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Our Day Exploring Hot Springs, Arkansas

Happy Friday!

Today I’m finally sharing our fun day trip we took down to Hot Springs last weekend! We actually only went down there on Saturday so Adam could go to a kayak shop, but we ended up spending the rest of the day exploring. And with the city only being about an hour from us, we figured we could stay as long as we wanted. It’s been fun exploring the areas around us, and taking time to see new places. We felt like we were actually on a mini-vacay, and did some serious people watching while we were down there! Hot Springs is much prettier than I thought it would be, even though I’d always heard that it was. The Ouachita Mountains are beautiful, and we made sure to be total tourists while we could.

Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own state, as dorky as that may be!

Ouachita Mountains Hot Springs Arkansas


We went  into the national park and rode to the top of the mountain tower. It was ridiculously windy, and I had a horrific time keeping my dress from flying up! Keeping it classy, as usual.






We walked down historic Bathhouse Row, where these super old bath houses from the 1800’s and early 1900’s are still operating! Hot Springs is known for its, you guessed it, natural hot springs! There are tons of springs around town you can see but they’ve mostly been capped off to keep them clean. I would LOVE to do a couple’s massage and really take advantage of these natural Spas! You can read more about bathhouse row over on the Hot Springs website!

bathhouse row hot springs arkansas


Down the main drag, across from the spas, was the cutest little soap shop! We bought a few items, and probably smelled and tested everything in here! All of the products are made there in Hot Springs. You can actually order everything online HERE!









That huge thing behind Adam is the famous Arlington Hotel.



Of course we hit up the cupcake shop. Delicious!



The picture above is actually where we stopped and ate! It used to be a bathhouse, but has been converted into a micro brewery and restaurant. You can sit right up front there and watch all the action outside!



Probably the best buffalo chicken dip we’ve ever had!


And last but not least, we made sure to REALLY be tourists and buy a couple jugs to take home some of the natural spring water! Pretty neat! And get this, it literally was HOT! Like, REALLY HOT! And it stayed hot well after we got home that night!

Have you heard of Hot Springs, Arkansas before? Have you recently visited a city in your own state you’d never been to before?

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    Linz @ Itz Linz
    June 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

    looks so fun! great photos, too!
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    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake
    June 20, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Never been, but would love to go! Also, your dress is so pretty!
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    Leigha @ Minougirl
    June 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Wow… BEAUTIFUL pictures!! So stunning! And I LOVE your dress!! I’ve never been to Hot Springs – I’ve never even been to Arkansas!
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    June 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    This is so cool! I never new Arkansas had hot springs. Have always wanted to go to one.
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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    June 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Never been, but Hot Springs looks beautiful! Happy you had a fun day trip!
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    June 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I’ve heard of this place but never knew what it was all about! Those cupcakes look Devine!
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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    June 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Love your dress! And I totally know how awful the wind can be when you’re wearing a dress… it’s so distracting!

    Love that you guys brought back some fresh spring water- I would totally do the same! Tourism at its finest ;).
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    stacy @sweatingtulipzwithstacy
    June 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Well don’t you look like a gorgeous babe in those pics. It lookslike you had a fantastic trip. I love the soap shop and cupcake shop. It looks like it’s out of a movie.
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    GiGi Eats
    June 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Ah! I love exploring! I am envious!
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    June 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I have never heard of the town but I want to go there now! Love all of your pictures- and love your dress too!
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    June 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    You’re looking fab, and it looks like a town / city with a lot of history. I love towns like that.
    I love visiting places I haven’t been too before, or I have been to in a long time. The last place I visited that I had never been before as 6 months ago and that was a little sleepy town called Mytrleford. So quaint and sweet and just lovely, must visit there again, just not in Winter as it’s their peak season (closet town to Mount Hotham & Falls Creek which is a ski town).
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    June 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Hot Springs is actually my hometown – way prettier than anyone ever thinks! The soap shop is actually owned by the same couple who owns Fat Bottom Girls! Glad you enjoyed your mini vacation!
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    July 1, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Hot Springs is a great place to visit.
    I really liked the photos.
    Hot Springs AR. Actually sits upon a volcano
    and that produces the hot water.
    You should really read into the history of Hot Springs. Especially in the 1920’s and up.
    It was like the wild west.
    I live in MT. Ida Ar. about 45 minutes from Hot Springs and usually go there at least once or twice a week.
    Hot Springs is a great place to visit and it sounds as if you had a great time.
    Also when you go you should visit Magic Springs theme and water park.
    They have great concerts every Saturday evening. Years ago we did see some famous singers. Vince Gill and several others who were just beginning their career

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