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Arkansas has been known by many names over the years. Though it’s now commonly referred to as the Natural State, it has also had nicknames like The Wonder State, The Bear State, and The Toothpick State. Whatever you want to call it, Arkansas is full of things to do and is a great travel destination.
Arkansas might not be a state that most people think of when they think about booking a vacation. You might be surprised at the local gems you can find in the state, especially in the Little Rock area. In Arkansas you’ll find tons of history, Southern culture, and amazing scenery and atmospheres across the state.
If you’re considering a trip to the Natural State you’ll want to do a little bit of planning ahead of time. Little Rock is chock full of fun activities and events to fill your calendar while traveling in the area. We have listed below the top things to do while you’re in Arkansas, and especially while visiting the Little Rock area.
- 1. Big Dam Bridge
- 2. Junction Bridge
- 3. AMC Chenal 9
- 4. The Joint Comedy Theater
- 5. Pinnacle Mountain State Park
- 6. Clinton Presidential Center
- 7. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park (West Little Rock)
- 8. Historic Arkansas Museum
- 9. Museum of Discovery
- 10. Pedego Electric Bikes Little Rock
- 11. Old State House Museum
- 12. The Escape – Little Rock
- 13. Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
- 14. The Old Mill
- 15. Civil Axe Throwing – Little Rock
- 16. Board and Brush Creative Studio – Little Rock
- 17. Flyaway Brewing
- 18. Little Rock Zoo
- 19. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts
- 20. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
- 21. Arkansas State Capitol
- 22. Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
- 23. Rock Town River Outfitters and Bike Shop
- 24. Big Rock Mini Golf and Fun Park
- 25. Cantrell Gallery
- 26. Old State House
- 27. The Fish Tank Aquarium
- 28. Mystery Mansion
- 29. The Bernice Garden
- 30. Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery
- 31. Crater of Diamonds State Park
- 32. Lake Catherine State Park
- 33. Cedar Falls
- 34. Cougar Falls
- 35. The Wonder Place
- 36. DEFY Little Rock
- 37. War Memorial Park
- 38. Maumelle Park
- 39. Little Rock Climbing Center
- 40. Unity Martial Arts
- 41. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
- 42. Barefoot Studio
- 43. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
- 44. Professor Bowl
- 45. Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum
- 46. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
- 47. Golfworld
- 48. Little Rock Athletic Club
- 49. River Market
- 50. McCain Mall
- 51. Moxy Modern Mercantile
- 52. Flip Flop Flea Market
- 53. River Market Books and Gifts
- 54. Forked Mountain Falls
- 55. Blue Heron Campground
- 56. Willow Beach Recreation Area and Campground
- 57. 404 Tour Co.
- 58. Rockwater Marina
- 59. Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden
- 60. Lake Willastein Park
- 61. Bark Bar
- 62. A Bite Of Hot Springs
- 63. Vortex Arcade
- 64. Spec Ops Gaming
- 65. Action Jacks Paintball Laser Tag Arcade
1. Big Dam Bridge
📍Map It: 4000 Cook’s Landing Rd, North Little Rock, AR 72118 | Phone: (501) 340-6800 | Website | Hours: No hours – open 24 hours. | Entrance: No admission fee
The iconic Big Dam Bridge spans the Arkansas River in Little Rock. The bridge connects the Cammack Village and Crystal Hill neighborhoods. The bridge also runs through scenic Cook’s Landing Park.
The Big Dam Bridge is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in North America – you cannot drive a car across this bridge. It spans 4,226 feet and runs over top the Murray Lock and Dam.
This bridge is an easy way to get to the Clinton Presidential Center, a ton of restaurants, and the River Market – must-see sites all on their own.
2. Junction Bridge
If you were to Google “Little Rock” and look through the pictures that came up, Junction Bridge would no doubt be at the top of the list. It’s iconic to Little Rock and the city lights it up in gorgeous colors at night.
