Hot Springs AR Attractions
Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center
Located in an award-winning restored Fordyce Bathhouse, the HSNP Visitors Center is a wealth of information about the park, activities and the Bathhouse Row of the past. Guests can still see the Fordyce Spring and the original Otis elevator mechanism. https://www.nps.gov/hosp/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm
Oaklawn Racing and Gaming
Hot Springs is the place to be every January through April for live, top-quality thoroughbred racing. Home to the Arkansas Derby, watch these horses as they begin their quest for the Triple Crown. Or try your luck in the electronic gaming room. There’s plenty of excitement and delicious food. For complete information, schedules and more go to www.oaklawn.com or call 800-625-5296.
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park
One of Arkansas’ premiere amusement parks, it also offers concerts from your favorite bands and singers. Check their schedule, hours and other information at www.magicsprings.com or call 501-624-0100.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
The botanical garden of the University of Arkansas is a visitors treat any time of year. The 210 acres on the shoreline of Lake Hamilton Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas, were a wonderful gift to all people from local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Cook Garvan. They have been tended and molded into majestic botanical landscapes and include striking architectural structures. Garvan Woodland Gardens also offers breathtaking vistas and fantastic photo opportunities at every turn. Check out their events schedule and operating information at www.GarvanGardens.org.
Mid America Science Museum
Arkansas’ largest hands-on science center and the state’s first Smithsonian affiliate is an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike. To learn more, visit www.MidAmericaMuseum.org or call 800-632-0583 or 501-767-3461.
Gangster Museum of America
Take yourself back to the days of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s when the natural mineral water of Hot Springs, gambling, bootlegging, and other pleasures brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Gangster Museum of America is an historic and entertaining account of the lifestyles of some of the most notorious criminals in America put this little valley town on the map. The stories and presentations are fascinating. Visit www.tgmoa.com for more information.
Diamond Lakes Region
Three of the five diamond lakes (Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita and Lake Catherine) are within a 20 minute drive from downtown Hot Springs. Each provides an abundance of water recreation and shoreline fun. Visitors come here to fish, ski, swim, float, sail, rent a houseboat, cruise in a party barge, spread a picnic, kick back and catch some rays on some of the cleanest, clearest waters on the planet. For complete information, go to https://www.arkansas.com/blog/post/the-diamond-lakes-of-arkansas/
Historic Baseball Trail
Baseball runs deep in Hot Springs National Park, America’s First Resort for athletes and gangsters of the past. From historic fields and recreational retreats, to the roles of Oaklawn Racing and Gaming and Bathhouse Row as entertainment for baseball’s finest, a connection to history is around every turn. Find out more at http://www.hotspringsbaseballtrail.com/
Hot Springs Mountain Tower
You can hike from The Waters or drive to this overlook with breathtaking view of 140 miles of Arkansas countryside. At 1,256 feet above sea level, it offers an unforgettable view of Hot Springs National Park and the Ouachita Mountains. http://hotspringstower.com/
To view more things to do, visit www.hotsprings.org.