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Hot Springs, AR
Travel Guide

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This Arkansas city has it all: a colorful past of gambling and gangsters, vintage stores, restored Victorian architecture, national parks and famous natural springs.

Hot Springs has been a popular destination for centuries. The city draws visitors from all over the world with its intriguing past, natural thermal springs and a revived arts scene.

Immerse yourself in the history of the city. Hot Springs in the 1800s was a hotbed for organized crime. Infamous gangsters like Al Capone, Bugs Moran, Frank Costello and Lucky Luciano came here to hide amid the corruption that was endemic to the city. Visit the Gangster Museum of America to learn about this side of Hot Springs’ history. At the museum, you’ll see vintage slot machines and old roulette tables while you learn about the city’s notorious gambling past.

The historic Victorian downtown has beautifully restored buildings housing independent boutiques, galleries and art studios. Ride on a riverboat to Historic Bathhouse Row, the eight bathhouses built between 1912 and 1923. Two of the structures, the Buckstaff and the Quapaw, are still in operation as bathhouses. The the Fordyce Bathhouse is now a visitor center where you can see rooms restored to what they would have looked like when the building was operating as a bathhouse in the early 1900s.

In the Fine Arts District, do a Gallery Walk or Antique/Boutique Walk and peek into the historical buildings that have been transformed into art studios. Sports fans can explore the Hot Springs Baseball Trail and walk in the footsteps of White Stockings players; the team is now the Chicago Cubs.

With plenty of parks and the Ouachita Mountains surrounding the city, Hot Springs has a wealth of outdoor activities. Bring a tent and camp at Catherine Lake, Hamilton Lake or Ouachita Lake. Walk through Garvan Woodland Gardens, hike through the Hot Springs National Park or boat around St. John's Island. After a long day of sightseeing, unwind in a relaxing spa with a massage.

The nearest airport to Hot Springs is in Little Rock, which is 55 miles (89 kilometers) northeast. With most attractions in walking distance and an effective public transportation system, Hot Springs is an easy city to get around or simply relax in.

Where to stay in Hot Springs

Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
2.5 out of 5
239 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR
The price is $105 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
Situated on the Strip, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hot Springs Wax Museum, Hot Springs National Park, and Bathhouse Row. Hot Springs Convention ...
3.6/5Good! (1,210 reviews)
"Need Remodeling"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
The Hotel Hot Springs
The Hotel Hot Springs
3 out of 5
305 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR
The price is $105 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in Hot Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hot Springs Convention Center, Hot Springs National Park, and Bathhouse Row. Oaklawn Racing ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,227 reviews)
"Web site advertisement listed restaurant, bar, and free breakfast were available. They were not. We had planned on using these facilities instead we had to leave the hotel diner."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

The Hotel Hot Springs
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
400 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, AR
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $118 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Located in the heart of Hot Springs, this spa hotel is steps from Bank of the Ozarks Arena and Hot Springs Convention Center. Hot Springs National Park and Bathhouse ...
4.2/5Excellent! (904 reviews)
"Even though they were clearly understaffed, every need was met. Those employees ran from one area to another just trying to answer phone calls. Very nice hotel. It was clean and spacious. We ordered room service and the food arrived hot and delicious. I would absolutely recommend."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Spacious, Open Floor Plan Condo Located Directly off Central Ave With Lake View
Spacious, Open Floor Plan Condo Located Directly off Central Ave With Lake View
Hot Springs, AR
The price is $190 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated on a lake, this condo building is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Hot Springs Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming and Central Bowling Lanes. ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Great place to stay
"Everything was very clean and up to date. Good view of the lake from the porch. Would definitely look into staying there if we’re ever in Hot Springs again."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Spacious, Open Floor Plan Condo Located Directly off Central Ave With Lake View
Lakefront Condominium
Lakefront Condominium
Hot Springs, AR
Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Garvan Woodland Gardens and within 9 mi (15 km) of National Park Medical Center and Family ...
3/5 (3 reviews)
Beautiful views.
"Very easy and smooth"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Lakefront Condominium
Totally Remodeled Townhouse IN Great Area
Totally Remodeled Townhouse IN Great Area
Hot Springs Village, AR
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from De Soto Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from De Soto Golf Course. Ron Coleman Mine and Ponce de Leon ...
5/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Weekend getaway for Anniversary
"We loved everything about this property. It is very nice, quiet and beautiful surroundings!"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Totally Remodeled Townhouse IN Great Area
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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