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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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oklahoma city
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 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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St Louis, Missouri
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The best party about the Visitor Center was the movie they show you about the history of Hot Springs - the bathhouse museum is interesting, but we saw basically the same thing when we got our massages at our hotel.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I bet the stories would be fantastic. This VC is the next best thing. It really transports you back in time and gives you a real sense of what life in the old bathhouse days were like. Amazing walk through history. Beautiful architecture, stained glass, fountains. It can appeal to the history buff, those interested in art, architecture, health and... More

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Plano, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Our party of 7, ages 9-64 thoroughly enjoyed our Ranger led tour of this 100 year old bath house, now a part of the National Park Service. We learned a great deal from Alyssa about the health focus of the Spa and Springs that have attracted bathers for centuries. We highly recommend the guided tour if it works with your... More

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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