Your Reunion 2012 Hosts
Joe & Rose Poindexter
Things to Do On Your Own and With Your Family
Come early for an extended vacation with your kids or grand kids!
Please let Joe or Rose know if you are arriving early so they can have your welcome package ready with maps and other local information. They can also help coordinate between your group and other early arrivals for spending a day together touring. For a head start, here are some of the attractions and visitor information:
- Pancake Shop: 216 Central Ave, across from the Arlington Hotel. The Reunion will meet here Saturday morning for breakfast, but you might want to stop here for breakfast before Saturday! This is a great breakfast place with the best pancakes in the U.S. Owned and operated by members of the Poindexter clan!
- The Boathouse: Located on Lake Hamilton at 4904 Central Ave. about seven miles south of the hotel. Seafood, steak, pasta, and salad. Also a favorite of Bill Clinton.
- Cajun Boilers: 2806 Albert Pike Road. Shrimp, alligator, crawfish and steak. Very popular in Hot Springs.
- Hot Springs Brau-Haus Restaurant and Biergarten: This restaurant does not have a web page but is close to the hotel at 801 Central Ave. Specialty - German food.
- The Porterhouse: 707 Central Ave. Steak, chops, seafood and Au Gratin specialties.
- Italian Villa: 4836 Central Ave. Italian Cuisine, pasta, veal, beef, chicken and seafood. On Lake Hamilton.
- Belle Arti: 719 Central Ave. Italian food, fish, beef, chicken and veal.
- Hamilton House Estate: 132 Van Lyell Terrace. Steak, seafood, pasta, and chicken. Very popular - little pricey. On Lake Hamilton.
- Rolands Bar-B-Que Company: 200 Higdon Ferry, just off Central Ave. Brisket, sausage, beef, ham, ribs, and turkey. Good Bar-B-Que. The reunion will be eating lunch here on Friday.
- Back Porch Grill: 4810 Central Ave. Steak, seafood, pasta, and chicken.
- Mc Clards Bar-B-Que: 505 Albert Pike Road. Brisket, sausage, beef, ham, ribs and turkey. Bill Clinton’s favorite Bar-B-Que, he always eats here when in town.
- Brick House Grill: 801 Central Ave. in Spencer's Corner. Grilled, hand-cut USDA choice steaks, poultry and fresh seafood, full service bar and extensive wine list.
- Angel's in the Park: 211 Fountain Street. Steak and seafood dishes including Shrimp Scampi, eggplant with marinara sauce and Spanish Ravioli. Reservations recommended on weekends.
- Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park, 1701 E. Grand Avenue. a great amusement park, especially for teenagers and children. They have the best of amusement park rides. There is also a Summer Concert Series with well known performers providing entertainment. Check schedule to see who is performing. Spend a day here with the kids.
- The Gangster Museum of America at 510 Central Ave. is the city’s newest attraction, on the same block as the Arlington. The museum includes a real Thompson machine gun, and the old Southern Club Roulette Wheel. Early one armed bandits from the Capone era are here. Take yourself back to the days of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s when mineral waters, gambling, bootlegging, and other extreme pleasures brought visitors from all over the world to Hot Springs, America.
- Oaklawn Park Racing and Gaming on Central Ave. is ranked #9 of the top ten racetracks in North America by the Horseplayers Association. The track closes April 15th, however, the gaming facility is open. Everything from Blackjack, Texas Hold’em , Video Poker, Instant Racing, Double Diamonds and many electronic games of skill. There is also great food including the Lagniappe Buffet.
- Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo at 847 Whittington Ave. The alligator feed show occurs at 12:00 noon each Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. There are numerous other animals such as monkeys, raccoons, big logger-head turtles, deer, ostrich, llamas and pygmy goats. Many of these animals can be petted including Dundee, the tame alligator. Yes, alligators are native to southern Arkansas, especially between Hope and Texarkana, Arkansas.
- National Park Duck Ride, cruise around Lake Hamilton in the Hot Springs National Park and downtown Hot Springs.
