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Fordyce Bathhouse, Hot Springs

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Historic Site · Visitor Center
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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  • We enjoyed our self tour of this property. Great signs and exhibits take you back to old times. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it’s one of the only buildings that’s open with exhibits like this.  more »
  • National Park Service (free) great self guided tour. Very interesting history. 3 floors including a gym with old early equipment.  more »
  • NPS visitor’s center and great opportunity to see the Fordyce bathhouse as it was 100 years ago. Self tour through all 4 floors. Elevator works well. Restrooms available in the basement. Highlights....  more »
  • First off, here's your spot for a public restroom and a rest in the AC. Lovely building, marble stairs, brass fixtures, decorative tile floors, stained glass ceilings, antique bathroom fixtures. Working modern elevator but with an antique interior and outer doors. Antique beauty parlor and gymnasium. If you have any interest in physical therapy you'll find a lot of vintage therapy devices. Self guided or with a guide.
  • It's an old bathhouse which has been preserved as a free museum. You can sit, in a rocker, on front porch looking at Bathhouse Row~like back in the day. This is good for visitors to walk through and see how bathhouses operated back then. It's good for children, or anyone, as it's a self guided free tour & learn some history! :)
  • Such a beautiful historic building. We jumped into the tour late, but it was definitely worth it. The tour goes all around the first floor, and our guide had so many things to say! She definitely knew her stuff and was very passionate about her work. After the tour you can go explore the two upper levels on your own. The building was beautifully restored to look exactly as it was in the early 1900's when it opened, with different displays of costumes that the bath-goers might have worn for each occasion. Would definitely recommend visiting--you won't regret it!
  • This is a museum you should definitely visit! Free admission, self guided tour. See and experience what the bathhouses were like back in the day. Much of the original fixtures and furniture are still inside.
  • This is a great thing to do. It is free, educational and air conditioned. It is really the only touristy thing to do that was specific to Hot Springs. You can always pay $100 to sit in spring water but that isn’t my thing. The rest of the street is just shopping and eating just like most main streets in destination towns. We just looked around on our own. I would have done to guided tour if I wasn’t with a 5year old. (We ate at Granny’s Kitchen and it was better than expected)

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