Places to cool off in NW Arkansas
A Hot Springs Get Away may be just what you need. Located just a few short hours south of NW Arkansas is a funky little oasis that sits within a National Park. There is so much to do here it may be hard to cram it all in to one weekend but we have highlighted many of the best activities to do and places to check out.
1. Bathhouse Row – Book your treatments well in advance to be sure you are able to get a spot. The 2 main bathhouses are The Quapaw, which is more like a traditional spa that we are used to. You may line up early and try to get time in the pools, but it is 1st come, 1st serve. The Buckstaff is another bathhouse that offers a bath experience more like it used to be. Meaning you will have bath attendants enter your bath area. This may not be for everyone, so read more about each place.
2. The Garvin Woodland Gardens – Located at 550 Arkridge Rd in Hot Springs. It is a bit of a drive away from Bathhouse Row but well worth it. It is a 210 Acre botanical garden with not only peacful gardens that over look the lake, but stunning architecture from famed Architect Fay Jones.
3. Oak Lawn Racing- Typical racing season is Dec – May. Come place your bets for your favorite horse or visit the attached casino for a little more fun. There is an onsite hotel and spa as well.
4. Gem Mining – We decided to visit Ron Coleman mining and actually found a few gorgeous crystals.
Don’t forget the entire downtown part of Hot Springs is located in a National Park. There are no fees to enter and you can stroll the streets past the bath houses, enjoy lunch and walk in the gardens. Hot Springs offers the perfect spot for romantic getaways, family trips, girls weekends and much more. It is tops of our list for great weekend getaways from NW Arkansas.