Apr 28

Rock Island State Park

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Rugged beauty, historic buildings, epic waterfalls, and hiking is what Rock Island State Park has to offer.  Unfortunately, our day trip through the area did not afford the time to do all that.  In fact, I would not even call it a day trip.  More of a vacation survey. What we found out was we want to go back. The whole Tennessee Eastern Highland Rim was gorgeous with one state park after another worth seeing. Poor planning on my part and the need to get back for work only left us one day in the area.  Definitely not enough time. 
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We spent our time taking in the two main waterfalls, letting our girls burn off some energy on a playground, and going for a short family stroll near Twin Falls.  We tried to see as much as we could in our visit.  The nice thing is the waterfalls were literally steps from where we parked.  Great for our little ones to see.  We stopped off at the visitor center and the rangers were really helpful.  Lots of friendly advice.  Hopefully we will get to use it in the future to make full use of the 870 acres of Rock Island State Park.  The multiple waterfalls that are there.  Plus, get to hike some of their rugged trails. 
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I think a Rock Island State Park visit will be in our future.  Hopefully, next time we will pack our tent and spend a little bit more time there. Even if we couldn’t we would still enjoy a quick drive by the park.  The gorge is gorgeous.  Great Falls has its own masculine beauty.  However, Twin Falls tops it all.  Seeing this accidently made waterfall seeping magically out of the cliff side is inspiring.  Good thing they built that dam in 1925 which diverted the water.  The water then found its way through the limestone creating the spectacular Twin Falls. 
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Rock Island State Park was a lot of fun for us.  Short and oh so sweet.  Just wish there would have been a little bit more time there, but it did whet our appetite for another visit.  I will say the people that live along US 70S Highway sure have a pretty bit of country to explore. 

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Rock Island State Park
Located at 82 Beach Rd, Rock Island TN
Cost as of this Posting Free
For more information visit their website at
http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/rock-island

Apr 26

Top 10 Things to see or Do in Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park is known for its rugged spectacular views and intense blue color of its famous lake.  A trip here takes real dedication.  It is kind of far from anywhere, which adds to its appeal.  Located in the south central part of Oregon.  It is the states only National Park and it is a good one.  A single attraction that has created an amazing destination of scenic wonderment.  Below is our list of the Top 10 Things to see or do in Crater Lake National Park.  Like all such lists it is formed based on our opinions and is meant to inspire.  After seeing our list, we hope it will motivate you to seek beauty in our natural world.  Happy Travels!  

Top 10 Things to see or do in Crater Lake National Park

10. See the Waterfalls

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Vidae and Plaikni Falls are nice waterfalls located in Crater Lake National Park.  If you are from the Plains like we are then these seasonal waterfalls, if flowing, will be a real treat.  If you are from the Pacific NW then enjoy your typical run-of the-mill waterfalls. I hope you enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

9. Boat Tour

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Most visitors see the Crater Lake from the top down.  Make sure you get to see what the view is from the lake up.  If you take the Wizard Island Boat Tour you can hike to the summit of the volcanic cinder cone right in the middle of Crater Lake. To get to the boat you will have to take number 7 on our list Cleetwood Cove Trail.   

8. Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site

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Technically outside Crater Lake National Park boundaries.  The Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site is a great stop coming from or going to Crater Lake National Park.  A beautiful turquoise water at the start of the wood river is a sight to see. 

7. Cleetwood Cove Trail for a Cold Dip

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Cleetwood Cove Trail is the only trail that leads to the shoreline. A steep 2.2-mile roundtrip hike with 700-foot of elevation loss.  The water is freezing cold so caution is a word to the wise.  However, if you are truly brave enough or crazy enough, a splash in the deep blue water will be like nothing you have ever been in before. 

6. Visit the Visitor Centers

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Scenic views check, waterfall viewing check, enjoying a lovely hike check, but the backstory of the park not checked.   Come on now!?!?  A little history of the place never hurt anybody so bone up on some knowledge about the grand scenery your checking out, talk to a park ranger, sign up for a tour at the two visitor centers in Crater Lake National Park.   

5. Garfield Peak

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One of the more popular hikes in the park and for good reason.  Conveniently located to the Rim Village.  Offers panoramic views of the area including some of the best views of Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship. 

