Attractions - Explore Family & Historic Things to Do Galore!
No matter what brings you to Little Rock, Arkansas, you'll have no trouble finding an attraction to attract your interest. Enjoy inspiring IMAX films at the Aerospace Education Center. Relive Arkansas' frontier past at the Historic Arkansas Museum. Venture out to the River Market District for great food, shopping, and entertainment. Learn more about these and other fun Little Rock things to do by perusing the list below.
Aerospace Education Center IMAX.
Catch cool IMAX films at the Aerospace Education Center's EpiSphere, a state-of-the-art digital dome theater that's also a planetarium. Shows include "The Living Sea," which features many of the world's oceans, and "Animalopolis" where singing lions, waltzing bears, somersaulting sea lions, and praying otters are the main attraction. http://aerospaced.org
Arkansas Arts Center.
The Natural State's top cultural institution, the Arkansas Arts Center is located in historic MacArthur Park and showcases a wide range of exhibitions. The permanent collection boasts fascinating works on paper along with contemporary craft. In addition, you can see live theatre and take art classes. www.arkarts.com
President Clinton Library & Museum.
Encounter everything from replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room to permanent exhibits that encompass documents, photographs, and videos at the President Clinton Library & Museum. What's more, there's a timeline that focuses on domestic and foreign policy, plus life in the White House. www.clintonlibrary.gov
River Market District.
Situated in the heart of downtown Little Rock, the one-of-a-kind River Market District is home to exciting entertainment, shopping, and dining options. There are two open-air pavilions, an incomparable indoor bazaar, and a 10,000-seat amphitheatre. www.rivermarket.info
Historic Arkansas Museum.
Arkansas' frontier past comes alive at the Historic Arkansas Museum. Stroll through a pre-Civil War neighborhood, featuring Little Rock's oldest home. Interact with a living history character and learn how settlers made a life for themselves. Explore the Museum Center where you'll delight in local artwork as well as spectacular artifacts. www.historicarkansas.org
Old State House of Little Rock.
The Old State House, which became a museum in 1993, is the oldest standing state capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Construction began in 1833 and was completed nine years later. The classic structure was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and was designated a National Historic landmark in 1997. www.oldstatehouse.com
The 18,000-seat Verizon Arena is the place to go for top-name sports and entertainment. Such luminaries who have graced the arena's stage are Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and George Strait. It's also a first-rate conference center that offers 28,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibition space. www.verizonarena.com
A three-deck replica of a sternwheeler riverboat, the Arkansas Queen provides lunch and dinner cruises. Savor a delicious meal while soaking up the scenic views along the Arkansas River. Lunch cruises feature a Riverboat History video while dinner cruises offer dancing. www.arkansasqueen.com
Little Rock Zoo.
Come to the Little Rock Zoo and enjoy various exhibits that include more 600 animals. Exotic animals range from Bush Dogs and Broad-headed Skinks to Radjah Shelducks and Reeve's Muntjacs, which date back more than 15 million years, making it one of the oldest species of deer. Kids will find the children's farm and miniature train irresistible. www.littlerockzoo.com
Located along the Arkansas River, Murray Park is bustling, most notably during the summer months. It features eight pavilions, three soccer fields, two playgrounds, and a boat dock. The park has also made its name as the host of many fishing tournaments. www.littlerock.org/ParksRecreation/parks