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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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 …
An unusual exhibit at the Arkansas State Capitol explores what remains when once-beloved objects fall into the hands of our state auditor. “Accountable for Treasures,” running through Nov. 13 in the first-floor galleries spanning the hallways north and south of the rotunda, is a rare look at the unclaimed property left in safe-deposit boxes whose owners …
Young creatives, take note! Submissions for the Arkansas Arts Center‘s 56th Young Arkansas Artists exhibition will open Dec. 1, which means you’ve got one month to gather your best works—or create some new ones. The juried show is open to all Arkansas students in grades K-12, including those currently being homeschooled. There are no restrictions …
Halloween is traditionally for kids, sure, but that doesn’t mean adults don’t want to get in on the action. Here are a few Central Arkansas happenings that are sure to be a scream. Adult Night at Boo at the Zoo One of Arkansas’s favorite annual Halloween festivals is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Boo at the …
You know how when a friend who’s never been to your city before comes to visit, and you start planning itineraries, saying things like, “Oh, we have to go to…” or “You just cannot miss…” and suddenly you’re all excited about stuff you might have overlooked for years because you’ve become so accustomed to seeing it? Or …
The moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost here: the grand reopening of the historic Robinson Center after a two-year, $70-million renovation (affectionately dubbed its “Second Act”). The celebration kicks off Nov. 10 with a press conference and ribbon-cutting; following that is a flurry of music, dance and theatre programs that will showcase all …
A new exhibit at ESSE Purse Museum demonstrates that you don’t have to walk a mile in a woman’s shoes to learn something about her—you only have to look at them. A Walk in Her Shoes, which runs Oct. 11 to Jan. 15 at the museum in downtown Little Rock’s SoMa district, walks visitors through a 100-year exploration …
If you’ve ever lost an hour to watching videos of goats standing on, stomping over, jumping off of or head-butting stuff, boy do we have an event for you! The first-ever Arkansas Goat Festival, a daylong celebration of all things horned, hoofed and bearded, will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 …
One of Arkansas’s biggest and most anticipated annual attractions is back Oct. 14-23 with ten more days of rides, games, contests, fun foods, concerts and more! There is nothing like watching a child’s face light up with the thrill of so many fun new things to take in. But all that excitement can overwhelm little …