LOCAL POINT OF INTEREST
THE ARTS (VISUAL AND PERFORMING)
Hot Springs is listed as the #4 Small Art Town in America, take a stroll down the length of Historic Bathhouse Row and treat yourself to an extraordinary collection of art housed in our many outstanding galleries. Prices, media styles and genres are as varied and numerous as the galleries themselves.
Dryden Pottery Factory
341 Whittington Avenue
Visit Dryden Pottery Factory. Beautiful, collectible artware from mid-America clays and Arkansas quartz. Available at the Basket House, Hot Springs Mountain Tower, and the American Art Gallery. Watch us in action making pottery.
Fox Pass Pottery
379 Fox Pass
Jim and Barbara Larkin built Fox Pass Pottery in 1973. Jim’s work is made on the potter’s wheel and Barbara’s is hand built. Jim and Barbara often work together on thrown and carved pieces. They mix their clay from several different clays and minerals to make attractive and durable stoneware. They also mix their own glazes, which are formulated for specific colors and surface qualities. A 2-chambered wood fired salt kiln is a new addition to Fox Pass. It is heated to approximately 2350 degrees F. with wood as the fuel. At the peak temperature salt is then injected into the kiln. The atmosphere created by the combination of flame, wood ash and sodium from the salt act on the clays and glazes to create beautiful and distinctive surface effects. Often the exteriors of pottery fired in this kiln have no glazes applied to them, relying only on the glazing effects of the ash and salt.
The Pocket Community Theatre
170 Ravine St.
The Pocket Community Theatre is a non-profit, live community theatre in Hot Springs. Join us for fabulous live stage productions. We perform five regular season shows and a children’s workshop in the summer. Reservations can be made online or by calling our box office.
The Five Star Dinner Theatre
701 Central Avenue
Hands down, The Five Star Dinner Theatre is both Arkansas’ and Hot Springs finest performance theatre. This comfortable and welcoming venue is one of Arkansas’ only year round Dinner Theatres.
FAMILY FUN & MOVIES
Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum
250 Central Avenue
Experience the timeless fascination of a journey into the past through the Seven Magic Worlds of Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum. Don’t miss President Barack Obama and Princess Diana portrayed in wax. Open seven days a week.
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Theme & Water Park
1701 East Grand
The best family value in Arkansas! Enjoy our “2 parks in 1” giving you the best of both worlds—a giant water playground and Arkansas’ only theme park for one low price. Summer Concert series at Timberwood Amphitheatre is included in ticket price. Check MagicSprings.com for concert schedule and attractions. Catch a wave on the surf ride Boogie Blast! Over 80 attractions. Group rates for catered and non-catered outings available. Discount tickets can be purchased at our Hotel Front Desk.
Maxwell Blade’s Theatre of Magic
121 Central Avenue
Join Master Illusionist Max Blade now in his 21st year in the newly renovated historic Malcolm Theatre. Your family will be amazed with large scale illusion, close-up magic and comedy unlike any shown in the world today. Also, enjoy the curiosity museum.
Mid-America Science Museum
500 Mid-America Blvd.
Home to Caged Lightning—the world’s most powerful conical Tesla Coil—and more than 100 exciting hands-on experiences in life, matter, energy and perception. Wander a nature trail; explore a gigantic indoor cave; take a thrill ride on the Virtual Reality Simulator; dig into the distant past for dinosaurs.
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
4612 Central Avenue, Hwy. 7 South
Hot Springs’ premier miniature golf course! Putt your way through mountain caves, over footbridges and beneath cascading waterfalls on our TWO 18-hole Adventure Golf courses. Swashbuckling fun for the whole family!
374 Whittington Avenue
Trains travel across this indoor mechanical display. See scenes of small-town America, the Wild West and other historic wonders. Watch hundreds of moving parts cleverly activate each scene. All ages enjoy this attraction. Open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March through October. 501-624-4742
T-Rex Jurassic Indoor Golf
1115 Central Avenue
Enjoy the beauty and excitement that T-Rex’s Jurassic Golf has to offer. This is a miniature golf “experience” that will astonish you as you embark on your journey. Pterodactyls, raptors, kongs and T-Rex are just some of the exciting creatures you meet on your way.
