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Old 01-31-2016, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hot Springs, AR suggestions?

DW and I will be spending a few days around Hot Springs the end of February for our anniversary. Anybody have suggestions what will be open and things to do while there?
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:36 PM   #2
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Leisure Landing RV Park, stayed a year ago. Small place with the nicest restrooms you will find. The owner will tell you everything there is to do when you check in.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:40 PM   #3
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The Duck rides are a hoot, depending on weather. The drivers can be hilarious.

I like the Mountain Tower, which lets you see a long ways. Take time to read all the information placards both at the top (outside) and the viewing deck (inside), below the top.

It's neat to just walk the downtown area. Make sure to visit the Fordyce bathhouse which is the National Park Visitors Center on bath house row. You can tour it too, to see how it was set up in it's operational heyday.

Walk into the Arlington Hotel (I actually honeymooned there) and check out their lobby (you can actually lounge around here and eat dinner or buy drinks without being a guest). There are some small retail shops and a restaurant below the Arlington that you can also check out. Al Capone used to stay at the Arlington. We liked the honeymoon suites, as they were large and comfortable, but have stayed there several years afterwards and the regular rooms are kinda cramped/old style.

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I kinda liked the new Gangster Museum not too far north of the Arlington on the same side of Hwy 7.

There is live horse racing at Oaklawn, but I don't know their schedule.

I've done several things as we had kids and took them there, or just vacationed that I don't feel are really worth the money/time..... but I don't really want to mention those, possibly affecting your visit to them.

Usually when I go there now or in the vicinity, it for the outdoor things like camping or the lake activities (Lake Degray, Lake Hamilton, or Lake Ouachita)

PS. Take or buy some water containers. There are several free public taps in the downtown area, where you can fill them with their excellent water...which is what Hot Springs is all about.
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:21 PM   #4
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Mcclards bbq is good there. Bill Clinton liked it enough for them to cater for him. They have an interesting story and get there early or to go. Been a while since I have needed to hot springs.


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We stayed at Catherine's landing very very clean well layout park. I would stay there again in heart beat. If you have AR fishing permits there is a small river with boat launch in the RV park.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:51 PM   #7
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January 15th thru mid April is race season at Oaklawn Race track located in Hot Springs, Ark. I am not sure about RV parks but I can tell you for sure that traffic is terrible on race days (Thursday thru Sundays as well as a few Mondays.
Don't get me wrong, the Hot Springs area has a lot to offer. I am just saying giving you a heads up that the horse racing brings in a huge number of folks.
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Do the Ghost Tour

We went there two years ago and really enjoyed the walking Ghost Tour. It was good exercise and great history. If the weather is good it was a great time. Bring comfortable walking shoes. I agree with WMTire, the Duck Rides are great as well.
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We stayed at Catherine's landing very very clean well layout park. I would stay there again in heart beat. If you have AR fishing permits there is a small river with boat launch in the RV park.
I third the motion!
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Fantastic! Thanks for all the suggestions. We're really looking forward to the time off, plus now I have some ideas to surprise the DW with. . Hadn't thought of the traffic from the races. Thanks for the heads up.
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