Little Rock sits in the center of the state, with a proud population of approximately 200,000 people, Little Rock isn’t so little and definitely a real gem where you can have a good time at a great value.
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
This historic site is significant to the struggles of students against school desegregation in 1957. It was recorded in history that nine African-American students came for the first day of school when the desegregation began. The next day, the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division escorted the nine teenagers into the school. If you want to tour this historic spot, you should make a reservation for a ranger-led tour ahead of time.
Old State House Museum
Gideon Shyrock is responsible for the design of the Old State House. It is also regarded as one of the best examples of what Doric architecture is. They began the construction of the building in 1833 and finished in 1842. The walls of this historic building have witnessed many dramatic and significant events such as the Arkansas vote to secede from the U.S.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain boasts of a height of over a thousand feet above the river valley. It is located just 15 miles of central Little Rock. The park features two hiking trails leading to the mountain summit. Savor the breathtaking views on your way to the pinnacle of the mountain. Aside from hiking, you can also enjoy their day-tour activities and amenities such as boat launches, interpretive programs, and picnic areas.
If you think Arkansas State Capitol looks so much like the U.S. Capitol in Washington, you are right because the former based its design on the latter. You can wander the building on a guided scheduled tour. Some of the popular areas in the capitol include the Old Supreme Court Chamber and the Governor’s Reception Room.
River Market District
This year-round market features stalls and shops that offer food and other peculiar products. River Market hall is an open concept establishment with a variety of coffee vendors, food spots, and take-out selections. It also hosts special events including concerts to firework displays in July.
Little Rock Zoo
The Little Rock Zoo is a registered member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is home to over 200 different species of animals from all parts of the world. It may not be a large zoo, but it didn’t stop it from having a collection of big and exotic animals like giraffes, elephants, and bears. You can have hands-on encounters with some animals in the Arkansas Heritage Farm or feed fish as well.
This 104-acre park is a venue for music and the performing arts, but it is also known for its gardens and other smaller amenities. Check out the Butler Arboretum where they have a collection of daffodils and local flowering trees. Just a few walks from the Butler Arboretum, you can see the Gertrude Butler Gazebo with its daylily garden and an excellent view of Swan Lake.