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Southwest Arkansas Attractions

In this part of the state you can follow the footsteps of a President, stand in two states at once and see the legendary Hot Springs that were once thought to be the fountains of youth and health.

Hope - Visitor Center and Museum

Located in the restored 1912 train depot, the center has exhibits on President Clinton and railroad memorabilia.
South Main and Division Streets
800-223-HOPE

Hope - Clinton Center

See the restored home where President Clinton lived the first years of his life. There is also a reception center which houses exhibits about Clinton's life.
117 S. Hervey Street
870-777-4455

Hot Springs - Bathhouse Row

Named a National Historic Landmark in 1987, The Row consists of eight bathhouses built around the turn of the century. The Fordyce serves as a visitor center and museum; the Buckstaff is the only working bathhouse on the Row.
Central Ave.
501-623-1433.

Hot Springs - Garvan Woodland Gardens

This 210 acre park is located near Hot Springs National Park. The gardens showcase floral landscapes, free-flowing streams and waterfalls, as well as architectural structures in a natural woodland setting. There's also a Japanese Garden, lots of rare shrubs and flowers and rock gardens.
498 Arkridge Road
(501)262-2711 or (888)530-6873).

Hot Springs - Mule Trolley

Take a ride on a 1870 replica mule-drawn trolley.
308 Central Ave.
501-624-2202

Hot Springs - Oaklawn Park

One of the top Thoroughbred race tracks in the country. Live races held during the first of the year. Simulcasting of races during summer and fall.
2705 Central Ave.
800-OAKLAWN

Hot Springs - Trolleys/Transportation Depot and Plaza

This restored train depot is the hub for trolleys that transport visitors through the city's historic downtown. Farmers market on Wednesdays, Saturdays from June - October.
100 Broadway Terrace
501-321-2006

Hot Springs - Magic Springs/Crystall Falls

Magic Springs is now two parks in one. The theme park features the Arkansas Twister roller coaster and 25 new rides. The water park has a 350,000 gallon wave pool and water slides.
U.S. 70
501-624-0100

Bismark - DeGray Lake Resort and State Park

Enjoy camping, fishing, swimming, tennis, golf, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and more at DeGray Lake.
Scenic 7 Byway
501-865-2801

Glenwood - Little Missouri Falls

This park offers a waterfall, picnic areas and a hiking trail.
Off Ark. 8
870-548-4186

Hot Springs - Arlington Mall

Located in the lower level of the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, this mall features specialty shops with gifts, collectibles, clothing, a beauty salon and restaurant.
Central Ave. and Fountain Street
501-623-7771

Hot Springs - Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat

Cruise beautiful Lake Hamilton aboard 400-passenger riverboat. Sightseeing, lunch, dinner and dance cruises.
5200 Central Ave.
501-525-4438

Hot Springs - Castleberry Riding Stables

Mountain trail horseback rides, hayrides, overnight camping and riding lessons.
5200 Central Ave.
501-623-6609

Hot Springs - Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum

More than 100 wax figures and 37 scenes including the Clinton's and Elvis.
250 Central Ave.
501-623-5836

Hot Springs - Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic

A family-oriented, Vegas style, magic-illusion show. Special lighting effects and great costumes.
817 Central Ave
501-623-6200

Hot Spring - Mid America Science Museum

This Smithsonian affiliated children's museum in Hot Springs is a great educational museum with hands on exhibits to teach children of all ages that learning can be fun.
599 Mid America Blvd.
1-800-632-0583

Hot Springs Mountain Tower

Go 1,256 feet above sea level to get a bird's eye view of Hot Springs, the Ouachita Mountains and National Forest.
Hot Springs Mountain Dr.
501-623-6035

Hot Springs - Music Mountain Jamboree

Live country music and comedy show featuring the Mullenix family.
U.S. 270 W.
501-609-9700

Hot Springs - Tiny Town

A detailed miniature village billed as the world's greatest indoor mechanical display.
374 Whittington Ave
501-624-4742

Washington - Grandview Conservation Education Center

This park offers butterfly and hummingbird gardens with feeding stations. They also offer bat houses and conservation information.
Off highway 73 near Columbus, Arkansas
(800) 983-4219.

Washington - Old Washington Historic State Park

A preserved Arkansas community established in 1824. Tours include a courthouse, blacksmith shop, weapons museum and several residencies.
Ark. 4, Northwest of Hope
870-983-2684

McNeil - Logoly State Park

An environmental education park. Group campsites, picnic areas, trails and exhibits are available.
Off U.S. 79
870-695-3561

Mena - Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Located on a mountaintop along Talimena Scenic byway, this park features a lodge, restaurant, campsites, picnic areas, trails, miniature scenic railroad, petting zoo and a miniature golf course.
Ark. 88
800-264-2477

Mena - Janssen Park

This park has an 1800s log cabin, ponds, tables and a playground.
501-394-2912.

Mena Depot Center

Stop here first to find visitor information, a bit about local history and an art gallery featuring works of local artists in a restored train depot.
524 Sherwood
501-394-2912

Mount Ida - Quartz Crystal Mines

Many rock shops in this area sell the world's finest quartz crystals and other rock. You can also dig your own crystals for free at many places around the city.
Hwy. 270 W.

Smackover - Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

Arkansas's oil and brine industry is showcased in this state-of-the-art museum which is adjacent to an oil field.
Ark. 7
870-725-2877

Texarkana - Discovery Place Children's Museum

Hands-on science exhibits.
215 Pine St.
903-793-4831

Texarkana Historical Museum

Caddo Indian artifacts and more are on display.
219 State Line Ave.
(903) 793-4831.
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