After a visitor to Hot Springs, Arkansas discovered an 8.25 carat diamond at a nearby state park, the rest of the world has been curious about what other AMAZING adventures can be found when exploring the area. Have no fear, travelers! We've handpicked some breathtaking locations and awe-inspiring activities for you to enjoy the Spa City -- be it by land, water or sky!


Memorial Field Airport

While a majority of visitors to Hot Springs travel by car, that's not the only way to get to the Spa City! If you're itching for a quick trip without all of the car-sickness, Seaport Airlines flies directly to Hot Springs. With direct flights from Dallas and Memphis, it's a great option that allows you to soar over the surrounding lakes, mountains and forests.

Zipline Tours of Hot SpringsSkywalk at Catherine's Landing

Soar through the air with the greatest of ease...and safety equipment! Located at Catherine's Landing, Adventure Works is home to 12 different zipline and a Sky Bridge with observation deck. The tours are 2 hours long and take place at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Mid-America Science Museum: Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk

The Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk offers a unique experience found nowhere else in the State. This outdoor exhibition extends into the forest canopy 200 yards from the Museum, offering visitors young and old an opportunity to experience a shift in perspective as they investigate science found in nature.  A tree-house pavilion, rope netting and hands-on activities add to the adventure. More than 40-feet in the air the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk allows guests to fight their fear of heights and also enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the Museum. 

Hot Springs Mountain TowerHot Springs Mountain Tower

You may have noticed it peeking through the treetops as you venture through our Historic Downtown. If you're looking for a great spot to take a photo to make all of your Instagram followers jealous, head over to the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. At 1,256 feet above sea level, you'll be able to overlook 140 miles of Arkansas countryside, Hot Springs National Park and the Ouachita Mountains.


Gulpha Gorge Campground and Hiking Trail

Pack your hiking shoes and "pick-a-nick" baskets for a great time at Hot Springs National Park. Gulpha Gorge is minutes away from Historic Downtown and Magic Springs. "The park has 26 miles of trails for you to explore. You can see wildflowers, rock formations and beautiful scenery. There are trails of varying length and difficulty, something for everyone."

Lake Catherine State Park Hiking Trails

A quick 20 minute drive from Historic Downtown will find you at Lake Catherine State Park, which not only has plenty of water-bound adventures (see next section) but hiking trails galore! The Slunger Creek Nature Trail offers concrete, barrier-free walking path that is great for hikers of all levels. Travelers wanting to trek more terrain may enjoy the Falls Branch Trail or Horseshoe Mountain Trail.

Ron Coleman Mining

Quartz crystal from Ron Coleman MiningFind your own treasure, digging for crystals at Ron Coleman Mining. They guarantee you will find your digging fees worth of quartz or you get credit towards picking out one in the gift shop! If you want to make an entire day of it you can also package in the trip down into the mine to see where they are digging into large veins of quartz.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Okay, one tiny caveat: Crater of Diamonds State Park isn't actually located in Hot Springs, but rather, just 60 miles south. However, we've found that folks love lodging in Hot Springs, taking a day drive to dig for diamonds, then returning back to dine downtown. 

Disc Golf

Disc golf is rising in popularity, and Hot Springs has two courses for golfers to explore. Cedar Glades, full of wooded fairways and elevation, is located close to Historic Downtown, just a quick drive down Whittington then Cedar. The Bovine Nine Disc Golf Course at Catherine's Landing is complimentary to guests and discs are available to rent for $5.49 per disc.


Duck Tours

"Why walk when you can waddle?" As the name implies, the Hot Springs Duck Tours start off on land before plunging into the water! With a fleet of 12 World War II ducks, the 75 minute sightseeing adventure will depart across from Historic Bathhouse Row and take you through Lake Hamilton and the National Park.

The Belle of Hot SpringsThe Belle of Hot Springs

This 15 mile, 75 minute tour of beautiful Lake Hamilton takes place onboard the 250 passenger riverboat, The Belle of Hot Springs, as the captain entertains travelers with secrets of America's "Spa City." Take a peek at the million dollar mansions, islands, resorts and stunning mountain views while enjoying a lunch served in the boat's dining area.

Boat Rentals

Would you rather just jump in and explore the lakes on your own? Not a problem! There are several companies in Hot Springs that provide boat rentals for the day, including:

Catherine's Landing - Kayaks & Canoes, Fishing Boats and Pontoon Boats
Kahuna Bay - Party Barges, Ski Barges, Water Ski and Tube Rentals
Salty Dog Boating Center - Party Barges and Ski Barges
Gregg Orr Marine - Ski Barge, Luxury Pontoons, Waterski, Tube, Kneeboards, Stand Up Paddle Boards


There's no shortage of fishing opportunities on our lakes! Check out our guide to fishing in Hot Springs for more information!