Hot Springs, AR Activities, Things to Do & Attractions

Outdoor Adventures
Hot Springs has undeniable natural beauty. Since it is set along several natural hot springs (hence the name), most people visit the area to relax in these springs. If you want to do something a little more exciting and see what the great outdoors has to offer, you should get out and explore with these outdoor activities!
 
Get out and experience the thrills of a high-flying zipline adventure with a zipline tour! Situated deep in the forest next to a tributary creek to Lake Hamilton, these zip lines provide 360-degree views of the breathtaking scenery. You will have a bird's eye view of the entire area, seeing everything that this part of Arkansas has to offer. There are a few different tours to choose from but they each last about two hours, making it perfect for an afternoon of fun. Do not miss this opportunity to fly through this scenic Arkansas forest on your trip.
 
You can also take a cruise along gorgeous Lake Hamilton. Captain Jack's Sunset and Day Lake Cruises provide you with the best experience that you can have on the lake. Cruise along the sparkling water and take in the sights as your captain points out the beautiful scenery! Sit back, relax, and sip on a beverage as Captain Jack takes you on an awesome cruise around the lake.
 
Of course, you can't come to the area without visiting Hot Springs National Park. The park attracts thousands of visitors each and every year and it's no mystery as to why; this area beyond beautiful and provides plenty of possibilities for hiking, biking, and exploring. Garvan Woodland Gardens is another must-see. This botanical garden is situated on the shores of Lake Hamilton and provides you with some amazing photo opportunities. You can simply relax and smell the flowers or hike around the lake. Many people also visit the famous waterfall in Lake Catherine State Park. Also on Lake Hamilton, you can take part in fishing; this is truly the best fishing spot in the area according to visitors.
 
Experience the History
Hot Springs is known for its bathhouses. Bathhouse Row has eight bathhouses from both the 19th and 20th centuries. Throughout history, people have flocked to these hot mineral springs for the natural healing water. Today, you can visit these historic attractions and tour them! Take a stroll down the row and read the signs. Other historic landmarks include the beautiful Arlington Hotel Resort & Spa, the Gangster Museum of America, and the Mid-America Science Museum. This area is so rich in Native American and Civil War history; you could spend an entire day just learning about it all! There are also many other historic buildings and restaurants that you can explore.

Indoor Entertainment
If you want a more laid-back day without the physical activity or if the weather is unfavorable, check out the awesome indoor activities that are in Hot Springs!
 
The Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic is a high-energy show that combines magic, music, and plenty of fun for the entire family. You will see amazing illusions that will blow your mind. The show stars the talented Maxwell Blade who has been professionally performing magic since 1991. With decades of experience under his belt, he will delight with his amazing talents during this exciting production. People of all ages will have a blast!
 
For a dinner and show, head to the Hot Springs Dinner Shows live at The Bathhouse Dinner Theatre! You can enjoy a mouth-watering meal and watch a captivating theatre show. The shows change regularly; you can see anything from comedies or murder mysteries to musicals. The theatre is located downtown so it's close to all of the action.

Shopping
When you make Hot Springs your next travel destination, you will notice how many shopping opportunities there are. There are many hand-crafted gifts that you can purchase from places like The Bath Factory, Spa City Tropical Winery & Gifts, and the Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium. Check out antiques and historic items at the Historic District Antiques. There are plenty of fun boutiques in the area as well! 

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