Hot Springs, Arkansas

Spa City

Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the closest city to Hot Springs Village. Part of the Louisiana Purchase, it became famous for the natural hot springs that gave it its name, and the springs were protected as a national park. Hot Springs National Park gave rise to a bathing industry in the 1800s, as the springs were believed to have medicinal value, and Hot Springs has been called the “American Spa” ever since.

Today, the National Park Service preserves eight historic bathhouse buildings known as Bathhouse Row on Central Avenue. Downtown Hot Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is known for its art deco architecture, horseracing and thriving arts community, including the annual Hot Springs Music Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Capital Culture

Just 45 minutes from Hot Springs Village, Little Rock offers bigger city options for shopping, entertainment and employment, and it’s closer than you might think. With national museums, a symphony orchestra and a thriving arts and entertainment scene so close, it’s easy to drop in for an evening out.