Planning a trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas this winter? Hot Springs is a perfect destination during the colder months, not only for its namesake — the springs’ thermal water can be found in everything from spa treatments to beverages — but for its popular attractions.
Consider adding these activities to your itinerary the next time you are in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Explore downtown Hot Springs
Once a playground for gangsters and the rich and famous, Hot Springs’ historic downtown area is one of the city’s most popular attractions today. With an array of unique shops, museums, bath houses, eateries and art galleries, downtown Hot Springs has no shortage of activities to fill an entire day in the Spa City.
Spend the day at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
Hot Springs is home to Arkansas’ only live Thoroughbred racetrack. The live racing season runs from January-May, so winter is a prime time to see all of the action. After you’ve placed your bets at the track, head over to Oaklawn’s state-of-the-art casino for live craps and blackjack, popular slot games, live music, award-winning restaurants and bars and a sports book area. Located at 2705 Central Avenue.
Visit Garvan Woodland Gardens
A visit to Hot Springs, Arkansas is not complete without exploring the city’s only botanical garden. Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains, Garvan Woodland Gardens spans 210 acres and 4.5 miles of wooded shoreline, offering breathtaking landscapes, exceptional aesthetics and plenty of photo opportunities. Located at 550 Arkridge Road.
See a show at the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic
Celebrating its 24th season in Hot Springs, the Maxwell Blade Show at the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic presents two mesmerizing hours of large-scale illusions, close-up magic, comedy and live music played on piano by grand illusionist Maxwell Blade. The show is family friendly and performed in a 300-seat venue at the historic Malco Theatre in downtown Hot Springs. Located at 817 Central Avenue.
Explore Mid-America Science Museum
With over 100 hands-on permanent and traveling exhibits, Mid-America Science Museum is Hot Springs’ premier destination for scientific exploration and education. The museum offers an array of interactive exhibits, activities, workshops and educational programs such as the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, the World’s Most Powerful Conical Tesla Coil, the Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater, and DinoTrek. Located at 500 Mid-America Boulevard.
Take a guided tasting tour at Crystal Ridge Distillery
Tour Crystal Ridge Distillery’s historic century-old building while a member of the Crystal Ridge team paints a unique picture of the history and ingredients that go into the distillery’s moonshine. Each unique experience is an hour long and offers an opportunity to learn and taste some of Hot Springs’ finest spirits. Tastings are offered every 30 minutes. No reservation is required. Call 501-627-0722 for more information. Located at 455 Broadway Street.