Things to Do
Welcome to Van Buren!
Historic Main Street Trolley – (FREE-NO CHARGE) The trolley hearkens back to the stylish streetcars of the 1800’s with stops at
the depot, the corners of 7th, 5th, 3rd and Main, as well as the Drennen-Scott Historic Site. The trolley runs with the train schedule. It also picks up passengers at the additional parking lots on Webster & 6th and Webster & 8th.
UAFS Drennen Scott Historic Site – 221N. 3rd St. Beautifully restored historic home and gardens of Van Buren co-founder, John
Drennen. Free tours Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10-5. Trolley makes stops every 30 to 45 minutes. Free. 479-262-2750
Historic Downtown Geocache Walking Tour – Get your brochure from the Visitors Center. Enjoy the puzzle and get a commemorative token of your time on Main Street.
There is a single unisex restroom at the depot. Additional restrooms are located at Blanche Moore Park in the 700 block of Main Street and at Freedom Park across from the depot.
Beautiful Main Street is home to a variety of wonderful shops. You will find antiques and boutiques, an art gallery, pottery, and home décor. After you find something for your home, be sure to stop at one our shops and pamper yourself with soaps, scrubs and lotions, a good book and souvenirs to take home with you. You can even ship your packages back home from your memorable day right from Main Street, if they won’t fit in your car or on the train.
Pavilions with picnic tables, restrooms with changing areas, interactive water feature/ splash pad (June – September.)
Willy-Nilly Various & Sundry- 712 Main Street. “Where old meets new.” From decorative items and choice antiques to vintage reproduction toys and train items this store has something for everyone. Snacks and cold drinks, as well as helpful items for travelers, such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, batteries, stamps and souvenirs. 479-208-1199
Chapters on Main – 816 Main Street. Chapters on Main is a local independent bookseller and coffee shop, sandwiches and snacks. Featuring Mama Carmen’s coffee as well as natural teas, iced, and frozen drinks. Monday- Saturday, 8:30am-7pm. 479-471- 9315.
Larry B’s Rhythm Room – 719 Main Street. Enjoy fine dining, music and dancing. American and soul food restaurant, featuring
Hazel’s gourmet chicken and waffles. Lunch and dinner. Reservation required for dinner only. (479) 689-5252
D&R’s Trolley Stop – 703 Main Street.! Smoked and BBQ Beef, Pork, Chicken and Turkey. Gourmet Hot Dogs, Ice Cream, Nachos and more. M-Sa 11am-8pm. 479-922-2060
Boom-A-Rang Diner – 600 Main Street. This 50’s style diner offers burgers, fries, chicken fried steak and more. M-Sa 7am-9pm. Beakfast, lunch and dinner. 479-262-6004