Hot Springs, Arkansas… a Natural Choice for Family Fun

Hot Springs, Arkansas has been the destination of choice for my family for many years. This town has something for everyone. I am always finding something new and exciting to try out. Here are a few of my top picks for family-fun activities.

The Alligator Farm

Alligator Farm – Hot Springs
Anthony Chapel – Garvan Gardens

See ya later Alligator! The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo including a petting area with emu, pygmy goats, and sheep. Animal food is given to all guests. And, the farm not only includes both adult and baby alligators, but it is also now home to four types of primates, Arkansas mountain lions, wild ducks, wolves, turkeys, peacocks, and more.

Hot Springs National Park 

(Includes an observation tower)

Congress established Hot Springs Reservation on April 20, 1832. The intention was to protect the hot springs flowing from Hot Springs Mountain. Known for its 47 thermal springs, this national park is the nation’s oldest, predating Yellowstone by 40 years. It features more than 30 miles of hiking trails through the glorious Ouachita Mountains, scenic drives, hot water cascade, and picnic areas.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Experience the timeless fascination of a journey into the past through the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum. Come enjoy this museum with life-size wax replicas of historical and fictional people, plus gambling paraphernalia.  Visit our unusual gift shop. Everyone has a front-row ticket. Open seven days a week.

Mid America Science Museum 

A pioneer in hands-on science learning, Mid-America Science Museum has been a resource for innovative STEM education since its opening in 1979. Serving the community as a unique destination for generations of families for 40 years. The Mid-America Science Museum provides an escape for curious minds of all ages. Located less than a mile from Hot Springs National Park.

Gangster Museum of America

Take a trip back to the early 1900s! This museum offers an in-depth look at the famous spa town’s gangster lifestyle. Including eyewitness accounts of the glory days of gambling in the heart of Central Avenue. It highlights the stories of many notorious gangsters. For example, Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, Bugs Moran, and Frank Costello, who were known to ‘escape’ to The Spa City. Within the walls of this museum lies a slice of history that up until now has lived on as speculation – start your virtual visit now and plan to stop by in person later!

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Enter the world of 18th-century buccaneers. Putt-putt your way through mountain caves, across a full-scale pirate ship, over footbridges, and under cascading waterfalls. Don’t disturb the napping pirates in their hammocks overhead!

Garvan Gardens

Garvan Gardens - Hot Springs
Anthony Chapel – Garvan Gardens

It was Mrs. Garvan’s wish that the Gardens be used to educate and serve the people of Arkansas. She wanted the gardens to provide the joy and repose it had offered her. She noted the devastation of the environment that had taken place in her lifetime and wished to preserve a remnant of the twentieth century’s natural grandeur for generations to come.

Tiny Town Trains

This collection started as a train display under a family Christmas tree. Made completely out of found, repurposed, and recycled materials. This collection grew and was moved into its current location. Be an authentic train conductor.

Magic Springs

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park is an amusement park and water park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is approximately 50 miles from Little Rock. A single price admission includes all-day use of the rides and attractions in both parks. The park is open daily late-May through mid-August. Advanced reservations must be made online.

The Galaxy Connection Museum

Interactive Museum Featuring Star Wars and Superhero characters. They make unsure trip planners heroes! See the delight on the faces of your loved ones as they walk into the museum. Take all the photos you want. All profits of the museum go towards community outreach.

Need a place to stay? Consider Catherine’s Landing

Located just five minutes outside of historic Hot Springs, Arkansas,

Catherine’s Landing is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Truly, it’s a place where you can get away without really having to disconnect. Steeped in history, this unique property spans 400 pastoral acres and surrounded by one mile of water frontage on beautiful Lake Catherine. With open sky and natural wonders around every bend. Go for a hike on the Big Foot Trail. Watch for wildlife – like armadillos, bunnies, and deer. Explore the clean, clear waters of Lake Catherine. Explore the property by Zip-Line! Forget the devices, fun can be had by family members of ALL ages! Check current rates and availability here.

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