Since the heat index was above 100, the Ranger tours were cancelled so I got to lead the group on a mini-tour of the Hot Springs Bath House Row and the Promenade. These are places near and dear to my heart so it was fun to share it with everyone!
We started at the Lamar which is the current visitor’s center while they redo the Fordyce which is the bath house museum. They watched a movie that taught them about how the baths were used long ago–actual medical treatments and that you can still enjoy them.
Then we walked along the Promenade, stopping to feel all the hot springs. They were amazed by the heat!
Leaving the Promenade down a fun wooded path we found another spring on the Arlington Lawn.
And then on to one of my absolute favorite places in Hot Springs. The Arlington Hotel. A fixture in the city for many, many years. They have an underground ‘mall,’ so we took all the girls there to buy empty jugs to fill with spring water and then retired to the lobby bar for sodas and free popcorn.
I think they found the bathroom the most fun at the Arlington! This was a scream.
All cooled off and ready to go back outside, we hiked up the hill to the spring where everyone filled a jug and was shocked to learn they were drinking water directly out of the ground, yummy!
We closed our downtown time with shopping and ice cream. Supper time now and then a haunted tour of downtown, ooohhhhh–ooohhhhhhh!