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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), Hot Springs

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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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  • Recommend the tour. Very interesting info on history of the bathhouse, takes about 90 mins and is free. Is in the middle of all the bathhouses so is a nice walk down Central Avenue. 
  • We really enjoyed the ranger guided tour of bath house. It is a very impressively restored facility that has excellent exhibits. 
  • My husband and I visited this museum to see how the hot springs used to work. We really enjoyed it. Even though I used a walker It was easy to navigate. They have an elevator. If you are a stained gla...  more »
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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.