Hot Springs Flights:
Flights to Hot Springs
Hot Springs is a city in the US state of Arkansas. Situated just to the west of Central Arkansas the city takes its name from the natural hot springs that were discovered here, making this a popular and famous spa town and home to the Hot Springs National Park.
The Hot Springs Memorial Airfield (airport code: HOT) only serves local air traffic, so overseas flights to Hot Springs usually arrive at the Little Rock National Airport (code: LIT). You’ll likely need a rental car to get between Hot Springs and Little Rock. British Midland and Virgin Atlantic both have the same flight routes from South Africa, travelling through London and Atlanta. You can get a different flight to Hot Springs with United Airlines, and have connections in New York and Charlotte.
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The Tourist Attractions in Hot Springs:
With a name like Hot Springs it’s not difficult to figure out why this city became a popular tourist destination! There are actually a total of 47 springs welling from the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain which is where the historic downtown of Hot Springs is now situated. The springs became most popular in the 1800’s and in 1832 a reservation was created so that the federal government could protect the springs. In 1921 the reservation was renamed Hot Springs National Park.
Hot Springs National Park
The Hot Springs National Park is one of the area’s top attractions, but this isn’t the only attraction in the city; read about some of the others below. Within the park boundaries you can tour the historic Fordyce Bathhouse, and see the old bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, enjoy hiking on trails, and driving scenic roads. The park also includes several lakes where you can fish and take part in water sports.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
As if the beauty of the Hot Springs National Park wasn’t enough, visitors to the city of Hot Springs can also enjoy some organised gardens. The Garvan Woodland Gardens is a botanical garden set over 210 acres. The wooded peninsula on which the gardens are situated has a shoreline on Lake Hamilton and you can get here via the restored riverboat called the Belle of Hot Springs.
Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
For over a hundred years this farm has been raising alligators so if you’ve ever wanted to see one up close now is your chance! The zoo has 400 animals from 60 different species of animals. Including the alligators there are also cougars, bobcats, wild boars, turkeys and more, while within the petting zoo section you can pet baby alligators, llamas, deer, pigs, goats and emus.
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls
One of the top family attractions in Hot Springs is the amusement park, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls. In the Magic Springs section of the park are fast and furious roller coasters and family rides, while on the Crystal Falls side is a water park admission to which is included in your entrance ticket to the amusement park.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s a humid subtropical climate in Hot Springs which means the city has hot and humid summers and cool winters, however the hot springs remain at the same temperature throughout the year! Summers are quite long, with warm to hot temperatures lasting from May to September, with a range of average highs between 27 and 34C. Rainfall is consistent throughout the year, and in the winter the temperatures drop to an average high of around 10C in January.