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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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Where to stay in Hot Springs

Boasting 13 hotels on the National Register of Historic Places, Hot Springs features a number of accommodations that embrace the area's history and architecture. Set in the city's popular historic districts, these distinctive hotels have the added benefit of being within walking distance of many stores, restaurants, and bars. There's also plenty of choice for those who want to take full advantage of Hot Springs' natural surroundings. Hot Springs National Park and the Lake Hamilton area host a number of bed and breakfasts, cabins, campgrounds, and RV parks.
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  • This is maintained by the National Parks. We took the guided tour, which was free, and it was one of the best tours we have ever taken. The park ranger, Lisa, was very knowledgeable and gave all a cha...  more »
  • the bathhouse was very information and very interesting to walk thru and read about wish we had taken the tour  more »
  • We arrived just in time to join a Ranger guided tour of the historic bathhouse. Our guide was fact filled, spoke clearly and guided us for about an hour. The old bathhouses were used many years ago fo...  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.