Central

This area of the state is literally and figuratively at the center of it all. Commerce, business, tourism, outdoor activities, upscale and downhome cuisine – it’s all here. Visit Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site where nine students made history in 1957 or explore the life of a leader at the Clinton Presidential Center. See Central Arkansas!

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One-of-a-kind attractions, activities and events in Central Arkansas that you won't find anywhere else on Earth.
1. The permanent collection of Little Rock’s Arkansas Arts Center boasts a number of renowned works including drawings, contemporary craft and special exhibits. The museum’s drawings have garnered an international reputation for excellence.
2. Located on the banks of the Arkansas River the Clinton Presidental Library features rotating exhibits, a replica of the Oval Office and the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history.
3. See the evolution of the 20th century American woman through the bags she carried and their contents. ESSE Purse Museum – one of three purse museums in the world and the only one in the United States – is a don’t miss experience.
4. Heifer International has been working to end hunger and poverty since 1944. Tour the world headquarters in Little Rock or check out the Heifer Ranch and Learning Center in Perryville.
5. This authentic recreation grist mill was built in 1933 and appears in the opening scene of 1939’s Gone with the Wind. The Old Mill's surrounding park is a kid-friendly wonderland.
6. Central High School National Historic Site serves as a symbol of the struggle over school desegregation. This unit of the National Park Service tells the story of the 1957 desegregation crisis in Little Rock through artifacts, news clippings, photographs and recordings.

Find local destination resources for the Central Area.

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Neighborhoods

Get to know the people and places of Little Rock’s South Main (SOMA) neighborhood. The heart of Central Arkansas’s eclectic vibe can be found right here in the revitalization of downtown Little Rock. Make plans to check out this unique Central Arkansas spot!

Love is in the Art Arkansas Artists - Harry & Robin Loucks

Though Robin creates vivid paintings and Harry crafts whimsical sculptures, this husband-and-wife duo has been inspiring each other's work for 30 years. "I recognize her insight into these things and value it. I am enhanced, and my work is boosted forward," says Harry. The two are collaborating on a new piece for the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library. Meet this creative couple and learn more about art in Arkansas!

Harry & Robin Loucks
TOURISM ASSOCIATIONS

For more information on tourism in the Central, check out these local organizations.