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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)

Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, AR
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Ranked #6 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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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Whether you plan to take advantage of all the spa services on bath house row or not- this is definitely worth a stop during your visit! There is also a pretty shaded fountain area nearby to enjoy!

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Spicewood, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Free guided tours are available, but we opted not to wait and did our own. You can go through all 3 floors plus the basement. Very interesting to see the history of bath houses in Hot Springs and therapeutic medicine in general. Elevator is currently not working so other than ramps outside all that are available are stairs.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We were pleased that the Visitor Center was open again after renovations for our visit this year. The Fordyce is a real treasure. It represents the Bathhouse row, history of "taking the baths" rituals, and provides an entertaining and eductional experience. You can tour the facility on your own, no fee, and explore the basement and 3 floors of exhibits.... More

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The bathhouse serves as the visitor center for the Hot Springs National Park. Be sure to pick up a map so you can see all of the bathhouses and the drives available on both mountains. There were also brochures to explain the differences in the Quapaw and the Buckstaff Bathhouses.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We have visited Hot Springs before, but the last time that we visited the Fordyce was closed. We were glad this time that we made it in time to take a tour at about 2:00pm. We had to check in to our hotel at 3pm, and thought that the tour would only be 45 min or so. After an hour... More

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a very complete and interesting tour of what the bathhouses used to be like. You get to see everything inside without having to take a bath to do so. Also they have some films that are very informative. Don't miss it, it's free and very comprehensive.

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Plano, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the bath house. They've done a nice job restoring the rooms, putting up informative signs, and several short videos. There is no charge to enter. It is three- four stories and there is an elevator but it wasn't working the day we were there.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

In hindsight, this probably wasn't the best place to take 4 children, but it is totally free, so we thought, "what could it hurt?" I personally LOVED all of the history and looking at everything. It really takes you back in time. We spent about 20 minutes inside looking around, but I would have stayed longer if the kids weren't... More

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Houston, TX
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

While the exhibit has 3 floors there isn't really much to see and do. It's free, air conditioned and a perfect quick option if you are looking for some air conditioning or have a rainy day. I would recommend the approx 15 min movie. That was the best part. Very informative.

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Bevier, Missouri
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our guide was a very kind lady in her late 80's and she made us feel so welcome! The building has been beautifully restored. If you enjoy architecture and history put this on your list!

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