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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

Hot Springs Trolleys/Transportation Depot

This restored train depot is the hub for trolleys that transport visitors through the city's historic downtown; sandwich shop; farmers'

Hot Springs, AR Tours

Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center

The restored Fordyce Bathhouse now serves as visitor center for Hot Springs National Park and museum for the thermal bathing industry. Stained glass windows and the DeSoto Fountain grace the interior. Bookstore, orientation film, self-guided tour;

Hot Springs, AR Visitors Centers

Lake Catherine

A 1,940-acre residential and recreational lake known for its excellent bass and crappie fishing;

Hot Springs, AR Recreation Areas

Ouachita National Forest

Established in 1907, the South's oldest and one of the largest (1.6 million acres)

Hot Springs, AR National Forests

Things to do near Hot Springs, AR

Talimena Scenic Byway

The Talimena Scenic Drive became in 2005 Arkansas's third and newest national scenic byway. The 54-mile route on Ark. 88 and ...

Thunder Mountain Speedway

Directions: Located next to Magic Springs in the Music Mountain Entertainment Complex Go-kart racing with Indy-style kart ...

Mountain Valley Water Visitor Center

Directions: Located one-half block from the Arlington Hotel, on historic Central Avenue in downtown Hot Springs. Visitors ...

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...

Blythe's Museum & Gazebo

Large collection of Native American artifacts found in the area; early pioneer artifacts and Scott County photos. GROUPS: Gaz...