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    Architectural buildings Around Town

    by BruceDunning Updated May 1, 2009

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    The AME Methodist church stands out withe the large silver dome and pointed brick columns. The St. John CAtholic church is also one of great beauty. The County Courthouse is form 1936, and art deco for that time period. It is the third courthouse on those grounds form 1888. On the hill top is what is not the rehab center, but used to be an old soldiers home since late 1800's. It is on Park Service grounds. The old mansions are now out of repair, but may come back.

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    Mountain Valley Spring Water

    by BruceDunning Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the headquarters for the operation and still has offices here. The company is about number 20+ in volume of spring water. This building is called Classical revival style and form 1910. In 1921, they added a ballroom for the locals to frequent and enjoy water, a fad then and now again. It was bought by Mr Schafly who kept operation here until sold out in 1987, and now it is under new owner since 2004. The building does not hold much to see as a museum, but they do sell water.

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    Other Hot Springs Alternatives

    by BruceDunning Updated May 1, 2009

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    The Arlington Hotel is the big kahuna on the block. It has 300 rooms and was last built in 1924. They have all the amenities and spa/hot springs treatments and a lot of other luxury. It stands out on the corner of Central and Park Ave. The next door How House Hotel is closed; looks like not to be revived

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    Water Cruises

    by BruceDunning Written May 1, 2009

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    They have duck tours-a lot of them-hawking off the street for you to sign up. They leave about every 1 1/2 hours, and the tour is 1 hour. Cost is $4-5. You get a trip down Central to the end of the street that leads into the Lake Hamilton. Turn around and come back. In season there also are cruises and dinner events of boats on the lake.

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    GArvin GArdens

    by BruceDunning Updated May 1, 2009

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    This is a non profit entity affiliated with Univ of Arkansas. Entry to the garden is $7.75 for senior, but there are discount coupons to be found. The walk take you through a trail of about 1 1/2 miles. It has many colorful areas, and special plants to feature along the way. Pavilions and bridges also are to be seen. It is a very nice presentation and throughout the year various flowers are sprouting. During the season they have daffodils, camellias, azaleas, wild flowers, and every day other colorful flowers.

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  • Hands-on Scientific Fun

    by ittsamee Updated Nov 3, 2007

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    The kids had a great time winding their way thru the interesting and educational (they didn't even realize they were "learning") activities at Mid-America Science Museum on a recent visit.

    The facility is huge, and it's set in a wonderful outdoor setting with a nature trail and creek running thru it.

    They had "The Brain" exhibit and we had some hands-on fun learning about the mushy grey mass that controls our bodies.

    In the midst of all this brain stuff was this big red "cage" that houses a Tesla Coil... didn't even know such a thing existed until we saw this one. Turns out it had just been named as a Guinness World Record holder. At the push of a button, it puts out a jolt of electricity that melts the wax right out of the ears!

    The museum is a bit off the beaten path, but well worth taking the few extra minutes to visit. Pack a lunch to enjoy on the nature trail.

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    Swing by the Buckstaff for a real spa experience

    by Bunsch Written Jun 27, 2011

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    Entrance to the Buckstaff (not my pic)

    Bathhouse Row features eight bathhouses: Buckstaff, Fordyce, Hale, Lamar, Maurice, Ozark, Quapaw, and Superior. A number of these have closed, while others have been repurposed. The Fordyce, which was always the most elaborate and expensive, reopened in May 1989 after an extensive renovation which restored it to its original splendor. The third flood parlor is now a museum, and it is well worth a visit. But there is something to be said for getting the full experience, and for that, you need to visit the Buckstaff Bathhouse (or one of the several other, non-Bathhouse Row facilities in town).

