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Local Attractions

Recreational pursuits are the number one activity in Hot Springs Village. Hot Springs Village is simply a large playground for all ages. Our recreational centers, tennis, outdoor areas, and swimming pools appeal to the playful side of almost everybody. If your backhand needs perfecting, try our clay tennis courts. We have on staff teaching professional to help improve you game. Keeping in shape is a top priority in Hot Springs Village. The Natatorium and Fitness Center features an indoor 25-meter pool and a weight and exercise room with the latest exercise equipment. We also have a whirlpool, saunas and customized individual programs that are developed by the fitness center’s staff. For the young or the young at heart, the DeSoto Games Area has a program for all ages. Miniature golf, basketball, tennis courts, and a playground are real hits for year round fun. A large part of summer fun always surrounds the outdoor pools. We have three pools in the DeSoto complex for all ages. We offer such a variety of recreational activities and opportunities for socializing that you can’t possibly run out of things to do here.

Hot Springs Area Attractions

5200 Central Avenue
Details: This 400-passenger riverboat sails daily for sightseeing, lunch and dinner/dance cruises. Chef Wilson features award-winning prime rib and other entrees, which are served with a garden fresh salad bar. Also, enjoy lakeside dining at Gilligan’s Cafe and Sandbar where the view and food can’t be beat. Group tours and charters are welcome. Contact for further information.

550 Arkridge Rd.
800-366-4664 or 501-262-9300
Details: Garvan Woodland Gardens, Arkansas’ premier botanical garden, is located on 210-acre peninsula on Lake Hamilton. Open 7 days a week. April 1 – October 31 from 9am to 6pm and November 1 – 21 and January 2 – March 31 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (55 and older), and $3 for children 6-12 and ages 5 and under are free. The Garden features a Welcome Center, Outer Space Gift Shop, a four-acre Asian rock and stream garden (The Garden of the Pine Wind), the Full Moon Bridge, Verna C. Garvan Pavillion designed by E. Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings, 20-foot tall Canopy Bridge, waterfalls, springs, cascading streams, Japanese Maple Hill, Border of Old Roses, ADA accessible paved trails and hundreds of thousands of plantings.

From November 22 – 28 and the month of December, the Garden’s hours will be 12pm – 9pm to allow visitors to view the elaborate holiday lights display. The Garden will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

501 Spring St.
Hours: Open Seven Days per Week – 9am – 9 pm
Details: Hot Springs’ finest co-ed and family thermal bathing facility. Offering a variety of ways to relax using the famous thermal waters of Hot Springs National Park. You get all this on each visit to the spa: co-ed whirlpool bathing pools; large thermal water pools; water fall pool; steam & sauna rooms; bubble pools; relexology by appointment only; complete staff of massage therapists offering 30 minute or one hour massage. Children 12 and under are half price. Open 7 days a week – no reservations necessary for bathing pools. Reservations are recommended for massages. Group rates available.

Directions: Located in downtown Hot Springs. Take Arkansas Highway 7 North – which is Central Avenue, to downtown to Reserve Street (just before bathouse row). Turn right on Reserve, go 5 blocks. Hot Springs Health Spa is on the right. (Located in the Libbey Memorial Building)

401 Hot Springs Mountain Dr
501-623-6035, 800-SPA-CITY
Details: Elevate yourself 1,256 feet above sea level, overlooking 140 miles of beautiful Arkansas countryside, including Hot Springs National Park and the Ouachita Mountains. Located atop Hot Springs Mountain. Admission for adults (12 & over) is $6, for seniors $5, for children (5 to 11) $3 and children (4 & under) free.

1701 Highway 70 E.
Details: Twice the thrills! Twice the fun! A Theme Park and a Water Park for the price of one! Magic Springs, the only theme park located in a national park, is the best entertainment value in the region. Along with Crystal Falls Water Park, there are 25 new rides. Located in the scenic foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, a day at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls is sure to be a hit with the entire family.

500 Mid-America Blvd.
501-767-3461, 800-632-0583
Details: Enter the worlds of energy, life, matter and perception at Mid – America Science Museum. See-Touch-Do! Exciting exhibits like Caged Lightning-Tesla Coil (1.5 Million Volts), Van de Graaff Generator, Night Crawler, & Underground Arkansas. The “Caged Lightning-Tesla Coil” is the largest conical Tesla Coil on Earth! This permanent exhibit is an icon of an exhibit for MASM, & has generated considerable interest nationwide.
Hours: Memorial Day – Labor Day, open daily 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Other months, Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Open Mondays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the month of March.

2705 Central Avenue
800-OAKLAWN, 501-623-4411
Details: The Thoroughbreds of Oaklawn Park offer some of the most heart-stopping excitement you’ll find in The Natural State. From February 8- April 15, see the nation’s top names battle it out at one of the nation’s finest tracks. And it’s all located in the middle of historic and beautiful Hot Springs National Park. We also offer a complete simulcast season of coast-to-coast tracks, so you’ll find plenty to do no matter what time of year you’re here. The simulcast season will run mid-April through mid-January; Wednesday through Sunday.

2138 Higdon Ferry Rd
501-525-PLAY (7529)
Details: The Pocket Theatre is the only year round live performing theatre in Hot Springs. Visit the Arts Calendar to view a listing of performance dates.

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