The bridge is a historic railway drawbridge that has been in the heart of Little Rock and part of its skyline for more than 100 years. The bridge was renovated in 2008, converting it to a pedestrian and cycling bridge.
The bridge can even be rented for private parties – so if you’re hosting an event while in town make sure you add it to your list of possible venues.
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3. AMC Chenal 9
A night at the movies is always fun! This theater has some great amenities for your viewing pleasuring. It also has an IMAX screen, if you’re looking for that format. The theater offers discount matinees if you plan ahead.
AMC signature recliners are in every theater. Reserved seating is available, either booking ahead of time online or in person and choosing your seats. They also do mobile ordering for food and drink and have all the snacks you can imagine. Closed caption screenings are available upon request.
4. The Joint Comedy Theater
Classic comedy club featuring travelling acts as well as acting as the home theater for The Main Thing, a comedy trio. The Main Thing do impersonations, incorporate musical instruments into their comedy, and do sketch comedy as well. Their stage presence been described as “controlled chaos”.
Catch The Main Thing and their two-act comedy show every Friday and Saturday night. Or, buy tickets to one of the other comedians who take the stage earlier in the week.
The Joint also offers a variety of coffee drinks, and the venue can be rented out for large groups and parties. Located right off Broadway Street in North Little Rock, just steps from the Arkansas River.
5. Pinnacle Mountain State Park
This beautiful state park is in Pulaski County nearby Little Rock and features 2,356 acres of gorgeous Arkansas countryside. In the middle of the park is Pinnacle Mountain. The Arkansas landmark is surrounded at its base by two rivers.
The setting here is serene and peaceful. Reconnect with nature, hike one of the many trails, and enjoy the Arkansas Arboretum. The Arboretum is 71 acres of flora and fauna native to Arkansas.
Camping is not permitted in the park, though there is a public campground nearby with easy access. Newly installed mountain biking trails were added in 2020 and feature 13 miles of differing terrain.
Related Read: 25 Best Camping Spots in Arkansas
6. Clinton Presidential Center
📍Map It: 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 | Phone: (501) 374-4242 | Website | Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, different hours on Sundays: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Entrance: Not required for all activities, but museum tickets are $12 for adults with discounts for seniors and children.
The Clinton Presidential Center is home to the former president’s official presidential library, as well as a series of other buildings and features. The Center holds different events through the year, and hosts speakers on a wide range of subjects.
The center features a variety of interactive permanent exhibitions, which include replicas of the different White House rooms as they looked during President Clinton’s tenure. Special and rotating exhibitions cover various topics, making each visit unique. The campus also features some nice outdoor spaces: the Bill Clark Wetlands, the Presidential Park Bridge, and the Anne Frank Tree installation.
7. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park (West Little Rock)
📍Map It: 801 S Bowman Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211 | Phone: (501) 404-7422 | Website| Hours: Tu-Thu: 4:00 to 8:00 PM; Friday open until 9:00; Saturdays open 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Sundays 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM; Mondays 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM | Entrance: Tickets start at $21, discounts for younger children.
Trampoline parks are a ton of fun, especially for the little ones. If you are travelling with children give the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park a look as a possible stop.
The park is safe and fun and has a number of different attractions. Try your hand at the ropes course and climbing walls. Get lost in the Tubes indoor playground. Let out a little steam on the battle beam or in the warrior course.
There are also your standard variety of trampolines common in these sorts of attractions. They also have slam dunk contests and dodgeball games throughout the day. Burn off some energy and have a little fun with the kids in this family-friendly Little Rock attraction.
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8. Historic Arkansas Museum
📍Map It: 200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 | Phone: (501) 324-9351 | Website | Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Closed Mondays. | Entrance: Guided tours are $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors, $1.00 for children under 18, the galleries are free.
The Historic Arkansas Museum is an entire city block that includes the oldest building in Little Rock. The Museum features numerous galleries of Arkansan-made art and crafts. Many exhibits feature work from indigenous Arkansans, though more contemporary pieces are also present.
