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    Fordyce Bath House Museum

    by grandmaR Written Apr 10, 2006

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    The sign outside Fordyce Bathhouse (which has been restored to the original appearance by the NPS) says:

    "Inspired by the spas of Europe, Colonel Samuel Fordyce opened this Renaissance Revival bathhouse in 1915. With its copper-framed glass marquee and elegant window design, the Fordyce reflects a crowning achievement of the Golden Age of Bathing.

    The bathhouse occupied an ideal location next to the Formal entrance to the park, its roof garden was within sight and sound of the grandstand on the hillside above."

    Entrance to the museum is free.

    Stained glass ceiling Ladies Cooling room Gentlemen's Parlor Cloak Room List of Bath Rates
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    Touring Historic Hot Springs

    by cmarsek Written Nov 23, 2005

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    There was a really nice man standing on the sidewalk opposite the bathhouses who was offering historic tours of Hot Springs. His "shop" was very informal and was actually more of a doorway between two stores, but his tour was very enjoyable. He took us past President Bill Clinton's childhood home, up a tower over looking the town, to the favorite spots of Al Capone, and much more. The man drove us in a small tour bus and provided us with great factoids of the area along the way. This was the perfect way to end a short stop in this historic town.

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    Arkansas' Best Spot!!

    by cmarsek Written Nov 23, 2005

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    I HIGHLY recommend a visit to the Buckstaff Bathhouse. The experience costs about $42, depending on the package your purchase, but includes several bath and spring water treatments and finishes with a relaxing massage. I found it very rewarding to go early right after they had opened. For much of my visit I was the only customer, which ensured my hosts were all very relaxed and allowed for me to possibly get more for my dollar. I believe the massage and treatments I received were longer than most.

    Plan on staying around the town for a while after your massage, quenching your thirst with the spring water and using the time to explore the pedestrian park located behind and above the bathhouse. It would be no fun to jump directly into your car after such an amazing experience!

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    Crystal Mining

    by angiebshoppin Written Jul 6, 2005

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    Talk about cheap entertainment. My son and I went digging for crystals. It cost me ten bucks, my son was free. You can dig as long as you want (or til they close at dusk), and you get to keep everthing you find. Make sure and bring clothes you will never wear again, (except to dig for crystals), garden tools, garden gloves, and something to carry your treasures in. My 7 yr old was so amazed to find the beautiful crystals-and get to keep them! Lots and lots of fun. Try to get there early in the morning if you go in the summer....it is hottttt.

    You can find some of these
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    Take and old fashioned bath

    by larsy Written Jun 30, 2005

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    The Buck house bath spa is on Bath House row. For $40 you get a soak in a marble tub, a loufah, a sitz bath, Steam Box, Towel packs, and needle shower. A great value and a spa experience husbands can apprieciate also. We have plans to go back.

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    Bathhouse Row

    by sswagner Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Believe it or not, a sizeable portion of old Hot Springs is actually a national park. This includes several bathhouses all in a row, thus the name "Bathhouse Row". Park your car in a nearby lot and prepare to tour this area on foot. The park service has restored the Fordyce Bathhouse interior so that you can have an idea of what this place was like in its heyday. This town was and still is a grand resort. Due to several hot springs in the immediate vicinity, this place was eventually developed into a place for the rich and famous to come and have a therapeutic bathing experience. The Native Americans originally used this area for the same purpose. Most of the springs are now capped. However, you can still see some natural pools of hot water where the springs come above the ground. There are hiking trails nearby and camping is possible in this park. The hills make the setting evern more scenic. Buckstaff Bathhouse still offers visitors a chance to take a most unusual bath. This park provides a balance of history and natural surroundings to make an area very worthwhile for your visit. I think any time of year should be fine for a visit here.

    A hot fountain on Bathhouse Row
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    Water, Get Your Water Here...

    by where2next Written Apr 11, 2004

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    All around Hot Springs (seemingly), there are places where one can get some of that fresh, hot springs water. I even bough a gallon jug and filled up and took some to New York! I guess the Hot Springs water is only piped to certain areas. Anyhow, I though this was quite unique. So if your passing through, grab a jug, and get some water!

    Give Me Some Water!

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    Fordyce Visitor Center

    by where2next Written Apr 11, 2004

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    A tour of the building gives an idea of Hot Springs back in it's hey day. Additionally, the architecture in the buidling in parts is pretty good - a sign that it was once a thriving industry. It wasn't just about the hot water, though there are a variety of things from gym equipment to some outrageous medical devices.

    Fordyce Lobby

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    Hot Springs National Park

    by jedd43 Updated Apr 4, 2004

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    Hot Springs National Park
    This is a highly developed park in a small city
    surrounded by low lying mountains.
    Rangers lead tours to the open hot springs, except in winter.
    I remember hiking trails and beautiful flowers and taking scenic mountain drives.
    There was a bathhouse to relax in the hot spring water.

    map courtesy of AHTD .

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    Hot Springs Mountain Tower

    by geanster Updated Sep 19, 2003

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    There are different routes you can take up the mountain, most of them are labeled by their degree of difficulty. Apparently, an exercise regiment was a valued part of the Bathhouse packages back in the day. We took a harder route up which had us pausing along the way and working up a sweat, but the view towards the top was nice. Great way to spend a morning.

    Once at the tower, we decided to pass on it as we didn't feel like spending the money on a view we'd basically already seen. But if we'd been feeling less frugal at the time, why not?

    There is a $1 off coupon for the tower on the Hot Springs website as well as coupon's for some of their other tourist attractions.

    Tower Details:
    Elevate yourself 1,256 feet above sea level, overlooking 140 miles of beautiful Arkansas countryside, including Hot Springs National Park and the Ouachita Mountains. Located atop Hot Springs Mountain.
    Admission for adults (12 & over) is $6,
    for seniors $5,
    for children (5 to 11) $3 and
    children (4 & under) free.

    Tower above the trees
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    Coleman's Mines

    by ocicat Written May 11, 2003

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    A dig your own crystal mine. You can find some great stuff here. I have come back with many single points over 6 inches long by 2 inches wide. Best find: a crystal point 10 inches wide by 8 inches high. It's a beauty!

    Tip: if you're part mountain goat (like my dear husband ) go down the back side of the dump. Good stuff gets pushed over before anyone has the chance to get it.

    Go when it opens. Also, go on Thursday if possible. It will be less picked over then.

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    Oaklawn Park

    by Bostephenson Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Oaklawn houses some of the best horse racing in the nation, and eventually, when the state legislature is ready for it, it will house some sort of casino gambling as well. Even if you don't like gambling, but you do like horses, this is worth your visit.

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    On the Saturday night of the...

    by Bostephenson Written Aug 25, 2002

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    On the Saturday night of the 4th of July weekend, local bizzillionaire Jennings Osborne has has largest fireworks show over the lake. Osborne's show takes place from the highway which is surrounded on both sides by bays, providing excellent space to watch from a boat. The show is robust and very, very long. It's best to get there early.
    Like all things in Hot Springs, you can watch it from a boat!

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    Visit a spa!

    by 10eke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is the Fordyce Bathhouse, it now serves as the visitor center of the National Park.
    The insert picture shows the dome of one of the spa buildings. You can be sure that the interior is just as luxurious as the exterior.

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    Hot Springs National Park

    by 10eke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The historic Bathhouse Row is located on the Grand Promenade. Take a walk around this area to enjoy the peaceful heart of the area. As you can see we were there in the wintertime, but it is quite enjoyable any time of the year.

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