Our Hot Springs Wrap Up… Plus Fun things For The Kids to Do!

Wrapping up a great adventure in Hot Springs. Even though this trip was for the Sis and me, I always check out activities the younger generation would like. If you followed my posts, you will see we did several things the kiddies would enjoy. There is so much more!!! You never know when we may ‘steal the grandkids’ again, so it is a good idea to keep the other activities in mind.


hotspringsMost famous for the hot springs, the national park offers many other activities. Did you know  kids can earn the Junior Ranger badge by completing part of the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet (free at the Park Visitor center- complete the activities and send in).

They also have a Junior Trail Ranger program. Just pick up a program guide at the visitor center and complete walking at least three designated trails and complete five activities. Then return to the park visitor center to receive a special award pin.

magic_springsHot Springs, Arkansas, offers so much fun for your family vacation.  like Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water & Theme ParkMid-America Science Museum, and National Park Duck Tours.

You can find mini golf and go-cart tracks around town as well.  Take in all the fun at Lake Catherine State Park and Lake Ouachita State Park, both offer activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, camping and hiking.

More adventures in Hot Springs include historical tours, magic shows, mining for crystals and much more.

garvin kidsMy kids would like the gardens stroll we took, but The Evans Children’s Adventure Garden in  Garvan Woodland Gardens, offers 1.5 acres fun for kids!  It has a 12-foot waterfall cascades over the entryway to a man-made cave, beckoning children inside to discover “ancient” fossils overhead.

There is a unique bridge constructed from tree branches and a maze of rocks that lead down to a several wading pools.

They are currently working on another addition of three large tree houses, along with five other smaller structures that will complete the Gardens’ plan to bring children into the woods in an engaging, natural environment that promotes learning.

Some of the many children events held here include

Hollerin’ at Hoot Owls: Children’s Night Hike!

Story Time!

Fairy & Wizards Tea for Children.

Summer Beading Camps: “Baubles and Beads”.

These are just a few of the activities offered by Garven Gardens


Of course we loved The Gangster Museum of America and I think the kids would like it.


I know my grandkids would love the Hot Springs Mountain Tower

100_5458 So our trip to Hot Springs has been a whirlwind of fun. Just give me a week or so to rest up and I would go back!

I want to thank Eric and Leslie at The Alpine Inn for letting us stay with them.

Also thanks to the many other attractions that made our trip unforgettable.

The Ohio Club/

Quapaw Bathouse

Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum

National Park Aquarium

Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo


I have a feeling we may need to ‘steal the grandkids’ and make another visit to Hot Springs!


Did you miss one of our Hot Springs, Gangsters and Gardens trip posts?

Just click below…

The Alpine Inn – A Sparkling Gem We Found in Hot Springs!

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

Time for Alligators in Hot Springs!!

On Top of the World in Hot Springs Mountain Tower!

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

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

1920s – 1960s Quaint Little Hot Springs! Um… Gangsters, Gambling, and Women!


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58 Responses to Our Hot Springs Wrap Up… Plus Fun things For The Kids to Do!

  1. Candy O says:

    What an amazing vacation spot! I think my boys would love the rocky area. Gosh it’s so beautiful there!
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    • Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

      There is definitely a lot to do there for the kiddos. My family would have a blast there.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That adventure garden sounds awesome! My boys would LOVE it.

  3. Tamara says:

    My kids would love a night hike! So would I! And the adventure garden.
    I hope we get there someday.
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  4. This looks like such a fun change of pace. The alligator farm sounds like an awesome side trip, too! We have one close by and the kiddos love it.
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  5. Kristi says:

    Looks a great place to vacation for all ages and something for everyone. Thank you for highlighting some of the things. Will put it on our list of places to go.

  6. What a gorgeous place. I’d love to visit with the family. It’s so beautiful.
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  7. Heather says:

    Oh that looks really fun! You can take my kids next time! 😉 I would love grandparents that took the kids away for a day of fun! 🙂
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  8. A visit to The Gangster Museum of America sounds fun! I would like to check it out!
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  9. Heather says:

    Wow that looks like a fun place. We’d be all over this.

  10. What a wonderful place! I’d love to take the kids there and experience the tree houses.
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  11. the water park looks awesome. I hope to see this for myself one day!
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  12. Lorane says:

    This seems like it was a fun and well deserved Trip. I like that you took us along and showed us
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  13. Catherine S says:

    This looks like a great place to go on vacation. I would love to check out the Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park.

