Free Time in Hot Springs

Downtown Hot Springs – Free

Take a walk in our historic downtown. You can visit the bathhouses including Fordyce Bathhouse which is a visitor center and museum. Also check out the Mountain Valley Spring Water Visitor Center & Museum. Be sure to bring some water bottles and fill them up at our various free water fountains.

Hike Through The National Park Forests – Free

There are so many great hikes through the forest, don’t miss them.

Hot Springs Mountain Loop – 1.7 miles – Easy

Sunset Trail – 10.6 miles – Loop – Moderate

Goat Rock Trail –  1.1 miles – Loop – Easy

West Mountain Trail – 1.2 miles – Loop – Easy

Lakes – Free

We are surrounded by many lakes that offer hiking trails, swimming areas, and great fishing.

Lake Catherine State Park

Lake Hamilton

Lake Desoto

Lake Balboa

Lake  Ouachita

Hot Springs Mountain Tower – $8

Want to most epic view in town? Take this 200 foot elevator to an observation deck that looks down upon Hot Springs and the surrounding forest. Lifted a total of 1,256 feet above sea level, the views at Hot Springs Mountain Tower won’t disappoint.

Garvan Woodland Gardens – $15

Garvan Gardens is a perfect picture of the natural beauty found in Arkansas. “From the dynamic architectural structures to the majestic botanical landscapes, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers breathtaking sights (and fantastic photo opportunities) at every turn.”

T-Rex Fun Spot – Costs Vary 

Has the largest Rope/ Zipline course in Hot Springs, LaserTag, Black Light Miniature Golf, and Go-Karts.

Galaxy Connection – $15

Interactive Museum featuring Star Wars and Superheroes

Alligator Farm – $6.50 Group Rate

Hold baby alligators, feed and pet different animals.

National Park Duck Tours – $25

On the tour you will take a ride aboard an amphibious World War II DUKW. The tour is approximately 75 minutes long, the land tour will take you around the famous bathhouse row and other historic sites along the way to beautiful Lake Hamilton.