Behind the Mall Cinema
4501 Central Avenue
AMC Classic Central City
10, 909 Higdon Ferry Rd.
HISTORIC HOT SPRINGS
509 Central Avenue
Located on Historic Bath House Row in beautiful downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas, the Buckstaff is the only remaining operational bath house within the boundaries of the Hot Springs National Park and has been in continuous service since 1912. Still today the visitor to our city can experience the natural unadulterated thermal mineral waters that have been known for centuries for their therapeutic value. To bathe at the Buckstaff you need only present yourself during the admission times (no reservations or appointments accepted). All supplies and linens are provided to cover yourself Roman style between your bathing stations (bathing suits optional).
The Gangster Museum
113 Central Avenue
A unique look at the lives and times of the country’s most notorious mobsters who flocked to Hot Springs in the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s. Learn about Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Owen Vincent Madden. Enter the world of casino gambling at an exhibit featuring actual equipment from former clubs on Central Avenue. An elaborate audio-visual experience.
Mountain Valley Spring Company, 150 Central Avenue
Tour the beautifully restored international headquarters, visitor center and museum of Mountain Valley Spring Water, America’s premium spring water since 1871. Sample our delicious spring water and view historical, informative exhibits. Purchase our famous spring water and other Mountain Valley branded items in our gift shop.
Quapaw Baths & Spa
413 Central Avenue
Experience Hot Springs’ thermal mineral water in a unique way in our thermal water soaking pools or our modern private bathing area. Expertly trained and experienced therapists provide massages, facials and body treatments. The retail shop features gift cards, souvenirs and organic body care products. Also visit the Quapaw Café. Open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesday).
Diamondhead Golf Club
245 Independence Dr.
The principal amenity within the Diamondhead Community, the scenic 18 hole, par- 72, PGA rated championship golf course is surrounded by a beautiful, relaxing landscape. The course was created for golfers with discriminating taste who are seeking an enjoyable golfing experience at an affordable price.
Designed with all handicappers in mind, this unique course has four sets of tees that provide a challenge to the best golfers while still offering the average player or beginner the opportunity to play an enjoyable round of golf. Designed by Norman Henderson, the course has common Bermuda grass fairways and tees and hybrid Bermuda greens. General descriptions of the course always include “excellent conditioning and challenging.” While only 6,559 from the tips, the yardage is deceiving. The course often rewards strategic shot-making instead of strength. Diamondhead offers a fully-stocked Golf Shop, rental carts, driving range and practice green. Advanced tee-times are available. Diamondhead also welcomes small groups and corporate outings.
Glenwood Country Club Inc.
584 Highway 70 E
Glenwood Country Club is an extremely spectacular 18-hole golf course that features two lakes, beautiful landscaping, rolling hills, Bermuda fairways, and new bent grass greens! Glenwood Country Club, located just 30 miles outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas, strives to please customers with our friendly atmosphere and amenities that we offer to those who join us in a round of golf! Along with the golf course, we also have a very nice driving range, putting green, designated chipping area, fully stocked proshop, lodge, and restaurant with grill and beverages. Glenwood Country Club is rated among the top ten public courses in Arkansas and has been as high as number two in the state. The golf course has also received four and half out of five stars by golf digest, and we are pleased to be part of the Natural State Golf Trail.
Hot Springs Country Club
101 Country Club Dr.
The Hot Springs Country Club was established in 1898 as a semi-private club offering membership privileges to the local residents, as well as providing golfing opportunities for the out-of-town visitors. The Club’s Arlington course is a challenging 18-hole championship course that rambles over 6,690 yards of the Ouachita foothills. Built in 1927 by William Diddle and renovated by two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw in 1994, the course features a series of undulating Bent grass greens and steep, narrow Bermuda fairways.
Hot Springs Village Courses
Hot Springs Village
Hot Springs Village property owners’ love for golf is fairly obvious, and the demand for quality golf keeps all the courses active with an average of 60,000 rounds per year per course. Maintaining high standards has paid off for the Village courses. Every golf course in the Village is meticulously manicured and constantly maintained so that the quality of golf is kept to the highest standards, and keeps many of the courses on the “Tops” list in Arkansas, the mid-South and the nation.
