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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)

Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, AR
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Ranked #5 of 40 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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Lakewood, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This is a free museum, located in one of the historic bath houses along Bathhouse Row. It is a must-see to have an understanding of the popularity of mineral baths in the early 1900's. So many of their methods seem archaic to us today, yet it is interesting to also see the similarities to the current exercise and health treatments.... More

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Washington, Missouri
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The ceiling alone in the original men's bath hall makes this worth the visit: it contains one of the most spectacular pieces of stained glass I've seen in a long time. The rest of the building is restored and shows the historical process of "taking the bath". A must-do if you're going over to Buckstaff for the first time to... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My mom and I went here for a quick walk around to see how a traditional bathhouse used to look. You could either follow along with a tour guide (for free) or walk throughout by yourself. Everything was so intact from when this bathhouse used to be active. Wonderful little historical spot if you're walking bathhouse row in downtown Hot... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The visitor center was great and the history on how the bath house was when it opened a long time ago was great. So much preserved history here

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Texarkana, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place is great if u like old world architecture it is a self guided free tour. They have it set up like it would have been in the early 1900's. No elevator so if u are disabled u cant really go because their are stairs.

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oklahoma city
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

So glad we took a guided tour. Lots to see and learn, although it was hard to keep the littes ones (3 and 6) engaged throughout the tour. We learned a lot and the 6 year old enjoyed getting her Junior Ranger badge. Our guide, though I forgot her name, was excellent! You could tell she knew her stuff was... More

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Fordyce is a must see when visiting Hot Springs. The building has been restored and is set up exactly the way it was when it was a functioning bathhouse in the early 1900's. You will see the interesting old equipment and spa facilities that people enjoyed in days past. The architecture is amazing and be sure to check out... More

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Houston, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Just happened to walk in as a guided tour was starting and she was really informative. We learned so much more that way. This is a beautifully restored museum, looking like it would during its hayday. Great to see the difference between the men and women's area. Don't skip the 3rd and 4th floors, which include the resting area and... More

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Acworth, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Wonderful tour of a bathhouse kept as if time stood still. The NPS has kept this Bathhouse as it was in the 1920's. Our Park Ranger tour guide took the time to not only explain the different procedures but to teach the "science" behind the waters. Also she asked probing questions of us to bring us into and interact. An... More

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

very interesting, they offered a self guided tour of the bathhouse. It has been restored to its original state. The tubs the showers the old electrical equipment used. Its just amazing what and how things were done in yesteryear.

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