Introduction to Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hot Springs History
Hot Springs was originally inhabited by the Native American tribes. Father Marquette and Jolliet explored the region in 1673 and claimed it for France. The area was first settled in 1807. It derived its name from the world-famous thermal water flowing from 47 springs into the city. Hot Springs is the county seat of Garland County, which was established on April 5, 1873. The city is also the boyhood home of Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States.
Hot Springs and nearby Attractions
- Hot Springs National Park
- Clowers Zoo
- Mid - America Science Museum
- Garvan Woodland Gardens
- Lake Catherine State Park
- Magic Springs Theme Park & Crystal Falls Water Park
Things To Do In Hot Springs
Hot Springs offers a number of recreational activities. You can visit the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, Hot Springs National Park, Ouachita National Forest, and Mid-America Science Museum. You can also visit Bathhouse Row. The Magic Springs Theme Park and Crystal Falls Water Park are ideal destinations for family day trips. You can enjoy shopping at the Wheatley Plaza Shopping Center, Mowray-Wyatt Plaza Shopping Center, Freeman Shopping Center, Albert Pike Shopping Center, Central City Shopping Center, and Rector Heights Shopping Center. In addition, the city organizes several events including the Hot Springs Blues Festival, Oktoberfest, ArtBlast, Jazz Fest, and Hot Springs Music Festival every year.
Hot Springs Transportation
Memorial Field Airport is nearby.
Hot Springs Higher Education
Garland County Community College, Hot Springs Beauty College, and Quapaw Technical Institute are some of local colleges.