Tourists will find plenty to do in Hot Springs. The historic downtown has many attractions you must stop to see. The Tavern, formerly known as Hotel Hay is the oldest remaining hotel in the district. One of the first hotels that was constructed of brick and not a wooden frame, the Hotel Hay has water closets on each floor and is claimed to be the only steam heated hotel of this time.
The Mountain Valley Water Building is known for being the national headquarters for Mountain Valley Spring Water and the building has been the recipient of an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This building serves as a top example of the Classical Revival style.
Arkansas Walk of Fame is located in the Hill Wheatley Plaza next to the Visitor Center. This area is lined with marble plaques with the names of some of the most famous residents of Hot Springs listed, telling the history of Arkansas.
Watch as potters are making their pottery at the Dryden Pottery Factory. This is a family own and operated business and Dryden Pottery is known for their popular personalized mugs. The Hot Springs Pottery business also has claim to the World Tallest Wheel-Thrown Vase. The Fox Pass Pottery is located in a rustic woodland setting where visitors can see one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery.
If you're interested in fine art galleries, you'll find plenty of galleries in downtown Hot Springs. Galleries range from displays of sculpture to painting or original drawings. Many of the artists live above the galleries in the downtown area.
The Garland County Historical Society is a great place to go if you enjoy history. at the Garland County Historical Society, you'll be able to trace the history of Hot Springs from pre-history to modern times. You'll experience the creation, existence and growth of Hot Springs through thousands of photos, manuscripts, newspapers and secondary sources.
Hot Springs National Park is a great place to spend time while visiting Hot Springs. This park is one of the smallest but oldest of the parks listed in the National Park System. Stop at the Fordyce Bathhouse in the middle of Bathhouse Row and enjoy the guided and self-guided tours where you'll gain an understanding of where the thermal waters for the springs come from. At the north end of Bathhouse Row, a small cascade of the thermal water is just waiting for you to dip your feet into it while you relax and enjoy the scenic attractions of Arlington Lawn Park.
Take a short drive up Hot Springs Mountain to the Hot Springs Mountain Tower where you can catch an elevator to the top. The breath taking view of the city, mountains, lakes and forests that surround Hot Springs will simply take your break away.
Tourists will find architectural attractions inside and outside of most building in the downtown Hot Springs area. Whether the attraction is the iron rails, pillars or the designs created from stone, every tourist to Hot Springs will enjoy the beauty of the buildings.
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