Ouachita Region

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Things to Do

Hot Springs Village, a charming resort community in west Central Arkansas, spans over 26,000 acres. The Village is located just 20 minutes from historic Hot Springs, the vacation capital of Arkansas, and 45 minutes from Little Rock, the capital city. 

Venture into Hot Springs for International cuisine… from German to Irish, Latin American, Vietnamese, Indian, Irish, Cajun and American, there is something delicious for every palate.

Hot Springs, home to historic Bathhouse Row, Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Theme Park, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming. The legendary thermal waters of Hot Springs have attracted people for the last 100 years! Bathhouse Row is a must-see attraction with many unique shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants including microbreweries.

Escapes

Get your FREE Escape to the Ouachitas Magazine – packed full of great regional information, call 501-922-3777 now.

View Issues Online: https://www.escapemagazinear.com/

Escape to the Ouachitas is a lifestyle magazine produced by RE/MAX of Hot Springs Village. It is packed full of fun things to do, visit, eat, buy, as well as, cool info on Hot Springs Village and the Ouachita region.

Escape is distributed to over 100 locations throughout the Ouachita Region and Central Arkansas, and, mailed across the country to individuals and businesses interested in (or cross-promoting) Hot Springs Village.

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Local Attractions

Venture outside the gates of Hot Springs Village for unique local attractions that are sure to delight one and all.

North America's only active Crystal Mining is a few minutes away from the front gate. Dig to your heart's content and take home everything that you find - for friends and family.

Located in a valley surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and the great Diamond Lakes of Ouachita, Hamilton and Catherine, Hot Springs National Park has thrived as a tourist destination for the past 100 years. Spend the day relaxing in the historic baths of Hot Springs National Park or go shopping on Central Avenue. Stop in one of the many unique shops or fine art galleries. Hot Springs is home to Oaklawn Jockey Club, America's dominant thoroughbred horse-racing facility, featuring 60-plus days of thrilling thoroughbred racing from late January through April each year.

Got a penchant for danger? Visit the Gangster Museum of America to learn about the nation’s most notorious mobsters who liked to hang out (and hide out) in Hot Springs. 

Indulge your taste for fantastic flavor at restaurants large and small. From chains to local mom and pop establishments, as well as international cuisine, farm to table offers and more, you’re sure to find something to suite your taste buds.

National Park Duck Tours, Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum, Bathhouse Row and the Belle of Hot Springs riverboat round out some of the must-see attractions.  Or, treat the family to go-carting, miniature golf and live entertainment including magic and music shows.  

Just a Few of the Places to See…

The Ouachita Region is chock full of some of the most beautiful places in Arkansas. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise.

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Adventure Works Zipline

Ready for a great adventure? Make Adventure Works, in Hot Springs Adventure Park, your destination for fun. Try zip-lining to experience a bird’s-eye view of the scenic Ouachita landscape.

Zip Tours include 10 zip lines and are approximately 1-1/2 hours in length. Zipping is a thrilling adventure and offers a spectacular bird’s-eye view of nature’s majestic beauty! Zippers sail through the air on steel cables, secured in a safety harness, and attached to a zip pulley system. There are several zip-lining experiences to choose from. The Canopy Zip Tour takes you deep in the forest alongside a tributary creek that feeds Lake Catherine. The Aerial Adventure includes a 16-element challenge course full of swinging bridges, hanging vines, cargo nets, and much more.

The annual Haunted Forest Zip tour takes place in October, precisely the time when local legend claims that ghosts visit Hot Springs in search of a cure from the magical spring waters that flow from the earth into Hot Springs.

Adventureworks was formed in 1987 when the company began creating team-building programs and adventures. Since then, Adventureworks has grown to become a nationally recognized leader in experience-based training and development, and has expanded to include thrill of a lifetime adventures for everyone.