4. Highway of Waterfalls

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Nearly two dozen waterfalls can be found on Highway 138 to Crater Lake National Park.  Toketee, Fall Creek, Clearwater, Watson, Wolf Creek waterfalls to name a few. There are some beautiful waterfalls in this area.  Highway 138 is a great way to spend some time coming to or going from Crater Lake National Park. 

3. Stay at Crater Lake Lodge

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Historic building with built in character.  Crater Lake Lodge just turned 100 years old and it is one of the architectural icons in the National Park system.  Nestled along the rim and surrounded by the peaks of the Southern Oregon Cascades.  Staying in one of America’s national parks does not get much better than this.   

2. Rim Drive

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Of course the main star of Crater Lake National Park is Crater Lake.  Nothing short of plane trip will give you a better all-around view of the lake than the Rim Drive.  Lots of pullouts scenic views everywhere this is how most visitors will see the park and you should to. 

1. Mount Scott Trail for Sunrise or Sunset

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The Mount Scott Trail is arguably the best hike in the park. It climbs 2.5 miles to the park’s highest point and offers sweeping views of the lake and wilderness below.  An added bonus is doing the hike during sunrise or sunset for the feeling of seeing the day end or begin from the top of the world 

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We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 things to see or do in Crater Lake National Park.  Let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you can think we left off.  Please sound off.   Let us know if you like the list or disagree with our top 10.  Looking for other vacation ideas check our other top 10 lists.  As always we wish you happy travels!

For more information about Crater Lake National Park visit their website at https://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

Apr 24

Cummins Falls Trail

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Cummins Falls Trail, the perfect day hike for the adventurer in all of us.  Not too long.  Has wonderful scenery.  A little difficult to get to, but not bad enough to scare hikers away.  The payoff is a wonderful waterfall whose base is one of the great swimming holes in the United States.  This Cummins Falls Trail has it all. 
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Located in Cummins Falls State Park just off of I-40 near Cookeville.  It is a small day-use only park in Tennessee’s Eastern Highland Rim.  It is easy to overlook so don’t miss it. A quick trip is all a person needs to get to the falls.  However, once there, the park has a way of making time slip away.  Basking on some rocks, hearing the water crash, and soaking in the river water at the base of the falls has a way of doing that. 
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The trailhead is located just off the parking lot.  From there the trail will give you two options, a chance to see the falls from the overlook or you head directly to the base of falls on the downstream trail.  I recommend going to the overlook.  The views of the overlook are quite nice and the trail continues from the overlook down to the base.  My wife and kids went with me to the overlook and from there I continued on to the base of the falls. This worked great for us.  After the overlook we split up, my wife took the girls back for a morning snack and I headed to the base. 
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From the overlook the trail is packed dirt and well-marked.  Easy to follow, it heads downhill all the way to the banks of the Blackburn Fork Creek.  Here the trail gets a little tricky.  From the banks of the creek upstream to Cummins Falls is unmarked.  I just looked for the easiest path to follow.  This part of the trail does require some wading into the creek.  During my spring visit the water never got higher than my knee.  Like all hikes be cautious, only you know your limits.  The rocks were a bit slippery so good water shoes and a hiking stick might be handy. 
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The closer to the falls that I got the more rock scrambling I had to do.  Just use your best judgement on how to get there.  The creek will be slippery in places and uneven in others.  It is worth seeing from the base, but no view is worth getting hurt over. 

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Cummins Falls Trail
Distance 2 miles RT
Time about an hour
Trail Difficulty Moderate    

