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“A neat place to tour, but park guides don't care to guide”

Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)
Ranked #4 of 84 things to do in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Once one of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, this building has been renovated and now serves as the visitors center.
Reviewed 14 April 2018

We stopped in on a whim, really not knowing what to do or where to go. We knew we wanted to at least get a sip of the hot, Hot Springs water. Went into the National Park visitor's center and told them exactly that- The drinkable spring access behind the center was broken- they sent us to the mountain fountain, but that one is cold. We toured this building (pretty interesting) saw the open springs (with lots of algae) behind the building, went up to the mountain observation area, and then happened to find a drinkable hot spring access point on the corner on our way back to parking. It was worth a stop, but it would have been helpful if the park employees were a bit more well, helpful.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Well worth the time, and it's free! The history of the hot springs, the bath houses, and the spa services offered, is very interesting. The museum has lots of really neat artifacts and information from past eras. Quite frankly, it would be dumb to be in Hot Springs vacationing and not check this out.

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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

We went on a self guided tour. You learn a lot about the bathhouses and the history. Free museum. There are a couple shirt movies (9 minutes and 15 minutes) you can watch. Would highly recommend visiting!

Thank KSeater
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

They have a tour that you have to go on to hear from the Park Ranger the true story of Bathhouse Row. You are able to do it on your own, but we loved the tour and our guide.

Thank Ann K
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We got to the bath house about 15 minutes before closing so had to race through to see what we could. And even in that time, it was quite interesting. Even more impressive were the springs up the hill behind and the pools you could put your hands or feet in just outside the building. The water was hot (143 degrees) but you had to feel it. And just down the street are public fountains where you can fill up jugs with slightly cooler hot mineral water. You can give it a taste there and it's find, if a bit mineral-y. Nice stop over on our trip through the south.

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