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Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)

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Address: Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs, AR
Description: Once one of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, this building has been...
Once one of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, this building has been renovated and now serves as the visitors center.
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This Is A Must See

If you came to visit Hot Springs, then you need to see the Visitor Center. Its not a normal visitor center. This is a very detailed and easy to digest Museum of a real old 3... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Jerry B
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Branson, Missouri
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Branson, Missouri
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357 reviews 357 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you came to visit Hot Springs, then you need to see the Visitor Center. Its not a normal visitor center. This is a very detailed and easy to digest Museum of a real old 3 story bath house. Lots of workout gym equipment from early 20th century. Very enjoyable. Budget at least 30-45 minutes.

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Colorado
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Step back in time and relive the glory days of bathhouse row. Then walk down the street and take a bath and massage at the Buckstaff, operating since 1915!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very well done visitor center and national park museum. Great "slice of life" for those who enjoy learning about the olden days. Clean, interesting, lots of memorabilia and restoration to really see what the bathhouse culture of yesteryear was all about.

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Amazing look at bathhouses in the old days! Room after room of antique equipment and displays. One really gets the feel of how it was.

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Batesville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This attraction is free and offers great history of the bath houses in Hot Springs. This is an old bath house turned into a visitor center. You get to go almost anywhere inside so it's really neat. Beautiful architecture. However, it felt very strange to me, creepy, maybe haunted. I didn't do the basement! Go ahead and hit it up.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We went with the self guided tour and thought it was interesting to see what it was like in the bathhouses during that time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Fun and very interesting - definitely worth doing when you are in Hot Springs. It was very interesting to see how the men and women's areas were so vastly different. Really brought you back in time.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

It takes you way back in time. The history of how they did medical treatment is remarkable. I really enjoyed visiting here.

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White oak texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is an old bathhouse that is no longer in use. They have a guided tour and self guided as well. We chose to just look around on our own since we had appointments later that morning for baths at the Quapaw. It was fun and a little creepy, actually made me glad we had chosen the more modern facility... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Not only do they show you the history about the bathhouses they teach you about the history of Hot Springs. A nice free museum to go to and they also have a coupon there for the mountain tower.

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