Balboa Golf Course & Country Club; 6725 Yards; Par 72
Coronado Golf Course; 3895 Yards; Par 62
Cortez Golf Course; 6610 Yards; Par 72
DeSoto Golf Course & Country Club; 6733 Yards; Par 72
Granada Golf Course; 7115 Yards; Par 72
Isabella Golf Course; 7061 Yards; Par 72
Magellan Golf Course; 6494 Yards; Par 72
Ponce De Leon Golf Course; 6946 Yards; Par 72
1-800-478-8846 (outside AR)
501-922-5540 (in State)
Garvan Woodland Gardens
550 Arkridge Rd.
A department of the University of Arkansas, this 210-acre botanical garden is situated on the shores of Lake Hamilton. Hundreds of thousands of plantings. One of the top 10 best Japanese gardens in North America, architecturally significant structures and a children’s adventure garden. Open daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and the month of January. Special holiday hours and lighting display.
National Park Aquarium
209 Central Avenue
Arkansas’ largest exhibit of fish and reptiles. See how the other two-thirds of the world live. Native Arkansas fishes, tropical and saltwater species displayed in their natural habitats. Also amphibians and reptiles. Unique gift shop for the outdoors and nature enthusiast. Great field trips for schools and other groups. Open year-round.
National Park Duck Tours/Ducks in the Park
250 Central Avenue & 418 Central Avenue
Spend an hour and 15 minutes with us on a land and water tour that will take you through downtown Hot Springs and out Hwy. 7 South to Lake Hamilton for a ride on the lake and back to downtown. Our driver and tour guide will make your ride fun and informative. Group rates available.
Oaklawn Racing & Gaming
2705 Central Ave.
Arkansas’ favorite place to play. Enjoy a full house of fun and excitement with blackjack, poker, video poker, penny games, Double Diamonds and more—every day and every night, all year long. Catch America’s top thoroughbred racing from January to April!
Superlift Off-Road Vehicle Park
2100 Millcreek Road
Superlift Off-Road Vehicle Park is a family-friendly trail system that offers scenic and challenging trails for all off-roaders. Riders bring their 4-wheel drives, ATVs, dirt bikes and side-by-sides year-round to enjoy Superlift’s 1,254-acre facility. Camping and trail riding available. Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m to dusk.
The Winery of Hot Springs
1503 Central Avenue
Take a free tour and presentation, followed by an opportunity to taste a variety of Arkansas wines. Arkansas Historic Wine Museum. Peak Season: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Off Season: Sunday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hot Springs Mountain Tower
401 Hot Springs Mtn. Drive
Elevate yourself 1,256 feet above sea level, overlooking 140 miles of beautiful Arkansas countryside. Including Hot Springs National Park and the Ouachita Mountains. Open year-round. Located atop Hot Springs Mountain.
Benton: Time/Distance from Hot Springs: 39 min / 31.09 miles
One of the most colorful characters in American history — Thomas Hart Benton — is responsible for the thriving central Arkansas community’s name and is located halfway between Little Rock and Hot Springs along I-30. The discovery of bauxite ore is the reason this area of Saline County was settled. This is the only place in the United States where it has been feasible to commercially mine the aluminum. The industry took hold in this area in 1899 with top output coming during World War II, when demand increased because German subs were sinking foreign ore ships. The mining thrived for many, many years before the high grade, low silica bauxite ore gave out.
Fort Smith: Time/Distance from Hot Springs: 2 hours 42 min / 130.44 miles
Fort Smith is a city of convergence. Its first fort was built at Belle Point, where the Arkansas and Poteau rivers unite. Federal marshals rode out of the United States and into Indian Territory at this juncture. Outlaws collided with Hanging Judge Parker. During the Civil War, the North met the South here with devastating results. Soldiers’ lives intersected with settlers during frontier days and still do today with the Fort Chaffee military base. The Butterfield Overland Mail Company maintained a division center at Fort Smith, a junction point for its southbound coaches from Tipton, Missouri, and its west bound coaches from Memphis, Tennessee. It has many sites commemorating and preserving Trail of Tears, Civil War and Butterfield Overland Mail Company route history that are now part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.
