I am asked frequently what I consider the “must see” destinations in Arkansas, especially from those who have never been here before. Each Monday, I’ll be writing about a city, an attraction, a restaurant or an outdoor area that I consider to be “must see” Arkansas.
I have to start with my hometown of Little Rock. People who have never visited Little Rock are amazed when they get here. I have overheard someone from California marvel at all the trees in Little Rock. A young person from Washington D.C. who came to Little Rock to work for President Clinton’s campaign was surprised to see we had tall buildings — an actual skyline. The Arkansas capitol city is a nice mix of old and new, laid-back country and thriving nightlife, and both indoor and outdoor activities. It’s large enough to be metropolitan but small enough to be friendly and neighborly.
The River Market District is a great place to being a visit. Here you’ll find the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, Heifer Village, the Central Arkansas Nature Center, the Arkansas Museum of Discovery, along with restaurants, art galleries, bars, the Junction Bridge Pedestrian and Biking Walkway, the Central Arkansas Library and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. The Old State House Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum are a couple of blocks away. The River Rail Trolley provides transportation so you can park and ride or park and walk. Don’t miss Riverfront Park with its playground, Peabody Fountain water play area, walking trails, and La Petite Roche Plaza. Art Along The River outdoor sculpture is found throughout the district.
Discover the River Market District of downtown Little Rock. There are a whole lot of things to do in a compact space.
Next week: Other Little Rock “Must See” Attractions