Bike On! Hot Springs has two of the three IMBA epic trails found in Arkansas – the Womble Epic and the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The International Mountain Bicycling Association uses the Epic® designation to identify the best mountain biking trails in the region.
Swing Through the Trees! Zip line to experience a bird’s eye view of the Ouachitas. Secured in safety harnesses and attached to a zip pully system, enjoy 12 unique ziplines and a sky bridge with observation deck: www.AdventureWorks.com/HotSprings.
Mine for Crystals! Dress in old clothes and grab a 3-prong garden tool, screwdriver and bucket to dig for Arkansas Quartz crystals: www.JimColemanCrystals.com.
Ride a Horse! Visit a 100-year old dude ranch for a scenic horseback ride or enjoy a guided mountain trail ride in the forest at Panther Valley Ranch: www.panthervalleyranch.com. Or saddle up at Mountain Harbor Riding Stable by Lake Ouachita for a trail ride or carriage ride: http://www.mountainharborstable.com/
Find a Cache! Hot Springs Village and the surrounding area’s GPS coordinates for can be viewed online at www.Geocaching.com.
Reel It! Catch bass, catfish, bluegill and sunfish (crappie) in Hot Springs Village lakes. Local marinas offer boat rentals, live bait and fishing tackle.
Just 20 minutes outside of Hot Springs Village is Hot Springs, home to historic Bathhouse Row 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 a microbrewery which recently opened in a renovated bathhouse.
Shop Central Avenue: While you are in town for your spa day, save some time to shop for treasures along Central Avenue. The historic district is home to some of the best places to find antiques, toys, snacks and souvenirs. Jump in your car and head further down Central Ave. for restaurants, drug stores, super stores and the Hot Springs Mall. Come take a dip in Hot Springs where the water is hot and treasures await. For more, go to www.HotSprings.org.
Oaklawn Gaming and Racing: Home to the Racing Festival of the South and Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn has hosted champions like Temperence Hill, Cigar, Curlin, Azeri, Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex, Zenyatta and many more. Live thoroughbred racing from January-April is just the ticket for high pulse rates and high purses. Oaklawn Gaming is home to year-round good times with a High Limits area, Poker Room, all your favorite Vegas-style games and great food and drink. www.Oaklawn.com
Garvan Gardens: From the dynamic architectural structures to the majestic botanical landscapes, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers breathtaking sights (and fantastic photo opportunities) at every turn. www.GarvanGardens.org
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls: Fun amusement park and water park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A single price admission includes all day use of the rides and attractions in both parks. The park is open weekends from April through October and daily late-May through mid-August. http://www.magicsprings.com/
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 more than 700 campsites, ranging from full hook-ups to primitive, and some 15 boat-launching ramps on its shores. Houseboating, sailing and scuba ping are also popular, as is observing bald eagles that winter on DeGray. arkansas.com/lake/degray-lake/6
Lake Hamilton: Created in 1932 when the Arkansas Power and Light Co. completed Carpenter Dam on the Ouachita River to generate electricity, Lake Hamilton is a 7,460- popular recreational and residential lake. Hill Wheatley Park, located on the shore, has a popular swim area with a man-made sandy beach, picnic facilities and restrooms. arkansas.com/lake/lake-hamilton/18
Water-skiing, pleasure boating and fishing are popular Hot Springs attractions on Lake Hamilton and rentals of watercraft and sport accessories are readily available.
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. www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakeouachita