Kid Friendly Fun in Little Rock
As the largest city in Arkansas, Little Rock is a go to place for family fun. Check out these fantastic options that can be found around town and across the river in North Little Rock.
Cross the Big Dam Bridge
A venture to the Big Dam Bridge is a must for families. This landmark is the longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge in the nation built specifically for this purpose. The bridge connects miles of trails on the Little Rock and North Little Rock sides of the Arkansas River as part of the famous Arkansas River Trail. The bridge also has great views of the river and Pinnacle Mountain in the distance.
Visit Riverfront Park
Riverfront Park is a picturesque landscape that goes for eleven blocks on the south bank of the Arkansas River. The park has many attractions to walk to, including the beautiful Petit Roche Plaza, which showcases the stone the city is named after. The Junction Bridge Pedestrian Walkway is here along with the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden, which has whimsical sculptures located at various points along a path as it leads to the west end of the park.
Experience the Museum of Discovery
The Museum of Discovery is located in downtown Little Rock in the famous River Market District, which is a great family destination in itself. Attractions like the Clinton Presidential Center are within walking distance. This museum is home to the Guinness World Record musical bi-polar tesla coil and art and science exhibits that range from learning about the human body to weather in Arkansas.
Learn about wildlife at the Central Arkansas Nature Center
This spot in Little Rock is located right next to the Museum of Discovery. Inside, you'll find displays and exhibits that teach about the wildlife and natural resources of the state. The River Trail runs right by the center so you can walk or bike here and enjoy the expansive view of the Arkansas River while you do so. This nature center is built by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is free to visit.
See the world at Heifer Village
Heifer Village is home to interactive exhibits and you can drop in to learn about the people and the places where Heifer International is making a difference. The Heifer International headquarters are located behind the village and adjacent wetlands.
The METRO Streetcar is a fun way to take in the downtown sights of Little Rock and North Little Rock. The replica streetcars hit spots including the Clinton Presidential Center, the River Market and North Little Rock’s historic Argenta district.
Have fun at Big Rock Fun Park
Big Rock Fun Park in Little Rock is an attraction that aims to provide a venue for family fun. The park, located at 11411 Baseline Road, which is the near the Bass Pro Shop, has a mini-golf course (18-holes and 36-holes options), go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, and an arcade. A feature not to miss at the park is the mini replica of North Little Rock’s Old Mill that is at the mini-golf course. The park is open year-round and is locally owned and operated.
Take in history at The Old Mill
In North Little Rock you can find The Old Mill, whose claim to fame is appearing in the opening scene of the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. The mill, which was built in 1933 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places, is an authentic reproduction of an old water-powered grist mill and is believed to be the only building remaining from the film. The park around the mill has plenty to entertain and there is a tree branch-entwined bridge that connects the mill to the rest of the park.
Explore a submarine at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
This is a not to miss spot for family fun. The museum is located along the Arkansas River in North Shore Riverwalk Park in North Little Rock. It is the only spot in the world where you can see two floating Naval vessels that bookend World War II. Check out this article to learn more about the museum!