More than 600,000 residents live in the central Arkansas area, which includes Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, Benton, Bryant, Conway, Cabot and Searcy.
At the heart of Arkansas you’ll find the capital city of Little Rock. The hub of the city is the downtown area, which is thriving with restaurants, bars, art galleries, museums, shops and fine hotels. State government, banking and financial centers and statewide media also have made their home in the area.
The Clinton Presidential Center continues to bring hundreds of thousands of guests to town from around the world. While here, many visitors opt to take tours of important sites that Bill Clinton frequented during his term as governor of Arkansas. Adjacent to the center is the world headquarters of Heifer International, and construction on Heifer’s Global Village is expected to be completed in the near future.
With the rebirth of the River Rail Electric Streetcar system, which connects Little Rock and North Little Rock, visitors and residents have a unique opportunity to see the sights of both downtowns. Alltel Arena, an 18,000-seat coliseum located on the North Little Rock side of the river, plays host to a variety of sporting events and musical acts each month. Also on the north side of the river, Dickey-Stephens Park is the state-of-the-art home of the Arkansas Travelers, the AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.
There are plenty of opportunities to golf, play tennis, fish and hike in the central Arkansas area through the state park system and convenience of the Arkansas River, as well as Pinnacle Mountain and Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park. The history of the state can be relived as it comes to life at the Historic Arkansas Museum and the several other museums in the area, including the Old State House Museum, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and EMOBA: The Museum of Black Arkansans. Those visiting Greater Little Rock with young children can get all the info they need on family-friendly events at LittleRockFamily.com.
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