Hot Springs, AR
How to Have a Hoot in Hot Springs
Take a bath.
Opportunities for outdoor adventure await in Hot Springs National Park, set on the northwest side of town. There, visitors will find great hiking fishing and bird watching, beset on all sides by southern Arkansas' lush and diverse landscape.
Pack your swimsuit and take a dip into one of the parks natural budge baths – guides to the best spots are available at the visitor center at Fordyce Bathhouse.
Launch a boat.
To the southeast of Hot Springs, Lake Catherine State Park is another place for one-of-a-kind outdoor fun. Lake Catherine State Park features the CCC Fisherman's Barrack. Be sure to launch your boat at any of the boat ramps, or fish from the shores of Lake Catherine – there's a marina on site if you need to stock your tackle box.
Hot Springs National Park
Take a relaxing nature walk.
Located on the southern edge of town, the Garvan Woodland Gardens invite visitors to get in touch with nature, promising an array of botanical beauty, along with opportunities to get up close and personal with everything from flamingos and other birds to exotic fish and more.
Stop by the visitors center to get a Nature Bingo card and have fun marking off your various sightings.
Enjoy a day on the water.
Lake Ouachita is sparkles against its gorgeous, pristine surroundings, offering visitors chances to enjoy boating, fishing, and more. It's also located right along Scenic Highway 7 – meaning it's an ideal first stop on a scenic driving tour.
Have a magical experience.
Believers young and old will be bewildered by what they encounter at the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic. The small theaters entertains guests with big tricks and bigger laughs, along with music and even a bit of poignant philosophy. Check the schedule for showtimes during your visit.
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls
See awe-inspiring architecture.
Anthony Chapel is an example of striking architecture no matter your religious beliefs. The unbelievable wooden structure is open for self-guided tours and more, with plenty of perfect photo-ops along the way.
Try your luck.
Visitors on a hot streak might want to pay a visit to Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, where not only do a floor of slots and table games await gamblers, a full horse racing track also adds a visceral variety of excitement to the thrill of betting. Check the schedule during your visit to be a part of the action.