Oaklawn Racing Casino
Located just outside of Hot Springs in Arkansas is the Oaklawn Racing Casino (2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 1-800-OAKLAWN). Oaklawn is home to the Arkansas Derby and Racing Festival of the South. While the Arkansas Derby Day for 2021 isn’t until April 10, prep races are held starting the end of January, so you can still experience the thrill of the race with smaller crowds (or start planning now for a later-in-spring excursion). Oaklawn also features a 12,000-square-foot casino, so you can step up to the roulette table if horse-racing isn’t your thing. Check the website for details on attendance limits, precautions and schedule updates.
The Winery of Hot Springs
The Winery of Hot Springs has two locations, the winery itself (1503 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-623-9463) and Bathhouse Row Winery (220 Central Ave., Hot Springs, 501-620-4880). With grapes from a variety of locations, The Winery offers everything from muscadine to strawberry wine. Wine tastings are free, too