Known for it's natural hot springs, things to do in Hot Springs, Arkansas vary from the spa-like and relaxing, to fun activities perfect for the entire family. When not curling up in front of a fire at a cozy Hot Springs Inn, this city offers many other activities such as wandering through the boutiques and antique stores downtown, indulging in a soak in one of the spas or bathhouses, viewing the historic architecture and dining at one of many restaurants. Hot springs and bathhouses are what this city is known for. For centuries, this area of the Ouachita Mountain Valley was used by Native Americans as a private and sacred place to come and bathe. The hot springs' healing thermal waters have since attracted visitors from around the world and, thanks to modern generations preserving these ancient natural springs, visitors can enjoy the history behind the springs and traditional bathing rituals.
Quapaw Baths and Spa
413 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
If variety is what you're looking for, look no further than Quapaw Baths and Spa. Offering six different private bath experiences and four thermal bathing pools, there is something offered at this bathhouse for everyone. Though the highlight of this bathhouse, therapeutic soaks are not the only things Quapaw Baths and Spa offers. Spa packages for guests include pedicures, manicures, signature facials, deep cleaning European facials, Swedish massages ranging in different lengths, scalp massages, hot stone alignment and, of course, your choice of a refreshing drink. Open every day of the week but Tuesday, this facility is open to singles, couples, business groups and is ideal for a girl's day. One of the newer bathhouses in Hot Springs, it is a short trip to a luxurious Hot Springs Bed and Breakfast to end your invigorating day on a similar relaxing note.
Chrysalis Day Spa and Skin Care Center
4332 Central Ave. Suite E (Temperance Hill Square)
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Yet another all-inclusive day spa, the Chrysalis Day Spa is a serene location that combines modern spa treatments with a traditional, soothing environment. If you have a preference of having a male or female therapist, Chrysalis Day Spa is more than happy to cater to your needs to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Massages range from deep tissue massages and hot stone massages to a unique ancient Thai massage focusing on pressure points and joint tension. Facials and body treatments come in a huge variety as well, such as deep exfoliation, microdermabrasion, peels, dead see wraps, red clay wraps and a variety of scrubs. Standard spa treatments such as hair treatments, manicures and pedicures are also offered as well as an impressive list of waxing treatments. Of course, it wouldn't be a spa in Hot Springs without offering the traditional therapeutic baths. Offering three baths including hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and a rejuvenating sauna, enjoying the healing powers of this mineral water is a must if indulging in an afternoon here. All treatments can be combined in one of five different spa packages catering to individuals and couples alike.