Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center), Hot Springs

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#2 of 27 in Historic Sites in Arkansas
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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  • August 13, 2017
    Extrodinary historical museum. It's self tour or guided. Front desk staff very helpful, loves to answer questions! You really get a feel for how the place worked and how guests were treated. Tour is f...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We took the ranger guided tour of the Forseyth house. Really interesting. About 45 minutes of intrique. Trom electric baths to hot steamy baths. Wraps to massage. All part of the experience of Hot Spr...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This visitor center run by the National Park Service is full of history of Hot Springs and the bath houses. There is a free museum full of history and I highly recommend you take the time to look at t...  more »
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  • March 14, 2017
    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.
  • October 30, 2016
    Beautiful and free. They have guided tours, but you are free to explore on your own.

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