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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)

Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, AR
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Ranked #5 of 38 attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: Once one of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, this building has been renovated and now serves as the visitors center.
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Rogers, Arkansas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Beautifully preserved to show not only the bath experience, but also some of the early medical techniques that were used during the time. The boys got a kick out of the gym. If you like history, you won't want to miss the Fordyce Bathhouse. There are wonderful exhibits and films throughout to explain how things were used and done. There... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's like stepping back in time. It's weird and wonderful, I visit every time I go to Hot springs! Plus it's free!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is an unusual National Park and such an interesting part of history in the medical world. I appreciated the signs on the self guided tour. The young woman at the front desk was very informative since her grandmother had worked at the bath houses during the years when segregation still was present. Interesting perspective.

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Monroe, Louisiana, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice gem and bravo to the Park Service for preserving this (and other) bath houses. Walk through and see all the old facilities aided by the many exhibits and info stations throughout.

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Ferris, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

So very cool to see all of this stuff from way back when. It was free of charge and very cool to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Took the family to Hot Springs without intentions of visiting the bathhouses but after parking in downtown we quickly ran into the Fordyce. It was a great look at history and culture. We skipped the guided tour due to time we had but enjoyed the peek at al the spa amenities of the day. The statue in the men's area... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We enjoyed the tour. The rangers were friendly. Our tour guide was Toni. She was nice. And she said her great aunt was one of the bath house attendants a long time ago. We got to stick our hands in the springs and drink the water. The water was very good. It had a distinctive taste. The sounds of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Very informational and wonderful! Park rangers here aren't as helpful as normal nor are they polite but overall the information you read it wonderful.

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Magnolia, Arkansas
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15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If your a tourist, visiting Hot Springs...you need to pop in here to see how its done and learn tons about the baths and the whole Hot Springs Experience! This place is very nice and the staff is awesome! Very helpful! Gives you an idea...of what its all about!

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Denton
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Good place to walk around and get the history of bathhouse row. Can see a real hot spring in the ground

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