CAMP 2017: 10 things to see in Hot Springs, Ark.

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The Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) in Hot Springs, Ark., is just a few months away. Be sure to register soon to save money on the registration fee. Here are a few things to check out during a trip to Hot Springs, Ark.

Garvan Woodland Gardens, the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas consisting of 210 acres on the shoreline of Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs.

Mid-America Science Museum, Arkansas’ largest hands-on science center and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate.

Gangster Museum of America, a historic and entertaining account of how some of the most notorious criminals in America co-existed with the quaint population of this little valley town in the mountains of central Arkansas.

Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, a building with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and a canopy of pines and aged oaks.

Josephine Tussaud Wax and Gambling Museum, a museum with a re-creation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.”

Arkansas Blarney Stone, a 7,000-pound chunk of Arkansas sandstone and the location of the kissing contest for the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade; it’s said that if you kiss the stone, you’ll receive the gift of eloquence (or blarney as the Irish like to say).

Arkansas Walk of Fame, honoring Arkansans who have made a contribution to society; past inductees include baseball star Brooks Robinson, president Bill Clinton and musician Johnny Cash.

Crystal Springs Gallery, featuring a collection of gems, crystals and minerals from Arkansas as well as a fossil room with fossils from around the world.

Dryden Pottery, a showroom highlighting pottery by three generations of artists; also claims to feature the world’s tallest wheel-thrown vase.

Hot Springs Mountain Tower, elevating visitors 1,256 feet above sea level and overlooking the Ouachita Mountains.

For more information, check out this Hot Springs guide.