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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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Museum of the old bathhouses back in the day. Educational, informative and a little erie because it reminded me of place you might go if you were crazy back in the day. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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171 reviews 171 reviews
60 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Museum of the old bathhouses back in the day. Educational, informative and a little erie because it reminded me of place you might go if you were crazy back in the day. It is very interesting. YOU should go.

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Durant, Oklahoma
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15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This needs to be your first stop on Bath House Row! The tour is free and is self-paced. I am so thankful that we were able to have a peek of what a bath house is before our bath house experience at the Buckstaff. If we wouldn't have gone on the tour of Fordyce, I would not have known what... More 

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Corning
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Gives you a realistic idea of what it was like to come to Hot Springs bathhouses in the late 1800's to mid 1900's. My whole family has made the tour two different times and really enjoy it each time.

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Euless
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Wow! What a neat informative little tour. We walked in and were greeted by National Park staff who quickly gave us a map and told us what we could see. They told us about basement and 3rd floor that many people miss seeing. In the basement you see the hot spring.The 3rd floor has a big gym in the back... More 

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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A fine, old structure but a quick 30 - 40 minute walk through is all that is needed. Great place to beat the heat.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We toured the Fordyce and learned a lot about the history of mineral bathing in the town of Hot Springs. There was even an old gymnasium.

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Tulsa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You don't really get the feel for why this is a national park until you visit the center and take a look the exhibits. Don't miss the 3rd floor(I did) but my son says it was really a hit. Hot Springs, the town, is old and in many places crumbly. But we and many others keep going back. I even... More 

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Southaven, Mississippi
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a partially guided tour, that is worth the trip. Is free and explains in detail how bath houses worked and how medical procedures were used/invented. Is kid friendly and once the first floor tour is over you can see the basement and other floors if you wish. We looked at all floors and areas and really enjoyed it.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The visitor center was a wealth of knowledge. We spent a couple hours here exploring the bathhouse and reading all the information available about the baths and the general area. I recommend this be your first stop in town because learning the history really seemed to make other landmarks and attractions mean more for us! We understood which hotels and... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This is a great little museum. All of the tile work and finishings are beautiful and it is really worth a walk-thru (we were unguided and it was great) especially if you are participating in any bath house activities yourself. It will help to give you a sense of what it was once like and help put your mind in... More 

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