About Hot Springs

The historic, spa-town of Hot Springs, Ark. is an amazing (and affordable) little city that’s full of artistic and natural attractions.  The conference will be held in the easily walkable downtown, which is surrounded by Hot Springs National Park and convenient to restaurants, bars, boutiques, art galleries, hiking trails and bathhouses.  We fully expect that some conference attendees may never leave!

Here are some of the events that will be taking place during the conference and some other attractions we think you will enjoy during your stay.

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The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) is the oldest non-fiction festival in North America and an Academy-qualifying festival in the category of Documentary Short Subject. Held on the doorstep of Hot Springs National Park, HSDFF is a culturally diverse and intergenerational event. The 25th Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will be held Oct. 7-16, 2016 at the Arlington Hotel and Spa, 819 Central Ave., in the Historic Downtown District of Hot Springs. Through screenings, panels, forums and special events, HSDFF brings cultural and social enrichment to all ages. For more information contact (501) 321-4747.

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Explore the wonders of the mineral water that made this town famous. Two of the original bathhouses, the Buckstaff and the Quapaw, still operate as bathhouses, and offer a full spa experience. Others serve as a visitors’ center, gift shop and brewery.

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A continuous tradition for 25 years, Gallery Walk in downtown Hot Springs is held from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month (Oct. 7th). Galleries stay open late to host new exhibits by local, regional, national and international artists. From contemporary to traditional art, the diverse offerings in this arts and cultural scene place Hot Springs at No. 4 among the 100 Best Art Towns in America.

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The Hot Springs Pocket Community Theater, located at 170 Ravine St., presents Exit Laughing by Paul Elliot Oct. 7-9, 2016. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students K-12. Tickets can be bought at the box office 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Sunday starting the week of the first performance, or at the door. Please note they do not accept credit or debit cards. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For more information, call 501-623-8585.

“When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living.” – Synopsis from Dramatic PublishingmidMid-America Science Museum, located at 500 Mid America Blvd, is Arkansas’ largest hands-on science center and the states first Smithsonian Affiliate. With over 100 engaging, hands-on exhibits that explore the wonders of energy, matter, life and perception, the Museum seeks to spark curiosity and enhance scientific understanding through inquiry, observational skills and discovery learning. Experience Arkansas Underfoot, the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, the brand new Workshop area and our state of the art Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome where you can explore the stars and much, much more! For more information contact (501) 767-3461.

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What better way to spend an afternoon than playing in one of the nation’s cleanest lakes? Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is a picturesque setting of natural beauty with some 200 islands. At 40,000 acres, it is the largest manmade lake in Arkansas and is a popular destination for fishing, swimming,  scuba diving, and boating. It is surrounded by 975 miles of primarily undeveloped shoreline, with just a handful of recreation areas and marinas that provide camping along its shores and access to its waters. Boat rentals of all sizes are available.

About a 30 minute drive from Hot Springs, Lake Ouachita State Park is located on the eastern shore of the lake and has a free swimming beach, a marina with boat rentals, hiking trails and low cost camping.

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