The Fordyce Bathhouse was the biggest bathhouse on Bathhouse Row with a total floor area of 28,000 square feet. Its operations were halted in 1962 and the building was restored in 1989. It now functions as the Hot Spring National Park Visitor Center and operates as a historically furnished bathhouse museum. The museum features elegant displays of the bathhouse’s history which include the building’s original features like the marble and stained glass transoms, marble partitions, stained glass ceilings, ceramic fountains, patterned floors, and various bathing rituals shown through audio-visual presentations. It also features glimpses on the history of the building which include various dressing rooms, massage rooms, gymnasiums, and even a bowling alley.
The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is the Hot Springs’ oldest attraction, which dates back to 1902 when it was founded. It features over 200 alligators, cougars, turtles, bobcats, wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, turkeys, and chickens. The farm also features a petting zoo where you can feel like a kid again and pet goats, emus, llamas, white-tailed deer, pigs, baby alligators, and other animals. Witness a live alligator feeding shows every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Or feed a baby alligator yourself using meat on a stick. Whatever it is you choose, there is always something fun for the family. Admission: Adults – $9 Children – $7 (12 & under)