North Little Rock, Arkansas
A destination for all seasons
Located in the center of Arkansas on the Arkansas River, North Little Rock is at the intersection of natural beauty and city life, activity and relaxation. The city is accessible by major highways and airport but offers views that trick you into believing your miles from civilization. Each season brings its own elegance and bustle of activity, each a perfect setting for creating lasting memories.
Did you know you can kayak on the Arkansas River? And before you skip this paragraph, consider this: no experience is necessary. Rock Town River Outfitters will take you on a guided tour that is for beginners of all ages and abilities. We recommend the sunset tour for a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime view. The farmers markets also begin to open in the spring, so if you like to look for local products, plan an early Saturday morning! Most offer more items than produce, like soap, fresh bread and local honey.
During the summer, minor league baseball team Arkansas Travelers makes the popular American pastime memorable for all ages at Dickey-Stephens Park. If you’re traveling with grandkids, round out your summer stay with a sun-filled day at Arkansas’ largest water park, Wild River Country. The 26-acre park offers non-stop fun with a variety of slides and water attractions. Summer is also perfect for heading out to Faulkner Lake Orchard to pick your own strawberries or take a canning class. The farm has its own kitchen perfect for hands-on learning experiences – and you get to take delicious food home.
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Fall is a busy month in North Little Rock, so be sure to check the online event calendar at www.NorthLittleRock.org to see what’s happening. Races, festivals, concerts, special events…all framed with oaks, maples and pines in their finest fall color. The Festival of Wines, Craft Beer Festival and Whole Hog Roast are popular local events.
The best place for fall color is Burns Park, a 1,700-acre park. The south side lines the Arkansas River and connects to the Arkansas River Trail, a scenic 15-mile loop for cyclists and pedestrians. Follow the trail across the Big Dam Bridge, the world’s longest pedestrian and cycling bridge built for that purpose, or across the Clinton Presidential Bridge to the Clinton Presidential Center.
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Central Arkansas’ largest indoor shopping center McCain Mall and its neighbor Lakewood Village are perfect for shoppers. Including several dining options and a movie theater, the mall has more than 80 specialty shops anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears. Winter is also the perfect time to check out the local art galleries – some even have seasonal sales so you can get your holiday shopping done. If you want to try your hand at painting, there are a couple of options: Barry Thomas Studio offers paint classes and Painting with a Twist lets you bring in your own wine for a laidback learning experience.
Surprisingly, most things you can do in North Little Rock, you can do no matter the season! Here are a few highlights.
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- Film fanatics will appreciate the Old Mill, a 1930’s replica of an 1800s gristmill presumed to be the last standing structure from Gone with the Wind. Free to the public, the park is full of natural beauty and the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle. Don’t be surprised if you see brides-to-be, families and prom dates mid-photo-session in the mill or on one of the park’s beautifully sculpted bridges.
- Visit the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the only place other than Honolulu, Hawaii, to have two Naval vessels from the beginning and end of World War II. Experience firsthand how men lived aboard the longest-serving submarine in the world, USS Razorback (SS-394) and see the National Historic Landmark USS Hoga, a tugboat that fought fires on Battleship Row for 72 continuous hours in Pearl Harbor. The museum and submarine are open year-round – and both of heating and air-conditioning.
- Every year Verizon Arena brings in big name musicians; past acts include Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Janet Jackson, Tim McGraw and Bruno Mars. The Joint Comedy Theater & Coffeehouse hosts improv groups and local musicians every week with original comedies on weekends.
- To get a beautiful overall tour of the area, hop on the vintage-style METRO streetcars. Get on and off whenever to browse shops, eat, try local breweries and explore both North Little Rock and Little Rock’s thriving downtown districts. If you’re interested in the local beer scene, be sure to grab a Locally Labeled passport to try different breweries and win prizes.
To plan your trip to North Little Rock, contact the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau at (501) 758-1424 or visit www.NorthLittleRock.org.