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 Arkansas Tourism has a Pinterest profile jam-packed with vacation ideas? Think of it as a one-stop shop for all things Arkansas travel. Inspiring photography will kick-start your daydreams, and our boards can help you plan pretty much any type of visit—from a quick weekender to a longer, statewide tour. Our boards are …
A new exhibit at the Old State House Museum illuminates the history of museums while offering visitors a glimpse of a collection that, though once public, now lives behind closed doors. “Cabinet of Curiosities”—the exhibit’s title is taken from the original German name for what we know as the modern-day museum—draws on the 7.5 million artifacts in …
What do you do with a drunken steamboat captain? Name a festival after him! One of Arkansas’s most popular (and strangely titled) family festivals returns to downtown Conway May 5-7 for an even bigger weekend of music, entertainment, food, fun, and—most importantly—toad racing. The event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5th, with the …
“A Certain Sound: Speaking Truth to Power,” Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church) *In partnership with Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church – Bishop McKenzie of Dallas, Texas serves as the 117th elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was the first woman elected bishop in the denomination’s …
A brand new shopping experience dedicated to showcasing the tremendous variety of artisans and products made in The Natural State comes to War Memorial Stadium the first weekend of April. Arkansas Made – Arkansas Proud will feature more than 100 vendors offering everything from fine arts to furniture produced in every corner of the state. Vendors will …
Baseball fans are well aware that the Travs’ season opener is just two short weeks away, on Thursday, April 6th. Many fans like to plan attendance around special events taking place at the park, especially for perennially popular events like Clunker Car Night, $1 Hot Dog Night, any game that ends in fireworks and games with …
Spring has sprung and all of Central Arkansas is celebrating with numerous opportunities to get out and enjoy it. Check out these enticing invitations to get outdoors! April 6 Does anything say “spring” like the opening day of baseball season? The Arkansas Travelers will play their first game of the year at Dickey Stephens Park …