    The National Park Service website gives you an idea of what to expect if you plan to "take the baths":

    - No appointment needed.
    - Walk in and purchase a ticket
    - Leave your valuables in the personal lock box for which you carry the key around your wrist
    - Go to the dressing room where an attendant provides you with a bath sheet to wear
    - In the bath halls you have a private bath tub which your attendant has cleaned and filled with fresh 100 degree water; the tubs are big enough for you to stretch out and soak for twenty minutes. (One option is the loofa bath mitt scrub with your personally purchased mitt.)
    - Full steam cabinets (two minutes) or head out cabinets (five minutes) can benefit lung or sinus conditions
    - Sitz (sitting) tubs filled with 108 degree water for ten minutes are great for problems and pains in the lower back
    - Applications of hot packs (up to four packs for twenty minutes) provide heat therapy for specific aches or pains such as tennis elbow or sprained ankle
    - The two minute cool down shower is a refreshing tingling experience
    - A full body Swedish massage lasting twenty minutes or more can given either to relax or invigorate. The massage is optional and costs extra.
    - A cool down period of twenty to thirty minutes wrapped in your bath sheet completes your traditional bath.
    - After dressing and retrieving your valuables, you are on your way to feeling like a new person.

    They only failed to mention that you are encouraged to drink several glasses of mineral water throughout the process, which runs a little under two hours.

    I took advantage of all the options, and had a splendid time. The cost? $64.00!! Well worth it. If you really want to splurge, you can add the paraffin hand treatment for $12.00.

    During the Season (March 1-November 30), the hours are Monday through Saturday - 7:00 am - 11:45 am & 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Sundays 8:00 am - 11:45 am.

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    Garvin Gardens Architecture

    by BruceDunning Written May 1, 2009

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    View through the wooded area of chapel
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    The chapel is designed by Maurice Jennings, the same ones who styled the Thorncrown chapel in Eureka Springs. This is one larger. It is 160 seats and used for many events and services. Close by is a great site called the Carillon, a towering structure of wood that is simply magnificent.

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    Hot Springs Mountain Tower

    by geanster Updated Sep 19, 2003

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    Tower above the trees

    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.

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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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    Water, Get Your Water Here...

    by where2next Written Apr 11, 2004

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    Give Me Some Water!

    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!

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  • Gallery Walk

    by ittsamee Written Nov 3, 2007

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    Gallery Walk, held the first Friday of each month in downtown Hot Springs, is an opportunity to stroll beautiful downtown Hot Springs National Park and enjoy some of the finest contemporary art in America.

    Locals and tourists find it a great place to meet and greet artists and enjoy an evening get together with family and friends.

    The galleries host artists receptions from 5p.m. until 9 p.m., often with music and complimentary refreshments. The artists whose works are on display also turn out to chat with visitors. Don't miss this monthly opportunity to enjoy the arts that earned Hot Springs the No. 4 ranking in the Top 100 Best Art Towns in America.

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  • World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade

    by SouthernScibe Written Aug 10, 2006

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    The First Ever Fourth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on historic Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2007. Bridge Street, which connects Central Avenue and Broadway in the downtown area, became famous in the 1940s when Ripley’s Believe It or Not designated it “The Shortest Street in the World.” The centerpiece of the citywide celebration, the parade has grown in its three short years of existence into one of the highlights of the State of Arkansas. It’s quirky parade entrants, from Irish belly dancers, to Irish Order of Elvi (a cadre of Elvis look-alikes) attracts media attention from all over Arkansas, as well as a crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 watchers. The first grand marshal (and continuing honorary marshal) was Dick Kelley, step-father of President Bill Clinton. For year two, George Wendt led the parade to cheers of “Norm!” and Pauly Shore led the 2006 parade

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    Fordyce Visitor Center

    by where2next Written Apr 11, 2004

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    Fordyce Lobby

    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.

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  • Clear waters, even the locals don't know about

    by wifeofrus Written May 25, 2006

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    Beautiful crystal clear waters, swimming a must, canoeing a plus, fishing. If you have an extra day and you've done most of the tourist things to do, try the Albert Pike Recreation area in the Ouachita National Forest. it is on the Little Missouri River and is one of the prettiest places I've ever been. Pack a lunch before you go because you will most likely want to stay all day. It's not the easiest place to find but once you do, it is worth it. Here are some directions in case you are interested.

    From Hot Springs take Highway 70 west 36 miles through Glenwood to Salem. Turn west on Highway 84 and go 13 miles to Langley. At Langley turn north on Highway 369 and go 6 miles to the recreation area.

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