"History is always happening" at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
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MOUNT HOLLY CEMETERY
This cemetery is the final resting-place of some of the state's most prominent people and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the cemetery's residents include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Gould Fletcher and executed Confederate spy David O. Dodd, as well as five Confederate generals, 10 former Arkansas governors and six U.S. senators.
1200 Broadway St. Hours: Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Winter hours: Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 376-1843
MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
Dedicated to exploring the sciences, social sciences and technology, the Museum of Discovery is as entertaining as it is educational. Interactive exhibits cover a broad range of topics such as energy, insects or a look at other cultures, as well as providing kids with hands-on experiences with exhibits that allow them to create their own crafts. The museum will close in 2011 for renovations, so call for the latest information before planning your day.
500 President Clinton Ave. Hours: Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 1–5 p.m. Admission: $8 adults; $7 for kids 1-12 and seniors 65+. Children under one year admitted free. 396-7050; www.amod.org
OLD STATE HOUSE MUSEUM
Located in the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River, the Old State House Museum is designated as a National Historic Landmark—although to many, the Greek Revival building is best known as the backdrop of President Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 election-night celebrations. The museum focuses on Arkansas's history beginning with its statehood, and is home to nationally-recognized collections of Civil War battle flags.
300 Markham St. Hours: Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m. Cost: Free. 324-9685; www.oldstatehouse.com
One of only a few remaining antebellum homes in the city, this stately neoclassical home was built in 1843 for Frederic Trapnall and his wife, Martha. After serving as a boarding house in the 1920s, it became the Junior League of Little Rock's headquarters. In 1963, it underwent extensive renovation. Today, the building is owned by the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is open to the public.
423 E. Capitol Ave. Hours: Call for appointment. Cost: Free. 324-9716; www.trapnallhall.com
Located in the heart of downtown Little Rock, the River Market consists of a Farmer's Market, Market Hall, pavilions and plazas. The Market Hall houses permanent merchants who offer year-round specialties, from freshly baked pastries and breads, hand-roasted gourmet coffee and specialty drinks, mouth-watering barbecue and more. In the spring and summer, don't miss the Farmer's Market open Tuesdays and Saturdays until 3 p.m. After dark, the River Market District is transformed into a hip hangout with rockin' hot nightspots like Sticky Fingerz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, Rumba!Revolution, Underground Pub, Flying Saucer, Bosco's and Gusano's Pizzeria.
400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552; www.rivermarket.info
Now known as Curran Hall, the house was built by Col. Ebenezer Walters as a wedding present for his bride, who unfortunately died before its completion in 1843. It is now the home of the Little Rock Visitor Information Center. Find out all you need to know about Little Rock here.
615 E. Capitol Ave. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. Cost: Free. 371-0076; www.littlerock.com/curran-hall/
WITT STEPHENS JR. CENTRAL ARKANSAS NATURE CENTER
Without a doubt, the greatest concentration of wildlife downtown is at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.
The 16,232-square-foot Game and Fish Commission facility is located on a 3.4 acres inside the Julius Breckling Riverfront Park, and focuses on wildlife conservation, learning from the past and looking at what can be done in the future to keep Arkansas beautiful. It also highlights the wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities the state's fish and wildlife resources provide and the role of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
602 President Clinton Ave. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Cost: Free. 907-0636; www.centralarkansasnaturecenter.com.