  14. You really gave Hot springs a complete look. Great adventures for all ages were hit
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  15. You would find me and my son at the water park. He’s a born fish!
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  16. becca says:

    Wow so much to do. My family would love this place.
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  17. Rosey says:

    I’d love going down to the wading pools. I think it sounds like a great place to take the kids.

  18. Jeanine says:

    Wow this sounds great! Would love to go to a place like this! These pics make it look really amazing!
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  19. Liz Mays says:

    i would have never know how much there is to do in Hot Springs, Arkansas without these posts. I would have so much fun there!
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  20. Ashley B. says:

    I’m loving all the pictures! Your trip sounded lovely. I know my family would love a trip like this.
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  21. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    What fun you had at Hot Springs, Arkansas. I know kids are always ready to visit and earn the junior ranger badge.
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  22. Marcie W. says:

    There is just so much to do that I am not sure how we would ever narrow things down. My kids would really enjoy the junior ranger program, so that would be a must!
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  23. Amanda Love says:

    You really seemed to have had a great time. Love the fun tips!

  24. It looks like you had a blast. I would love to visit one day with the family
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  25. Lisa Nolan says:

    This looks so amazing! What a fun summer! Lucky kids! I want to be a kid again!
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  26. My kids would love the water slides / park area. Looks like family friendly travels!
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  27. Kecia says:

    That theme park sure looks like fun! I didn’t know anything about Hot Springs, Arkansas before your posts. Now I want to visit with my kiddos!
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  28. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I would love to go and explore the gardens. I will have to see if i can get there this summer.

  29. Penelope says:

    This place looks like it’s a lot of fun. I am sure your kids will remember this for years to come.
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  30. Dawn says:

    I have always wanted to visit Hot Springs. It looks like everyone had a fun time!
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  31. Wow, there are so many great options for families. I know my kids would enjoy the water park and the gardens.
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  32. What a fun place to visit! I would love to go to a hot spring.

  33. Valerie says:

    I didn’t realize how family-friendly Hot Springs is. i would love to visit there sometime. It looks like you all had a wonderful time!
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  34. Carol Bryant says:

    I have never been to Hot Springs but your write up makes me want to visit.
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  35. Carolyn says:

    You really seemed to have a great trip. I had never heard of Hot Springs but after hearing about your trip I definitely want to check it out!

  36. Elizabeth O. says:

    How fun! We are also going to a hot spring at the end of the month and we’re all super excited.

  37. Looks like a fun place to go to! I love that there are lots of things to see and do at the Hot Springs.
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  38. Laura Funk says:

    Mining for crystals would be super fun for my little people. The waterpark looks fantastic
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  39. Garvan Woodland Gardens sounds like a ton of fun for the little ones. Sounds like you all had a great time!
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  40. lisa says:

    This sounds like a great place for vacation. I had no idea there were so many fun things to do there!
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  41. Carly Brydon says:

    Hot Springs looks like a lot of fun! There’s so many fun things to do that the whole family would enjoy.
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  42. Wow! This place is really beautiful!
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  43. Mariana says:

    I’d love to visit Hot Springs someday. It’s so beautiful there and I never imagined there were so many things to do!
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  44. Those water features look like such a blast, my kids would love them!
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  45. Mykidsguide says:

    This looks like an amazing vacation spot. I would love to visit one day with the family
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  46. Ronni says:

    The aligator farm sounds really fun. And, quite unique as living in Vegas we don’t have anything like that!
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  47. Amber C. says:

    I love all the pictures!! It looks like it was so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Travis says:

    Wow, there is a lot to visit! And they really do provide a lot of fun activities for the kiddos don’t they. Hot Springs definitely seems like a good family vacation destination.
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  49. Cassie says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve only been to Hot Springs as I was passing through from Louisiana to Indiana. This post makes want to go back though!
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  50. Shell says:

    I had no idea there was that much to do there. Thanks for all the info!
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  51. Amanda O. says:

    The gangster museum of America? I love it! I would visit just to go there.
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  52. Christie says:

    I loved following along on your trip! So many awesome memories made
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  53. Looks like a fun and educational trip for the family.
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  54. Virginia says:

    Looks like you all had a blast! I would love to visit some day!
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  55. Amanda says:

    It sounds like there are tons of things for adults and kids! So much fun!
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  56. Kiwi says:

    You guys looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing this series with us!
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