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Fordyce Bathhouse, Hot Springs

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Fordyce Bathhouse offers a glimpse into the history of water therapy in the United States within an opulent Renaissance Revival setting. Step into the marble-lined lobby edged with fountains and paved with ceramic floor tiles. The bathhouse was part of the original bathhouse row that Hot Springs grew out of due to the discovery of mineral-rich thermal springs in the early 1800s. The fountains in the lobby once spouted this mineral-rich water constantly. Examine the intricate, stained-glass ceiling of the men's changing room, festooned with mermaids, fish, and bubbles. You can watch a short film outlining the traditional bath routine and also see the music room, which has an intricately patterned tile floor and stained-glass ceiling. By using our Hot Springs holiday maker website, you can arrange your visit to Fordyce Bathhouse and other attractions in Hot Springs.
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  • Everyone was very nice and the workers are very hard workers.It’s best to make reservations. We loved the pools and it really made me feel very relaxed. 
    Everyone was very nice and the workers are very hard workers.It’s best to make reservations. We loved the pools and it really made me feel very relaxed.  more »
  • Started with a walk through their museum displays inside Then waited on the porch for the ranger walk which was excellent The ranger we had took a great deal of time to impress upon us that Hot... 
    Started with a walk through their museum displays inside Then waited on the porch for the ranger walk which was excellent The ranger we had took a great deal of time to impress upon us that Hot...  more »
  • This bathhouse is the visitor center. Tour all three floors at your own pace. Great place to start your visit in the national park of Hot Springs. Outdoor tours are available with a park ranger. 
    This bathhouse is the visitor center. Tour all three floors at your own pace. Great place to start your visit in the national park of Hot Springs. Outdoor tours are available with a park ranger.  more »
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  • If you have a chance stop here and enjoy this place. It's very beautiful to see in person. Very educational seeing how life use to be at one time. No food or beverages are allowed. They do allowed water bottles that close.
  • Definitely agree with majority of the reviews here, great preservation of old ways of spa for women and men. Personally it looked like this something old and rich men and women’s club would do while they were being taken care of by others. I would have like to more of the real history of who took take care of them or perhaps an audio guide of things were back then. Overall, the museum really took you back to history and showed how some elites relaxed and enjoyed life.
  • Very cool look into America's bathhouse culture of the past. The short movie they have on the first floor is pretty good. Otherwise super cool to walk through.
  • I salute the management in maintaining and preserving the historic bathhouse. Very well kept. Thank you for preserving it for the future generations to come
  • This is a cool place to visit and learn about the history of Hot Springs bathhouses. The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. There are 4 floors, with artifacts and panels, images, and a brief history of the people that came to hot springs for thousands of years starting with Native Americans. If you're fascinated by history and a glimpse into how hot springs once looked, come to this place.

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