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Best things to do in Hot Springs

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre botanical garden. Owned by the University of Arkansas, it has the stated mission of education, research and public service. For an admission fee, it is open daily, except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the month of January. Garvan Woodland Gardens is situated on a woodland peninsula with 4.5 miles of shoreline on Lake Hamilton. It features rocky inclines reminiscent of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains, floral landscapes, streams, and waterfalls in a natural woodland setting, plus the fifth-ranked Garden of the Pine Wind Japanese Garden with Japanese maples and tree peonies, a conifer border, and various flower and rock gardens. Its collections display hundreds of rare shrubs and trees, including camellias, magnolias, roses and more than 160 different types of azaleas.”
42 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Water park, roller coasters, and free concerts! It's worth the price. You could spend all day here! ”
30 locals recommend
“Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, formerly Oaklawn Park Race Track, is an American thoroughbred racetrack and casino in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is the home to The Racing Festival of the South. In 2017, Oaklawn was ranked #5 of all thoroughbred racetracks in North America by the Horseplayers Association of North America.”
33 locals recommend
“The oldest bar in Arkansas is worth a visit just to look at the interior and have a visit with Al Capone on the sidewalk - a great picture spot. People argue that they have the best burger in town! They do not allow anyone under 21. Good music on various nights.”
47 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Drive up past the Arlington Hotel to the overlook and if you desire go up the tower. There are many hiking trails on the mountain but I suggest you take a map.”
21 locals recommend
Science Museum
“MASM is a jewel in Hot Springs! Lots of hands-on STEAM activities, dinosaur displays, and much more! Fun for all ages!”
27 locals recommend
“A unique spot in an old bathhouse where they brew beer using the hot water. They have some pretty decent food and I like the pretzel! Just sit here and people watch. There is a growler under the sink cabinet if you want to get it filled. ”
32 locals recommend
“Specializing in Ecuadorean and Latin American food. Wonderful patio in the back.”
30 locals recommend
Bath House
“My personal favorite bath house. Historic building, thermal water public pools as well as private baths and all spa services available. Great way to relax in the "Spa City" after a busy day! ”
24 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
8 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“One of the oldest and most famous restuarants in Hot Springs! Everything is good! The tamale spread is AMAZING!”
21 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“If you are uptown (Park Avenue area) Adam roasts delightful coffee. Grab a cup or grab a bag to take home! A cute little converted house on Park Avenue with a great front porch that is the perfect place to sit and rest.”
13 locals recommend
“quirky historical landmark. puzzles and games. garage bands. burlesque show. best Sunday brunch.”
18 locals recommend
National Park
“The national park includes bathhouse row, both mountains, and some parts north of town that protect the thermal waters. It is the reason for our being.”
16 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Another amazing pizzeria and they brew their own beer too! Try the vegan pizza!”
19 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“New York style pizza! Tony makes what many consider the best pizza they ever ate! I can't disagree. You will need to call ahead and reserve a pie (crust) as he only makes so many each day. Voted "Best pizza in Arkansas."”
20 locals recommend