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Highlights in Hot Springs
- Oaklawn Park Race Track
- Ouachita Mountains
- Finding out about the Prohibition years
- Mid-America Science Museum
- History of Bathhouse Row
- Hot Springs Music Festival
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Vacation Rentals in Hot Springs
If you want to make the most of Hot Spring's attractions, then pick a vacation rental in the heart of the town. You will find pretty wood-clad houses, stately brick-built buildings with historic features or homes showcasing stunning contemporary architecture. Whatever its style, your vacation rental in Hot Springs will be a real home from home with all the modern amenities you need.National Park cabin rentals
Nestled in the hills and valleys of the Hot Springs National Park are comfortable cabins. Although often rustic on the outside these quaint homes are fully equipped inside. Just step outside for spectacular mountain scenery and a whole host of outdoor activities.
Holiday in Hot Springs
Hot Springs is in Garland County, central Arkansas. The town is best known as the home of the Oaklawn Park Race Track but it is also where Bill Clinton spent his childhood years. The city lies within the Hot Springs National Park and gets its name from the hot springs which rise out of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains. Native American tribes visited the springs for their medicinal qualities and by the early 19th-century, Hot Springs was a popular spa resort.A historic town with a colorful past
Major league baseball, speakeasies of the Prohibition era, illegal gambling, and famous gangsters have all contributed to the history and growth of Hot Springs leaving visitors a treasure-house of American history. Town attractions range from art galleries and top-quality restaurants to preserved bathhouses and the outdoor life of the surrounding countryside.Getting there
The Clinton - Little Rock National Airport is just under an hours drive from Hot Springs while several major interstate and national highways, such as Interstate 30, US Highway 270, and Arkansas 7 also bring visitors to the town.
With its spectacular mountain scenery and atmospheric hot springs, it is no surprise that outdoor enthusiasts love visiting the area. You will find tennis clubs and championship-level golf courses along with hiking, horseriding, and cycling in the Ouachita Mountains. Another major draw for sporting enthusiasts is, of course, the Oaklawn Park Race Track. Every spring this comes alive with the excitement of thoroughbred racing.A wedding destination
You do not have to wait to get a marriage license in Hot Springs, a bureaucratic quirk that makes the town a popular wedding destination. There are many delightful licensed wedding venues in the town while historic properties or country cabins are perfect for your romantic honeymoon.Taking the waters
For over 200 years, the therapeutic qualities of the thermal waters have been bringing visitors to Hot Springs. Although most of the bathhouses are now historic attractions rather than therapy centers, you will find many opportunities in town for indulging in some pampering spa treatments. Otherwise, simply enjoy discovering hot springs as you explore the national park.
With its gangster and Prohibition past, Hot Springs is no stranger to the shadier side of life and in 1874 the legendary outlaws Jesse and Frank James held up a stagecoach just outside the town.
Top 5 things to do in Hot Springs
The Mid-America Science Museum offers hands-on fun for the whole family and is home to the largest science exhibits in Arkansas. Go underground to a cave full of chambers, tunnels, and bridges or experience the exciting Virtual Reality Simulator.2. The Garvan Woodland Gardens
If you want something a little less energetic, then a stroll around the Garvan Woodland Gardens is perfect. Learn about the region's bird, animal, and plant life in a parkland set among streams and waterfalls.3. Step back to Prohibition days
Hot Springs flourished in the days of Prohibition under the patronage of wealthy gangster Al Capone and his New York cronies. Find out what life was like back in Capone's day at the Gangster Museum of America. Exhibits include old slot machines, fascinating photographs, and even an old Tommy gun.4. Meeting the alligators
Meet over 200 alligators at the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo. Children can enjoy stroking and learning about goats, llamas, and baby alligators while other residents include cougars, wild boar, and bobcats.5. Brewing up history
Bathhouse Row is a preserved street of eight historic buildings from the early 20th-century. They have all been restored as visitor attractions. One, the Quapaw Bathhouse is now a modern spa while another is home to the Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery which uses hot spring water in its brewing.
Every June, the Hot Springs Music Festival sees novice musicians come together with professionals to put on concerts of chamber and orchestral music. The concerts take place in beautiful historic settings in downtown Hot Springs.