Downtown Little Rock is bursting at the seams with places to eat and things to do. People have found the area so inviting, theyve taken up residence here! Even if you dont choose to live in the downtown area, youll find its a great place to return time and again. For every lifestyle, Little Rock offers a different experience. Want a wholesome family experience? Looking for a wild night on the town? Yearning for a romantic getaway? Weve got it.
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Things To Do Downtown
There's no shortage of "Must See's" in Downtown Little Rock. Once you see what downtown has to offer you'll quickly realize Little Rock has a big heart and soul!
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Founded in 1976 and enjoying its 31st season, Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the states largest non-profit professional theatre company. A member of the League of Resident Theatres, The Rep has produced more than 280 productions including 40 world premieres on its 354-seat MainStage and 99-seat black box SecondStage located in its historic building in downtown Little Rock.
Old Statehouse Museum
Set in the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River, the Old State House Museum is designated a National Historic Landmark, though it is probably best known throughout the country as the scene of President Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 election-night celebrations. Current exhibits include On the Stump: Arkansas Political History from 1819-1919; A Circus Hitched to a Tornado: Arkansas Politics in the 20th Century; and exhibits on the history of the building, Arkansas women in history, the state's governors and the inaugural gowns of their wives, as well as Period Rooms that show interior decor from the past.
Clinton Presidential Center
Opened in 2004, the Center is home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation. The Center also plays an active role in the Little Rock community, hosting a number of events, lectures, and conferences throughout the year. The Center was instrumental in bringing more than $1.5 billion in economic development to the area, including renovations of the nearby historic River Market district.
Inside Heifer Village, over 80 interactive exhibits tell Heifer Internationals story of hope, show innovative solutions to hunger and poverty, and inspire visitors to get involved. Explore how five basic topics can define both the causes of hunger and poverty AND the solutions.
Located in the heart of Little Rock's River Market District, the River Market is an exciting public food market that will entice your senses with its relaxing entertainment and rich cultural experiences. The River Market is also home to the Farmer's Market. The Farmers' Market has been a unique shopping experience since it began in Downtown Little Rock back in 1974. These days, the Farmers' Market makes its home in the River Market's two out door, open-air pavilions overlooking Riverfront Park. The Market is filled with farmers selling farm-fresh produce straight to you from the backs of their trucks. From early morning until mid-afternoon, you will find bargains on Arkansas crops as well as a bountiful array of handmade arts & crafts.
Witt Stephens, Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center opened December 17, 2008. The 16,232 square foot building on 3.4 acres in Little Rock, overlooks the Arkansas River and is within the Julius Breckling Riverfront Park. The site is a part of the River Market District, and is adjacent to the Museum of Discovery, Clinton Foundation Store and the Clinton Presidential Library. Visitors to the State House Convention Center may access the grounds by choosing one of several walking routes.
Photo by Stephen B. Thornton
MacArthur Park: History on the Go!
From La Petit Roche to MacArthur Park and places in between, downtown Little Rock is home to an abundance of history. City government has dedicated a webpage to Heritage Tourism listing links to driving/walking tours, as well as brochures and other items of historic interest.
MacArthur Park Group- a group of citizens who provide advocacy for the Park and its surrounding area- initiated the Museum, Art and Heritage Trail with corresponding downloadable Arkansas Political History Audio Tour. The program was made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The MacArthur Park Group also hosts an annual 5K to help support the park and the new Master Plan. Once implemented, this Master plan will enhance the park to a Class A recreational area.