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. The city has been home to Major League Baseball Spring training, horse racing at Oaklawn Park, the Army and Navy Hospital, and 42nd President Bill Clinton. Hot Springs prides itself on its conservation of history: Hot Springs National Park, Bathhouse Row, and Downtown Hot Springs are all preserved by various government entities. Aside from its history, Hot Springs is a destination for the arts, featuring 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, Lake Catherine, and Lake Hamilton.