Apr 21

Cummins Falls State Park

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Breathtaking… pretty much sums up a visit to Cummins Falls State Park.  A rugged little park with just enough adventure for the weekend warrior.  Cummins Falls State Park is a 211-acre day-use park located in what I would call the heart of Tennessee’s waterfall country.  Home to Cummins Falls, a 75-foot-high waterfall and Tennessee’s 8th largest by volume. 
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There are not a lot of amenities here.  Just a main parking area, two trails, and a designated picnic area.  However, a visitor will not need much at Cummins Falls State Park.  The first trail is a short slightly downhill trail to the overlook.  Here we had a nice view of the falls that was suitable for my wife and two young daughters.  After enjoying the view with my family.  I headed down the 2nd trail which heads to the gorge and to the base of Cummins Falls.
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The gorge trail has two routes.  A longer 1.5-mile route through the woods and a shorter about a mile-long route that serves as a shortcut.  Both trails are steep and maintained fairly well over the uneven terrain.  Once down to the gorge the trail disappears.  Basically a hiker is on their own following the river up towards the waterfall.  This is where it can get a little tricky because of the need to wade the river to get to the falls.  Needless to say, rocks and water combine for a slippery situation.  Good sturdy shoes, a walking stick, and a waterproof camera bag might make good companions for this hike.  Unfortunately, I was only 1 for 3 on that and it was not the waterproof camera bag.  After a close call a few feet into the water I cautiously worked my way to the falls. 
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Once to the base it was easy to see why Cummins Falls is considered one of the top 10 swimming holes in the United States.  Now I am not one for crowds and I like to experience nature in family solitude.  So our visit to Cummins Falls State Park took place in early March.  The water was a bit cold for a swim, but I basically had the place to myself.  I could easily see the placed being packed in the summer months.  Either way, for most people it would be worth it.  As for me, my trip had to be a relatively quick because I had a wife and two young ones waiting for me at the top. 
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Cummins Falls State Park is a great free attraction in Tennessee’s Eastern Highland Rim.  Truly a must see.  One of those attractions I wished I could have spent some more time at and already looking forward to seeing again. 

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Cummins Falls State Park
Located at 390 Cummins
Hours of Operation
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at
http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/cummins-falls

Apr 20

Tennessee Safari Park

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We had good times all around at the Tennessee Safari Park.  Just a short drive off I-40 not far from Memphis this drive through safari is a must see.  Large variety of animals.  A very reasonable price.  Arguably the largest feed bucket we have ever been given at safari park.  All-in-all a great bang for our hard earned buck. 
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Tennessee Safari Park is home to 400 plus animals from over 80 different species.  Mainly hoof stock, but still a lot of fun.  There were several unique animals that we got to see.  Some of them being a Sichuan takin, wildebeest, Indian hog deer, and water buffalo.  Another fun part of our spring visit to the Tennessee Safari Park was the number of babies running around.  While the collection does not really have any predator species, The Tennessee Safari Park was doing just fine without them.  There was so much to see here. 
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The park is divided up into two areas.  The first part to the Tennessee Safari Park is the 3.5 mile driving tour.  This was a lot fun.  However, be aware that if you are over protective of your car, don’t want it slobbered on, heads with horns sticking in, a peck at the window then you won’t enjoy this.  However, if you like to get up close and personal with exotic animals this will knock your socks off.  Animals were gentle but make sure you watch where you place your fingers.  The camels also seem very adept at taking the entire feed bucket as several where lying about in their area.  I also had my finger in the wrong spot and they came hard down on my thumb.  Just enough to be uncomfortable not enough to physically hurt me.  we really had a great experience. 
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The second part to the Tennessee Safari Park is their walk through zoo area. Also a lot fun. There they had primates, more peacocks than I have ever see before, a petting zoo area, and if you want, a chance to pay to feed giraffes.  The facilities are a bit dated, but we were not there to see their buildings.  Our youngest enjoyed her time at the petting zoo with the baby goats.  Our oldest enjoyed playing in their playground area. 
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The Tennessee Safari Park was a great time for our family.  It broke up our drive from Memphis to the east part of Tennessee.  McKenna our 3-year-old loves animals.  So any animal park is always a win-win for us and her.  Our youngest is not yet 2 so the price was kept down though compared to other safari parks the Tennessee Safari Park is a real bargain.

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Tennessee Safari Park
Located at 618 Conley Rd, Bells, Tennessee
Hours of Operation Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting- Cash/Check Only – Adults $12.00 Children $8.00
For more information visit their website at
http://www.tennesseesafaripark.com/