Exhibits usually run for a few months at a time and their website lists start and end dates. They typically focus on an artist, or art style, and will rotate different pieces throughout the time the exhibit is active.
The museum is also an active research facility. Check out their enormous and impressive collections from a variety of artists and artistic styles.
9. Museum of Discovery
📍Map It: 500 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201 | Phone: (501) 396-7050 | Website | Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sundays 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Closed on Mondays. | Entrance: Adults: $10, Children 12 and under: $8, Seniors 60 and older: $8, Teachers: $8, SNAP recipients: $2
A science and technology center focused on building a passion for the STEM fields and the arts through interactive exhibits. The museum first opened in 1927 and has operated in its current location in River Market since 1998.
The Tornado Alley Theater provides a seven-minute recreation of the tornado that ripped through the Governor’s Mansion area of downtown in January 1999. Other exhibits mix pop culture, art, and science in fun and entertaining ways for kids. The museum hosts different festivals and events throughout the year, as well.
The museum hosts all sorts of traveling exhibits, which come and go pretty quickly. Make sure you plan your trip in advance if you’re trying to catch a certain one.
10. Pedego Electric Bikes Little Rock
The best place in town to rent or buy electric Pedego bikes. They offer everything from city cruisers to fat bikes, and even some electric mountain bikes. Lots of accessories and merch to round out their offerings.
The store is located in downtown Little Rock. There are two nearby parks to cruise through as soon as you leave the store.
The Allsopp Park to the north has a really cool rock garden. Cruise through Little Rock and cross its famous bridges with speed, style, and without breaking a sweat.
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11. Old State House Museum
This building was the original state capitol building of Arkansas. It is also the oldest still-standing state capitol building west of the Mississippi River. The building has witnessed many historical events throughout Arkansas state history.
The museum has both permanent and traveling exhibits, all of which highlight Arkansas state history. Guided tours are available, and no reservations are needed. The museum began their collections in the 1950s and features a huge array of artifacts dating back to pre-Colonial days.
12. The Escape – Little Rock
📍Map It: 1216 S Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202 | Phone: (501) 379-9908 | Website | Hours: Weds/Thurs 4:00 to 10:00 PM, Friday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. | Entrance: Tickets start at $24
A live escape room located in the heart of downtown Little Rock. You and your party members are given a set of circumstances and are then confined into the game area. You must use your wits and intelligence to solve the mystery and find your way out of the escape room.
The games change through the year, and even through the week. If you’ve already been here before, chances are you have a new adventure waiting for you.
The escape room is currently operating on appointment only and ask players to arrive 15-20 minutes early. So book ahead of time. Must have a minimum of 2 people playing on Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday. Minimum of 4 players on Friday and Saturday.
13. Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
One of four National Historic Landmarks that are part of the Arkansas State Park system. This is the largest mound site in the entire state and is an active archeological site. The site was originally ceremonial ground for the prehistoric Native Americans that lived here long ago.
Check their calendar of events to see if any of the things they host are appealing to you. The park hosts various events to mark important dates in history, as well as the changing of seasons.
The visitor’s center is home to many prehistoric artifacts. This state park is a short drive away from Little Rock, only 4 miles away from Scott, AR.
14. The Old Mill
Aptly named, The Old Mill is an old water mill surrounded by park and forest area. The outdoor area has many faux bois sculpture features: sculptured concrete work that is intended to look like real wood.
This site gained fame as the backdrop in the opening scene of the 1939 movie “Gone With the End”. Re-watch the movie before you visit so you can compare then and now.
The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building sites inside a public park, which is open to the public year-round and does not have listed hours.
