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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Fans of outer space, music, science and fun in general should blast off to the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday, March 11 for the Conway Symphony Orchestra‘s performance of the classic interstellar orchestral work Gustav Holst’s The Planets. But this is not your average symphony performance—there’s a full schedule of space-based activities planned pre- and post show. …
  The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the state’s largest non-profit professional theatre company, has announced their 2017-2018 lineup. This will be their 42nd season and their first fully under new Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany, who in a statement said the season might be “more varied than ever before,” a notion that fits with the Rep’s …
Food…glorious food!! Arkansas is home to some legendary restaurants, wonderful chefs, and amazing, tasty fare. And although the state has all varieties of halls of fame, it wasn’t until 2016 that the Department of Arkansas Heritage decided there needed to be an Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Rightly so…and about time! The Arkansas Food Hall …
March is Arkansas Archeology Month, and three Central Arkansas locations have a slate of fun activities lined up to celebrate. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the Arkansas Archeological Survey, so expect extra festivities! Petit Jean State Park will host a day-long kickoff celebration on Saturday, March 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Petit …
There is so much going on in Central Arkansas in the coming week that it barely fits into seven days. Whether you’re in the mood for art, history, music, food, shopping or all of the above, we’ve got something to occupy you. Appreciate the arts A new exhibit of early works by photographer Ansel Adams …
You’re probably familiar with William Grant Still as a major figure in the world of classical music and opera. Still, who grew up in Little Rock, broke barrier after barrier in his career as an African-American composer: first to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, first to conduct a major orchestra himself, and …
The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre presents for a limited engagement this weekend a reinterpretation of the classic children’s story “Stone Soup.” In the traditional version, some hungry travelers alight in a village and basically trick the villagers into feeding them by contributing ingredients to their cooking pot, which contains nothing but water and a …