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One Day in Hot Springs, AR - Travel Itinerary

Hot Springs Arkansas is a small and unique town located about 60 miles west of Little Rock. There are many things that make Hot Springs unlike any other city. The most obvious of these is the natural hot springs that have drawn people here to bathe in the healing waters for thousands of years and it was those same waters that encouraged congress to make it the first federally protected land in 1832 (40 years before Yellowstone became a national park). Another unique thing about this city is the fact that it is the only national park that includes an urban street known as Bathhouse Row! It’s also the only national park with its own brewery (Superior Bathhouse Brewery)!

While it may be difficult to fully experience Hot Springs in a day, we feel that you can get a good overview of the city in that amount of time, so we’ve put together what we think is the perfect One Day in Hot Springs Travel Itinerary!

*Be sure to watch our "One Day in Hot Springs" travel vlog for a closer look at our time in the fun and unique city!

8:30 am: Breakfast/Coffee

  • The Pancake Shop (216 Central Ave)

As one of the oldest restaurants in the state, The Pancake Shop has been serving breakfast exclusively since 1940 and you’ll quickly learn why it’s a local and tourist favorite!

  • Kollective Coffee & Tea (110 Central Ave)

Kollective prides itself in offering their customers the best locally sourced products. Everything they offer is certified organic or natural. No GMO, no preservatives, no harmful pesticides.

  • Will’s Cinnamon Shop (1001 Central Ave)

Homemade, totally from scratch cinnamon rolls! What more can you ask for?!

10:00 am: Explore Bathhouse Row/Central Ave.

  • Hot Springs NP Visitors Center (369 Central Ave)

Constructed in 1915, this 28,000 square foot building was home to the Fordyce Bathhouse until 1962 and is now home to the Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center and Museum. They have done an amazing job at restoring and displaying bathhouse history and we highly recommend a visit while you’re in Hot Springs.

  • Bathhouse Row Emporium (515 Central Ave)

Formerly Lamar Bathhouse, this 1923 building is now home to the Hot Springs National Park Giftshop where you can find everything from postcards and educational books to scented soap and lotion made with Hot Springs thermal water and an abundance of other bath-related souvenirs.

  • Hot Springs Visitors Center (629 Central Ave)

Not to be confused with the Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center, this is the city of Hot Springs’ Visitors Center and is your headquarters for all things Hot Springs and is an excellent resource to take advantage of during your vacation!

  • Gangster Museum (510 Central Ave)

It may come as a surprise to many, but Hot Springs has a deep history in early 1900’s gangster culture. The Gangster Museum of America is a historic and entertaining account of how some of the most notorious criminals in America co-existed with the quaint population of this little valley town in the mountains of central Arkansas.