In addition to the Hot Springs location, Adventureworks offers adrenaline filled fun in Virginia Beach, Nashville West, and Nashville North.

Hot Springs Adventure Park at Catherine’s Landing RV Resort

1700 Shady Grove Rd, Hot Springs, AR, 71901, 501-262-9182

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Alligator Farm

Visit the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo today for an opportunity to be a kid again. Hold a baby alligator, feed and pet miniature goats and see wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, raccoons and more up close and personal. There’s something fun for everyone in your family.www.AlligatorFarmZoo.com Groups Welcomed! Feed baby gators meat on a stick! Enjoy live alligator feeding shows every Thu, Sat & Sun at noon May thru Oct.

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Area Rivers

Caddo River

Above the lake, the Caddo River is rated as an excellent "family" float stream and outfitters, cabins and other lodging are available. Below DeGray, the Caddo continues some four miles before joining the lower Ouachita River just north of Arkadelphia.

Ouachita River

The Ouachita River runs through the Ouachita Mountains. Two dams interrupt its flow near the resort town of Hot Springs to form lakes Hamilton and Catherine. Below Lake Catherine, the stream travels south past Arkadelphia before leaving the Ouachita Mountain region and entering the West Gulf Coastal Plain, also known in Arkansas as the Timberlands region. 

Great Kayak Fishing Spot! The Ouachita River provides excellent seasonal fishing for rainbow trout. 

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Community Tour

Come explore Hot Spring Village nestled in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas, North America’s largest gated community.

Hot Springs Village offers a large selection of real estate spread across 26,000+ acres of Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.

The area’s natural beauty: Breathtaking vistas, blossoming forests, and gleaming lakes, combined with its mild climate, reasonable property taxes, and low cost of living makes it the perfect place to call home. Available real estate spans from very affordable to affluent, with homes priced from $100,000 to over $1 million. The variety of homes ranges from golf-front and lakefront to mountain-view or wooded. Newly constructed homes and property lots are also available.

Call RE/MAX of HSV to schedule your Hot Springs Village Real Estate and community tour: 501-922-3777!

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Crystal Mining

Jim Coleman Crystal Mines, Inc. has been family owned and operated since 1963. It is the largest producer of natural Arkansas Quartz in the United States. The mine is open to the public year round, and the Rock Shop offers a unique selection of gifts all its own. Along with the Quartz that they mine, Jim Coleman Crystal Mines offers Incite from Poland, Amethyst from Brazil, spheres made from Angelite, Amethyst, Labradorite, Quartz and Rose Quartz, metaphysical stones, fossils, jewelry, glassware, and various other minerals and specimens from around the world.

During the daily mining, crystals are brought up in half-bushel baskets. Each basket contains approximately 30 - 40 pounds of dirty quartz crystals and mining dirt (weight varies with each basket), and they are not picked for quality. There are points and clusters in these baskets. They can be purchased directly or sent to customers from the mine. As they have no way of knowing what is inside, it is like buying a mystery grab bag. These bags of crystal findings are popular items and are shipped both nationally and internationally.

Plan to visit Jim Coleman Crystal Mines and dig for your own crystal “goodies,” or visit the Rock Shop and browse the large selection of unique items made from a wide variety of minerals and specimens from around the world.

5837 North Highway 7, Jessieville, AR 71949, 501-984-5328

501-984-5453 (wholesale only)

 

Ron Coleman Mining has been the premiere destination for hands-on quartz crystal mining and precious gem gifts for 30 years. It is not only an attraction for Arkansas residents, visitors come from all over the country to see the mine in Jessieville, Arkansas, and to dig their own treasures!

The large digging area has an abundance of quality quartz crystals and offers comprehensive crystal and quartz mining for all ages and skill levels. Everyone is welcome to the public mining area, no reservations are necessary; even pets are allowed to “mine” with you, as long as they are leashed. There is a side-by-side zip-line that soars over at nearly a 1/4 mile long, offering a spectacularly clear view of everything below you, as well as the surrounding splendid scenery.

