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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), Hot Springs

(4.8/5 based on 1,200+ 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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  • When we were there, twice a day they did a guided tour of the bath house by a park ranger. It was a GREAT tour. You can do the self guided, if you wish.  more »
  • Very interesting, able to tour and see what the bathhouses of the day were like, many original pieces of equipment and all items well preserved. can do both a self tour or a guided tour. No bathing th...  more »
  • My wife arrived and I had 3 days to see the area. We arrived on a day that it was raining. We choose to drive through the town to see what was there. We then did a driving tour of the mountains that a...  more »
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  • Great way to explore and visit old bathhouses and be able to experience the baths first hand with free self tours! The staff up front were friendly and knowledgeable also.
  • Beautiful and free. They have guided tours, but you are free to explore on your own.