Hot Springs, AR, USA

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Hot Springs, AR, USA

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Hot Springs lives up to its name

The clue to the popularity of Hot Springs vacation rentals lies in the name. This historic city has built its fortune on the restorative properties of the hot springs that bubble from the Ouachita Mountains. The medicinal benefits of the natural minerals had long been recognized by the local Native American tribes, and visitors began flocking to its fashionable new spas during the 1830s. Many of the buildings from this era are preserved within the Central Avenue Historic District, the highlight of which is a series of 8 historic bathhouses and gardens.

Hot Springs—a melting pot of art and architecture

The architectural virtues of Hot Springs can be best appreciated on a walking tour of the historic district. Expert guides will point out the neoclassical DeSoto Mineral Springs Building, the Art Deco Medical Arts Building, and the Spanish Revival Arlington Hotel—once the favorite haunt of notorious gangster Al Capone. Culture lovers will also find plenty to admire in Hot Springs, which hosts prestigious film and music festivals and supports a thriving program of classical, jazz, and popular music. The Fine Arts District showcases the work of local artists and craftspeople in historic buildings that have been converted into studios and galleries.

Animal magic in Hot Springs

Hot Springs vacation rentals make ideal bases for freewheeling family breaks, and the little ones will love a visit to the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo. This much-loved Hot Springs institution dates back over a century and is home to hundreds of alligators, as well as cougars, wild boars, bobcats, and many other animals. Visitors can make friends with goats, llamas, and pigs, not forgetting the cute baby alligators that are the stars of the petting zone. The zoo places great importance on education, with opportunities to learn about the residents and their natural habits through live encounters and engaging museum displays.

Hot Springs’ warm winter welcome

Arkansas’ rolling Garland County benefits from a humid subtropical climate, making winter an especially popular time to book Hot Springs vacation rentals. The mild, generally dry days of November through January lend extra warmth to Thanksgiving and Christmas family get-togethers. Summers are generally very hot and humid, creating a high demand for Hot Springs vacation rentals near Lake Hamilton—a popular spot for water sports and refreshing dips. The mountainous terrain that supports the hot mineral springs also attracts consistent rainfall, particularly in spring, with May on record as the wettest month.

Hot Springs’ pioneer park

Hot Springs National Park unwittingly became the prototype for the US national park system when the Hot Springs Reservation was designated for protection under an Act of Congress that aimed to preserve the unique properties of the mineral springs in 1832. The National Park that exists today was created almost a century later. This small but important tract of mountain, forests, lakes, and rivers encompasses an extensive network of trails, offering the chance to spot wildlife such as white-tail deer, armadillos, opossums, coyotes, and gophers in their natural environment.