Tiny Town is one of the things you shouldn’t miss when you visit Hot Springs, Arkansas. It features miniature versions of various structures across 22 states and timelines. Admire the handiwork of every single hand-crafted piece made from recycled materials. You will find bottle caps, discarded puzzle pieces, popsicle sticks, tin cans, pieces of wire, and sawdust turned into benches, houses, wheelbarrows, and trees. As an interactive display, a model train can be operated to pass through Niagara Falls, Mt. Rushmore, and the Colorado Rockies. Visit and be in awe of the magnificent craftsmanship that went into the creation of this beautiful, tiny town. And it still continues to be a work in progress, so more displays are coming.
The Galaxy Connection is truly a one-of-a-kind museum that features the owner’s personal collection of Star Wars and superhero toys, props, and life size characters, with an added bonus of tying his personal story with the collection. Guests are encouraged to interact with the various displays that also include a dress-up area for guests who want to dress like their favorite superhero or Star Wars character. The Galaxy Connection offers a vast collection of memorabilia that will leave the spectator in awe, geeks and casual fans alike. Be sure to check out the gift shop to see more collectibles, toys, clothing, and miscellaneous items of your favorite Star Wars character or superhero. Off-season: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday & Wednesday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sunday Season: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday Admission: Adult & Children – $8 + tax VIP Tour with Owner – $15 + tax per person (min. of 2)
At the National Park Aquarium, you will find the largest exhibit of aquatic life in Arkansas, from the most elegant to the most bizarre. The aquarium features various species of freshwater and saltwater fish, salamanders, frogs, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and various aquatic invertebrates. With over 60 exhibits of over 80 species of aquatic creatures with fascinating behaviors, the National Park Aquarium is sure to be a hit for the entire family. It also features a unique gift shop that offer several fishing, hunting, and nature items.
Explore the wonders of energy, matter, life, and perception with over 100 engaging hands-on exhibits at the Mid-America Science Museum. It is the largest hands-on science center and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. The museum seeks to pique your curiosity and enhance your scientific knowledge about the world around you through inquiry, observation, and discovery. Since it opened its doors in 1979, the museum has been Arkansas’ go-to source for information, learning, and amazement. Learn about physics at The Marvelous Motion Gallery. Open your eyes and understand light and how it affects our senses at The Light Bridge. Explore the science behind nature at The Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk. Have fun with animation at The Workshops. Exercise your critical thinking skills at the Alliance Rubber Company Tinkering Studio. Don’t forget to visit The Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater to witness the exciting shows to complement your learning with a 180° viewing experience. The Mid-America Science Museum will definitely be a hit for kids young and old.
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls is the premier go-to destination for those seeking thrills, wet adventures, and family fun. The establishment features two parts: Magic Springs, the amusement park, and Crystal Falls, the water park. The amusement park is home to numerous rollercoasters, thrill rides, family rides, and kids’ rides that is fun for all members of the family. Try the Arkansas Twister rollercoaster that features a 92-ft drop. Experience the excitement as you fall from 13-storeys at the Brain Drain. Give your family a splash of excitement at the Old No. 2 Logging Company. Crystal Falls, the water park portion of Magic Springs, features several water-themed attractions including Crystal Lagoon, Grizzly Creek Splash Zone, Kodiak Canyon Adventure River, Rapid Falls Raceway, and many more fun and exciting rides. Hours: Theme Park – 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Weekdays (starting May 25, 2018) 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Weekends Water Park – 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Weekdays (starting May 25, 2018) 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM Weekends Admission: Adults – $59.99 + tax, Saturday. $44.99 + tax, Sunday – Friday Kids – $36.99 + tax, Saturday. $34.99 + tax, Sunday – Friday Season Pass – $64.99 + tax
A weekend with the girls can be the best weekend when spent at America’s First Resort. The Spa City can certainly provide a fun and affordable getaway for girls’ weekend.
Start your day a stroll along the Garvan Woodland Gardens and take wonderful pictures of the beautiful scenery. Follow it up with a relaxing spa on Bathhouse Row. Complete the experience with a relaxing mineral bath, massages, and manicures and pedicures.
Enjoy the nightlife with girl talk over a nice elegant dinner in downtown Hot Springs. Pair it with fine wine and spirits at the Superior Bathhouse and Distillery. And have fun the girls with a night out on the town at the finest bars and clubs.
If you happen to make plans for the first or third Friday of the month, be sure to attend the Gallery Walk on the first Friday for the opening of exhibits hosted by local, national, and international artists, or the Antique/Boutique Walk every third Friday for some shopping and live entertainment. Most shops will stay open until late in the evening to offer you some of the best hors d’oeuvres and complimentary drinks as you shop and enjoy the moment with your girls.