113 East Cedar Street. Classic and historic Theater in downtown. Frequent showings of both plays and the symphony.  edit
  • South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 East 5th Street, [3]. Art center with regularily changing displays. Also has regular performances and holds the Board of Director's meeting for Murphy Oil  edit
  • Christmas Lights, Downtown Area. During December, the entire town lights up with Christmas lights with the Courthouse being the center of it. Also slightly west of downtown is the "El Dorado Christmas Tree." Lines of lights are connected to the top of a tower to form a tree. Supposedly the largest in the world of its kind.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • MusicFest, Downtown, [4]. Live musical festival over two days every October. All of Downtown is roped off with vendors, food, and drinks. Past acts include MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and Boyz II Men $10-20.  edit
  • Boomtown Classic, Northwest Avenue (On main drag north of downtown), [5]. Held every Fall pitting Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia) against a regional team. Tailgating encouraged. Held at Memorial stadium where the high school plays.  edit
  • Wildcats Game, Northwest Avenue. Try a local High School football game at Memorial stadium. The team has been state champs for most of the past years and you will see most of the town there. Played on Fridays throughout the Fall.  edit
  • Memorial Day Concert, Union Square. Held each memorial day weekend with a professional symphony playing patriotic songs. free.  edit
  • Showdown at Sundown, Union Square (near Laredo's), [6]. Held during the last weekends in the Summer Free.  edit
  • Healthworks, 304 North Madison (A few blocks east of downtown), 870-862-5442, [7]. Extensive fitness center that includes an aquatic center all indoors: 2 slides that go outside and inside, lazy river, lap pool, and rec pool. $10.  edit
  • Christmas Tree Lighting, Downtown. Generally the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. Impressive Christmas light are lit up around downtown.  edit
  • Christmas Parade, NW Ave and Downtown. The largest Christmas parade in Arkansas. Considered a must see by locals with thousands coming including those from outside the area.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Downtown El Dorado has plenty of small boutiques, primarily aimed towards females. There are also extensive antique shops.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are many restaurants in downtown along with Northwest avenue. Be careful on Sundays as most places are closed.

  • Black Cat Cafe, 117 East Main Street (Adjacent to the square (South)), (870) 862-9500. Mexican and American Cuisine adjacent to the square. Also opened Sunday for lunch.  edit
  • Laredo's, 200 East Main Street (Adjacent to the Square). Mexican restaurant with outside dining. Also has a bar with liquor. Opened all day on Sundays.  edit
  • fayrays, 110 E Elm St (Adjacent to the Square (North)), (870) 863-4000, [8]. M-F. Considered the best restaruant in El Dorado that comes with a price. $$-$$$.  edit
  • Main Street Pizza, 101 North Jackson Avenue (Two block east of the square), (870) 863-0505. Serves great pizza with Sports bar attached. Has many local creations and is open all day on Sundays.  edit
  • Elm Street Bakery, 116 East Elm Street (Adjacent to Square (North)), (870) 881-8844. M-Sa. Classic American bakery serving breakfest and lunch.  edit
  • PJ's Coffee, 106 W.Main Street, Suite 103 (Adjacent to the Square (West)), [9]. El Dorado branch of New Orleans Coffee House. Free Wifi and Opened Sundays. Serves light food. Also serves Wine and Abita Beer.  edit
  • Banderas, 1718 N West Ave, (870) 639-3908. Very casual Steakhouse known for great, reasonably priced burgers. Has extensive selection of steaks but can be pricey considering casual atmosphere. $-$$.  edit
  • Bayou Bistro, 2422 N West Ave (Located in Home Depot Parking lot), (870) 863-6700. Louisiana cooking in El Dorado. Located in the north part of town. Serves great Cajun and Italian food. Has a bar with a happy hour, 3-6 that has $1 draft beers. One of the few places in town to have draft beer and a bar.  edit
  • Rascals, 210 North Jefferson Avenue, (870) 881-4399. A full restaraunt opened for lunch and dinner. Increasingly seen as a happy hour/wine bar and light food.  edit
  • Applebees, 2133 N West Ave (North of town), (870) 881-9600, [10]. The only chain sit-down restaurant in town known for being open on Sundays and late every night. Most extensive mixed drink place in town with Monday night beer & wings specials.  edit
  • JJ's, 1000 East Main St. (East of downtown), 870-862-1777, [11]. M-Th 11-8, F 11-9. Local and regional famous BBQ joint. Very casual and country feel. Servings are quite large. $.  edit
  • Spudnut, 810 W Faulkner St (West of town, near the old Hospital). Home of the famous potato based doughnut. It has been replicated elsewhere but this is where it all started.  edit
  • Four Brothers, 2640 NW Ave. (Located very close to the WalMart), 870-862-2990, [12]. Seafood place but with extensive non-seafood options. Service is fast and portions are large at very reasonable prices. A local favorite.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are more bars then you would think in El Dorado. Most restaruants will have beer and wine but liquor is sometimes hard to find. The city has not yet legalized Sunday retail sales although you can drink in restaurants on Sundays. Make sure to stock up on Saturday for home/room use.

  • Mink Eye, 106 S Jefferson Ave, (870) 862-0029. Located off the main square. Most would classify it as a dive bar but nice, casual place. Has liquor and bottled beer. Closed on Sunday's.  edit
  • Hill's Recreation Parlor, 205 E Cedar St, 870-863-9762. Located two blocks from the square specializing in billards and beer. Cash only.  edit
  • Marilyn's at the Rialto, 113 East Cedar Street, (870) 862-2111. Adjacent to the historic Rialto Theater. Considered El Dorado's "upscale" bar. Two blocks south of the square.  edit
  • Sliverado Club, 1205 W Hillsboro St (West of downtown), (870) 862-1426. M-Sa 4:30 to Til. El Dorado's newest bar. Features extensive billards, poker tables, and live music. Mandatory club membership which is easy to get and costs $5. Smoking is permitted. When live music is playing, $5 cover. Beer Pong on Fridays. $.  edit
  • Einsteins, 104 E Cedar St, (870) 881-8944. El Dorado's only real dance club. Always open on the weekends and sporatically during the week. Hours are short (generally 10-2) so check their facebook page.  edit
  • The Enclave Bar and Art Cafe, 107 S Jefferson Ave, (870) 875-2233. Artsy place opened 6 - 12. It often has live acts and may require a cover. There's also food. Its also famous for $2 bud lights.  edit
  • Brickhouse, 1814 Junction City Rd, (870) 862-2260. A soul music dance club. Hours are very sproadic. Best to drive by and see whats on the schedule.  edit
  • Showtime Roller Rink, 1334 W Hillsboro St, (870) 639-1739. Mostly just a roller rink but occasionally has live music. When it does, its South Arkansas's largest dance floor. Unclear on alcohol.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is a wide assortment of chain hotels near 167 about 3-5 miles from downtown. Other hotels are closer to town.

  • Best Western Kings Inn Conference Center, 1920 Junction City Road, +1 870 862-5191 (fax: +1 870 863-7511), [13].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1819 Junction City Road, +1 870 881-8900, [14].  edit
  • Union Square Guest Suites, 234 East Main, 877-864-9701, [15]. A Bed & Breakfest adjacent to the square. Rooms are spacious and most have balconies. Considered the best place to stay in El Dorado.  edit
  • Country Inn & Suites, 2413 West Hillsboro (West of town on 82 toward Magnolia), 870) 881-0455, [16]. Newer Hotel and the only one west of the city.  edit

Get out[edit]

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