Hot Springs Village:Time/Distance from Hot Springs: 41 min / 17.59 miles
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, is nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, on 26,000 acres, and offers property owners from all over the world an active, fun-filled recreational lifestyle that is unparalleled. The Village also offers people from all walks of life peace of mind living in a gated community. The Village is the largest gated community in America with access available only through security gates. The front gate located off Highway 7 is staffed 24-hours a day and the Highway 5 East Gate is staffed from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Access through gates not staffed is by computerized identification cards that allow property owners access to the Village.
Little Rock: Time/Distance from Hot Springs: 1 hour 2 min / 55.24 miles
A dynamic state capital, Little Rock, Arkansas offers exciting nightlife, a vibrant downtown convention and entertainment district, a wealth of unique sightseeing, day trip and tour opportunities, excellent restaurants, shopping and lodging choices, museums, and one-of-a-kind attractions like the new William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park. Famous as President Clinton’s first capital city, the cradle of the civil rights movement, and the center of the beautiful Natural State – no city more represents a bridge from the treasured past to the exciting 21st century than Little Rock.
Murfreesboro: Time/Distance from Hot Springs: 1 hour 29 min / 56.23 miles
This Pike County town is in the southwest corner of the state. The area is known for its tremendous geological diversity and is home to Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only diamond site in the nation open to the public. For a small fee, visitors can dig for diamonds and other gemstones at the park and keep what they find. The first known inhabitants of the area were Native Americans including the Quapaw and Caddo tribes. The first white men seen by the Indians were European explorers—members of Hernando de Soto’s party in the mid 1500s. Markers and a statue commemorate a violent clash the de Soto expedition had with the Tula Indians in Caddo Gap, about twenty-five miles north of town.
Russellville/Dardanelle: Time/Distance from Hot Springs: 1 hour 58 min / 72.63 miles
Russellville, overlooking 34,000-acre Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River, is a key city along Scenic Highway 7. Established in the 1840s, the town became the Pope County seat of justice in 1872. Interstate 40 skirts Russellville to the north. Lake Dardanelle is renowned for its bass fishing and a state park has two locations providing everything needed for an enjoyable outing. Also, the Arkansas River Visitors Center offers interpretive exhibits about the river’s navigation system Arkansas Tech University provides cultural and sporting events throughout the year. The City of Dardanelle is framed by the Arkansas River and the peaks of the Ouachita Mountain range, making fishing, birding, water sports, camping, bicycling and hunting prime activities of the region. Three main attractions for outdoor lovers are a mountaintop park, lake side park and wildlife refuge. Mount Nebo, one of Arkansas’s first state parks, offers cabins, camping and hiking trails with sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. Native stone and logs were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park’s bridges, trails, cabins and pavilions. The park offers 35 campsites, 14 fully-equipped mountaintop cabins with kitchens, miles of trails, hang gliding launch sites, and opportunities to enjoy beautiful sunsets and star gazing.
Texarkana: Time/Distance from Hot Springs: 2 hours / 110.46 miles
Texarkana is in Miller County and is named after three states: Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The two separate municipalities, Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas, sometimes function as one city. The State Line Post Office and Federal Building at 500 State Line Avenue is the only U.S. post office situated in two states. It is said to be the most photographed courthouse in the country after the Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C. Several regional Caddo groups farmed the area thousands of years before the city was created. Cahohadacho village, the last of their settlements, was abandoned in the mid 1700s. Some say the Indian hunting trails that connected the villages were the basis for what came to be known as the Southwest Trail.
PARKS & RECREATION
Cedar Glades Park
Cedar Glades Road
What is your idea of heaven? With 432 acres of beautiful cedar forests, panoramic views of streams from our observation deck, miles and miles of nature trail and camping area, as well as activities for everyone in the family, we can surely help you get there! Cedar Glades Park is home to 15 miles of premium mountain bike and hiking trails recently voted best trails in the state by the Arkansas Mountain Bike Racing Series. There is also, a World Class Disc Golf Course, Arkansas’ Premier R/C Flying Field, with twists, turns, jumps, and an ADA accessible covered control deck. There is something for everyone with two meeting pavilions with ADA accessible tables, playground, group campgrounds, restroom facilities, drinking fountain, scenic overlooks, observation decks, and more.
