Hot Springs, AR & Hot Springs National Park
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The Buckstaff bathhouse is the only operational bathhouse within Hot Springs NP and has been in operation since 1912. It is privately owned but is strictly monitored by the National Park Service. This explains the amazing prices. I purchased the traditional bathing package which includes a thermal mineral bath, sitz bath, vapor cabinet, mineral wrap, needle shower, Swedish massage, and loofa mitt. In total, it's almost an hour-and-a-half of pampering for $50. Good luck finding a good $50 massage back home. Smaller packages are also available. The water used in all of the baths comes directly from the natural underground resevoir and enters the tubs at 143º F (62º C). The staff at the Buckstaff is highly trained and very professional.
Note: If you are shy about being nude, you may not enjoy the experience. Customers spend a lot of time fully nude within plain view of several others (of the same sex only). Swimwear is allowed but is not commonly used.
The Fordyce Bathhouse was the premier bathhouse in Hot Springs during the early 1900's. Now it is the visitor center for Hot Springs National Park. The entire building has been restored to its original grandeur and is open for free self-guided tours.
The Mountain Tower is a 216-ft structure within Hot Springs NP. Visitors can take a glass elevator to the observation deck atop the tower which allows panoramic views of the city of Hot Springs and the Ouachita Mountains.