Hot SpringsUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Hot Springs

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Hotel Hot Springs
The Hotel Hot Springs
3 out of 5
305 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR
The price is $101 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,034 reviews)

"Wonderful hotel and staff! The view was spectacular. It was close to everything. Very nice comfortable room and beds. Great amenities. The rooms could be cleaner along with new bedding and towels once they start to spot."…"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

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 $130 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"Perfect stay, good staff, clean. Too many kids running around free during a pandemic."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa
Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
2.5 out of 5
239 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR
The price is $95 per night

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 ...

3.7/5Good! (1,217 reviews)

"Very friendly staff. Excellent location. Yast imporvment from two years ago."…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa

Popular places to visit in Hot Springs

Hot Springs National Park
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Hot Springs National Park

4.5/5(550 reviews)

Escape into secluded woodland and breathe in the scent of mineral-enriched water that bubbles from the ground in America’s original spa district. 

Bathhouse Row
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Bathhouse Row

4.5/5(573 reviews)

Learn about the history of Bathhouse Row, one of the top monuments in Hot Springs. Amble within the natural setting or visit the spas in this family-friendly area.

Garvan Woodland Gardens
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Garvan Woodland Gardens

4.5/5(271 reviews)

Enjoy the hot springs and explore Garvan Woodland Gardens, a lovely green space in Hot Springs. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Top things to do in Hot Springs

10 Zip Line Zip Tour (1.5 hours)
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10 Zip Line Zip Tour (1.5 hours)

$67
Per adult

Reviews of Hot Springs

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 31, 2020

nice hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Rebecca

May 29, 2020

Great little town and plenty of hiking and biking! We will be back :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 30, 2020

We love Hot Springs. We travel there at least 3 times a year. There’s lots of lakes and plenty to do.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Apr 5, 2020

Small town past its prime.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Love this town!! Lots to do all seasons.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Very familiar with Hot Springs, originally from this area

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