More Than Horses at Hot Springs' Oaklawn Racetrack


While visiting Hot Springs, AR, planning a day at Oaklawn Racetrack will definitely add excitement to your trip. Whether you come during a live meet to watch the thoroughbred racing or during the simulcast season, when the Dish Jockey Booth and the Player's Pavilion will always ensure a great time.


Oaklawn is the longest-family-owned sports franchise in America; the Cella family founded the track in 1905 and is currently run by co-founder Charles Cella's grandson, also named Charles. When Oaklawn started one hundred years ago it was on the outskirts of town -- today it finds itself right in the middle of town in the thick of the action.


When you want to take a break from the racing action, either live or simulcast, you will find other things that are fun at Oaklawn. On the first floor you will find everything horses at the Winning Colors gifts shop where such treasures as equine collectables, children's merchandise, and clothing will remind you of your visit. Instant Racing may have you winning big before the day is over, and Instant Poker could have you winning up to $10,000. There are always special promotions going on and many ways you can win here.


Oaklawn Racetrack Dining:
When you get hungry, The Carousel Terrace will enchant you with an amazing collection of carousel horses and music boxes and not to mention a fantastic view of the track. The Carousel buffet features hand-carved corned beef and roast beef, daily entrees specials, tempting vegetables, garden fresh salads and Chef's dessert of the day. They also offer a menu service and don't forget to try Oaklawn's famous bread pudding topped with whiskey sauce. You will also find the Post Parade located across from the gift shop. The Arkansas Sports Tavern, on the second floor, offering full bar and table service in a pub-like atmosphere. The Oyster Bar satisfies your craving for fine seafood and is next to the Post Parade Restaurant. The Pony Express serves it fast. You can get a hamburger, grilled Ruben, and chicken tenders when you are in a hurry to see that race. Hot dogs and polish sausage can be found at the Wiener Circle and at the Home Stretch Sweet Shoppe you can satisfy your sweet tooth.


Lodging Near Oaklawn Racetrack:
Staying in the area is not a problem. At the Velda Rose Resort Hotel and Spa you will be pampered and with it being so close to the Historic District, there will be plenty to do. The Quality Inn is a great place for families with in-room video games and outdoor playground and is located near the Historic District. The Clarion Resort on the Lake gives you excellent views of the lake and is only five miles from Oaklawn. Right across the street from the Racetrack is the Best Western Stagecoach Inn and with an on-site restaurant so you can get up and get going to the track as fast as the horses can run.


For a little more excitement on your vacation plan a visit to the Oaklawn Racetrack and get a dose of real energy as you watch these magnificent animals race to the finish line. You can't help but get caught up in the whole atmosphere and tradition that you will find watching this exhilarating sport. Make a vacation out of your trip!

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