From Lake Ouachita to Theater of Magic, the Hot Springs area offers 41 different types of family activities, including: Specialty Museums, National & State Parks, Amusement Parks (All Ages) and Sports Facilities/Fields.
Hot Springs, AR
Located deep within the Ouachita Mountains amongst natural hot springs is the city of Hot Springs. Tourists visit from all around to enjoy the springs and national park, home to historic bath houses and beautiful gardens, for their relaxation and medicinal properties. The city also draws artistic tourists who enjoy the many cultural festivals including the Vapors Independent Music Festival and Hot Springs Film Festival.
Lake Catherine State Park contains 1,940 acre Lake Catherine in the Ouachita Mountains. Visitors can camp, stay in one of 20 cabins, visit the marina, fish, take a guided hike or a guided horseback trail ride.
There are many ways to enjoy Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Visitors can enjoy classic style bath houses, or more modern spa facilities to enjoy the purifying waters. The area also features shops, cafes and hiking trails suitable for the whole family.
With special designated places for children to explore, the Garvan Woodland Gardens may worth the time of the entire family. It covers 210 acres and has more than 5 miles of trails, uniting bridges, waterfalls, a chapel, and several other facilities. It can host weddings and other special events.
The Fordyce Bathhouse originally opened in 1915, and closed in 1962. Today, visitors can watch a 9-minute video about the bath routine, view the Music Room with a Knabe grand piano, and the Gymnasium, a forerunner of the modern fitness club among other exhibits.
Covering more than 1.8 million acres, the Ouachita National Forest provides opportunities to camp, hike, bike, trail ride, boat, hunt, fish, and go on scenic drives. The government created the national forest to control wood production, improve the watershed, and protect threatened wildlife and fish species.
At the Gangster Museum of America there are several galleries dedicated to the most infamous men to live in US: the Capone gallery and the New York Connection gallery are just two of them. It also has a gift shop from which memorabilia can be bought.
Lake Hamilton is home to the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat. On the 250 passenger boat, guests can listen to the captain explain the history of the area, see the Ouachita Mountains, eat from a salad and sandwich menu at lunch or steak and seafood menu in the evening.