Hot Springs: Rich in Culture and History
Hot Springs is the eleventh largest city in Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County. The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains and is set among several natural hot springs, which is how the city gained its name. Hot Springs National Park, the oldest federal reserve in the United States, sits in the center of Hot Springs. Since its incorporation in 1876, Hot Springs has been associated with Major League Baseball Spring training, speakeasies and gangsters like Al Capone, horse racing at Oaklawn Park, the Army and Navy Hospital, and 42nd President Bill Clinton, who spent much of his young life in the city. Aside from its history, Hot Springs is a destination for the arts and regularly hosts the Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival. Other points of interest include the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, Central Avenue, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and Lake Catherine and Lake Hamilton.