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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)

Address: Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, AR
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Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Once one of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, this building has been renovated and now serves as the...
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Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Owner 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We started with the free self guided tour and found it to be extremely informative. It was a wonderful entry into the world of the "Guilded Age". This is also the Visitor Centre for The National Park and as such, should be visited first

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We did the free, self-guided tour. It's worth stopping by for a 30 minute walk-though just to see what an old bathhouse looked like.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

A travesty of man's influence on nature. The entire city is a lost cause. The National Park Service has turned the place as far away from "natural" as possible, as you walk in the park behind the few non-abandoned, non-burnt-out-and-left-a-pile-of-ruin bath houses you will see green metal padlocked outlets that make sure no natural springs can be observed anywhere in... More 

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the historical features. Seeing the old bath house equipment was very interesting. Great preservation of bath house history. Definitely a must-see during your visit to Hot Springs.

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RI, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A beautiful old building past of the National Parks in the middle of Main St. Easy to explore and gives a real sense of what the town was like at the turn of the century.

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Warrenville, IL
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147 reviews 147 reviews
83 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

While Hot Springs National Park wasn't one of our favorite National Parks, you still must visit the Fordyce Bathouse Visitor Center. There was a ranger led program arranging when we were getting ready to leave; we just walked around on our own and watched the video. It gave a very good idea of the history behind the park and a... More 

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Rochester, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had no plans to tour a bathhouse during our visit to Hot Springs, but the Visitor Center is in a bathhouse, and the tour is self-guided and free, so we thought, why not? The beautiful mosaic floors, stained glass windows, statue in the men's section, gymnasium, parlours, all give perspective to a time gone by. So glad we stopped.... More 

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Wilton, Iowa
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85 reviews 85 reviews
18 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This facility is well preserved, interesting, with lots of information. After having the treatment at Buckstaff Bathhouse, it's remarkable how similar the treatment faculties are there to what is preserved here. This is fancier, with more stained glass and fine woodwork. And best of all, this self guided tour is free!

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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great place to visit and see the skilled tile work as well as the gorgeous stained glass skylight. The building has been well maintaned.

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Austin, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Very nformative tour of the Bathhouse. Gives an interesting perspective on american life several decades ago.

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