Steaming thermal springs and looming mountains serve as the backdrop for Hot Springs, a city speckled with Art Deco hotels. The city is known as a destination for the arts and is remarked for its historic bathhouse buildings and opulent blend of cultures.
Things to do in Hot Springs
Visit Bathhouse Row, located in the Hot Springs National Park, for an exquisite taste of architecture and history. Stroll along the pathway between the eight historic buildings and admire the neoclassical style. Explore the Buckstaff Baths, check out the Hale Bathhouse and stop by the museum for a video and guided tour.
For a day out in nature, head to the Garvan Woodland Gardens to see one of the most spectacular gardens in America. Jog along the eight kilometres of trails, meditate in the peaceful Asian Garden and don’t miss the stunning Anthony Chapel wedding complex. The gardens feature cascading waterfalls, a Children’s Adventure Garden and an impressive lights display during the holidays.
Spend an afternoon at Lake Ouachita, the largest lake in Arkansas, located a short drive from the city. Go for a swim, rent a boat and take to the open water or go scuba diving. You can also fish for bream, catfish and largemouth bass along more than 1,500 kilometres of shoreline.
Tour the Gangster Museum of America to learn about the history of Hot Springs during the days of Prohibition. Check out the original slot machines, browse old photos and videos and put your hands on a real Tommy gun.
Getting around Hot Springs
Hot Springs is well connected by interstates and the easiest way to get around is by car. Memorial Field Airport is located 4.8 kilometres south-west of Hot Springs.