Have you ventured out west lately? As in Midtown. As in Southwest. As in West Little Rock? These parts of town are, literally, minutes from the heart of downtown. The west area of Little Rock is a way of life with its unique neighborhoods, shops, malls, entertainment venues, restaurants, and plenty of outdoor activities. It’s a bit of hustle and bustle, with a touch of ease and relaxation.
Hang on to your hat, because here’s what’s waiting for you out West:
Shop till You drop – You’ll find plenty of options at Shackleford Crossings – home to more than 50 shopping experiences situated along I-430: the Promenade at Chenal — an open-air shopping experience, Pleasant Ridge Town Center — a premier shopping center, TheOutlets of Little Rock — Arkansas’s only outlet mall and Bass Pro Shops of Arkansas — and a plethora of other shopping choices in between. Whether you’re looking for big box or unique boutique finds, you’ll have lots of places to keep you busy.
Eat your heart out – Aaah, the food. Eating out is part of the overall visitor experience these days. And, there’s no shortage here. Get a taste of just a few signature greats at some local favorites: Ramen at the Arkansas Heart Hospital (yep, a hospital), fresh walleye with a glass of wine at Capers (Wine Spectator Award winner 14 years running), homemade pecan pie at Honey Pies, world famous cheese dip at Heights Taco & Tamale, savor an authentic sope at Del Campo a La Ciudad, and so much more. You’ll get your fill in this part of town.
Lay your head here – One of the best parts of travel is the lodging. You want a nice clean room, modern conveniences and friendly staff. All of those can be checked off your list when you stay at any of the hotels West Little Rock has to offer.
See a movie and more – Head over to the Movie Tavern for a super meal and show. Or, take the family to Big Rock Fun Park for some mini-golf, Altitude Trampoline Park for high-flying fun or Arkansas Skatium for all things skating.
Take the scenic route – Arkansas is known as The Natural State. And, boy, Little Rock does not disappoint. Take a walk across the Big Dam Bridge, North America’s longest pedestrian and bicycle intended bridge spanning the Arkansas River, or bike over Two Rivers Bridge just down the way. Into climbing? You’re in luck. Get in a few routes up Pinnacle Mountain State Park, or head over to Rattlesnake Ridge. Your reward will be some pretty awesome aerial views. Canoe or kayak the Little Maumelle to round out your outdoor adventure. For something a little more serene, Wildwood Park for the Arts is just the ticket, and it comes with resident swans too. Their annual Lanterns Festival is a must-see event.
When you head out west, you can expect the unexpected.