Take a Bath on BathHouse Row and Visit a Wax Museum!

Quapawbath-houseWhen Arkansas became a territory around 1819, the Arkansas Territorial Legislature requested that the springs and adjoining mountains be set aside as a federal reservation. Twelve years later, in 1832, the Hot Springs Reservation was created by the US Congress, granting federal protection of the thermal waters. The Reservation was renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921.

47 springs on the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain in the historic downtown district of the city. About 1,000,000 US gallons of 143 °F  flow from the springs each day. National Park Service scientists have determined through radiocarbon dating, that the water that reaches the surface in Hot Springs fell as rainfall 4,400 years earlier.

Hot Spring water has been believed for centuries to possess medicinal properties. Thus The city became  a centerpiece of the National Park Service, including BathHouse Row (which preserves the eight historic bathhouse buildings and gardens along Central Avenue).

Thanks to Eric and Leslie at The Alpine Inn and Quapaw Bathouse, we received tickets to relax in the baths. Now, the world is not ready to see sis and I in bathing suits, but here is some of what you can see plus a couple historic pics.

bathhouse row-tile If you want more than bathing in the Natural Spring waters, they have all the spa treatments you can ask for also.


waxFamous for their visiting celebrities, royalty, presidents and gangsters, Hot Springs has Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum you can check out. Located across the street at the end of BathHouse Row. The Building was once “The Southern Club”, Hot Springs’ largest hottest casino and supper club until the late 1960s. It became the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum in 1971. This is a great museum to visit, but I will warn you that there are stairs to climb (no elevator). Take a look at some of the exhibits…


I love wax museums so I think any trip to one is a great time.


We still have a tommygun and gangsters ahead…


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40 Responses to Take a Bath on BathHouse Row and Visit a Wax Museum!

  1. Wax museums aren’t really my thing, they kind of creep me out, but I would so love to visit the BathHouse Row. That sounds like an incredible place to see.
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  2. Ronnie says:

    That’s an incredible amount of hot springs. I love how they manage to relax every muscle in the body. The BathHouse Row looks much nicer than the places I visited. 🙂
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  3. Liz Mays says:

    Enjoying those baths would be pretty amazing! I think the wax museum sounds super fun too.
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  4. I loved the Tussaud museum in Hong Kong! 🙂
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  5. I think a trip to a Wax Museum would be very cool. I know my kids would be astonished by how realistic the figures look!
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  6. Elizabeth O. says:

    Both sounds fun. I love hot springs and I find wax museums really interesting.

  7. Esther says:

    I have been to one wax museum before and I think they are neat and creepy at the same time. This looks like a great place to visit!
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  8. lisa says:

    I have never been to a wax museum but this one looks so fun! The characters are all so lifelike!
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  9. Erinn S says:

    That bathhouse looks so relaxing. Didn’t know these still exist

  10. katrina g says:

    that looks so cool! i love wax figures! i bet you guys had a blast.

  11. Angela says:

    I went to the wax museum in Vegas, it was exceptional! I think they are neat things to see!
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  12. I’ve never heard of this place before! It sounds like a really interesting place to visit!
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  13. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Wax museums are so much fun! I love visiting them 🙂

  14. Wax museums are the coolest. I love the level of detail they can achieve. Sometimes, they’re so life like they freak me out a little!
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  15. Amanda O. says:

    Wow – this is in Arkansas?!?! The only thing I know to come from Arkansas is the Duggars. I would visit this place in a heartbeat!
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  16. Wax museums are so much fun! I’d love to take the kids to see one.
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  17. Shell says:

    The spa treatments sound heavenly! That’s my idea of a vacation!
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  18. kristi says:

    Looks like two great places to add to our bucket list of traveling spota. Was hoping to make it to the Hot springs area last month but had to detour our vacation a bit due to a sick kid.

  19. Christie says:

    Can you believe I’ve never been to a wax museum? I’m loving all of your trip adventures!
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  20. Jeanine says:

    I went to a little wax museum once in Niagara Falls. It was so much fun. Would love to do this someday!
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  21. Valerie says:

    Wow! These look like fun places to visit. The BathHouse Row is definitely something I would enjoy doing.
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  22. That sounds awesome! I’ve been to the wax museum in San Fransisco.
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  23. Carly Brydon says:

    It’s been so fun hearing about your adventures! I would love to go to the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum! Wax museums are always really neat.
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  24. Dawn says:

    I have always wanted to visit Bathhouse Row. Also, I love wax museums!
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  25. Felicia says:

    What a crazy place! It looks like a lot of fun.
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  26. I would love to go here! Wax museums always amaze me at how real they look and Spa/Bath House has my name written all over it!
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  27. Veronica says:

    I love wax museums. I took the kids to the one in San Antonio a few years ago. It was great

  28. Kiwi says:

    I have never been to a wax muesum but I have always wanted to go! I am lowkey scared but I think I have to go once in my life!
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  29. I have always wanted to go to a Bath House. I would love to visit one day!
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  30. Wax museums kind of scare me a bit, but my husband would get a total kick out of this.
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  32. Crystal says:

    Bath House Row appeals to me a lot. I would love to get a little pampering in while feeling like I’m exploring some history.
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  33. Kecia says:

    I love visiting wax museums. Everything is so lifelike!
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  34. Cinny says:

    That looks like such an interesting experience. It’d be fun to take a walk through there.
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  35. Those baths sound wonderful. Thanks for the history info.
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  36. Ohh, that bathhouse sounds pretty interesting and I’m always game for a wax museum! My husband has never been to one…I think he’d love it!
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  37. Rosey says:

    I’ve never been to a wax museum. Everything seems so realistic looking though. I’d love to go.

  38. Jennifer E. says:

    A good wax museum is always entertaining. I’ve never spent time in Arkansas, so thanks for sharing about these fun places to visit.
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  39. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    Wow, this sounds like a great place to checkout. I know nothing about Arkansas, but those Bathhouses look like a great spa vacation to me.