Hot Springs National Park
369 Central Avenue
Water. That’s what attracts people to Hot Springs. People have used these hot springs for more than two hundred years to treat illnesses and to relax. Both rich and poor came for the baths, and a town built up around the Hot Springs Reservation to accommodate them. Together nicknamed “The American Spa,” Hot Springs National Park today surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Lake Catherine - Hot Springs Visitor Center
369 Central Avenue
Lake Catherine was created in a virtual wilderness between Hot Springs and Malvern when the Arkansas Power and Light Co. (now Energy Corp.) completed Remmel Dam in 1924 to generate electricity. It was the state’s first major hydroelectric facility. Though 11 miles long, the lake covers a mere 1,940 acres, nestled in narrow valleys of the Ouachita Mountains. Lake Catherine State Park offers 17 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens, 70 campsites, a marina selling bait and fuel in summer and renting boats throughout the year, a launch ramp, a swimming area, picnic sites, playgrounds and hiking trails. Guided horseback trail rides are available in summer. Interpretive programs include guided hikes and boat tours.
Lake Hamilton - Hot Springs Visitor Center
369 Central Avenue
Lake Hamilton was created in 1932 when the Arkansas Power and Light Co. completed Carpenter Dam on the Ouachita River to generate electricity. Today, the 7,460-acre impoundment is one of Arkansas’s most popular recreational and residential lakes. Much of it is ringed with condominiums, resorts, motels, restaurants and private homes. State Scenic 7 Byway crosses the lake. Water-skiing, pleasure boating and fishing are popular Hot Springs attractions on Lake Hamilton and rentals of watercraft and sport accessories are readily available. The Belle of Hot Springs is a 400-passenger riverboat that offers sightseeing, lunch, dinner and dance cruises on the lake. Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre, Lakeshore Botanical Garden accessible by both land and boat. Fishing: Arkansas’s striped bass record fell twice in March 1997. First, a 53 lb., 9 oz. striper was caught. Four days later, a striper weighing 53 pounds, 13 ounces was caught. Both record fish came from Lake Hamilton.
Lake Ouachita - Hot Springs Visitor Center
369 Central Avenue
Lake Ouachita, the largest lake (40,100 acres) located entirely within Arkansas, is renowned for its scenic beauty and clear waters. Created when Blakely Mountain Dam impounded the waters of the Ouachita River near Hot Springs, the lake is virtually surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and has one of Arkansas’s most pristine shorelines at some 970 miles. The 40-mile-long lake is a favorite of sailors for its vast stretches of open water. Scuba divers enjoy the clear waters. Recreational boating, water skiing and other water sports are also very popular on Lake Ouachita, which boasts more than 100 uninhabited islands for primitive camping. Available rentals include houseboats, sailing crafts, fishing rigs and more. Contributing to make the lake one of Arkansas’s finest outdoor destinations are Lake Ouachita State Park (with cabins), commercial marinas and resorts, and more than 400 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ campsites. Fishing: For anglers, Lake Ouachita is well-known for its prolific fishing opportunities, especially for striped bass and largemouth bass fishing. It consistently ranks in the top 10 nationally for largemouth bass fishing. Mark Davis, 1995 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, spends a great deal of time on the lake. Fishing guides are available. Ouachita’s acres are at normal pool level, with a crooked, rugged shoreline and an abundance of islands, especially in the lower (east) end of the lake. There are also many shallow areas that provide excellent feeding and holding places for bass, with deep-water escape just a few fin strokes away. Bass fishermen do well around these islands and shallow areas using surface lures, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms.
National Forests - Hot Springs Visitor Center
369 Central Avenue
More than 2.9 million acres are included within the three national forests in Arkansas: the Ozark, the St. Francis and the Ouachita forests. The U.S. Forest Service has developed campgrounds at scenic points in these woodlands. Most of these campgrounds are located in ruggedly beautiful mountainous terrain, and are designed to blend into the landscape to preserve the forest atmosphere. Other recreational opportunities in these forests include hiking trails, horseback or ATV trails, scenic drives, picnic areas, shooting ranges, and opportunities to watch wildlife, fish, hunt or canoe.
THIS IS A SMALL SELECTION OF WHAT HOT SPRINGS HAS TO OFFER, IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC INTERESTS AND DO NOT SEE A SELECTION HERE TO MATCH, ASK OUR BELLSTAFF OR FRONT DESK TO SEE IF THERE IS SOMETHING TO YOUR TASTE.