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Little Rock Weekend Tour
Explore Little Rock & Nearby Neighborhoods
See all the sites across Little Rock and experience the best of central Arkansas. Hit the road and check out nearby cities and attractions, like Conway, North Little Rock, and Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
Make the most of your next trip to Little Rock and explore the surrounding cities and attractions. Arkansas’s hub of culture and tourism, Little Rock yields full days of exploring some of the most historic and iconic landmarks around. Enjoy a tour of the Arkansas State Capitol, stroll through the River Market District, or play a round of 18 holes at War Memorial Golf Course. Your time in Little Rock is sure to be memorable.
The Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts is a premier arts, culture, and entertainment venue in Little Rock. Hosting a slew of live shows and performances throughout the year, Wildwood Park is an ideal destination for families and solo travelers alike. Don’t miss the annual LANTERNS! Festival in mid-March, and there’s also the annual Wine & Food Festival – grab a plate in late May.
Plan your visit to Little Rock for late October and enjoy the Annual World Cheese Dip Championship. This popular Little Rock festival features the very best cheese dips from amateurs and professionals from around the country. Visit the Bernice Garden near downtown Little Rock and taste as many of these excellent cheeses as you can. Kids 10 and under get in free!
Especially perfect for your spring or summer visit to Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain State Park yields a bounty of outdoor fun. Streams, creeks, hiking paths, and plenty of space for picnics, Pinnacle Mountain consistently proves to be one of the premier outdoor destinations in and around Little Rock. Lace up your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and visit soon.
North Little Rock
Found in Pulaski County, and just across the waters of the David D. Terry Lake from Little Rock, North Little Rock should be the next stop on this drive tour. Take Highway 67 north just a few miles and you’re there. North Little Rock is home to it’s own blend of unique and pleasant attractions, including the North Little Rock Annual Family Fun Fest.
The 18,000-seat Verizon Arena in North Little Rock is a premier event venue in the city. This multi-purpose venue hosts a wide range of events, performances, expos, and sports year round. When you visit in mid-February, be sure to explore the annual Home Show, while a number of top recording artists make their way through, too.
Plan your tour through Little Rock and the surrounding area for summer and check out Wild River Country. Spend a day cooling off from the warm temperatures – Wild River Country features a host of slides, pools, and children’s water-play areas. The Tad Pool might be best for the smaller kids, while Accelerator, Vertigo, and The Thrilling 3 might be best suited for adults and teens.
Seating 5,800 baseball fans, Dickey-Stephens Park is a fun and accessible baseball stadium in North Little Rock. Check out an Arkansas Travelers game if you visit any time during the late spring and into summer. The Arkansas Travelers are a minor league baseball team who compete within the Texas League.
Side Trip! Jacksonville
You’ll next want to make your way north into Conway – but be sure to swing through Jacksonville first. You won’t want to miss an outdoor adventure at the Holland Bottoms State Wildlife Management Area. Hike, bike, or relax at Holland Bottoms, and be sure to also visit Lake Pickthorne – cast out and try to land some fish.
Conway is northwest of Little Rock, and makes for an excellent stopover point. Home to both the Faulkner County Museum and Lake Conway, this charming city yields a full day of exciting tours, and outdoor adventures. Make the most of your trek through Conway.
Enjoy the charms of small-town Arkansas when you tour the Faulkner County Museum. A top attraction in Conway, this museum is found on the grounds of the Faulkner County Courthouse. Check out some of the highlights: Early 1900s Medical/Dental Display, and Early 1940s Kitchen, the Antique Tool Exhibit, and the European Immigration 1870-1890 exhibit.
Enjoy a campus tour at the University of Central Arkansas on your visit to Conway. Ideal for teens and families prepping for college, the University of Central features a picturesque and historic campus. Be sure to check out Harding Plaza and its fountain in front of Irby Hall, or check out a performance at the Snow Fine Arts Center.