Apr 18

Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is a small but enjoyable attraction in the tourist trap town of Hot Springs.  Knowing that we were in Arkansas and not Florida or Louisiana we did not have the highest of expectations going in.  It surpassed those expectations unfortunately by not as much as we hoped.  Now it sounds like I am down on the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo.  That is not the case it had a few things going for it.  However, at the same time there were some things that we did not particularly care for. 
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First and foremost, the staff was excellent.  Extremely nice, friendly, and great interacting with our kids.  Not every day has our little girls had the opportunities to pet and hold alligators.  Getting that close to the reptiles was a real treat.  Another thing we liked about the Arkansas Alligator Farm was the petting zoo.  Our girls loved feeding the deer, emu, goats, and sheep.  I thought my youngest would shy away from the animals but she too could not get enough of feeding the overeager animals. 
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The big selling point to visiting the Arkansas Alligator Farm is the large number of gators.  We were there in the early spring so they were all inside.  During the summer they have a feeding platform and pond area in the back of the main building.  I am sure a visit during their feeding times would be much more entertaining.  Needless to say, standing so close to the powerful beasts still got the heart pumping.  Another animal we enjoyed getting close to was the alligator snapping turtles. 
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Now I am not a member of PETA or someone that thinks zoos are inhumane and should be shutdown.  In fact, I love visiting zoos.  I will agree to just disagree with those that think otherwise.  Save some people some time there from living argumentative comments.  However, at the same time I just like to see animals in larger more naturalistic enclosures.  So in my mind when I pictured the Arkansas Alligator Farm I pictured more of a pond like setting.  The lemurs, wolves, and mountain lion enclosures were small, chain linked, and concreted.  In my opinion, they could have done without those animals.       
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Overall, the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo was a fun little diversion after our visit to Hot Springs National Park.  For us it will be a one and done type of place. But our little family enjoyed our one visit to the Arkansas Alligator Farm.  To see our reviews of other Arkansas attractions, click here
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Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
Located at 847 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs Arkansas
Hours of Operation March through October 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week the off season has different hours and days closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost as of this Posting Adults 13 and over $9.00 Children 2 to 12 $7.00
For more information visit their website at
http://www.alligatorfarmzoo.com/

Apr 17

Fordyce Bathhouse: Hot Springs National Park

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Fordyce Bathhouse the crown jewel of Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park.  A restored bathhouse that now serves as the national park’s visitor center.  Fordyce Bathhouse is returned to its early 20th century grandeur.  It provides great insight into what the whole bathhouse scene in Hot Springs was all about. 
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Decked out, the Fordyce Bathhouse really shows off the opulence of the time.  Stained glass windows, marble statues, polished figures were everywhere we looked.  The bathhouse is divided up into several specialized areas from dressing rooms to music rooms this place oozed luxury.  Even a gymnasium to work the body up before a soak and massage cooled it down.  Another thing that will appeal to the history buffs out there is the original Otis elevator that still operates. 
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Make sure you get up close and personal by walking around the Fordyce Bathhouse.  Best choice is the free park ranger tour of the place. The other option, what we did, is a self-guided tour.  The bathhouse operated from 1915-1962, and saw its prime time during the 1920s and 30s.  The amount of social history in a place like this knocked us off our feet.  Being restored to its grander days really made us feel like we were stepping back in time.  Giving us a chance to wrap our mind around what a resort town was like at the turn of the 20th century. 
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The Fordyce Bathhouse is one of the things that makes Hot Springs National Park a unique visit.  Most national parks are about the landscape.  Hot Springs is more about what the people did with those natural features.  If you have the time watch the short orientation video and take the ranger guided tour for the best way to learn about the place.  Walking around was a great way to time travel and experience a bygone time in someone else’s shoes.  I kept picturing myself walking out my front door turning to the wife and saying, “if you need me I will be at my club.”

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Fordyce Bathhouse
Located at Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs Arkansas
Hours of Operation 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Sunday closed Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information visit their website at
https://www.nps.gov/hosp/planyourvisit/fordyce.htm

Apr 10

Hot Water Cascade: Hot Springs National Park

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Hot Water Cascade is a mini-waterfall of cascading water that flows down the mountain from one of the springs.  Probably the smallest waterfall that I have ever photographed.  Hot Water Cascade is accurately named.  On colder days the cascade will radiate clouds of steam down the mountainside.  Hot Water Cascade ends in a small rock lined pool at the bottom with a drain that takes it towards the bathhouses.    
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The famous “Hot Springs of the Ouachita” now home to Hot Springs National Park is a fun little tourist trap of a town in Arkansas. Several small touristy things to see and do.  However you spend your time there, make sure you take a nice stroll up the mountainside.  Hot Water Cascade is a good stopping point at the beginning and end of your walk.  It is not the most exciting thing to see but it gives a nice perspective of where the “hot” in Hot Springs comes from. 
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Our two little girls enjoyed seeing the mini-cascade.  Holding on to giant leave they had picked up and dunking them in the water and pulling it out to touch the water.  The water is hot but not scalding to the touch.  Makes sense that everybody from Native Americans to the conquistadors to the who’s who of the 1920s paid a visit to America’s “First Resort.” I am just personally glad it is not our last resort. 