Ron Coleman Mining offers a guarantee to adult and senior diggers—you will leave with beautiful, unique crystals. This is one reason they are considered to be one of the best crystal mines in Arkansas. You are encouraged to visit the Gift Shop for guidance if you are digging and not finding your fee’s worth of crystals. The staff at Ron Coleman Mining is helpful and wants you to be completely satisfied with your visit.

Ron Coleman Mining has one of the region’s few RV parks, Crystal Ridge Park, which offers comfortable accommodations and is within easy walking distance of the gift shop and digging area. 

155 Crystal Ridge Lane

Jessieville, AR 71949, 501-984-5396

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Diamond Lakes & Lake Ouachita

Visit one of the Diamond Lakes: Lakes Catherine, Hamilton and Ouachita are home to great fishing, outdoor activities and more.

Lake Hamilton

Lake Hamilton is a 7,460- popular recreational and residential lake in Hot Springs. Hill Wheatley Park, located on the shore, has a popular swim area with a man-made sandy beach, picnic facilities and restrooms.

Lake Ouachita

Famous for its pristine water and scenic beauty, Lake Ouachita is the largest lake in the state and one of our closet neighbors with boating, fishing, paddle boarding, spear fishing, scuba diving and camping. The lake has rugged shoreline with lots of islands and hidden coves and is a favorite for bass fishing.

Lake DeGray

As evidenced by its popularity for fishing, camping, swimming, water-skiing and other water sports, the 13,400-acre DeGray Lake is a prime vacation and weekend getaway in west-central Arkansas. Situated among ridges of the Ouachita Mountains and formed by a dam across the Caddo River, the lake has 15 boat-launching ramps on its shores. Houseboating, sailing and scuba ping are also popular, as is observing bald eagles that winter on DeGray. 

Diamond Lakes Region

Lake Ouachita is the largest lake in the state and one of Hot Springs Village’s closet neighbors with boating, fishing, paddle boarding, spear fishing, scuba diving and camping. https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakeouachita/

Lake DeGray is popular for fishing, camping, swimming, houseboating, sailing, scuba diving and water-skiing. http://www.arkansas.com/lake/degray-lake/6

Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs offers great water-skiing, boating, fishing and jet skiing. http://www.arkansas.com/lake/lake-hamilton/18

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Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens offers year-round botanical landscapes. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the breathtaking sites.

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Geocaching

Love to geocache? Get the GPS coordinates for Hot Springs Village online at www.Geocaching.com.

Geocaching is a popular modern-day treasure hunt combining nature and technology. The location of each geocache (hidden treasure) is marked with Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates. Geocachers use hand-held GPS devices to hunt for partially hidden containers.

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Magic Springs Theme Park

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, located in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas, offers the natural states’ only theme park, water park, and concert amphitheater in ONE location for ONE low price. Think adrenaline charged rides, think big slides and great summer concerts, all included with a general admission ticket or Season Pass! With great rides for all ages, delicious things to eat, and fun things to do, this park includes something for every member of the family.

The park contains more than 80 attractions and amusement rides, including four popular roller coasters.

There is the classic wooden “Arkansas Twister” coaster with its 92-foot drop, and a suspended looping coaster called “The Gauntlet” that features a 110-foot drop. Guests looking for family fun will enjoy the

“Twist ’n Shout” chock-full of curves and turns, and the smaller “Diamond Mine Coaster” is sure to put smiles on the faces of younger riders.

Splash your way to extreme, cool fun at the Magic Springs Theme and Water Park. A million gallons of water flow through more than a dozen water park attractions, including a gigantic wave pool, Boogie Blast surf simulator and family water-play complex. The “Rapid Falls Raceway” has six lanes for racing others down a 310-foot slide with two dips; “Seven Falls” is a combination of four tube slides and three speed slides. “Plummet Summit” is a water raft ride with a 50-foot drop. The “Kodiak Canyon Adventure River,” “Crystal Lagoon Pool,” and “Grizzly Creek Family Splash Zone” are great for family fun!

