Hot Springs, AR Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Hot Springs, AR

The best time to visit Hot Springs is August to October and February to April. Many of the attractions in and around Hot Springs revolve around the water, so travelers will be most comfortable visiting during the warmer months, when drying off won't immediately induce shivering. Still, given that Arkansas is located in the balmy south, there are several acceptable months to plan a trip. Subsequently, the shoulder seasons are the best time to visit, as travelers can experience the dual pleasures of saving money and basking in the sun.

Weather in Hot Springs, AR

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

August-October 

August maintains the warm weather of summer, with highs in the low 90s and lows in the upper 60s. As October approaches, the average highs drop down to the mid-70s, while lows hover around 50 degrees. These cooler temperatures transform the parks and forests surrounding Hot Springs from shades of green to orange, gold and red. Along with prime leaf-peeping, the cooler weather makes exploring the area's outdoor attractions a bit more comfortable.

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November-January

Winter in Hot Springs sees high temperatures in the mid-50s, while lows dip to around 30 degrees. The chillier weather highlights the town's main attraction, the hot springs, and travelers appreciate the warm waters. Winter also ushers in the cheapest lodging rates. Additionally, keep in mind that cooler weather doesn't necessarily preclude exploring the area's outdoor activities, but travelers should dress in layers to maintain their own comfort. 

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February-April 

Spring in Hot Springs marks the beginning of tourist season, as highs creep from the mid-50s to the mid-70s, while lows hover around 50 degrees. Early visitors can beat the warm weather crowds, while still being able to take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities. Rain is also relatively common, with most days experiencing an average 20% chance of precipitation. Check the forecast before venturing out.

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May-July

Summer is high season in Hot Springs. Warm weather and school breaks converge to make the town an excellent destination for visitors of every age and interest. If you choose to visit during these warm months, be prepared to pay a bit more. Also, reserve any activities you absolutely cannot miss, like bathhouse visits and campsites, as some things to do fill up in advance.

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August-October (Best)

August maintains the warm weather of summer, with highs in the low 90s and lows in the upper 60s. As October approaches, the average highs drop down to the mid-70s, while lows hover around 50 degrees. These cooler temperatures transform the parks and forests surrounding Hot Springs from shades of green to orange, gold and red. Along with prime leaf-peeping, the cooler weather makes exploring the area's outdoor attractions a bit more comfortable.

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Hot Springs Fishing Challenge (May-July)

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