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Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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  • This is my home. I have a deep affection for the quirky old place. There's not another town like HSNP anywhere. Despite the arguments about being the first or second NP in the USA - it is unique. The ...  read more »
  • My wife and I are "collecting" all the National Parks, and this year we decided to do Hot Springs. The town is very odd, being wrapped in and around a national park. The park itself is nice, with some...  read more »
  • We came or the hot springs national park with an expectation to hot springs, which unfortunately has not been met. The place lacks brightness, the glamour of the last century is clear. Many hotels, motels, and buildings are on the lapsed. Just the little piece of Bathros in the Central Ave. is worth a visit. Best man parked garage in the Gratisparking a road behind the Central Ave. Quapaw bathhouse and Ozark art museum. Liked the exhibition in the visitor center, which is located in the Fordyce building has given us. A film shows the history of this extraordinary national parks. On 3 floors you can see then, how it to around 100 years ago in the spa and forth is gone. We have visited the tower still on Hot Springs Mountain (costs $7. upon 55 $6 and NP-holder $4).
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  • I absolutely love this town! Hot Springs is the only city built within a National Park. It has been protected by the Federal Government since 1832 when it was designated as a reservation by Congress. So, it has been protected 40 years longer than Yellowstone. Hot Springs became a National Park in 1921. Hot Springs has 47 hot springs that are protected. The city is surrounded by lakes and includes some that make for great recreational activities. There are many hiking opportunities to enjoy the beauty that is in abundance in the area. It is a treat to use one of the active bath houses to relax and enjoy the thermal water benefits. One of the bath houses on Downtown Bathhouse Row has an array of knowledge, tours and short film available to the public to learn more about the city's history. With the family activities and the down home atmosphere; You must put a visit to Hot Springs on your bucket list!
  • The national park visitor center offers a free self-guided tour of the historic bath house. The park itself has few walking trails and also a driving route. If you decide to walk, expect to do a little bit of stair climbing. It's a nice enough hike, but don't expect to find any waterfalls or ornate landscaping like you would see in at say Garvin Woodland Gardens (which I highly recommend). There are a few steamy cascading springs which you don't get to see just anywhere. At the top of the hill you'll find a lookout point and an observation tower. There is an admission fee to ascend the tower. The park is located in the downtown area of Hot Springs. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and a row of bath houses to visit. The bath houses are interesting though some are not always the most friendly.
  • First off, calling this a national park is kind of a misnomer. When I think of national park, I think of hundreds of acres of unadulterated beauty, wildlife, and landscape. There is no actual hiking, wildlife, or nature here, it is 100% commercial. Having said that, Hot Springs National Park has a lot of really fascinating museums and things to see! The main stretch of town has lots of "bath houses" and spas where you can go and experience the hot springs water. You can rent sessions for as little as 30 minutes, or for even an entire day. I kind of thought the mineral water was a bit of a gimmick, but it did feel extremely relaxing and rejuvenating. Be prepared to want to take a nap afterwards!
  • This is a great family vacation spot. Hit the lookout tower that is in the national forest. The town is almost in the national park which makes lunch and shopping easy to get to. Hiking is great in the area!!!
  • Although very different from what I originally imagined this park to be, it turned out to be pretty cool! The bathhouse tour was pretty interesting, even my daughters aged 7, and 11 enjoyed it. The mountain tower was over-priced and while it offered an very good view of the area, there is not really much to see. We will be going back.
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