Off to the Aquarium and Then to Maxine’s In Hot Springs!

Well, we grabbed us a bite at Buffalo Wild Wings. It was real tasty and our waitress, Haley, was fantastic. Real nice place and the people are very friendly. We did not want to have a too heavy lunch so we got a sampler, a Buffalito, Salads, and pulled Pork Slammer. Can you say YUMMM!

100_5392-tile Then we were off to The National Park Aquarium where you find freshwater fish, saltwater fish, frogs, turtles, tortoises, lizards and more.

aquariumpage Don’t be surprised if you are followed as you make your way around the exhibits.

11212230_950303931654900_1773617407_n That is Slowpoke. They let him out of his Crib to wander the halls…

The Aquarium is small, but has a lot of variety plus a little gift shop. You should think about paying them a visit.

Located in downtown Hot Springs 
(just north of the Arlington Hotel)209 Central Avenue 
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901

Now On to Maxine’s…


maxineMaxine Temple Jones…she was “the madam of the most notorious brothel in one of the most well-known resort towns in the USA. 

She bought her first brothel located right above the bar, with the entrance on Prospect.

She later wrote the book “Call Me Madam”. Maxine lived an interesting life and passed away in 1997. 

So this was on my list of gotta do. It was during the late afternoon when we arrived. We sat at the bar and ordered our drinks.


Now I am quite sure it is a hopping place when the entertainment starts. We took our drinks to another room…

100_5527 I was a little disappointed that there was not a more historical look besides the wall above. BUT then the brothel was never on the first floor…Only ‘legitimate’ businesses.


The Strawberry Mojito was a bit strong and hard to drink, Kept sucking the mint leaves and pieces of strawberry up the straw which clogged it. We left most of the drink, But I can say I have been there…Maybe it was just an off day!


Even more to Come on our Hot Springs, Gangsters, and Gardens Trip, so stay tuned….



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50 Responses to Off to the Aquarium and Then to Maxine’s In Hot Springs!

  1. My son loves that restaurant. Love the turtle – we live next to a forest preserve and at leas a couple of times during the summer we find turtles about.
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  2. Cinny says:

    Slowpoke is so cute! Those onion rings? Calamari? I’m really craving them now!
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  3. Kristi says:

    Great post with fun ideas to do in the area. Love that slowpoke gets to be out wandering a bit, how fun is that!

  4. I have a total turtle and tortoise infatuation! lol…Slowpoke is adorable and I know I’d enjoy a visit to that aquarium! We do have a Buffalo Wild Wings locally and I love their fish tacos!
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  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Aquariums are so much fun aren’t they? My kids and I love going to check out all the marine life.

  6. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Awww. Slowpoke. What a cute name for a turtle. That looks like a wonderful aquarium.

  7. Cute name for a turtle. The kids really enjoy visiting the aquariums here in the DC area
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  8. I’ll take the pulled pork and the mojito! Those are some of my favorite flavors, year round.

  9. Tamara says:

    Wow, Slowpoke looks pretty cool! I love aquariums. And I’ve never had Buffalo Wild Wings!
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  10. lisa says:

    This sounds like a fun adventure. I love seeing Slowpoke hanging out behind you! And the drink looked yummy!
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  11. That looks like so much fun! That snapping turtle looks a lot like the kind we have down here in Georgia.
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  12. My kids really love visiting aquariums. I find them to be such peaceful places.
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  13. Carly Brydon says:

    We are huge lovers of Buffalo Wild Wings! Maxine’s looks like a great place to eat as well!
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  14. It looks like you had a great time! The aquarium looked wonderful, and that food sounds absolutely fantastic.
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  15. Catherine S says:

    Looks like you have a great day and all the food looks yummy. I really enjoy visiting aquariums when we travel.

  16. Liz Mays says:

    I would have enjoyed checking out that aquarium. That tortoise is so cool!
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  17. Tonya C says:

    My daughter would have flipped over that turtle. Turtles are her favorite animal!
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  18. Carol Bryant says:

    I love aquariums and have so much fun watching the sharks
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  19. Rosey says:

    I would like to go to the saltwater and freshwater tanks. I like both equally. 🙂
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  20. Lisa Nolan says:

    Is there such a thing as mom envy? There is now! What a great time! Love all the info and photos, so helpful for traveling (and getting a much needed break!)
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  21. Theresa says:

    That’s a bummer you couldn’t finish your mojito, but the rest of the day looked fabulous! I have a BWW here and now you have me craving a visit!
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  22. That is amazing that they let the tortoise run around. I bet the kids love that.

  23. I love Buffalo Wild Wings. That’s a great start to any adventure!
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  24. jen temcio says:

    Sounds like a fun and interesting time. I do like that you gave an honest review and I would love to visit there some time.

  25. I love strawberry Mojitos, sorry you did not like it. I would have had them add more soda water maybe??
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  26. Jeanine says:

    Our city just got a brand new aquarium a few years ago and it’s one of my favorite places. It’s so much fun just watching. Slow poke is so cute my kids would have a riot with him wandering!
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  27. Amanda Love says:

    I haven’t been to an aquarium in over 2 years. I’ll have to make time to go with the kids.

  28. Debbie L. says:

    This looks like such a fun trip! We love to visit different aquariums. the food looks delicious!
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  29. We love taking the kids to the aquarium, the look of surprise on their faces when they get close to the fish are always so much fun to see.
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  30. It looks like a super fun trip! I would have loved seeing a turtle walking around the aquarium.
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  31. Aww, so cute! I love that they let slow poke out to wander the halls. That’s so fun!
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  32. Looks like so much fun. I hope to take my kids to the local aquarium this summer.
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  33. The National Park Aquarium sounds like fun! I love small places like that!
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  34. Lorane says:

    That is one of the biggest Turtles I’ve ever seen. Let’s take a moment to appreciate that feast. Great stuff
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  35. Cassie says:

    Looks like a a very packed day! Maxine’s certainly has an interesting history. Definitely a place to visit if I’m ever in Arkansas.
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  36. Travis says:

    That aquarium looks like an awesome place to visit. I love that they let “Slowpoke” just wander the halls!
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  37. I love your honesty here. It may have been an “off day” as you put it, but you still had fun, right?
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  38. Valerie says:

    That is absolutely adorable that they let the tortoise out to wander around. That makes the experience so much neater!
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  39. Crystal says:

    I love that turtle! It would be so fun for the kids to see him walking around. I hope to meet him someday.
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  40. Penelope says:

    That looks like a fabulous family outing. We have a membership to the aquarium by our house, and the kids adore the time we spend there.
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  41. Censie says:

    I went to the Hot Springs when I visited my BFF in Little Rock. Such a fun place to visit!
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  42. Kiwi says:

    Wow I was very interested in the Brothel story. That must of been cool to visit and I love that mojito too!
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  43. Marina John says:

    That would be an awesome time for the whole family. My kids would love aquarium. I am a huge history fan and I love a good restaurant.
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  44. We go to our local aquarium often. It’s one of our favorite summer trips!

  45. sorry it was disappointing but it is cool that you can say you went there. I love going to little places of history.
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  46. Laura funk says:

    The tortoise following you around is awesome! How cute is he!
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  47. So much fun. Looks like you guys are really having a wonderful time.
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  48. I have never been to Arkansas before, but now I want to go just to eat there! That aquarium looks really cool too!
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