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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Garden
“Garvin Woodland Gardens is a must. We’ve been many times and will go many times again. It is a 210-acre botanical garden owned by the University of Arkansas. There is an admission fee but well worth it. The holiday light display is astonishing. If you think this is all for adults, think again ~ they have a new Children’s Adventure Garden. It is made for exploration. We have been to Garvin Woodland Gardens in all seasons and see something different every time. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Theme Park
“A fun time for kids and adults. Even Friday night concerts. Pretty impressive for a small town!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Arcade
“Oaklawn is Arkansas’s only thoroughbred horse racing venue and the lone remaining gambling center in a city once known for its casinos as for its famous thermal baths. The caliber of horse racing in our small town is a privilege. All betting aside, to watch those beautiful horses run is exhilarating. The season runs from January through beginning of May.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“The oldest bar in Arkansas is worth a visit just to look at the interior and have a visit with Al Capone on the sidewalk - a great picture spot. People argue that they have the best burger in town! They do not allow anyone under 21. Good music on various nights.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Has a beautiful view of the mountains from the observatory on top. Great place to see fall color!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Brewery
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“The first brewery in a US National Park that uses the thermal spring water as the main ingredient. Housed in the famous Superior Bathhouse (that had been closed for 30 years) it is now a full service restaurant and brewery. It is also family friendly.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great place to take kids. Exhibits are “hands on” and cover a vast number of different areas of science. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
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“Specializing in Ecuadorean and Latin American food. Wonderful patio in the back.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bath House
“My personal favorite bath house. Historic building, thermal water public pools as well as private baths and all spa services available. Great way to relax in the "Spa City" after a busy day! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
National Park
“The national park includes bathhouse row, both mountains, and some parts north of town that protect the thermal waters. It is the reason for our being.”
  • 16 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“One of the oldest and most famous restuarants in Hot Springs! Everything is good! The tamale spread is AMAZING!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“New place on the lake and it is impressive. Even a floor for families and pets! Sunday brunch with live music. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pub
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“quirky historical landmark. puzzles and games. garage bands. burlesque show. best Sunday brunch.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Another amazing pizzeria and they brew their own beer too! Try the vegan pizza!”
  • 20 locals recommend
History Museum
“Learn a little about Hot Springs history & why it was a favorite place to many gangsters... including Al Capone.”
  • 18 locals recommend