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Unexpected Attractions

Get acquainted with the city on a guided bike or Segway tour through downtown Little Rock. Explore beautiful Riverfront Park, home to the Arkansas River Trail, a sculpture garden, two free splash pads and River Lights in the Rock – three illuminated bridges that display free, nightly light shows on the hour. Check out the Museum of Discovery in the popular River Market District, home to attractions and a variety of dining and entertainment options. You'll find a renowned food and drink scene across the city. Sip adult beverages at numerous breweries, wineries and an award-winning distillery, and savor cuisine of all types – from barbecue joints and year-round food festivals to restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred and James Beard award-winning chefs.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the Arkansas Arts Center and its expansive international collection of art, or the Little Rock Zoo and its one-of-a-kind Arkansas Carousel. One of only three purse museums in the world, the ESSE Purse Museum is one of Little Rock’s hidden gems. Get a global education at Heifer Village, an interactive learning center inspired by Heifer International’s mission to end poverty and hunger in the world using sustainable practices.

 

History-Making Sites

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum offers a glimpse into the former U.S. President’s career and includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room as they looked when he was president. Use the Arkansas Civil Rights History Tour app to visit more than 35 sites in the Little Rock area, including Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, which documents the bravery of the Little Rock Nine and the critical role they played in the Civil Rights Movement by integrating the school in 1957. Take a tour of the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History; General Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of U.S. forces during World War II, was born in Little Rock.

Tour the Arkansas State Capitol and take a fascinating walk through the state's territorial, African American and political history at three Department of Arkansas Heritage museums: Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum. The Old State House's ever-popular First Ladies’ Gowns exhibit is the largest of its kind in the USA outside the Smithsonian.

 

Outdoor Enchantments

Spanning 1,288 meters across Murray Lock and Dam and the Arkansas River, the Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge never used by rail or car in North America. Take a walk or ride a bike for fantastic river views. Spend an afternoon at Two Rivers Park, a 400-hectare park located at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Maumelle Rivers, where you can enjoy walking, biking, horseback riding and other family activities. It also connects to Pinnacle Mountain State Park and the Arkansas River Trail, a 27-kilometer loop that shows off the city and runs through downtown’s Riverfront Park.

Fun Fact

Gracious Old State House
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The Old State House is the oldest capitol building west of the Mississippi.

Big Dam Bridge’s impressive span
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The Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian- and bicycle-only bridge in North America.

The Villa Marre, used for “Designing Women’s” exterior.
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Both the “Designing Women” and “Evening Shade” houses used in the hit series created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason in the mid-1980s and early 1990s are located in Little Rock.

View of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River Trail
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Off to the races at the Little Rock Marathon
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Little Rock Marathon

March

Attending a literary festival event at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
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A packed Riverfest
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Riverfest

June

Pops on the River’s stars and stripes lights
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Pops on the River

July

Cyclists ready for the Big Dam Bridge 100 cycling race in Little Rock, Arkansas
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Big Dam Bridge 100

September

Performers at the opening of the ACANSA Arts Festival
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ACANSA Arts Festival

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It’s all a blur at Arkansas State Fair
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Arkansas State Fair

October

A cheese dip-maker shows off her skills
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Foodie fun at the Main Street Food Truck Festival
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A fresh cornbread ready to be served at The Arkansas Cornbread Festival in Little Rock
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