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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), Hot Springs
(4.6/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) 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. Using our custom trip planner, Hot Springs attractions like Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is the visitor center to Hot Springs National Park. Took a tour led by ranger Lisa. Excellent tour and explanation about the history of the bath houses. This was a functioning bathhouse 100 years...  more »
  • The Fordyce Bathhouse is now the visitors center for the national park. It has been beautifully restored and reflects the grandeur of an earlier age. The rangers were friendly and helpful (as one woul...  more »
  • Free museum, of authentic bathhouse, amazing to see what era of past did. Lots of historical information, and original items here to see. Highly recommend! 
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  • The highlight of our trip. The visitor center is amazing and the rest of the National Park is beautiful. A lot to do, very fun and not too crowded. Love the natural springs. Will return asap!
  • If you want to know the history of Hot Springs, this is the place to start. For example, the water coming out of the springs today was dropped on the earth when the Egyptians were working on the Pyramids. That's just the start.
  • Located in the beautiful downtown of Hot Springs, Arkansas, this National Park is for the more metro-hearted of us. This is possibly the only national park that houses two spas (one modern, one with offerings hearkening back to the classic days of the spa cultures in the 1940s-50s) and a brewery! Campsites are clean but designed so each site is really close to its neighbors.
  • Very informative place with great staff. Not sure if I would go back again, but it was really nice.
  • Quick history lesson of the bathhouses. Pleasant staff.