A popular spa resort destination in Arkansas, Hot Spring is the 11th largest city in Arkansas today. Home to just over 35,000 residents, Hot Springs is located deep in the Ouachita Mountains and is named for the many hot springs located throughout the area. Heart of the oldest Federal Reserve in the U.S., the area is preserved as Hot Spring National Park. Come with Island Trader Vacations on a journey to this unique, inviting and popular destination for travel.
Believed to have medicinal properties, this area has long been inhabited or at least visited by ancient tribes. The source of legends and the inspiration of poets it wasn’t long after its discovery by Europeans that the area gained Federal protection. Today much of the area is preserved for its natural significance and also historic appeal to the many visitors each year.
From museums to racetracks, spas to golfing, take a look at what you won’t want to miss on your visit to this top destination.
Fordyce Bathhouse – a historic site, this unique historic site operated from 1915 to 1962. Today it is reopened as a visitor center and offers visitors a closer look at the opulence which it was once known for.
National Park Aquarium – the largest collection of fish and reptiles in Arkansas, this fun aquarium is home to over 300 animals including fish, salamanders, frogs, lizards and much more.
Belle River Boat – hop on and enjoy a cruise of Lake Hamilton. Here you can enjoy food while you cruise or choose to just enjoy the views.
Hot Springs Winery – the finest wines in Arkansas available for you to taste along with a unique historic wine museum make this a destination you won’t want to miss.
Hot Springs National Park – from hiking trails to camping to historic sites in town such as the Bathhouse Row, this park has a little something for everyone. From highly developed areas to vast protected natural areas, this park is perfect for learning about history, exploring the culture of the area and much more.
Whether you are there to learn more about the history of the hot springs or actually enjoy them, this city and park are the perfect place to do both. Take an afternoon tip to the Magic Spring Water and Theme Park with the kids or just relax and enjoy some fine food and spirits at popular restaurants including Rolando’s. Take a journey back in time and enjoy America’s first resort, Spa City, Hot Spring Arkansas’s, a great destination worth exploring.