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Arts, sports, history, outdoor adventures, and a presidential library – enjoy an incredible diversity of fun things to do in Little Rock. Situated in the center of Arkansas, Little Rock is the capital and the largest city in the Natural State. Easy to get around yet full of excitement, Little Rock features the friendliness of a small town with the culture of a big city.
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Many of Little Rock’s most interesting attractions are downtown, including the River Market district. Explore this trendsetting culinary epicenter to find a twice-weekly farmers market and an international food hall. Shop for hand-made souvenirs at offbeat boutiques. Listen to rock music at the 7-acre Riverfest Amphitheatre. The historic SoMa (South Main) neighborhood is home to cool restaurants, a sculpture garden, and a monthly vintage market.
Entertainment abounds in Little Rock. Enjoy stimulating concerts with superstar performers at Verizon Arena, Robinson Center, and Wildwood Park. For theater, symphonies, and ballet, head nearby to the Main Street Creative Corridor. Dive into history at celebrated landmarks like the Central High School National Historic Site. A focal point of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, this was the school of the Little Rock Nine in 1957.
Nearby you can visit immaculately maintained period rooms in the Old State House, which was built in 1842. And don’t miss the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, which features full replicas of the Oval Office and Clinton’s Cabinet Room. Immerse yourself in the outdoors with a stroll along Riverfront Park or the pleasant Promenade at Chenal. Bike along the 17-mile Arkansas River Trail between Little Rock and North Little Rock, and check out one of America’s longest pedestrian bridges: The Big Dam Bridge.
Just outside of Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain State Park features miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers. Feel the spirit of the season at eclectic festivals – there’s always something going on in Little Rock. Families flock to the Arkansas State Fair in October for carnival rides, games, and food. Kids will also have a blast at the Family Fun Fest (September) and the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade (December). Foodies can indulge at fall festivals like the Arkansas Cornbread Festival, the Main Street Food Truck Festival, and the World Cheese Dip Championship.
Looking for big fun with a Southern accent? Little Rock is the perfect destination.