David Yerby
Day or night, Bathhouse Row is teeming with activity. The corner of Central Avenue and Reserve Street is a great starting point, as it's situated next to the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center.

Experience the opulence of an era when bathhouses were the playgrounds for the rich and famous at the Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center, housed in the historic Fordyce Bathhouse on Central Avenue. 

Many of the buildings downtown were constructed during a time when Hot Springs rivaled Las Vegas and Atlantic City as a gambling mecca in the South. Now the buildings house shops, art galleries, restaurants, music venues, theaters and museums. 

The Quapaw Baths & Spa and Buckstaff Bathhouse are the only operational bathhouses within the park, but many downtown hotels also offer soothing baths and massages.

David Yerby
The Bathhouse Soapery boasts small batch, hand-blended bath and body products at its flagship store in downtown Hot Springs.

Wander behind the bathhouses and you will discover the springs themselves, still bubbling to the surface as they have for thousands of years. Just above the springs is the Grand Promenade. Stroll the half-mile brick path for a spectacular view of downtown as well as a quiet escape into nature. Several mountain trails begin along the wide Promenade.

You can ride (or hike) to the top of Hot Springs Mountain, where Hot Springs Mountain Tower stands above the National Park and offers a 140-mile view in all directions on a clear day. Want a closer look at the National Park? Several hiking trails await you across from Hot Springs Mountain on West Mountain. You can also drive to the top to catch more magnificent views of downtown.

David Yerby
Built in 1905, the Ohio Club is Arkansas' oldest bar. The bar has hosted many famous people, including Al Capone.

Nearby are the Hot Springs Convention Center and its companion Summit Arena, which house the largest meeting and convention facilities in Arkansas and serve as the linchpin of Hot Springs’ thriving convention business.

If you want a more comprehensive tour of the area, take a ride on one of the “ducks” parked along Central Avenue. These amphibious vehicles offer tours from downtown out to Lake Hamilton, where they actually enter the lake. The “duck” tours offer visitors a wider perspective of the city, stretching from historic downtown to the lake district, a playground for guests and locals alike.

Sierra Wheeler
Rolando's Restaurante is known for its lush outdoor patio with twinkling lights.

David Yerby
The Quapaw (foreground) and The Arlington Hotel (background) are Hot Springs landmarks.

A short drive out of downtown takes visitors to two places popular with children — the Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo on Whittington Avenue, which is open year-round, and Magic Springs Water & Theme Park, which is open seasonally.

David Yerby
Fox Pass Pottery has been a go-to for shoppers and art lovers since 1973.

WE RECOMMEND

PLACES TO EAT

  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Deluca’s Pizzeria
  • Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcake Shoppe
  • Fat Jacks Oyster & Sports Bar
  • The Inside Track Grill & Sports Lounge at The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa
  • The Lobby Cafe at the Arlington Hotel
  • Ohio Club
  • The Pancake Shop
  • The Quarters Cafe
  • Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante & Speakeasy
  • Superior Bathhouse Brewery
  • Venetian Dining Room at the Arlington Hotel

PLACES TO STAY

  • The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
  • The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa
  • The Springs Hotel & Spa
  • The Waters

PLACES TO PLAY

  • American Art Gallery
  • Anita Lynn Historic Tours
  • Artists Workshop Gallery
  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Fox Pass Pottery
  • Linda Palmer Studio/Gallery
  • Magic Springs Water and Theme Park
  • Superior Bathhouse Brewery
  • The Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic
  • Maxwell Blade’s Curiosity Museum

PLACES TO SHOP

  • Bathhouse Soapery
  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • Evilo Oils & Vinegars
  • Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcake Shoppe
  • Fox Pass Pottery
  • The Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic
  • The Savory Pantry
  • Surfas Culinary District

PLACES TO RELAX

  • Arlington Beauty & Facial Salon
  • Buckstaff Bathhouse
  • Quapaw Baths & Spa
  • Spa at The Hotel Hot Springs
  • Thermal Water Spa at the Arlington Hotel

PLACES FOR NIGHTLIFE

  • Craft Beer Cellar
  • The Inside Track Grill & Sports Lounge at The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa
  • The Lobby Bar at the Arlington Hotel
  • Ohio Club
  • Rolando’s Speakeasy
  • Superior Bathhouse Brewery