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Top 20 Summer Adventures! | Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

Top 20 Summer Adventures! | Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is your go to for summer fun! This list offers a mix of soaking in the history, cooling off in the water, and exploring the natural beauty around town. Check them off as you go and create unforgettable summer memories!


Hit the Hot Spots

1. Hot Springs National Park Hike: Explore scenic trails through the national park, offering stunning views and cool escapes, and witness the natural wonder of the vibrant display spring, flowing freely at 143 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Drink the Water: After a hike in Hot Springs National Park, grab a cool drink of spring water from the Whittington or Happy Hollow spring fountains. Totally free, so drink up!
3. Stroll Through Garvan Woodland Gardens: Explore the breathtaking beauty of Hot Springs' 210-acre botanical garden.
4. Oaklawn Racing Casino: Try your luck at the casino at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort or cool off by the pool.


Make a Splash

5. Magic Springs Theme & Water Park: Make a splash on thrilling rides and water slides! Don't miss Magic Springs' Summer Concert Series, featuring artists including Tracy Byrd, Hawthorne Heights, and Nightranger under the night sky!
6. Lake Life: Embark on a kayaking adventure on one of Hot Springs' three area lakes, rent a boat, cast a line, or just take a dip surrounded by lush landscapes and abundant wildlife. Take your pick: Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita, and Lake Catherine.


Unique Attractions

7. Superior Bathhouse Brewery: Discover craft brews at the only brewery located in a national park, boasting 21 beers on tap! Try their fresh and delicious menu items like the Rose Burger or a root beer float made from Hot Springs thermal water!
8. Cool Treats: Cool off with an ice cream from Chill & Go, Kringles in the Park, Kilwin's, Scoops, Dolce and Gelato, or Fat Bottomed Girl's Cupcake Shop.
9. Mid-America Science Museum: Spark your curiosity at the Mid-America Science Museum, with interactive exhibits for all ages including their summer exhibit Hall of Heroes.
10. Hamilton Hangout: Beat the heat at this indoor arcade and bowling alley, with arcade classics, 16 bowling lanes, and a full bar and restaurant.
11. Hot Springs Mountain Tower Views: Take in panoramic views of the city and Ouachita mountains from the observation deck of Hot Springs Mountain Tower.
12. Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo: The oldest attraction in Arkansas awaits with live alligator feedings, a petting zoo, and even the opportunity to hold a baby gator!


Summer Events

13. Hot Springs Fishing Challenge: Held May 1 - July 31, the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge offers up $110,000 worth of prize money! 65 tagged prize fish are released into lakes Hamilton and Catherine, including Big Al, worth a whopping $20,000! Find more details here.
14. Bridge St. LIVE! Concert Series: Every Thursday in June, Bridge St. LIVE! offers live music, vendors, food trucks, and FUN! Bridge St. LIVE! is FREE, and family friendly. Click here for the full lineup of this years talent.
15. Fireworks Displays: Don't miss a Hot Springs Firework Display on Lake Hamilton! Save the date for our Independence Day Fireworks on Thursday, July 4 (rain date Friday, July 5), and Labor Day Fireworks on Sunday, September 1 (rain date Monday, September 2).
16. 7th Annual Hot Springs Baseball Weekend: Celebrate Hot Springs history as the Birthplace of Major League Baseball Spring Training at Baseball Weekend, August 23 & 24! Find more details here.
16. Spa-Con Infinity: Comic & Pop Culture Convention: If you're looking for even more fun, come back to Hot Springs this fall for our Spa-Con Pop Culture & Comic Convention, September 20 - 22, 2024! Spa-Con will feature The Walking Dead star Seth Gilliam, a live concert by nerdcore rapper MC Lars, famous movie cars from "The Fast and the Furious" and "Back to the Future", Expo Hall vendors, laser tag, tabletop games, free photo ops, Cosplay Club and Contest, and SO MUCH MORE!


Outdoor Adventures

18. Adventureworks: Take flight at Adventureworks zipline and rope course, fun for all ages and thrill levels!
19. Hot Springs Farmers Market: Savor local produce, artisan crafts, and live music at the vibrant Hot Springs Farmers Market.
20. Crystal Digging: Unearth hidden treasures by digging for quartz crystals at the Ron Coleman Crystal Mine.

Featured Listings

Garvan Woodland Gardens

501-262-9300 | 550 Arkridge Road 71903

Mid-America Science Museum

501.767.3461 | 500 Mid-America Blvd. 71913

Oaklawn Hot Springs

800-625-5296 | 2705 Central Avenue 71901