Featured Locale: Hot Springs, Arkansas

 

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About Hot Springs

Originally known for old speakeasy haunts of Al Capone, the birthplace of the 42nd President Bill Clinton, and Major League Baseball spring training, Hot Springs is now home to some of the best horse racing in the country at Oakland Park, and is widely accepted as one of the few places in the U.S. that still features architecture built during the Great Depression in the art deco style. Of course, the area is also known for medicinally rich hot springs, spas, and bathhouses.

Abracadabra—A Night Out In Hot Springs

Get a little magic and laughs back into your life with the Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic. Mr. Blade is the establishment’s main attraction and entertains will mind-bending illusions, gut-busting comedy, theatrics, and even some smooth jazz. After the show, pop around the back of the building and explore Blade’s Curiosity Museum. It’s packed with over 300 exhibits and artifacts ranging from rare to downright bizarre. Tickets for the museum are $8 but discounts are offered with the purchase of a show ticket. For more information, visit their website at http://www.maxwellblade.com/.

Fordyce Bathhouse/Visitor Center

One can’t go to Hot Springs without visiting an old-fashioned bathhouse. The Fordyce Bathhouse is perfect for anyone unfamiliar with the area because the building also doubles as the town’s Tourism Center.  The bathhouse opened in 1915 and boasted to be the best in the area. In the late 1980’s the bathhouse was bought and renovated back to its former glory. Today, it looks also exactly how it would have appeared in the Edwardian Era complete with stained glassed ceilings (yes, ceilings), marble statues, and hot spring fountains. Visitors are welcome to tour the building and learn all about the early spa industry and the hot springs free of charge. Once you’re done, ask about places to dine, other attractions, and major landmarks. Be sure to ask about coupons and group deals!

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