Little Rock sits almost in the center of the Arkansas. Native Americans inhabited the area for thousands of years and were documented in 1541 by Spaniard Hernando de Soto. Based on geographic landmarks, the city received its current name in 1721 from French explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de la Harpe. Visit Little Rock today to tour Arkansas’s capital city and see its famous attractions as you enjoy a relaxing, educational and entertaining vacation.
1. River Market
Roughly 10 city blocks in downtown Little Rock offer guests a variety of year round shopping experiences. River Market’s outdoor and indoor vendors include grocery stores, restaurants, bike rentals, home decor shops and other consumer products merchants. Find all these pleasures and more in downtown Little Rock.
In 1957, nine African-American teenaged students made history during the first days of desegregation. Tour the commemorative site and garden at Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive and Park Street on your own as you learn more about this event and the entire Civil Rights movement. You may also tour the high school during a guided tour you reserve at least two weeks in advance.
Interact with exhibits, look through roughly one million photos and view replicas of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room at the Clinton Presidential Library. It sits on 29 acres at 1200 President Clinton Avenue and includes scenic outdoor walking trails.
Over 750 animals belonging to 200 species live on 33 acres and comprise the Little Rock Zoo. You’ll appreciate the eclectic collection of exotic and large animals at the small but versatile 1 Zoo Drive attraction.
Nine square miles of historic buildings, some dating to the Civil War, comprise Quapaw Quarter. Walk, bike, jog or drive through the area and admire the architecture and design as well as the Governor’s Mansion, MacArthur Park and State Capital building.
Environmentally friendly, the Heifer International Headquarters incorporates dozens of green innovations. With your group of 10 or more people, explore the 1 World Avenue building during 30-minute tours offered at 11 AM and 3 PM Monday through Friday.
Visit Little Rock for a laidback and relaxing vacation. Six attractions near Little Rock hotels keep you entertained and teach you about the area and its history too.