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Hot Springs has been drawing visitors to enjoy
its soothing mineral springs, the spas that grew
up around them, and the gorgeous landscape
that surrounds the quaint town since the early
1800s. Those are still Hot Springs primary
attractions but the biggest recent news, accord-
ing to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs,
comes from Oaklawn, the thoroughbred horse
racing and gaming destination that's been
pulling in those with a thing for Lady Luck
since the early 1900s. Oaklawn, located in the
Hot Springs National Park, recently completed
a $20 million expansion that included a 50
percent expansion of the casino and the
opening of two additional eateries.
Oaklawn was voted Best Racetrack/Racino
in the Mid-South by readers of Southern Gam-
ing and Destinations magazine and was voted
Best Casino/Gaming Center by the readers of
the Arkansas Democrat Gazette last year.
The newest development however is at
Arlington's Mid-America Science Museum.
The museum is undergoing an $8 million
renovation that will be completed in March. It
will then offer permanent and traveling science
exhibits, a digital dome theater, a two-story
interactive water tower, multiple interactive
workshops and the Science Skywalk.
Hot Springs primary meeting space is the
Hot Springs Convention Center/Bank of the
Ozarks Arena. The facility has 103,000 square
feet of space in its multiple exhibit halls and
14 meeting rooms.
Hot Springs has over 3,000 sleeping rooms
in the city limits. The modest size of the city
puts all of them within five to 10 minutes from
the convention center.
"Also, a 94-room Holiday Inn Express
Hot Springs Eternal!
C E N T R A L A R K A N S A S
Hot Springs sits snug
amidst Central Arkansas'