 

The Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Theme and Water Park offers a variety of concerts, certain to appeal to every music lover. Past concerts have included Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder, Sammy Kershaw, Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, Marshall Tucker Band, and much more. Remember, concerts are included with one-day admission or Season Pass!

1701 East Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, 501-624-0100

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Mountain Biking Trails

Hot Springs is home to a versatile trail system with offerings for riders of all ages and skill levels. Take a quick one-mile scenic loop or push yourself on one of our beginner-to-intermediate trails. For hardcore riders, Hot Springs has three IMBA Epic Rides, ranging from the heart-pumping 33-mile Womble Trail to the grueling 108-mile Ouachita National Recreational Trail. Hot Springs was designated as an IMBA Bronze-level Ride Center in 2015. Whatever level you’re on, take your ride to the next one in Hot Springs. Download maps and learn more: Hotsprings.org/Pages/Bike-Hot-Springs

  1. Northwoods Trail System 26-Miles Skill level: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced
  2. Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail 2.5-Miles, Skill Level: Beginner
  3. Entergy Park 1-Mile, Skill Level: Beginner
  4. Iron Mountain Trail 21.5-Miles, Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  5. IMBA Epic Womble Trail 33-Miles, Skill Level: Intermediate
  6. IMBA Epic Ouachita National Recreation Trail 108-Miles, Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  7. IMBA Epic (LOViT) Lake Ouachita Vista Trail 45-Miles, Skill Level: Intermediate
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Museums

  1. Mid-America Science Museum

100 hands-on exhibits—both traveling and permanent—plus educational programs, summer camps, and more.

501-767-3461, 500 Mid America Blvd, Hot Springs, AR 71913 Midamericamuseum.org

  1. The Gangster Museum of American

An historic and entertaining account of Hot Springs in the 20s, 30s, and 40s when mineral water, gambling, bootlegging, and other extreme pleasures brought visitors from all over the world, including some of the most notorious criminals in America.

501-318-1717, 510 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901 Tgmoa.com

  1. Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum

Lifelike statues of 100+ celebrities and movie characters plus a gambling museum and gangster escape tunnels included with admission.

501-623-5836, 250 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901 Seehotsprings.com

  1. The Galaxy Collection

A must-see private collection of Star Wars and Superhero memorabilia for any fan of Sci-Fi/Pop culture.

501-276-4432, 536 Ouachita Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901 Thegalaxyconnection.com

  1. Arkansas Arts Center

The Arkansas Arts Center’s permanent collection boasts renowned works including drawings, contemporary craft, and special collections. Museum, Children’s Theatre, Museum School, and more.

501-372-4000, 2510 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202 Arkansasartscenter.org

  1. Historic Arkansas Museum

Tour the museum’s historic grounds. Visit a pre-civil war neighborhood, including the oldest homes still standing in Little Rock, and the site where William Woodruff once printed the Arkansas Gazette. Interact with living history, explore artifacts and exhibits, plus interactive children’s gallery.

501-324-9351, 200 E Third St, Little Rock, AR 72201 Historicarkansas.org

  1. William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

501-374-4242, 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 Clintonlibrary.gov

Explore permanent and temporary exhibits, research library, treasures from the Clinton vault, including over 100,000 three-dimensional objects and works of art on rotation, and education national programs. The Clinton Library and Museum also serves as an event center and includes the award-winning 42 Bar and Table Restaurant.

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Oaklawn

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, formerly Oaklawn Park Race Track, is home to The Racing Festival of the South! With multimillion-dollar capital and racing improvements, the track has reached elite status in the United States. 

The fun that visitors can find at Oaklawn is not limited to a spectacular day at the races. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, offers a variety of gaming options for lovers of cards and slots! 

