Local Area Guide

Things To Do in Hot Springs

Below is a short list of the most popular things to do in Hot Springs, Arkansas. There is so much more do in this incredible city so please don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions.

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Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Oaklawn has been one of the premiere Thoroughbred racetracks in the country since 1904, best known as home of the $1 million Arkansas Derby. Today, Oaklawn is Arkansas’ #1 tourist destination. The state-of-the art casino offers live craps, live blackjack, popular slot games, live music, and the award-winning Silks Bar & Grill. Oaklawn began a multi-phased expansion in May 2019.

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Explore Historic Downtown Hot Springs

The Hot Springs Visitor Center is a great resource to take advantage of during your vacation. We can offer you all kinds of tips and tricks for getting the most out of your trip. From travel guides to group tours – if you have any questions or need any help planning your vacation, check out our visitor center for brochures, maps, and information on the state parks in the area. You will find everything you need to enjoy your stay in the Hot Springs area.

The Visitor Center is located at 629 Central Avenue. Or call 501-321-2277 for information over the phone.

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Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens' mission is to preserve and enhance a unique part of the Ouachita environment; provide people with a place of learning, research, cultural enrichment, and serenity; develop and sustain gardens, landscapes, and structures of exceptional aesthetics, design, and construction; and partner with and serve communities of which the Gardens is a part. From the dynamic architectural structures to the majestic botanical landscapes, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers breathtaking sights (and fantastic photo opportunities) at every turn.

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Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park is located in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas and offers the state's only theme park, water park and concert amphitheater in one location for one low price. Get admission to all three ways to play with any general admission ticket or Season Pass.

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Mid America Science Museum

A pioneer in hands-on science learning, Mid-America Science Museum has been a resource for innovative STEM education since its opening in 1979. Mid-America Science Museum is located less than a mile from Hot Springs National Park. It is surrounded by a beautiful natural setting. A $7.8 million dollar grant courtesy of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation recently helped to update its existing exhibits and added new state of the art exhibits such as the Arkansas Underfoot Gallery, Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater and more. The newest permanent addition to Mid-America Science Museum is the Oaklawn Foundation DinoTrek. Arkansas' first permanent outdoor dinosaur exhibit, guests may now hike among the dinosaurs dispersed throughout the museum's 21-wooded acre outdoor landscape.

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Boating on Lake Hamilton

Have a boating experience like no other on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, AR. Escape for a few hours, a day, or longer. Enjoy your time on beautiful Lake Hamilton!

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