Points of Interest for Hot Springs National Park, AR
Check Out the Balloon
One of the most popular events in Hot Springs each year is the Legends Balloon Rally. Each Fall, this festival brings headlining entertainment, vendors, and activities to the Hot Springs area. Locals gather at the free festival to watch in awe as a few dozen hot air balloons take to the skies for various competitions. There is even a night where the balloons are showcased after dark all lit up for everyone to see. Locals can also take advantage of the car show that takes place during the rally by registering their car to be part of the festivities.
Exploring Hot Springs
Nature enthusiasts all over the world come to Hot Springs National Park to view the beauty that unrolls at every turn. The park has been popular since the early 1830s when President Andrew Jackson named it a Federal Reservation. The hot spring itself stays at a sultry 143 degrees Fahrenheit all year long. While most park visitors choose to visit purely to check out the springs, there are also 26 miles of hiking trails, and cold springs that allow visitors to cool down during the summer months. You may even want to take a trip over to Bathhouse Row for time at a traditional bathouse.
Experience Shopping i
The shopping scene in downtown Hot Springs is an experience that shoppers will not soon forget. With the many boutiques, art galleries, jewelry stores, and antique dealers, there is something for everybody to enjoy. Going through the shops and purchase pieces of history is an experience all in its own. The first Friday of every month, the studios and galleries stay open late while shoppers enjoy the city’s Gallery Walk. For those who are more into shopping than viewing, every third Friday the downtown hosts an Antique and Boutique walk. Also be sure to check out their various rock shops selling locally unearthed quartz crystals.