What to do in Little Rock, AR

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Both the capital of Arkansas and the most populous city in the state, Little Rock stands as a historical and cultural landmark of the American South. This thriving urban metropolis may be well known as the place where former president Bill Clinton launched his political career, but the city's wealth of museums, parks, beautiful architecture, and outdoor activities have made it a destination in its own right. Whether you're interested in immersing yourself in state history, exploring the natural scenery, or finding family-friendly activities the kids will love, take your pick of the many things to do in Little Rock.

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What to do in Little Rock

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Historic Arkansas Museum - Bring the entire family and set off on an intriguing adventure through history together.

Riverfront Park - Make this place your first stop if you're looking for fun during your escape.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Fans of architecture will no doubt enjoy admiring the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

Hinderliter Tavern - Educate yourself about some of the unique history of the area through this attraction.

River Market District - This is a buzzing place where you can absorb the vibe and learn more about the local way of life.

River Market Artspace - Well known among those who live here, this site is worth dropping by.

St. Andrew's Cathedral - Spend some time in meditation or prayer at this revered religious site.

The Arkansas River Trail - Appreciate the stark difference between the urban jungle and nature's splendor at this beautiful location.

H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden - Recharge your mind, body and soul by spending time with Mother Nature.

Areas & Neighborhoods

Bringing together historic landmarks, government buildings, arts centers, and booming commercial hubs, the hustle and bustle of Little Rock offers an enchanting mix of old and new. The expansive downtown area remains the lively center of the city, and a visit to its different neighborhoods reveals the city's unique character.

Quapaw Quarter

The historic Quapaw district is the place to uncover the beautiful remains of old Little Rock. Wander among impeccably preserved Antebellum, Victorian, and Craftsman houses, and scope out sites like the Governor's Mansion and the Arkansas Arts Center.

River Market District

Shopping and dining options abound in the River Market District, which beckons visitors with charming boutiques, bars, concert venues, and a local farmer’s market. Add in great views of the Arkansas River, and this area doesn’t disappoint.


Locals and visitors alike venture to Riverdale for outdoor adventure on the Arkansas River Trail and the Big Dam Bridge, North America's longest pedestrian/bicycle bridge. Foodies are also spoiled for choice with tasty eats ranging from mouthwatering barbecue to authentic tacos.

South Main

Known fondly as SoMa to the locals, the hip South Main area has emerged in recent years as one of Little Rock's most vibrant neighborhoods. Cozy eateries and antique shops give it a community feel, and it's also home to the small but fascinating Esse Purse Museum.

Things to See in Little Rock

Little Rock has played an important role in United States history and politics, and a variety of museums and government landmarks showcase its rich heritage. For an eye-opening look at the Civil Rights Movement, pay a visit to Little Rock Central High School, a key site in the struggle for school desegregation and a National Historic Landmark. Then, discover the legacy of former president Bill Clinton as you explore the Clinton Presidential Center, which houses interactive exhibits, presidential artifacts, and a full-scale Oval Office replica. And don't miss the chance to find out where all the legislative action in Arkansas takes place at the majestic State Capitol Building.

Sightseeing in Little Rock

Whether your ideal vacation includes a slice of local culture or activities in the great outdoors, Little Rock has something for everyone. Take advantage of the city's thriving arts scene by catching the special exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center, or find out what productions are on at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. At Pinnacle Mountain State Park, a variety of hiking trails, cycling paths, and spectacular mountain scenery offer a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Families will also discover plenty of fun-filled activities in Little Rock to keep the kids occupied. Head to the Little Rock Zoo to check out big cats, elephants, bears, and apes, or opt for a sunny afternoon discovering the playgrounds and interesting sculptures at Riverfront Park. Between April and September, you can also participate in a favorite American pastime at Dickey-Stephens Park, the home of Minor League Baseball team the Arkansas Travelers.

Things to Do in Little Rock with Kids

There are plenty of fascinating things to do in Little Rock with the kids. Make some new memories together with these family friendly experiences:


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Frequently asked questions

What is Little Rock famous for?
William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park lives up to its reputation as a landmark that you just can’t miss.
What should I not miss in Little Rock?
Don’t head home without crossing off the following list of wonderful attractions:

  • Simmons Bank Arena
  • University of Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Arkansas State Capitol Building
  • War Memorial Stadium

Are there cheap things to do in Little Rock?
What can you do in Little Rock for free?
You could store your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these excellent attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • University of Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Arkansas State Capitol Building
  • River Market District
  • Baptist Health

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