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Thermal Baths, Tub Racing & Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Best things to do in Hot Springs Arkansas - Cassidy Kendall - Mid America Science Museum courtesy of Visit Hot Springs

Mid America Science Museum. Photo courtesy of Visit Hot Springs.

I’m really excited to interview Cassidy Kendall, a journalist for The Hot Springs Post, about Hot Springs, Arkansas. Cassidy’s tips for the best things to do in Hot Springs are awesome because she grew up visiting as a child and fell in love with the community as an adult. It has a small-town feel, while still offering numerous attractions for locals and visitors to enjoy.

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Aerial view of downtown. Photo courtesy of Visit Hot Springs.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Hot Springs Visitor Center, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Hot Springs Arkansas - Cassidy Kendall - Running of the Tubs courtesy of Visit Hot Springs

The Running of the Tubs. Photo courtesy of Visit Hot Springs.

Getting around Hot Springs

The local airport is Memorial Field Airport (HOT), which is only 3 miles from downtown. While it is a commercial airport, Southern Airways Express is the only airline that flies there. They offer great deals for travelers if you are near one of the destinations that it flies to from Hot Springs, including Dallas, Memphis, Atlanta, and Destin.  Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

For other travelers, the closest airport is Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT), which is about an hour away. It is served by American, Delta, Southwest, and other regional carriers.

Cassidy says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

However, if you’re going to explore outside of the city, it would be best to rent a card using the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Hot Springs Arkansas - Cassidy Kendall - Hot Springs Thermal Pool courtesy of Visit Hot Springs

A local thermal pool. Photo courtesy of Visit Hot Springs.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Cassidy Kendall about Hot Springs, Arkansas. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Green dots = best things to do in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Who is Cassidy Kendall?

Cassidy Kendall is a Hot Springs, Arkansas-based freelance journalist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Central Arkansas in December 2018. A south Arkansas native, Cassidy was first introduced to the city as a child when her grandparents would take her and her two older sisters to vacation there during the summers. She has now spent her post-grad getting acquainted and falling in love with the community inside of what used to be a mere vacation destination, throughout her journalism career.

As the editor-in-chief of The Hot Springs Post, Cassidy shares stories with locals and visitors about what’s happening in the local community. Cassidy also released her book, “100 Things to Do in Hot Springs Before You Die from Reedy Press in May 2022. It provides expert tips for awesome activities and foodie experiences in her city.

Cassidy Kendall and her books

Here is a link to information on her new book and some of her recent articles:

You can connect with Cassidy on her website and on Facebook. You can support Cassidy and this podcast by using our Amazon link to buy her book.

We Travel There - Hot Springs Arkansas - Cassidy Kendall - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Cassidy’s tips for Hot Springs.

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Hot Springs Arkansas - Cassidy Kendall - Bathhouse Row courtesy of Visit Hot Springs

Bathhouse Row. Photo courtesy of Visit Hot Springs.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Nate Beck on his motorcycle.

Listen to the next episode when Nate Beck of shares the best things to do in Cocoa Beach, Florida. In this episode, Nate and I talk about watching rocket launches at Cape Canaveral, taking a kayak tour through the Thousand Islands mangrove tunnels, and sampling gator bites at Sandbar. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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