Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
Favorite thing: Visit the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo. There are alligators from 6 inches to 10 feet long! There is also a petting zoo.
Fondest memory: At the petting zoo, there were monkeys to feed. They were in cages...a row on the top and one on the bottom. I was feeding a monkey in one of the bottom cages when one monkey on the top reached out and pulled my hair!! LOL That is one of the things that stands out in my mind about this trip!
When in Hot Springs do what...
Favorite thing: When in Hot Springs do what the locals do - bottle your own water at one of the several spouts. These are in the downtown area on Central Avenue. It's unusual that I got this shot with noone in it, usually people are lined up with their empty milk jugs waiting their turn. I have to admit, I used to do this too, when my kids were very young - they thought it was great fun & they'd actually drink the water.
Have an ache or a pain that...
Favorite thing: Have an ache or a pain that just won't respond to anything? Well, come join the crowd that gathers daily at one of THE hot springs and take a dip. If you don't want to do the 'real' thing at a bathhouse, you can plunge that sore thumb or aching ankle into the thermal waters here free. But Beware! - the temperatures can reach 145 degrees F. I am not able to stand the heat for more than a few seconds at a time. Also, if you are chlostrophobic, the baths might not be for you (I am, and they're not for me!)
Visit one of the many parks. ...
Favorite thing: Visit one of the many parks. Hot Springs is located in a valley that was known by the Indians here as Tah-Ne-Co, or 'place of the hot waters.' According to tradition, this land was regarded as neutral by the various tribes. It was first visited by the white man on Sept. 16, 1541, when Hernando De Soto and his men camped in the vicinity and were led here by the Indians. They camped, bathed and departed on Oct. 5, 1541.
Visit Oaklawn Race Track from...
Favorite thing: Visit Oaklawn Race Track from January to March for thoroughbred racing of the highest caliber. The Jockey Club is a classey way to wager, watch and dine all at your own table. You won't find better boiled shrimp or corned beef sandwiches ANYWHERE. Memberships are sold, and these are given priority reservations, but you get on a waiting list and be admitted for a $15.00 per person fee (it's worth it!).
Shop at the Villa for those...
Favorite thing: Shop at the Villa for those gifts you have to take home, or just simply for yourself. I get into trouble every time I go in there! Unique tablesettings and glassware, gourmet food items, picture frames, candles, soaps, and babythings. An excellent catalogue is available - just get on their mailing list. A real find is their outlet just across the street! Located on Central Avenue in the downtown historic district.
Go to the Lake! I personally...
Favorite thing: Go to the Lake! I personally recommend Lake Hamilton, because it is the most active of the three lakes, but all three lakes are wonderful. Boat rentals are simple and cheap.
Fondest memory: When myself and 3 friends all took dates to a restaurant on the water and then spent the weekend at the lake. It was wonderful, and there are few places more beautiful than the view from Hamilton House (5 stars!) of Lake Hamilton. (picture hopefully forthcoming).
during the winter, Hot Springs...
Favorite thing: during the winter, Hot Springs is pretty vacant. not alot of activities.
if you want to go and spend some romantic time it would be a good place.
get a spa and a massage, and time with someone.