With winter finally over, we can look forward to warmer weather and longer days. It’s the perfect time to get out of the house, get some exercise and experience nature.
For seniors, wintertime can be tough. Going outside is often dangerous, especially in icy conditions. The cold weather can make your joints and bones sore, while the shorter days can make you feel unusually tired. The dawn of spring is the perfect time to shake off the rust and enjoy some of Arkansas’s beauty.
Here are are our 4 favorite springtime activities for seniors in Arkansas.
Visit Garvan Woodland GardensGarvan Woodland Gardens
Address: 550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913
Admission (Adults 13 and up): $15.00
Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Daily
Visit garvangardens.org to learn more about planning your visit.
Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs is one of the most picturesque locations in the entire state of Arkansas.
As the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas, the gardens are immaculately maintained. Visitors can enjoy a canopy bridge, a model train garden, nature preserve, walking trails and more.
The Gardens are also accommodating to individuals with mobility issues. Motorized wheelchairs and regular wheelchairs are welcome.
Golf cart rides are also available for a fee.
Visit the Buckstaff Bath HouseBuckstaff Baths
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Address: 509 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR
Hours: Mon. – Sat.: 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Visit www.buckstaffbaths.com for more information on planning your visit.
The Buckstaff Baths on Central Avenue have been in continuous operation for over 100 years. You can enjoy a variety of massage and spa services, including a soak in one of the thermal mineral water baths. The water in the baths comes from a collection of springs flowing from Hot Springs Mountain and is cooled from a temperature of 143° F.
*The baths are not recommended for people with serious health issues like uncontrolled high blood pressure.
Visit Hot Springs National ParkHot Springs National Park
Address: 369 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901
Open Year Round
Fordhyce Bathhouse Visitor Center: Open Daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Visit www.nps.gov/hosp/index.htm for more information on planning your visit.
Since opening in 1832, the Hot Springs National Park has become known as the “American Spa.” The hot spring waters in the park were used by Native Americans for thousands of years. Today, the waters are used to provide relief from rheumatism and a host of other ailments.
Starting on April 1st, the Hot Spring National Park is open daily.
Visit the Old MillThe Old Mill in North Little Rock
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Address: 3800 Lakeshore Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72116
Hours: Mon – Fri: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Visit www.friendsoftheoldmill.com for more information on planning your visit.
Despite its name, the Old Mill in North Little Rock isn’t actually that old. In 1931, a local developer was commissioned to create a replica of old-fashioned water-powered grist mill. The result was the Old Mill, which stands in T.R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock. Architect Frank Carmean designed the mill and sculptor Dionicio Rodriguez added concrete touches and surrounding sculptures.
In 1938, the Old Mill was used in the opening scenes of Gone With The Wind and is believed to be the only structure from the film that is still standing today.
Springtime is a great time to get outside and enjoy some of the attractions in Arkansas! Brookfield Senior Living and Memory Care is proud to help our residents experience everything life has to offer.
Learn more about our highly-rated assisted living facilities by contacting us today.