Coasters and More Await at Magic Springs

The Biggest Amusement Park in Arkansas

Gauntlet coaster at Magic Springs amusement park
Among the thrill rides at Magic Springs is The Gauntlet, an inverted coaster. Magic Springs

While it is not an enormous park, Magic Springs does offer a good assortment of rides and attractions, including major roller coasters. It also offers a roundup of the usual park suspects such as a log flume ride, bumper cars, a few spinning thrill rides, a carousel, and a handful of kiddie rides.

One of Magic Springs' more intriguing features is its concert series. The shows at the park's Timberwood Amphitheater, which include country, pop, classic rock, tween, and other national acts, are included in admission. The park offers reserved seats are available for a nominal fee.

Roller Coasters and Featured Attractions

X-Coaster at Magic Springs in Arkansas
Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

There are five coasters to brave at Magic Springs:

  • The headliner is X-Coaster, which is essentially one giant loop. It climbs a 151-foot vertical lift hill and delivers an inversion before accelerating over 65 mph. The train then retraces the loop backwards and forwards before returning to the station. X-Coaster delivers a potent 5Gs.
  • The Gauntlet is a suspended looping coaster in which the train hangs beneath the tracks. It ascends a 109-foot lift hill, hits about 50 mph, and includes five inversions.
  • The Arkansas Twister is a wooden coaster that climbs 95 feet, drops 92 feet, and races along at 50 mph.
  • The bigger of the park’s two mine train coasters, Big Bad John features a 41-foot drop and a top speed of 37 mph. The ride includes three lift hills and one tunnel.
  • With a height requirement of only 36 inches, the Diamond Mine Coaster is considerably tamer than Big Bad John.

Other rides include the drop tower ride, Brain Drain, the shoot-the-chutes splashdown ride, Plummet Summit, and the extreme spinning ride, The Hawk. For an additional charge, Magic Springs offers Sky Shark, a bungee-style SkyCoaster.

Water Park

General admission includes access to the adjacent Crystal Falls. The water park is relatively small and lacks marquee attractions such as a water coaster or a funnel ride. It does, however, offer Boogie Blast, a FlowRider surfing attraction. The Seven Falls Slide Tower includes a bowl slide.

Other highlights at Crystal Falls include a wave pool, body slides, tube slides, the Rapid Falls Raceway mat racing slides, and the Kodiak Canyon Adventure River. Younger visitors would enjoy Splash island, an interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket, as the Bubble-Up pool and the Bear Cub Bend activity area.

What’s to Eat?

The premier eatery at Magic Springs is Trejos in the Park, a full-service Mexican restaurant. Other spots serve pizza, hot dogs, burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Sweet treats include ice cream, slushes, funnel cakes, and pineapple Dole Whips. The park also serves beer.

Admission Info, Location, and Hours

Reduced rates are available for children (under 48 inches) and seniors (55 and older). Crystal Falls water park is included with admission. Group passes and season passes for Magic Springs are available. The park does offer advance tickets online at its Website, often at a discount.

Magic Springs is located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The address is 1701 E. Grand Avenue.

From Little Rock: Take US-70W to US-70 BR W. Take EXIT 3 to the park.

From Fayetteville: Take I-540S and merge onto I-40E via EXIT 20. Take the AR-7 exit, turn right onto AR-7 and continue to follow to US-70 BR. Go left onto Gorge Rd. and take a left onto E. Grand Ave. to Magic Springs.

The park is open from late April/early May through late September and offers its Halloween event, Magic Screams throughout October. Go to the park's Website for actual operating days and hours.