Hot Springs, AR Attractions Overview: Parks, Festivals
Hot Springs has attracted visitors and tourists for more than 200 years and has been a resort destination since before the Civil War. The city’s popularity led to new sources of entertainment for tourists including a racetrack and casino, an amusement park, and a wealth of festivals throughout the year.
Whether or not you’re a gambler, you can always count on a full house at Oaklawn Park. The racetrack has been a Hot Springs landmark for more than 100 years. The track is one of the last remaining pieces of the city’s extensive gambling and gangster history. A full-service venue, the park hosts a casino area, restaurants and concerts events.
With such a rich history to draw from, Hot Springs showcases their heritage in the Gangster Museum of America and looks toward the future in the Mid-America Science Museum. The Gangster Museum of America exhibits the history left behind by the many outlaws who once used the city as a retreat. Al Capone’s 1928 Cadillac is even on display. The Mid-America Science Museum’s permanent exhibits include natural science, light, mirrors, a Tesla Theatre and a Matter Island.
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park is a perfect for stop for the whole family. Equipped with amusement and water rides, the park also offers on-site dining, shopping and nearby lodging. Concerts are held throughout the year by various well known artists. Some rides include the Arkansas Twister, the Plummet Summit and Dr. Dean’s Rocket Machine.
Hot Springs is an arts-centered community, and the opportunity to celebrate in all mediums is a year-round perk. Besides its varied art galleries, the city offers several festivals throughout the year.
Catch live music at the annual Hot Springs Music Festival, Valley of the Vapors Indie Music Festival, the Hot Springs Blues Festival or the Hot Springs Jazz Festival.
Or, if movies are more your scene, see what filmmakers from around the country are presenting at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival held each October.
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