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Hot Springs, SD

A great place to retire! - 7/12/2014
Hot Springs, South Dakota has everything a retired person could want. I moved here (from Connecticut) ten years ago and I've never been happier. We have a beautiful micro-climate, probably because of the shape of the mountains around us and the warm water under the ground. Not every day, but very often even in the middle of January, we will see daytime temps in the 50's and 60's. (It'll go down to 20 at night though.)

We have two beautiful senior apartment buildings, a State Veteran's Home, an assisted living, and a brand new nursing home. We have a new hospital and several doctor's offices. We have chiropractors, two dentists, and a great eye doctor.

We have several spas and fitness centers.

Hot springs has two grocery stores, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a music store, and lots of unique shops downtown carrying everything from women's clothing to quilting supplies, spinning and weaving supplies, furniture, gift items, antiques, art galleries, a farmer's market, and so much more. There are also two discount department stores.

We have a great walking/biking trail that runs from one end of town to the other. It even takes you right past the downtown waterfall! There are several beautiful parks in town, two of them on Fall River (which has a year round temperature of 87 degrees) One huge park with baseball diamonds and soccer fields, and of course, Centennial park where we hold events like the annual Arts and Crafts Festival, the Fall Festival, the 4th of July street dance, and so many others.

We are only 6 miles from Wind Cave National Park where you can see breathtaking scenery, bison, elk, and other western "critters".

And to top it all off, our population is only 3,600. Crime is so low that most people don't bother locking their doors. The people are friendly, the scenery is beautiful, there is always something to do, or if you prefer to do nothing there is plenty of peace and quiet. Real estate prices are low, and so are taxes.

I have done a lot of traveling all over the country and Hot Springs is the place I chose to retire. I truly believe it was the best choice I ever made.

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