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Hot Springs, Arkansas

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We visited Hot Springs, Arkansas for the first time -- and while we didn't stop (we had somewhere else we needed to arrive) -- it was a unique place to see.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

The middle of the city is called 'Bathhouse Row'. The Lamar (from the NPS) was unique in that it offered a range of tub lengths for people of various heights. It also had a small coed gymnasium with another separate area for women adjacent to the gymnasium. The Lamar Bathhouse closed November 30, 1985. It now houses offices for several park employees and the park store, Bathhouse Row Emporium.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Ozark bathhouse is now the Ozark Cultural Center, an event venue
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Buckstaff Baths is still in operation as a bathhouse.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Hale bathhouse is closed.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Quapaw Baths is open and operates as a bathhouse.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Fordyce is now a museum
Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Maurice is closed.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

There are shops built into pretty buildings all over downtown
Hot Springs, Arkansas

There's an Embassy Suites and some other chains, but there are still a lot of old motels around, with original signage

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs, Arkansas

I think this was a church.
Hot Springs, Arkansas

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While we've been to Ein Bokek at the Dead Sea and know what to do there (basically nothing, you just float around) and the hotel spas have saltwater treatments, I'm unfamiliar as to what to expect from a Hot Springs bathhouse. Here's the answer from HotSprings.org: what to expect when visiting a bath.

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