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Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs literally sprang to life in a Ouachita Mountains valley containing a remarkable array of 47 thermal springs. The town has long been and remains Arkansas's top tourist destination, and for good reason. Its topflight attractions include Hot Springs National Park with its famed Bath House Row and thermal baths, live and simulcast thoroughbred racing, Magic Springs/Crystal Falls theme and water parks, the 210-acre Garvan Woodland Gardens and a renowned arts community. Other attractions include music, magic and religious shows, lake tours and more. Shopping opportunities, including antiques, abound in the Spa City, as do options for lodging.

Outdoor activities in the Hot Springs area include golf, horseback riding, and mining for quartz crystals, as well as fishing and water sports that center around area lakes Hamilton, Catherine, Ouachita and DeGray. Those activities combine with private lakeside resorts, rental houseboats and other accommodations, including those at three state parks nearby, to create numerous vacation options. Additional recreational opportunities are afforded in the nearby Ouachita National Forest.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Hot Springs Haunted Tours

Considered to be the best haunted tours in Arkansas, enjoy our one-hour tours of the historic downtown Hot Springs. Our guide will take you to several haunted buildings, with the oldest dating back to the early 1800

Hot Springs, AR Ghost Tours

Magic Springs Theme Park & Crystal Falls Water Park

Directions: On U.S. 70, two miles east of Hot Springs; take Magic Springs Drive Exit off U.S. 70 Two parks for the price of one! Magic Springs and Crystal Falls offer over 75 attractions including "Arkansas Twister" roller coaster and the largest water park in Arkansas;

Hot Springs, AR Water Parks

Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo

Directions: Go left at the end of Central Avenue North, then go eight blocks; located next to National Park Mountain. Huge petting zoo, 200 alligators;

Hot Springs, AR Zoos

Thunder Mountain Speedway

Directions: Located next to Magic Springs in the Music Mountain Entertainment Complex Go-kart racing with Indy-style kart bodies; arcade room, concession, children'

Hot Springs, AR Speedways

Oaklawn Park

Finest thoroughbred racing from late January to mid April capped off by the Racing Festival of the South. Largest horse racing operation outside New York and California. Featuring simulcast racing from Triple Crown Races, Breeder's Cup, Louisiana Downs and Saratoga. GROUPS:

Hot Springs, AR Parks

Things to do near Hot Springs, AR

Turkey Track Park

Bluegrass and gospel music, jamming session, arts, crafts, food vendors, hog roast, potluck supper; feature several bands, gu...

Lake Catherine

A 1,940-acre residential and recreational lake known for its excellent bass and crappie fishing; formed by Carpenter and Remm...

Nashville Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Council Oak

A massive 400- to 500-year-old white oak tree where a Cherokee Indian chief signed a treaty giving all land south of the Arka...