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Hot Springs (Arkansas)

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Hot Springs [1] is a city in the Central region of Arkansas and home to Oaklawn Park Race Track. It is also the childhood home of Bill Clinton.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Hot Springs Memorial Field,
  • Little Rock National Airport (with shuttle service and rental cars.)

By car[edit]

  • From Interstate 30 take the Hot Springs US 70 West exit south of Benton, the Hot Springs US 270 West exit at Malvern, or the Hot Springs Ark. 7 North exit near Arkadelphia.
  • If traveling south on Ark. 7, come through downtown Hot Springs where the visitor center is located.
  • If traveling south on US 71 from Fort Smith, or north on US 71 from Texarkana, take the US 270 East exit and take 270B through town.
  • Coming from Oklahoma on US 70 go all the way into Hot Springs. When you get into the city you will see signs for the National Park.
  • The Visitor Center is located downtown on Highway 7 North or Central Avenue.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound Bus Lines, 1001 Central Ave, Suite D, Hot Springs, 1-800-231-2222.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak's Texas Eagle route serves Little Rock, Arkansas, with shuttle services to Hot Springs.

Get around[edit]

The public transport system isn't recommended. It's best to have a car or a friend in the city who doesn't mind driving you around. If you are downtown, it is possible to walk to many sites.

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Historical[edit]

Historical downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, is truly an American treasure. From fun art galleries and delicious restaurants, to Bathhouse Row and too many historic buildings to count, there’s truly something for everyone downtown.

Visitors from around the world flocked to Hot Springs National Park’s historic Bathhouse Row in the 1800s and early 1900s to bathe in the healing thermal waters, thought to have healing powers. With the advent of modern medicine, the bathhouses were closed, but the buildings are still preserved and many are open for tours. Cool mineral water also flows from the local springs and many people stop on Bathhouse Row to fill up water jugs at the public fountain. For directions and complete information, go to www.hotsprings.org.

Visit the national headquarters for Mountain Valley Spring Water and its historic Classical Revival building. Tour the historic bathhouses. Bring a jug and fill it up with delicious natural spring water in the community fountain. Shop for antiques, fine jewelry, gifts, souvenirs and more. Or just relax and take in the scenery.

Botanical Gardens[edit]

  • Garvan Woodland Gardens, 550 Arkridge Road, Toll free: 800-366-4664, Phone: 501-262-9300, Garvan Woodland Gardens [2]. Learn more about it's natural flora and fauna.

Museums[edit]

  • Mid America Science Museum, 800-632-0583 or 501-767-3461, [3]. Labor Day to Memorial Day Tu-Su, 10AM-5PM; Memorial Day to Labor Day 9:30AM-6PM daily. A great family attraction and the largest hands-on science center in Arkansas. Take the “Underground Arkansas” tour of a gigantic indoor cave filled with chambers, bridges, tunnels and slides, or experience the light, motion and sound of the “Virtual Reality Simulator.” Mid America Museum is the perfect setting for school field trips, birthday parties, summer science camps and more.

Do[edit][add listing]

From championship golf and tennis to pristine lakes and walking trails, there are a host of recreational activities waiting for you in Hot Springs. Place your bet at Oaklawn Race Track (oaklawn.com), enjoy a day at one of the area’s pristine lakes or enjoy a stroll through the city’s many shops and downtown art galleries. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it here.

Get married in Hot Springs. Arkansas has no waiting period to gain a marriage license making it a popular place to elope. However its not just the impulsive who love to get married in Hot Springs. The areas history, beauty, and charm make it an idyllic location to hold your nuptials. Many of the local hotels, inns and B&Bs offer special wedding packages for very reasonable rates. Get married and leave the stress to some one else.

Amusement Parks[edit]

  • Magic Springs and Crystal Falls are Arkansas’ premiere amusement parks.
  • Magic Springs, 501-318-5370, [4]. Offers thrill rides such as roller coasters perched high above the Ouachita Mountains, outdoor concerts and more;
  • Crystal Falls has exciting water rides. Season tickets are available.