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Hot Water Cascade
Located in Hot Springs National Park across the street from the Arlington Hotel
Cost as of this Posting: Free
For more information about the park visit
https://www.nps.gov/hosp/faqs.htm

Apr 09

Bathhouse Row: Hot Springs National Park

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Bathhouse Row is the main thoroughfare of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.  Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.  Bathhouse Row is home to eight bathhouses that made the town of Hot Springs a major tourist attraction during the early part of the 20th century.  Two of the eight buildings, the Buckstaff and Quapaw, still offer the opportunities to take a rejuvenating bath.  While the Fordyce is the park visitor center.   The Fordyce also offers a self-guided tour of a turn of the century bathhouse and is a great place to start when visiting Hot Springs National Park
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It is easy to be swept back in time when taking a stroll down Bathhouse Row.  Pushing aside the outside world and focusing on the architecture.  We were taken back in time to mobsters, famous ball players, and everyday people mingling down Bathhouse Row.  Hot Springs must have been a pretty happing place in its heyday.  Who would have thought that a little town southwest of Little Rock would have saw the likes of Babe Ruth, Cy Young, and Honus Wagner.  Or was guests to underworld figures like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Bugs Moran.  Definitely a spot to see the who’s who of the 1920s. 
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I am a history teacher so I always enjoy walking in history.  Bathhouse Row offers that opportunity.  It is amazing to see that what was once considered R and R almost looks unbearable today.  Gymnasium filled with gymnastic like apparatus, “electro” and “mechano” therapy devices, and hammer looking massage tools.  An interesting place to learn about a fascinating time period. 
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Bathhouse Row was a lot of fun.  Plus, as an added bonus for those that believe in the healing power of mineral water,there are free mineral water spigots at several locations along the walkway.  We saw several out of state cars loading up to the brim with bottles of the stuff.  We did not partake but lots of people there did.  Not for sure what it tastes like or if it’s worth its weight in minerals, but it is worth your time to take a walk down Bathhouse row. 

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Bathhouse Row
Located at 115-119 Central Avenue, Hot Springs
Cost as of this Posting: Free
Hours vary at the different areas of the street
For more information visit the national park service website at
https://www.nps.gov/hosp/learn/historyculture/bathhouse-row-today.htm

Apr 06

National Park Aquarium: Hot Springs

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Located in historic Hot Springs Arkansas, the National Park Aquarium provided the perfect little distraction for my little girl.  She is a trooper when it comes to our family vacations.  But children can only take so much of historic buildings, overlooks, and hiking trails.  The National Park Aquarium provided just enough variety and excitement to keep her going as we toured the city and Hot Springs National Park.    
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The National Park Aquarium is a kid friendly place.  Whose name makes it sound more prestigious then it actually is.  They might be better served by adding the word “children’s” to the title because that is who is going to enjoy it.  My three-year-old, McKenna, certainly did.  Because of that, I liked the place. 
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There are over 60 exhibits to peruse some 300 animals they have on display at the National Park Aquarium.  Including a “free range” desert tortoise that visitors can pet.  They also had several unique things like a transparent fish a tomato frog, and a leopard gecko.  The aquarium is divided up into two rooms with a variety of different size tanks.  McKenna enjoyed her visit so much we ended up going through both sides twice.  Followed by a third time where we saw the ones she liked the best.  In all it took a little over 45 minutes to go through the place. 
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It is not a big-city aquarium which makes sense because Hot Springs is not a big city.  The National Park Aquarium is a nice small personal collection of aquatic life, amphibians, and reptiles.  If you are expecting more than that you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking to kill 30 minutes to an hour with your children then you will enjoy the place.  I used it as a daddy daughter date which worked out great.  We got to spend some time together seeing things that she loves.  Plus, I got to walk out a hero because I took her.  All winning things in the game of life. 

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National Park Aquarium
Located at 209 Central Ave, Hot Springs
Cost as of this Posting Adults 13 to 59 $6.00, Seniors 60 and over $4.75 and Children 4 to 12 $4.25
Hours of Operation: Open daily- times vary throughout the season-
For more information visit their website at
http://nationalparkaquarium.org/

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