- Mid-America Science Museum. Be filled with interactive wonder. Don’t miss the huge Tesla coil there - it will shock you! Mid-America Science Museum has over 100 hands-on exhibits to enjoy. You may want to pump a pump or roll a ball or build your own bridge, all to learn something about the science of our world. The exhibits are simply tools that illustrate a physical property or demonstrate a natural law in an interesting way. Coming this Spring and Summer a special exhibition, "Shipwreck-Pirates and Treasure".
- Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum, 250 Central Ave, across the street from the hotel. This building at one time housed the Southern Club, Al Capone’s favorite club in Hot Springs. The Club was a casino as well as a hot supper club. Today, there are over 30 magnificent settings or wax displays, including Da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” Pope John Paul and Bill Clinton.
- The Winery of Hot Springs has tasting and tours. Browse through a branch of the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum followed by an opportunity to taste a wide variety of Arkansas produced wines.
- The Witness: (1942 Millcreek Road) Arkansas’s well known musical Passion Play. It is a musical under the stars (outside). Under a starry canopy, lights fade up on the Galilean Village, and the stage literally comes alive. The Witness is the compelling musical drama of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
- The Vienna Theatre: 424 Central Ave. Ruth and Ray Liebau, musicians extraordinaire, rotating show list.
- Visit the many art galleries and antique stores that line downtown. Hot Springs has over fourteen Art Galleries, most of which are located on Central Avenue, within three to four blocks from the Arlington Hotel.
- Bathhouse Row a block south of the hotel on Central Ave. Some of the most popular Hot Springs spas include, the historic Buckstaff Bathhouse and the Quapaw Baths and Spa. The Arlington Hotel also has thermal bathhouse and spa treatments as it has for the last 85 years. The above spas cater to singles and couples, schedule your pampering package directly with the spa of your choice.
- There’s go carting, miniature golf, aquariums, alligator farms, petting zoos, live family entertainment, historical sites plus lots more.
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Regional Attractions within Driving Distance:
- Washington, Arkansas, the Confederate Capital of Arkansas: This is the only Confederate capital, under siege in the war that was not taken. The town is still in period dress. (70 miles)
- Hope, Arkansas: Childhood home of Bill Clinton and Mike Huckabee. Hope is also the water melon capital of Arkansas. (about 70 miles)
- Ron Coleman Mining, Inc. (North on Highway 7) Open Quartz Crystal mine of 40 acres. There is also a retail shop, a gallery and a wholesale showroom. Many people prefer to dig their own crystals from the huge mine area. (25 miles)
- Crater of Diamonds State Park: Drive a few miles south to Murphysboro and dig for real diamonds in the only diamond mine in North America that’s open to the public, Crater of Diamonds State Park. This is the only authentic diamond mine in the U.S. Yes, they find diamonds. This year a 14 carat diamond was found. However, diamonds are not lying around like Easter eggs. (60 miles)
- Bill Clinton’s Presidential Library: Little Rock (about 50 miles)
- De Gray Lake State Park: Arkadelphia, AR. Arkansas’s only resort state park. Set in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains and nestled along the north shore of 13,800-acre De Gray Lake, one of the region’s five Diamond Lakes known for their crystal clear waters (30 miles)
- Central High School: (Little Rock) Where the famous Little Rock Nine civil rights confrontation between President Dwight Eisenhower and Governor Orville Fabus took place. Now a memorial to the seven Afro-American students who were denied entrance to the school in 1957 until Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard. (50 miles)
- Mac Arthur Museum: (Little Rock) The old Arkansas arsenal prior to the Civil War, later the birthplace of Douglas Mac Arthur. This is an excellent war museum. The David O. Dodd Memorial is also on the ground of the museum. (50 miles)
- Lum and Abner Museum and Jot ’em Down Store museum for the radio program that aired in the 30’s and 40’’s. Listed on the National Register. Pine ridge, AR. (30 miles)
- Diamond Lakes Region: Five sparkling lakes; Quachita, Hamilton, De Gray, Greeson and Catherine. The region’s stunning natural scenery provides a picture–perfect backdrop for fishing, hiking, kayaking and boating. You can enjoy a scenic riverboat ride on the big paddlewheel, “Belle of Hot Springs” and enjoy a great meal there as well. (Greater Hot Springs area)