Hot Springs, Arkansas: A Relaxing Escape with Luxury, Lakes and Horse Races

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Anita Burke

  • Hot Springs, Arkansas

  • Arkansas

  • Adventure Travel

  • Boutique Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • History

  • Local Culture

  • Barefoot Luxury

Row of traditional Bathhouses in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Curator’s statement

Combining natural beauty, cultural richness, historic significance and a touch of luxury, Hot Springs, Arkansas, offers a versatile travel experience that makes it special for a wide range of travelers. From the "healing waters" of the Hot Spring, to the many nearby lakes and the adrenaline of horse races, this Southern escape is the perfect balance of luxury and leisure.

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Things to do in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Check out Oaklawn Horse Races

Soak in Style

Hot Springs caters to those seeking wellness and relaxation. The city's resorts, spas and wellness centers provide a range of services, creating an environment ideal for rejuvenation. Start your pampering journey at the renowned Bathhouse Row. Slip into the soothing thermal waters of Buckstaff Bathhouse or Quapaw Baths & Spa for the ultimate relaxation. Hot tip, opt for a private bath for that extra touch of relaxation.

Explore Downtown

Stroll through the historic downtown area, full of charm. Discover quirky boutiques, art galleries and even catch a live jazz performance. This is where luxury meets leisure.

Nature Escapade

Explore Hot Springs National Park for scenic trails, panoramic views and nature walks. Whether it's hiking, bird watching or a nice picnic, the park offers a refreshing break from downtown.

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

For a touch of excitement, head to Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Experience the thrill of live horse racing between December and May. Try your luck at the casino and soak in the atmosphere of this iconic Hot Springs attraction.

Gangster Museum of America

Dive into the city's colorful past at the Gangster Museum of America, which showcases the history of Hot Springs during the gangster era.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Visit the Garvan Woodland Gardens, a botanical garden set on 210 acres. Explore themed gardens, including the stunning Anthony Chapel and the unique Evans Children's Adventure Garden.

Mid-America Science Museum

Bring the family to the Mid-America Science Museum for interactive exhibits and educational experiences. It's a great place for both kids and adults to learn and have fun. My kids think this is the coolest place to visit when we go to Arkansas!

Relaxing Nightcap

Wind down your evening downtown at The Ohio Club, where you can sip on a specialty-crafted cocktail in the company of history-soaked walls.

Day trips

Arkansas has many Nearby Lakes to check out. Venture beyond the city, rent a boat for the day and experience the natural beauty of Lake Hamilton or Lake Ouachita. Stay lakeside at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn for amazing views, water activities and an escape from the hustle of the city.

Places to eat & drink in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Visit the Pancake Shop for a delicious breakfast option.

The Avenue: A fine dining restaurant offering a sophisticated atmosphere and a diverse menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Rolando's Restaurant: My family's personal favorite, a popular spot for Mexican cuisine with a lively ambiance. Enjoy flavorful dishes and creative cocktails.

Superior Bathhouse Brewery: A unique brewery located in a historic bathhouse. Sip on craft beers brewed on-site and enjoy a menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Deluca's Pizzeria: A family-friendly pizzeria serving New York style pizza, pasta and other Italian favorites.

McClard's Bar-B-Q: A Hot Springs institution famous for its barbecue. Dive into ribs, sandwiches and classic Southern sides.

Kollective Coffee+Tea: A trendy coffee shop with a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy specialty coffee, teas, and a selection of pastries.

Steinhaus Keller: A German-inspired restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, offering a selection of German beers and traditional dishes.

The Pancake Shop: A classic breakfast spot serving delicious pancakes, omelets, and other breakfast favorites.

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Exploring the Heart of America: A Guide to Kansas City. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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