Daddy-Daughter Vacation (Summer 2013) - Hot Springs

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Darth Ryno

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The plan was to go to New Orleans for my 10 & 12 year old, but I ended up having to buy a new car recently and just paid cash for it so I wouldn't have a car payment, so my funds are limited now, to about a $1,000 trip.

Soooo..... after talking to my little ones, we figured going back to Hot Springs would be a lot of fun. We went 3 years ago and had a blast. Magic Springs is a wonderful water/amusement park (and under $20 for former military!), the Science Museum is as good as any I've been too, and the food is great. We went to the tower last time and explored the bath/spa houses. We also went to the little alligator zoo, which they enjoyed.

I know they do diamond digging outside Hot Springs, which they talked about wanting to do. It's a neat little tourist town but I know there are a lot more things to do, just haven't found them all yet. So... any suggestions?
 
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The plan was to go to New Orleans for my 10 & 12 year old, but I ended up having to buy a new car recently and just paid cash for it so I wouldn't have a car payment, so my funds are limited now, to about a $1,000 trip.

Soooo..... after talking to my little ones, we figured going back to Hot Springs would be a lot of fun. We went 3 years ago and had a blast. Magic Springs is a wonderful water/amusement park (and under $20 for former military!), the Science Museum is as good as any I've been too, and the food is great. We went to the tower last time and explored the bath/spa houses. We also went to the little alligator zoo, which they enjoyed.

I know they do diamond digging outside Hot Springs, which they talked about wanting to do. It's a neat little tourist town but I know there are a lot more things to do, just haven't found them all yet. So... any suggestions?
Hot Springs is fun, so is Eureka Springs.
 
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Have any other suggestions besides what I listed? I don't think I could afford to hit the lake to rent a boat, which would be nice :)
Not really. Eureka Springs has tree houses you can rent instead of a hotel. They also have an animal farm. Don't know about a water park.
Both places would be fun for your lil ones.
My lil girl turns 16 this year and is at the stage of "it's not cool to be with your parents".
Enjoy them now cause they turn into teenagers-aaaaaggghhhh!
 

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Great Wolf Lodge in KC or Dallas is fun, took my daughter when she was 9 or 10 and she had a blast.
 

Darth Ryno

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Not really. Eureka Springs has tree houses you can rent instead of a hotel. They also have an animal farm. Don't know about a water park.
Both places would be fun for your lil ones.
My lil girl turns 16 this year and is at the stage of "it's not cool to be with your parents".
Enjoy them now cause they turn into teenagers-aaaaaggghhhh!
Hey, I know... Rylie, my 12 year old already thinks she is 19. Some days she will talk for 20-30 minutes on the phone with me and other days I'll get "What did you call about?". UGH!
 

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The plan was to go to New Orleans for my 10 & 12 year old, but I ended up having to buy a new car recently and just paid cash for it so I wouldn't have a car payment, so my funds are limited now, to about a $1,000 trip.

Soooo..... after talking to my little ones, we figured going back to Hot Springs would be a lot of fun. We went 3 years ago and had a blast. Magic Springs is a wonderful water/amusement park (and under $20 for former military!), the Science Museum is as good as any I've been too, and the food is great. We went to the tower last time and explored the bath/spa houses. We also went to the little alligator zoo, which they enjoyed.

I know they do diamond digging outside Hot Springs, which they talked about wanting to do. It's a neat little tourist town but I know there are a lot more things to do, just haven't found them all yet. So... any suggestions?
Rent a pontoon boat and party.
 

Cowboy2U

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Been to Great Wolf a bunch (we live just about an hour from Grapevine)... but KC is an idea. I have family in Blue Springs.

That's the one (KC) we went to from OKC, had fun. Right off a freeway so it's close to some good places to eat too. Only crummy deal was my daughter got sucked into their amusement room where you get tickets to redeem from the games you play. We got a 50cent gumball machine for about $25 in tickets...sweet deal...oh well, she's only young for a short time.