If You're a History Buff
First, check out our history piece to learn about the area's incredible past at places like Bathhouse Row, Historic Baseball Trail and the Gangster Museum of America. To experience the rich history for yourself, be sure to book an Anita Lynn Historic Tour. And one of downtown’s legendary hotels, like The Arlington or The Springs, is perfect if you prefer to stay close to the city’s historic district. Arkansas’ oldest and most historic bar, The Ohio Club, is ideal for a late-night drink set to live music. And Tillman’s offers world-class antiques and décor for shopping.
If You're in Need of Peace & Quiet
The Spa City is home to a plethora of B&Bs. The 1890 Williams House, Hamilton House Estate Bed & Breakfast Inn and Lookout Point Lakeside Inn are three in particular where you’ll be treated to the best in rest, relaxation, food and accommodations. Your stress will simply melt away. As for activities that add to the serenity, take a ride to the top of Hot Springs Mountain Tower and stroll the grounds of Garvan Woodland Gardens — there’s nothing more tranquil than breathtaking views of Spa City scenery. And for dinner, don’t miss the expressive cuisine and atmosphere at Park Avenue Bistro.
If You're Here with the Guys
Planning a guy’s weekend or bachelor party? Not only is boating on one of three lakes a great way to spend a day, but there’s also abundant golf in nearby Hot Springs Village, gambling at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming and hitting nightlife hot spots—from lounges like the Silver Fox and historic venues like The Ohio Club to bars like The Big Chill and Bleu Monkey and late-night clubs like Smyly’s and Bootscooter’s. Barbecue on the brain? Award-winning Stubby’s Bar-B-Que is a winning bet come mealtime.
If You're Bringing the Whole Family
Located a few hours drive from many major cities in the region, Hot Springs is an ideal location for a family adventure. Here is a list of musts for you and yours: Mini golf at Pirates Cove Adventure Golf, a trip to the famous Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, hands-on learning at Mid-American Science Museum, a full-day at Magic Springs Water & Theme Park, a kid-friendly shopping trip to Toy Chest and Grow, and delicious pizza at Rod’s Pizza Cellar, a Spa City-staple since 1975.
A resort is a smart choice for your crew, offering lake access, dining and activities in one convenient spot. Try Bar Fifty, Iron Mountain, Mountain Harbor or South Shore.
If You're in the Mood for Romance
Snag a room at Mountain Thyme Bed & Breakfast, an intimate little hideaway. Or, book the “Couples Retreat” package from Spa in the Park at The Austin for the ultimate romantic spa experience. Come mealtime, there are plenty of places to wine and dine, like Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante or The Lodge Restaurant at Mountain Harbor Resort.
If You're Planning a Spa Getaway
Wondering where to get your treatments and baths while you’re here? These are musts: a thermal water bath at the Buckstaff or Quapaw; a body wrap at Arlington Beauty & Facial Salon; a mani-pedi and facial at Destinations Day Spa; a Thai massage from Thai-Me Spa; and a Swedish body scrub at Thermal Water Spa. Or book a spa vacay through Turtle Cove Spa.