Destination guide

Relax in Hot Springs vacation home rentals

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.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Hot Springs vacation homes

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.


What to do near your Hot Springs summer rental

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.


Local weather for your stay in Hot Springs vacation rentals

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 watersports 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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Hot Springs

Fly into Hot Springs, AR (HOT-Memorial Field), the closest airport, located 3.1 mi (5 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Hot Springs vacation rentals

Families with kids can enjoy an array of kid-focused attractions in Hot Springs. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Lake Catherine State Park, a lakeside park with fishing, boating, and hiking, and the Mid-America Science Museum, a museum with interactive exhibits exploring science. Kids will also like Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, an expansive amusement park with roller coasters, kids’ rides, and summer concerts.

Good for couples

Couple's fun near Hot Springs vacation homes

Hot Springs offers idyllic locations to explore during a romantic retreat. Vacation homes are available near places like Garvan Woodland Gardens, a botanical garden with a wooded shoreline and small waterfalls, and Hot Springs National Park, a city park with a historic row of early bathhouses on natural hot springs. You could also visit Hot Springs Mountain Tower, an observation deck with expansive views of the mountains.

Where to stay around Hot Springs?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 852 vacation rentals near Hot Springs. From 83 Cabins to 395 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Hot Springs for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Hot Springs?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hot Springs. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Catherine State Park: 845 vacation rentals
  • Magic Springs and Crystal Falls: 844 vacation rentals
  • Bathhouse Row: 852 vacation rentals
  • Oaklawn Park: 850 vacation rentals
  • Hot Springs Mountain Tower: 852 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hot Springs listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Hot Springs?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 83 Cabins in Hot Springs. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hot Springs include:

  • Houses: 395 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 293 rentals available
  • Cottages: 83 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hot Springs?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 341 vacation rentals with pool available in Hot Springs. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.