Central Arkansas

With all the cultural amenities of a thriving metropolitan area within arm’s reach and the tranquility of nature just minutes away, Central Arkansas really is the best of both worlds. The capital city of Little Rock and its surrounding cities are home to restaurants, museums, shopping, nightlife and plenty of places to enjoy the outdoors, including 6 state parks and numerous regional and municipal recreational areas.

Katherine Stewart

Central Arkansas travel writer Katherine Stewart enjoys exploring everything the area has to offer—from the big can’t-miss attractions to the hidden gems, both indoors and out.

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  “We try not to be a booze cruise,” says Trey Moore, owner of Arkansas Brews Cruise, a new brewery tour service based in Little Rock. It’s a funny thing to say for a guy who is about to lead a van full of people on what is ostensibly a three-hour bar-hop. Moore counsels that …
The touring production of the Broadway musical Elf may be the biggest news in theatrical events this week, but it’s not the only thing happening on a stage near you. Whether you couldn’t snag tickets to the all-but-sold-out show or Elf just isn’t your thing, these special events in Conway and at Wildwood Park for the …
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are two of the most popular holiday shopping days of the year, but a third option is trending in a big way: handmade holidays. Whether you want to make it yourself or support a local artisan by shopping a craft fair, we’ve got you covered on gifts made with …
What’s better than an afternoon browsing your favorite boutiques for unique holiday gifts? Supporting small businesses while earning the chance to win prizes while you’re at it! Local businesses in Little Rock’s Southside Main Street district and up the road near the Main Street Creative Corridor have collaborated to create a small-business scavenger hunt for …
The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor that led to the United States’ entry into World War II took place 75 years ago on December 7, 1941.  Arkansas is uniquely poised to commemorate the event, because the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM), anchored on the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River, is the only …
Santa season is almost here, and Santa’s going to be busy this year! Here’s a rundown of places where the Bearded One will be making an appearance—so get those wish lists ready! The City of Beebe’s Annual Christmas Festival will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Stroll through Daniel Park to enjoy holiday …
When you’re watching a performance at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, you are probably so engrossed that you aren’t thinking about what exactly goes into bringing another world to life onstage. But after the curtain falls and the applause dies down, you might find yourself scratching your head thinking, how on earth did they do that? If so, you’re in …
Did you know that Little Rock is sitting on one of the nation’s largest urban wetlands? Chances are you’ve driven over it or walked alongside one of its many tributaries without even knowing what a valuable resource it is for the capital city—environmentally, economically and recreationally. The Fourche Creek Watershed, which is made up of six major …