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Hot Springs Arkansas Travel Guide: Overview

Hot Springs City in Arkansas is named after the many hot springs found in the area, whose thermal waters are famed for its medicinal properties. From the nearby Hot Springs National Park—credited to be the first federal reservation–to its many museums and historic sites, as well as a selection of bathhouses and hiking trails, visitors will surely be able to find an attraction that will suit to their every fancy. We hope this Hot Springs Arkansas travel guide and the map below will help you plan your next trip to Hot Springs Arkansas.

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Popular Spots in Hot Springs Arkansas

Of course, one cannot visit Hot Springs City and National Park without trying out their namesake. Hot Springs National Park hosts many bathhouses, located in the aptly named Bathhouse Row, where visitors have eight bathhouses to choose from, including the historic Fordyce Bathhouse which now serves as the park visitor center, where visitors can check out exhibits and tours showcasing the history of the park. Tourists can also try traditional bathing using the Park’s famous thermal water in the Buckstaff Bathhouse, or take a dip in the pools at the Quapaw Baths and Spa. There is also the Bathhouse Row Emporium for buying souvenirs.

For those looking for attractions in the great outdoors, the Hot Springs National Park is home to many hiking trails and picnic groves, as well as scenic views around Hot Springs and North Mountain Drive and West Mountain Drive. If you want to be one with nature, camping is also allowed at the Gulpha Gorge Campground.

Hot Springs City itself also has many attractions including museums, amusement parks, and a multitude of dining places for every type of visitor.

Hot Springs Arkansas Travel Guide: When to Visit

Hot Springs National Park can accommodate visitors all year round. Annual festivals are held in Hot Springs City during summer and autumn, and the farmer’s market runs during the summer and winter months. It is best to check weather conditions before planning a trip, especially when outdoor activities like hiking is in the books.

Hot Springs Arkansas Travel Guide: How to Get There

Visitors can opt to drive to Hot Springs using many different routes, or they can choose to fly to the city through their preferred airlines that land in either the Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport, or the Little Rock National Airport. Visitors can also take a bus using Greyhound or a train to Hot Springs via Amtrak.

Hot Springs Arkansas Travel Guide: Getting Around

A bus system operated by the Intracity Transit is available for commuting within the city. The three fixed routes (blue, red, and green) cover the main parts of the city as well as the National Park. Car rentals are also available from the airport to the city.

Hot Springs Arkansas Travel Guide: Travel Tips

 

Don’t forget to soak up (literally and figuratively) the history behind the city and the national park by visiting the many facilities in the Bathhouse Row

Do make the most of the scenic and historic sites in Hot Springs by availing of the many different tours offered by the Park

Don’t miss out on the great outdoors by camping at the Gulpha Gorge Campground, or by trying the many hiking/biking trails located inside the Hot Springs National Park.

Do check out the many available dining spots within the city, as well as the Farmer’s Market for the local produce

Don’t forget to check the local festival scene. Make sure to plan ahead or check the city’s event calendar to be able to make the most of the city’s rich art and cultural landscape.

Hot Springs Arkansas Travel Guide: Typical Costs

Price Range for Hotels

Hot Springs has a multitude of accommodation types to choose from, including camping grounds, as mentioned above, RV parks, cabins, and houseboats. Hotels can range from $50 (budget) to $400 (luxury), depending on the availability and seasonal demands.

Top Places to Visit in Hot Springs Arkansas

Garvan Woodland Gardens
Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens is an exquisite botanical garden in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. This 210-acre garden offers various landscapes, including water gardens, wooded areas, and rock gardens.

Fordyce Bathhouse
Historic Sites

Fordyce Bathhouse

Fordyce Bathhouse is a historical building in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, USA. It serves as the park’s visitor center and museum, offering a glimpse into the

Lake Catherine State Park
Nature & Parks

Lake Catherine State Park

Lake Catherine State Park is a beautiful state park located near Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. It offers a variety of recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, boating,

Mid-America Science Museum
Children's Museums

Mid-America Science Museum

Mid-America Science Museum is a hands-on science museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. It offers interactive exhibits, educational programs, and exciting displays that encourage curiosity and exploration

Hot Springs Mountain Tower
Observation Decks & Towers

Hot Springs Mountain Tower

Hot Springs Mountain Tower offers a panoramic view of Hot Springs National Park and the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas, USA. Visitors can take an elevator to the

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
Casinos & Gambling

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA, is a renowned entertainment destination, offering live horse racing, a full-service casino, dining options, and special events. Whether

Top Places to Eat in Hot Springs Arkansas

Cafe 1217
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Cafe 1217

Cafe 1217 – Known for its fresh, seasonal menu, Cafe 1217 serves homemade soups, salads, and gourmet sandwiches. A charming and welcoming café perfect for a casual

Mr. Whiskers
breading

Mr. Whiskers

Mr. Whiskers – For those craving seafood, Mr. Whiskers offers a wide selection of fish and shellfish dishes, all prepared to perfection. The casual setting and friendly

Kilwins
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Kilwins

Kilwins – A delightful treat for the sweet tooth, Kilwins is a classic confectionery shop offering handmade chocolates, ice cream, and fudge. The old-fashioned ambiance adds to

The Pancake Shop
blueberry pancakes

The Pancake Shop

The Pancake Shop – A breakfast favorite and home of the best french toast I’ve ever had. The Pancake Shop serves fluffy pancakes, killer french toast, omelets,

Superior Bathhouse Brewery
bath house

Superior Bathhouse Brewery

Superior Bathhouse Brewery – Located in a historic bathhouse, this brewery offers craft beers brewed on-site and a menu of pub favorites. The unique setting adds to

Ohio Club
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Ohio Club

Ohio Club – Steeped in history, the Ohio Club is Hot Springs’ oldest bar, offering live music, classic cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. Enjoy the rich ambiance

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