"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Known for its warm southern hospitality, Little Rock is uniquely packaged as a metropolitan city offering the ease and comfort of home for visitors. As Arkansas’s Capital City, our destination is truly a collection of distinctive neighborhoods, with a variety of entertainment options, a wealth of extraordinary sightseeing and shopping opportunities, excellent restaurants, museums, family fun and one-of-a-kind attractions. This guide has been divided into neighborhood sections for your exploration convenience.
Little Rock’s accommodations are as varied as the city’s landscape, ranging from modern and historic luxury, to affordable and comfortable name-brand properties. Dining out in Little Rock is a Capital idea. Whether you like home-style southern cooking, prime aged steak, fresh seafood, fusion cuisine, or more of a heart-healthy fare, our chefs offer the state’s best selections.
From the Clinton Presidential Library downtown in the River Market district to the award-winning zoo in mid-town, Big Dam Bridge in the Riverdale area and an abundance of shopping in West Little Rock, you’re sure to find excitement here. Beauty, location, amenities, and affordability are coupled with warm southern hospitality. It’s no wonder Little Rock entices visitors from far and wide.
For more information about everything to see and do in our great destination, visit LittleRock.com or stop by one of our Visitor Information Centers: Historic Curran Hall, Little Rock National Airport, Robinson Center, Statehouse Convention Center, and Shop the Rock. With so much to see and do, we are confident you’ll have an incredible experience and amazing time in central Arkansas!
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THE FUN BEGINS DOWNTOWN
Downtown is known for its nightspots, live music, Farmers’ Market, cultural venues and commerce. You’ll find the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Heifer Village, the Arkansas Arts Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Old State House just to name a few of the must see attractions downtown. The River Market area offers a multitude of dining options and nightly entertainment venues. Most of the activity in the River Market is within walking distance from downtown hotels, so put on your walking shoes and go for a stroll.
Argenta is the name of North Little Rock’s historic downtown located just across the bridge from the River Market District. The area was first platted in 1866, and its name recognized the importance of silver mines located north of town. Now, it’s one of central Arkansas’s fastest growing spots. Dickey-Stephens Park — the home of the Arkansas Travelers baseball team — Verizon Arena, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the U.S.S. Razorback submarine can all be found in Argenta. The area has its own market and deli and boasts several great restaurants. There are art galleries and even a bead shop on Main Street. Make sure you take in a sunset cruise on the Arkansas Queen steamboat and that you hop aboard the River Rail Trolley for a sightseeing tour through the historic area.
WELCOME TO RIVERDALE
Riverdale is often referred to as the “Design District” of Little Rock because it serves as home to some of the state’s most talented designers. The restaurants in Riverdale offer some of the best cuisine in town in a friendly, neighborhood setting. For those who love the outdoors, Murray Park has a number of activities, including trails that lead all the way to the Big Dam Bridge for cycling or walking, a playground for the kids and even a dog park for four-legged companions. If you’re looking for a leisurely way to spend the afternoon, there’s golfing at Rebsamen Park, fishing along the banks of the Arkansas River and a multi-screen movie theatre for your enjoyment.
Like its many architectural styles, Hillcrest is a charming blend of the eclectic and the artistic positioned along Kavanaugh Boulevard south of Cantrell Road. This quaint neighborhood, one of the first in Little Rock, is home to many of Little Rock’s up-and-coming artists and musicians, distinguished college professors, lawyers and architects, as well as notable writers and editors. Hillcrest is one of the most delightful areas of the city and definitely a welcoming environment for visitors. Dubbed the city’s “most walkable neighborhood” by its residents, Hillcrest is filled with shops offering the latest in clothing and home design, art galleries and collectibles. At night, the neighborhood’s hot spots come alive with food, live music and laughter. For those who want to golf, fish, bike or just take a hike, there are a number of parks in Hillcrest, along with two major parks nearby.