First becoming famous in the 19th century, Mineral Wells long reigned as the South’s top health resort. The region's curative waters attracted many visitors suffering from various ailments—including many top stars of the day—all intent on bathing in mineral-packed baths. During and after the World Wars, the boomtown vibe subsided, and what remains is a quaint hamlet— and a vast playground called Mineral Wells State Park. aboard a kayak, which can be rented in the park (along with flat-bottomed fishing boats and canoes). Horse riders can pitch a tent at any of the 20 equestrian campsites.