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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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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Self guided...very informative and really interesting! I learned a lot about the way things were done "back in the day".

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Aurora, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the movie/history of Hot Springs. Love to learn about bygone days! Great photos of architectural pieces in hallways.

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Dallas, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
40 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The bathhouse is very interesting to see. The guides are very knowledgeable. This building gives you lots of Hot Springs history.

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Covington, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Nice, informative visit. Our only issue was one particular park attendant had difficulty keeping her political views to herself. But overall a good time.

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Oklahoma
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94 reviews 94 reviews
48 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The Fordyce is very well preserved with a lot of original furnishings. We took a docent tour and then walked around on our own. We especially love the 2 areas that had stained glass ceilings. A lot of work went into these areas. The only negative thing I would say about the Fordyce is, the elevator is under construction so... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Wonderfully restored and preserved, it provides a look back in time. The original bath, shower and steam areas are open to self or guided tours. The time work and fixtures are beautiful.

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Nederland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We only had a couple of hours to visit and we were not disappointed by the self-guided tour. We would have liked to do the free guided tour, but time did not allow. Planning to return next year for a couple days.

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Wayne City, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I'm glad I went but don't need to go back. Some of it was interesting. But once you've seen a bathtub....

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Camden, Arkansas
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150 reviews 150 reviews
51 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I recommend a visit to this bath house. Take the free narrated tour, it adds so much to the experience. No longer in operation, it is a museum.

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Corsicana, Texas, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

When visiting Hot Springs, Arkansas, be sure to stop in at the Visitor Center in the Fordyce Bathhouse. We learned so much about the history of the area and the role that the bathhouses played in helping to shape the community.

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