Here’s one thing you need to know about Little Rock: We really rock Spring Break. Whatever you and your family are looking for, whether it’s a relaxing week of sightseeing or a few days of outdoor adventure, you can find it in abundance right here in Arkansas’s capital city. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend spring break in Little Rock.
Historic Arkansas Museum – Situated in Little Rock’s original neighborhood, HAM is now in the heart of a bustling downtown, where living history actors bring a bygone era back to life.
Old State House Museum – Arkansas’s first state capitol building is the oldest standing state capitol west of the Mississippi River, and it served as the backdrop for President Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential acceptance speeches thrusting Little Rock on the international stage. While there, take a tour and see the beautiful First Ladies gown exhibit.
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site – A Top Ten U.S. Civil Rights Trail destination. Little Rock Central High School is the only site within the National Park Service with a functioning high school. It’s the scene of the 1957 desegregation crisis, where nine brave African American students broke down racial barriers.
Clinton Presidential Center – One of only 14 presidential libraries in the U.S. Tour the center to learn about the life and legacy of our nation’s 42nd president. While there, see exact replicas of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. Grab lunch at 42 Bar and Table to make your visit complete.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – Located in the historic Ninth Street District. This museum chronicle’s Little Rock’s “Little Harlem,” the city’s most prominent African American business owners and entertainment halls like Dreamland Ballroom, where Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and other greats played.
Museum of Discovery – A top STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) center, the museum has more than 90 hands-on interactive exhibits. It even comes complete with a simulated tornado.
Riverfront Park – This 33-acre green space is home to La Petite Roche (the original “Little Rock”), a massive sculpture garden, pedestrian bridges (colorfully lit every night), a giant postcard selfie station and so much more.
Little Rock Zoo – Visit Arkansas’s largest zoo complete with penguins (yep). While you’re there ride a fully restored wooden carousel and the Diamond Express miniature train.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park – You don’t have to travel far from the comforts of downtown Little Rock to get to the heart of adventure. Here you can scale central Arkansas’s highest peak and get a bird’s eye view of downtown Little Rock.
Arkansas River Trail – Check out 17 miles of fun along the scenic Arkansas River. The loop is connected by multiple pedestrian bridges, including the Big Dam Bridge, North America’s longest pedestrian- and bicycle-intended bridge. Rent a bike or kayak for a leisurely way to experience central Arkansas’s piece of Natural State goodness.
Rock Town River Outfitters – Channel your inner river otter and rent a kayak on the Arkansas River or its calmer tributary the Little Maumelle. Both solo adventure or guided groups tours are available.
Once you get to Little Rock, you’ll see why Livability.com and Outside magazine each named it one of the top places to live. You’ll find something here for every member of your family – even your pets! Click here to check out some of Little Rock’s most pet-friendly establishments.