Playing slot games has never been more fun than it is at Oaklawn. With denominations starting at 1 cent, Oaklawn has a wide selection of slots boasting over 1,530 machines. With names like Alfred Hitchcock, Master of Suspense, Rakin’ Bacon, Heidi’s Bier Haus, and The Lord of the Rings, Rule Them All you are sure to find the perfect game! 

Why not try Video Poker at Oaklawn? Similar to traditional poker, the basic game is a five-card draw. A winning hand starts with a pair of Jacks, and the Jackpot is hit with a Royal Flush. Players select the amount they wish to bet and are dealt a hand of cards, and they can select the cards to keep by touching the screen. 

If table games are your idea of the perfect casino past-time, find your place at one of Oaklawn’s 32 tables. Choose from exciting games like Blackjack, Craps, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Fusion Auto Roulette, and Three Card Poker. 

You can also bet your favorite games and events at Oaklawn's Race & Sports Book located in the Casino. Numerous betting options offered include parlays, teasers, in-game betting, and prop bets. Sports offered include: Football (NFL and NCAAF), Basketball (NBA, WNBA, NCAAM), Baseball (MLB), Hockey (NHL), Soccer (MLS, Premier League, World Cup), and Combat Sports (UFC and Boxing). 

 

2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901, 501-623-4411

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Spas

  1. HSV Day Spa

Manicures, Pedicures, Hair Saloon, Massage Therapy, Facials

501-915-8419 - 111 Ponderosa Ln, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

  1. Chrysalis Day Spa

Massage Therapy, Body Treatments, Facials, Lash & Bow, Waxing, Microblading, Microneedling, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Tattoo Removal, Spray Tans, Teeth Whitening, Manicures & Pedicures, Individual and Couples Packages

501-520-5400 - 4332 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71913 Chrysalisdayspa.com

  1. Thai-Me Spa

Massage Therapy, Skin Care, Body Care, Facials, Lash, Brow & Waxing, Cosmetics, Individual and Couple Packages

501-520-4772 - 328 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901 Thai-me.com

  1. Spa Botanica

Skin Care, Body Treatments, Nail Care, Massage Therapy, Bachelorette, Bridal & Wedding Party Packages

501-321-4444 - 400 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, AR 71901 Spabotanicahotsprings.com

  1. Quapaw Baths & Spa

Massage Therapy, Mud Baths, Facials, Body Treatments, Thermal Pools, Private Baths, Steam Cave, Blow Out Bar, Café and Boutique

501-609-9822 - 413 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901 Quapawbaths.com

  1. Destinations Day Spa

Massage Therapy, Body Rituals, Facials, Waxing, Lash & Brow, Sunless Tanning, Botox & Dermal Fillers

501-525-3400 - 250 Cornerstone Blvd, Hot Springs, AR 71913 Hsdestinationsdayspa.com

  1. Ablution Day Spa & Salon

Massage Therapy, Facials, Nail Care, Hair Care, Lash & Brow, Waxing, Body Treatments, Mineral Bath, Ionic Foot Detox, Couples Packages

501-525-6450 - 4904 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71913 Ablutiondayspa.com

  1. Buckstaff Bathhouse

Hydrotherapy, Thermal Mineral Baths, Massage Therapy, Thermal Pools, Nail Care, Facials, Individual and Couple Packages

501-623-2308 - 509 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901 Buckstaffbaths.com

  1. The Thermal Bathhouse & Spa at the Arlington

Facials, Hair Care, Skin Care, Body Treatments, Mineral Make-up, Thermal Water Whirlpool Baths, Dry Sauna, Pressurized Shower, Reflexology Foot Massage, Hydrotherapy

501-609-2514 - 239 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901 Arlingtonhotel.com/spa-salon

  1. Oxy-Zen

Oxygen Bar, Aqua Massage

501-623-2777 - 328 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901