the tower was so much fun my wife and i have been there there a lot of times to hot springs that is and this was the first time we have been able to go to the tower and loved it. a lot of info there also to read.
The ride up the mountain was beautiful. The elevator ride up was awesome and the view from the top was incredible. A storm was rolling in just as we arrived so we got to see a fantastic lightning show as well. My 7 year old loved it. Even though it wasn't a perfectly clear day, it was still great. Totally worth it!
My wife and I went to the tower on a short vacation. We paid $7.00 to go up and we loved every second of it. It was well worth the money!!! My wife couldn't get enough of the view, and she really enjoyed the cheap gift shop at the bottom. We both thought the employees of the tower were very helpful and nice. They helped us locate some attractions and gave us some great information to help enjoy our stay in Hot Springs.
It's a great view. The entire town can be seen, out to all the surrounding mountains. There's lots of information about the history of the town. I've noticed a lot of people's problem with it was the price. I don't understand how $6 dollars is that bad... but, if you get one of the city maps on the cashier's counter there's a $1 off coupon on the back.
Honestly, it wasn't my favorite spot we stopped, but you should defiantly go if you're in town to experience the city from a whole new level, literally!
THE EMPLOYEES WERE NOT VERY FRIENDLY. THE GIFT SHOP HAD A NICE VARIETY OF SOUVENIR. THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWER WAS AMAZING. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS ATTRACTION TO OTHERS. IF YOU GO AS A GROUP OF 10 OR MORE YOU GET A DISCOUNT.
My family was driving through Arkansas on the way to our main destination in Texas. We decided to take a short trip off the freeway to see the Ozarks. We ate a picnic lunch on the road up to the mountain tower and then visited the tower itself. The picnic area was nice, and our kids (2,4, and 7) really enjoyed the tower. If you're on a long drive through the area and are looking for a diversion, I'd recommend visiting the tower.
There's signage there warning about the drive up to the tower. Don't worry if you're afraid of narrow mountain roads. They aren't narrow or close to cliffs. The warnings are just for long vehicles, because some of the bends are too tight for them to get around. Our mini-van had no problems. My wife is very squeemish about those sorts of drives, and she was perfectly fine with it.
I thought the view was breathtaking. I lived in the Hot Springs area for about 15 years and never went up there. I recently visited while on Vacation and it snowed, making everything that much more beautiful.
If you are looking for something that is going to amuse the daft, this isn't for you, but if you truly love nature, you will find that it is one of the greatest sites you will ever see.
(p.s.) You don't *have* to get something from the gift shop.
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