Hot Springs, AR Attractions
Hot Springs is the most visited area of Arkansas, and rightfully so. With an abundance of history, culture and beauty, it's no wonder this is the favorite vacation spot of so many American's and international travelers. Whether it's something as unusual as seeing a rabbit that plays the piano or taking a day to pamper yourself at a world-famous spa, this place has it all. You will have plenty of lodging options to choose from to make your stay amazing.
- Hot Springs National Park. Hot Springs National Park is the oldest National Park in the National Park System. The Reservation was established in 1832 to protect the hot springs that flowed from Hot Springs Mountain. The water from these springs is used as a natural therapeutic remedy to treat physical ailments. The Park is home to eight historic bath houses. The former Fordyce Bathhouse is now the park's visitor's center. The area not only offers bath and spa services, but the park also offers visitors an array of picnic, boating, hiking and scenic driving opportunities.
- Clower's World-Famous Zoo With I.Q. Looking for something fun and unique? Everyone loves to laugh, and this place has plenty to laugh about. How about seeing a chicken that can count or a rabbit that plays the piano? Ever see a duck play the guitar? These and more can be found at Clower's World-Famous Zoo With I.Q.
- Arkansas Walk of Fame. Arkansas isn't only home to beautiful scenery and exciting attractions, it's also the home-town of many famous individuals. The Arkansas Walk of Fame honors the individuals who have made great contributions to society in their lifetimes. Recent inductees include President Bill Clinton, Dr. James Dobson and General Douglas MacArthur.
- Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo. If you're looking for adventure, this is the place to be. At the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, you will find over 300 alligators, some up to ten feet long! You'll also see deer, pygmy goats, llamas and other animals. The museum is home to a variety of monkeys, mountain lions and 100-lb turtles. While there, you have to see the 'Mer-Man' that was featured on Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not. This is one stop that you cannot leave off your list. The farm is open year round, so anytime is a good time to visit.
Magic Springs Theme Park and Crystal Falls. This theme park is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Here you will find the thrills of a theme park added to the fun of a water park. Enjoy thrill rides like the Arkansas Twister or Dr. Dean's Rocket Machine. Then head on over to the water park (included in admission) to ride the slides and wave pools.
For Outdoor Lovers...
- Fiddlers Ridge Rock Shop and Crystal Mine. The area isn't only known for spas and relaxation; it is also rich in crystal mining opportunities. Get your mining permit at the rock shop and take a 20-minute ride to the mines where you will dig for your very own crystals.
Castleberry Riding Stables, Inc. Enjoy the outdoors the best way possible, on horseback. This family-owned operation has been in business for over 42 years and offers guided trail riding for people of all ages and skill levels. Located just eight miles from the Hot Springs National Park, this attraction is easy to get to and is open year-round, weather permitting.
For the Spa Enthusiast...
- Buckstaff Bathhouse Company. This bathhouse has been in operation since 1912 and is the only thermal bathhouse facility that has continuously remained operational on Historic Bath House Row. Here you can treat yourself to mineral baths, hot packs, sitz baths, steam cabinets or Swedish massages, all the activities that the area is famous for .
- Turtle Cove Spa. If you came to Hot Springs to get rid of stress and tension, Turtle Cove Spa is the place to see. Located on Lake Ouachita, this spa was built to bring balance back to your life. The spa serves as Arkansas' only full-service lake resort spa. Here you can enjoy massage therapy, spa facials, body treatments, spa pedicures and manicures as well as other numerous luxury services.
For Horse Lovers...
- Hot Springs Carriage Company. If you want to see the historic downtown area in class with a touch of romance, this company has exactly what you need. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown historic Hot Springs for a night that you are sure to remember.
- Oaklawn Park. Oaklawn Park is located in Hot Springs and is home to the Racing Festival of the South and is also home to 'the best corned beef sandwich in the universe.' To experience horse racing in all of its glory, Oaklawn Park is the place to go.