Lake Conway is 6,700 acres of outdoor adventure area just waiting for your visit. Any trip to Conway should include some time spent on the lake! As the largest man-made game and fish lake in the US, Conway Lake yields healthy bounties of caught fish, and lots of room to tool around in on your boat. There’s nearly 52 miles of shoreline at Conway Lake, equally ideal for those without a boat.
From Conway, make your way almost directly north into Clinton. Take Highway 65 less than 40 miles and find your next adventure in Clinton. Whether you take advantage of the close proximity to the Van Buren Recreation Area, or some of the local flair like the Red River golf Club, and the Antique Warehouse of Arkansas, be sure to make the most of your time in Clinton.
Ideal for those who collect antique, the Antique Warehouse of Arkansas features more than 90,000 square feet of space – see some of the most charming and neat antiques from all over the globe when you visit Clinton.
You’ll want to be sure and pack your golf clubs on this drive tour through Little Rock – the Red River 1 Golf Course is a premier executive-style golf experience in Clinton. Nine holes, which you can of course play through twice for a full 18, and a par of 34 make this course a fun challenge. Opened in 1995, Red River 1 Golf Course has a slope rating of 102.
Experience an exciting day outdoors with a visit to either the Choctaw Recreation Area, or the nearby Van Buren Recreation Area. The good news is, you don’t need to be a member of the Van Buren Boys to get in either. From downtown Clinton, just head east long Burnt Ridge Road and you’ll be there in a split. Launch your boat at Fairfield Bay Marina, or fish from the docks – you’ll reel in a great time.
Side Trip! Mountain View
This Little Rock weekend tour is nearly complete as you make your way to Hardy – on your last leg of this trip, however, be sure to make a quick stop in Mountain View. From Clinton, you’ll be driving along State Route 9, which easily guides you into Mountain View.
Once you’ve found Mountain View, you’ll want to spend some time checking out the sights at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. Because Mountain View is affectionately known as the Folk Music Capital of the World, the state park yields a wide range of folk music-themed fun. There’s a living history museum, folk music gift shop, and the very popular Skillet Restaurant.
After your brief layover in Mountain View, continue your drive northeast along State Route 14 and you’ll make your way into Hardy. Though the city is not named after those famous teenage detectives the Hardy Boys, it is, however, a lovely and eclectic destination, ideal for a stop.
The Highlander Food, Drink & Event Center is the place to be on your tour through Hardy. What was once the "Arkansaw Traveller Folk Theater," this venue and general entertainment space hosts a number of events throughout the year. Live music, kids performances, and even small fairs and carnivals – you can’t go wrong with a visit to The Highlander.
Plan your visit for fall and check out Homesteaders Day. Experience life in the Ozarks on the first Saturday of October at Lober Park, where you’ll find historical interpretations and reenactments, wagon rides for the kids, and a “of the period” dress contest.
Not far outside of downtown Hardy is the National Fish Hatchery & Aquatic Center. Ideal for any spring or summer visit to Hardy and the area, the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery features a 10-tank aquarium, and a classroom perfect for the kids to have a hands-on experience. You won’t want to miss out on a trip to the Aquatic Conservation and Education Center, one of the most “green” buildings on site.
Home to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff lies about 45 southeast of downtown Little Rock – and happens to be Arkansas’ ninth largest city.
The city of Pine Bluff features a culturally sound downtown area. Must sees for visitors include Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, and the Arkansas Railroad Museum. And if you have some extra time downtown, browse around for the many murals depicting the town’s vast history – sometimes earning PB the nickname "City of Murals."
Pine Bluff is also a festive city, and features a year-round event calendar. See if you’re in town for unique food festivities like the Harbor City Gumbo Festival and the Smoke on the Water Barbecue Festival. Holiday events include the Boo on the Bayou Halloween Celebration and the Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends.
Pine Bluff is known as the “Bass Capital of the World” due to excellent bass fishing in the Arkansas River. The Jefferson County Regional Park and other area parks host more than 30 bass fishing tournaments each year, including the Bill Sanders-Bo Piper Memorial Bass Tournament and the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza.