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Unexpected Attractions

Get acquainted with the city on a Segway tour through downtown Little Rock. Check out the Museum of Discovery in the popular River Market District, where even more attractions await, as well as a variety of dining and entertainment options. Stop by Arkansas’s Old State House Museum for a fascinating walk through history (including a popular display of the governors’ wives inaugural gowns), and then tour Arkansas State Capitol’s various memorials and monuments. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the big cats, apes, penguins and other exotic animals at the Little Rock Zoo, as well as its one-of-a-kind Arkansas Carousel.

As one of only three purse museums in the world, the ESSE Purse Museum is one of Little Rock’s hidden gems. Stop by the Arkansas Arts Center to view an expansive international collection of work dating from the 1500s. Get a global education at Heifer Village, an interactive learning center inspired by Heifer International’s mission to end poverty.

 

History-Making Sites

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library offers a glimpse into the former U.S. President’s career and includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room as it looked when he was president. Visit Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, which documents the role nine students played in the end of school segregation by enrolling and attending 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.

Outside town at the Japanese American Museum in McGehee, learn about the internment camps that were set up in Arkansas after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Before you leave, explore Arkansas’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.

 

Outdoor Enchantments

Spanning 1,288 meters across Murray Lock and Dam and the Arkansas River, the Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian- and bike-only bridge, specifically built for that purpose, 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, including 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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Pops on the River’s stars and stripes lights
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Foodie fun at the Main Street Food Truck Festival
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A cheese dip-maker shows off her skills
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It’s all a blur at Arkansas State Fair
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A festive float at Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade
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