Horse Racing[edit]

  • Oaklawn Park, 800-OAKLAWN (625-5296), [5]. From January through April, Oaklawn Park is the place to be in Arkansas. Watch and wager on live top-quality thoroughbred racing, enjoy delicious food served up at restaurants and stands and participate in contests and promotions. Oaklawn also offers simulcast racing action and electronic gaming year-round. In recent years, Arkansas Derby winners have also won one or more of the Triple Crown races in Kentucky, Maryland or New York.

During the live racing season, children may enter Oaklawn accompanied by a parent or guardian; children attending during the simulcast season must be at least 48 inches tall to be admitted.

Hot Springs National Park[edit]

Hot Springs National Park is in the Diamond Lakes region of Arkansas. This area features tournament-quality bass and trout fishing as well as year-round water sports on Lake Ouachita, Lake Catherine, or Lake Hamilton.

For 200 years, the natural hot springs surrounding present-day Hot Springs National Park have been used to treat illnesses and to relax. Rich and poor alike bathed in its healing waters and relaxed in its bathhouses. Hot Springs National Park today surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Popular activities within the park include touring the historic Fordyce Bathhouse, strolling through the historic district, hiking park trails and driving the scenic roads. The historic downtown area also features many art galleries and delicious restaurants to choose from.

Festivals[edit]

Hot Springs is home to several festivals throughout the year.

  • The Hot Springs Music Festival, [6] brings together mentor musicians with pre-professional musicians during the first two weeks of June to perform chamber and orchestral music. Venues are located at various sites in the historic downtown district. For more information telephone +1 501 623-4763
  • Thermal Spa or Bath
  • Horse Races, 2705 Central Avenue, [7].
  • Action Fishing Trips, 127 Ranchero Place, +1 501 844-9028, [8].
  • Belvedere Golf Resort, 307 Belvedere Drive, +1 501 321-3555, [9].
  • Valley of the Vapors Independant Music Festival at Low Key Arts every year in March.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Hot Springs has many restaurants inside Victorian buildings in the Historic Downtown District, featuring food and friendly service. Historic downtown is not the only popular eating spot in town. Dine by the lake, on a riverboat, near the horse track or mall, on a main thoroughfare, on a mountain lane. Hot Springs restaurants offer a wide variety of excellent dining choices and cuisines - from cafes to gourmet cabarets.

