So What Shall We Do – Hot Springs, Gangsters, and Gardens – Oh My!

100_5347After we got all settled in The Alpine Innwe decided to grab a bite to eat at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen over on Albert Pike Road. Got a good meal and good price. Since, we spent most of the day driving, we decided to not hit downtown this late.

We headed out to Oaklawn Racing and Gaming.  Sis did pretty good, but Luck was not with me as much. Still we played for a few hours. Soon it was time to head back to our comfy room so we could rest for our busy  day tomorrow.

gardensWednesday morning we were up, dressed and ready for the day. Our first stop was Garven Woodland Gardens. This beautiful place is a botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. The Gardens were gifted from local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Cook Garvan. Though not fully in bloom while we were there, it was just spectacular. Lots of waterfalls and shrubbery, and trees that provided a nice walk. This scenic stroll is wheelchair accessible also. If you are not much of a walker, you will be glad to know there are small golf carts to rent at a reasonable price.  So let me show you some of our walk…

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Now don’t forget to pick up a little fish food at the Visitors Center for when you pass the Koi pond…

Gardenpage3 Of course there was other wildlife… Really cute little chipmunk out for a morning snack! See him????


 This is one place to put on your to do list. Check them out

550 Arkridge Rd
Hot Springs, Arkansas
501-262-9300 or 800-366-4664


Thank you

Garven Woodland Gardens

and Eric and Leslie from the Alpine Inn

For such a wonderful adventure!


Oh Yes… there is more to share on our Hot Springs, Gangsters, and Gardens Trip, so stay tuned…. There are alligators, a tommygun, dizzying heights, and of course flirting with Al Capone are ahead!


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26 Responses to So What Shall We Do – Hot Springs, Gangsters, and Gardens – Oh My!

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    How lovely it is there. I love looking at all the nature at places like that.

  2. Bri says:

    The botanical garden is very beautiful. I love seeing botanical gardens from different states/ cities.

  3. becca says:

    wow that is a gorgeous place you visited. I love it.
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  4. Lorane says:

    your posts are always so much fun …this looks like somewhere I would go
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  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    The botanical garden is beautiful. I would love to visit someday.

  6. I love Hot Springs! We went there last year and had an absolute BLAST!
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  7. Looks like you all had some fun places to visit on this trip. Thanks for sharing all the great locations.
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  8. Pam says:

    Those gardens are beautiful. I would love to visit them someday.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    Those gardens are so pretty. I’d love to have a relaxing stroll through!
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  10. Tamara says:

    Another fun post! I’d love to see the gardens and the koi pond.
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  11. Looks like you had such a fun trip. I need to try those hot springs.
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  12. What stunning photo’s! Looks like a nice relaxing place to visit.
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  13. Laura funk says:

    Looks like a great little garden trip
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  14. Carol Bryant says:

    Your headline is wonderful and the pictures make me want to visit.
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  15. Lois says:

    This walk looks so beautiful! I love taking long walks round gardens like these… stunning 🙂

  16. Rosey says:

    I do see the chipmunk! Ha! I had to look twice, but I see him. 🙂 Cute!

  17. Steph says:

    The botanical gardens are gorgeous! I know my boys would love the koi ponds. They would spend hours watching the fish.
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  18. What a beautiful place. That’s how I like to spend my weekends.
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  19. Tonya C says:

    Wow, those gardens are gorgeous. Looks like a fun time.
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  20. LauraOinAK says:

    What a lovely place to experience nature! Arkansas is one of the states I’ve driven through, but not really stopped to appreciate.
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  21. Emerald says:

    I have been in the hot springs when I lived in Japan and they were oh so fun! Looks like a cool trip!
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  22. Christina says:

    So beautiful! I would love to visit someday. I love watching koi swim, its so relaxing and peaceful.
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  23. What a gorgeous place. I think I could hike there all day
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  24. Krystal says:

    Sign me up! I would so love to visit this place. Looks like a fun getaway.

  25. Censie says:

    I have been there with my best friend. So nice!
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