On May 15, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:Hop the River Rail Trolley, a historic replica transit system that traverses the downtown areas of both Little Rock and North Little Rock. In addition to providing great river views, the trolley offers convenient stops to many cultural attractions including the Clinton Library, Heifer International Center, the River Market District, Museum of Discovery, Old State House, Historic Arkansas Museum, Witt Stephens Nature Center, Arkansas Studies Institute and Galleries, the Maritime Museum and U.S.S. Razorback submarine, Dickey Stephens Ballpark and the Arkansas Queen Riverboat. From there, head west just a few miles to Little Rock’s midtown area and experience Little Rock Central High School and the award-winning Little Rock Zoo. Then it’s on to west Little Rock for a day of shopping.
On May 15, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:Hop the River Rail Trolley, a historic replica transit system that traverses the downtown areas of both Little Rock and North Little Rock. In addition to providing great river views, the trolley offers convenient stops to many cultural attractions including the Clinton Library, Heifer International Center, the River Market District, Museum of Discovery, Old State House, Historic Arkansas Museum, Witt Stephens Nature Center, Arkansas Studies Institute and Galleries, the Maritime Museum and U.S.S. Razorback submarine, Dickey Stephens Ballpark and the Arkansas Queen Riverboat.
On May 15, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:Little Rock is truly a collection of distinctive neighborhoods, with a variety of entertainment options, a wealth of sightseeing and shopping opportunities, excellent restaurants, museums, family fun and one-of-a-kind attractions. In addition to the natural beauty, warm Southern hospitality and spectacular urban renewal, the local culture is as diverse as the landscape and offers a wide variety of fun. Situated on the south bank of the Arkansas River and surrounded by prairie, lush rolling hills and spectacular bluffs, Little Rock has risen on the strong shoulders and vision of its citizens and community leadership to grow into a vibrant metropolis with the heart of a hometown and vision of a viable and strong global citizen.
On May 15, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:The five best things to do for free in Little Rock are:
1. Visit Little Rock Central High School. The Gothic-style school received international attention during the civil rights movement. In the museum across the street, you can tour the interactive exhibit “All the World is Watching Us,” which tells the story of the nine black students who made civil rights history when they entered Central High in September 1957.
2. See the art on display at the Arkansas Arts Center. Located in MacArthur Park near the River Market District, the recently expanded 42,000 square-foot center is home to a world-renowned art collection.
3. Tour the Old State House. The oldest standing state capitol building west of the Mississippi River now houses a museum of Arkansas history. Bill Clinton announced his campaign for presidency and celebrated his election night victories, both in 1992 and 1996, in front of the Old State House.
4. If you’re in Little Rock, you’ve got to see the landmark for which the city was named, La Petit Roche, at the north end of Rock Street in the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park. This first outcropping of rock along the Arkansas River above its mouth was known to pioneers and early explorers as “La Petit Roche” to distinguish it from the big rock upstream.
5. Take a trip back in time at the Historic Arkansas Museum. Four original Little Rock dwellings on the museum’s grounds provide the setting as expert tour guides describe life on the Arkansas frontier and costumed Living History actors portray early Arkansans.
On May 15, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:The five best things to do on a romantic trip to Little Rock are:
1. Enjoy the performing arts with a night of Broadway at the Robinson Center or a play at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Alternatively, take in the sounds of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
2. Stay at the Empress of Little Rock. Honored as one of America’s 10 Most Romantic B&Bs by Country Almanac, this luxury bed and breakfast is located in the historic Hornibrook Mansion, the best example of ornate Victorian architecture in Arkansas.
3. Ride the Arkansas Queen Riverboat and view Little Rock and North Little Rock in an entirely new light. You'll see the Clinton Library, the metropolitan skyline and the beautiful parks along the shore of the Arkansas River.
4. Spend an afternoon at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Elevated more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley, the cone-shaped peak of Pinnacle Mountain is a central Arkansas landmark. A fairly easy hike up the western slope takes you to the top, where the scenery can't be beat.
5. Take a stroll in the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden, located near the Forever a Rose Garden in Riverfront Park. Home to more than 20 sculptures, the garden features natural terraces and walkways.
On May 15, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:The five best things to do with kids in Little Rock are:
1. Visit Little Rock Zoo, home to over 725 of the world’s most exotic animals. With new animal exhibits, special events and educational programs, the zoo provides an ever-changing and recreational experience for children of all ages.
2. Explore the Museum of Discovery, a state-of-the-art science and technology center that underwent a $9 million renovation in 2012.
3. Check out the Peabody Splash Park, which includes large native stones for climbing, a spray pad, several outdoor and underground rooms, and the Ozark Pavilion.
4. Take in a show at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, which puts on seven main stage productions each year. In addition, the Summer Theatre Academy teaches theater and drama skills to youths.
5. See basking water turtles, butterflies and migrating pelicans at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. A portion of the Arkansas River Trail crosses the grounds, which include an exhibit hall, aquariums, a gift shop and theater.
On May 15, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:Here are the top five things to do and see in Little Rock, Ark.:
1. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park is a museum and library dedicated to Little Rock’s most famous son. The center sits in a 30-acre city park that includes wetlands and a pedestrian bridge that connects more than 17 miles of the Arkansas River Trail.
2. The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Visitor Center opened in 2007 to mark the 50th anniversary of the school’s desegregation, when nine African American students entered the school under federal troop protection, turning the school into a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights.
3. The revitalized River Market District is home to restaurants, bars, the River Walk, the Riverfest Amphitheatre, the Museum of Discovery and much more.
4. Headquartered in Little Rock, the Heifer International Center has been dedicated to ending world hunger since 1944. In a 30-minute tour, visitors will learn about the center’s mission, the building’s “green” features and Heifer’s commitment to the responsible use of natural resources.
5. Located on the south bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, Riverfront Park stretches for more than 30 acres. It’s home to the Central Arkansas Nature Center, Bill Clark Wetlands, Peabody Splash Park, Vogel Swartz Sculpture Garden and the Arkansas River Trail. It is also the setting of many exciting concerts at the Riverfest Amphitheatre.
On May 14, 2012Bruce Skidmore answered the question:The Peabody Little Rock is Arkansas’ first and only Forbes Four-Star hotel. It offers true Southern hospitality along with the luxury, cleanliness and exceptional customer service, expected of other Four-Star properties.