  • Mimi's Coffee 2360 Malvern Ave. Suite A, +1 501 623-6464., [10], M-Th 6AM-5PM F 6AM-7:30PM Sa 8AM-12PM, Serves breakfast and lunch. Coffee by the drink or bulk, tea, soups, salads and sandwiches. The sweet rolls are very good. Friendly service in a bright cheery atmosphere. Wide screen T.V., Internet access and free Wi-Fi. Prices for breakfast range from $.99-$5.75. Prices for lunch range from $3.99-$6.99. Coffee $.95-$4:00.
  • Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante, 210 Central Ave, (501) 318-6054, [11]. Great Latin cuisine restaurant with an outdoor seating area. $8-15.  edit
  • Bella Atri Italian Ristorante, 719 Central Ave, (501) 624-7474, [12]. Fantastic Italian cuisine. Great pasta, salads, steaks, desserts, wine and coffee. They even have live piano music which added to the already wonderful atmosphere. $12-30.  edit
  • JavaPrimo Coffee House, Cafe & More, 4429 Central Ave, Suite A (near the Hot Springs Mall), 501-318-9789, [13]. 6:30AM-10PM M-Th, 6:30AM-11PM Friday, 7:30AM-11PM Saturday. JavaPrimo is a locally owned coffee shop and cafe featuring fresh roasted coffee. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, JavaPrimo offers a selection of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads, soups, cakes, pies, pastries and coffee. Gift ideas include coffee beans, teas, collegiate football gifts and greeting cards. $4.25 to $10.  edit
  • Brau Haus, 801 Central Avenue (on right side of street in downtown), 501-624-7866, [14]. Brau Haus is in the basement of the 110 year-old Spencer's corner building. It has a family dinning area, bar, and patio area. You can get to it by stairs or elevator. It is open for lunch and dinner. Brau Haus features excellent, authentic European cuisine. Eating their is like eating at your grandma's, if your grandma is German. They have one of the largest selections of European beers in the area. If you can't figure out which beverage you would like, ask the bartender to help you pick out a selection you will love. Entree prices run from $7.95 to $12.95.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Maxine's, 700 Central Ave, (501) 321-0909, [15]. Great atmosphere inside a historic building and a great beer list.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Country Inn & Suites, 4307 Central Avenue, (501) 525-2225, [16].  edit
  • Econolodge Inn & Suites, 106 Lookout Point (off Central Ave/Hwy 7 on Look out Pt.), 501-525-5666, [17].  edit
  • Quality Inn & Suites, 4319 Central Ave., (501) 525-1660, [18]. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. Totally transformed as of August 2012, this hotel is now the Quality Inn & Suites. Rooms are redone modern decor with flat screen TV's. Seasonal out door pool, Quality Hot Starts breakfast to start your day!  edit
  • Embassy Suites Hot Springs Hotel & Spa, 400 Convention Boulevard, 501-624-9200, [19].  edit
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4253 Central Avenue, (501) 520-6400, [20]. checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. This hotel underwent a $1 million renovation and reopened in December 2011. Guests will love the modern decor of the rooms. Rooms have true HD TV channels, pets are welcome free! indoor heated pool, hot breakfast.  edit
  • Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast, 225 Pinewood Street, 501-538-9441, [21]. $75.  edit
  • Sunbay Resort, 4810 Central Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71913, 1 877478-6229 [22]
  • Best Western Stagecoach Inn, 2520 Central Avenue, +1 501 624-2531, Fax: +1 501 623-0169, [23].
  • Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast, 2009 Park Avenue, +1 501 625-7829, [24].
  • 1890 Williams House Bed and Breakfast (Hot Springs Arkansas B & B), 420 Quapaw Avenue, +1 501 624-4275 (800-756-4635 (toll free)), [25]. checkin: 3:30PM to 6PM; checkout: 11AM. Rooms:$149 - $169, Suites: $199 - $229. (34.507663,-93.058018) edit
  • Lookout Point Lakeside Inn (Hot Springs Arkansas B & B), 104 Lookout Circle, 1-866-525-6155, [26]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking a tranquil bay of beautiful Lake Hamilton. Rooms $145-199, suites $275-360, cottages $280-500. (34.427912,-93.084445) edit
  • Mountain Thyme Bed & Breakfast Inn, 10860 Scenic Byway 7 North, Jessieville, AR 71949, 1 888 820-5424 [27]
  • The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, 239 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, 1 800 643-7771 [28]
  • Hamilton House Estate, 132 Van Lyell Terrace (Off Arkansas Highway 7 South as it crosses Lake Hamilton.), 501-520-4040, [29]. (34.4381543,-93.0869274) edit
  • The Park Hotel, 211 Fountain St (take a right, after bath house row), (501)624-5323, [30]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. A medley of art deco and spanish revival influences and throughout its long and varied history these architectural elements have been beautifully preserved.  edit
  • The Austin Hotel and Convention Center, 305 Malvern Avenue, 877-623-6697, [31]. The Austin Hotel & Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Hot Springs with 200 guestrooms and a beautiful view of the Ouachita Mountains. Amenities include spa, indoor/outdoor pool, lounge and restaurant on site.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Hot Springs National Park was set aside in 1832 to protect the thermal springs. It was officially designated Hot Springs National Park in 1921. Since it is in downtown Hot Springs, "getting out" is as simple as crossing the street.
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