15. Civil Axe Throwing – Little Rock
📍Map It: 107 E Markham St Suite A, Little Rock, AR 72201 | Phone: (501 203-9645 | Website | Hours: Weekdays 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Weekends 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Sundays 3:00 AM to 9:00 PM | Entrance: Axe throwing starts at $24
An axe throwing venue for parties and groups. Unique to this spot is the team of trained instructors who can teach newbies, and provide some tips to the experienced pros. Great group or family activity.
There are some important safety precautions to be aware of before you show up. They require closed-toed shoes to even enter the facility. A maximum of 8 people can occupy a lane.
The venue is BYOB. They do allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks, if you’d like.
16. Board and Brush Creative Studio – Little Rock
📍Map It: 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd Suite 1, Little Rock, AR 72207 | Phone: (501) 514-7760 | Website | Hours: Vary based on workshops and events | Entrance: Workshops start around $50
A DIY wood sign workshop. An instructor guides a class from start to finish through making and decorating their own wooden sign. You don’t need to have any experience with woodworking to have fun.
The venue started as a girl’s night out among the owners. The fun they had sparked an idea and lit a passion. Now, years later, the studio that started first in Wisconsin has grown to 269 locations all across the U.S.
The venue has different workshops available and isn’t limited just to wooden signs. Check their calendar of events to see what’s coming up. Most workshops take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
17. Flyaway Brewing
📍Map It: 314 Maple St, North Little Rock, AR 72114 | Phone: (501) 812-3192 | Website | Hours: Weekdays 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri/Sat 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sundays 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM | Entrance: No admission fee.
Flyaway Brewing is a microbrewery steps from the Arkansas River in the Argenta Arts District of Little Rock, AR. The name is derived from the Mississippi Flyway, which is the largest route for migratory birds in the Americas. The entire brewery and brewpub embodies the spirit of the great outdoors.
The brewery offers six styles year-round: a couple pale ales, a blonde ale, a brown ale, a stout, and a berry wheat. They typically offer 5 or 6 more seasonal rotating taps at different points in the year, and feature different special series of brews. Their Magdalene Tripel is one of the most popular brews from the imperial series.
The brewpub area is open for indoor dining, and you can also order things to-go. They have a rotating menu of food in addition to all their beer offerings.
18. Little Rock Zoo
The Little Rock Zoo first opened in 1926 with only two animals under supervision: an abandoned timber wolf and a circus bear. The zoo has since expanded to more than 700 animals from more than 100 different species. The park spans 33 acres and has a variety of attractions and exhibits to explore.
The zoo has many of the animals you’d hope to see: from alligators, big cats, and birds to tortoises and zebras. The reptile and tropical bird houses give you an up close interactive look at some truly fascinating animals. Check out the Lorikeet Landing where you can buy a cup of nectar and feed the Lorikeets by hand.
The zoo has a train that runs through the property. There is also a carousel and some other attractions to round out your day.
19. Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts
📍Map It: MacArthur Park Historic District, 501 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 | Phone: (501) 372-4000 | Website | Hours: Unknown | Entrance: Unknown
The Museum of Fine Arts has the largest art collection in the state. Even if you’ve been here before and will be traveling to Little Rock, make sure to add this to your list of stops. There are a lot of new exhibits and features at this art museum.
The museum has recently expanded its art collection dramatically. They operate an impressive art school with incredible artists in-house. They have also started offering some new performing arts experiences.
20. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
📍Map It: 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Dr, Little Rock, AR 72202 | Phone: (501) 374-1957 | Website | Hours: Weekdays 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, closed Mondays | Entrance: No admission fee.
The museum at the Little Rock Central High School chronicles the pivotal events in 1957 surrounding school desegregation in the United States. Though the school continues to operate and educate students you can still explore the building’s grounds.
Immerse yourself in the history of the Little Rock Nine. The visitor center has exhibits and a bookstore. The school was a critical flashpoint in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and has an incredible amount of history.
21. Arkansas State Capitol
The home of the state legislature, the Arkansas State Capitol is open to the public for tours and sightseeing. There are free guided tours, several temporary exhibits throughout, and a gift shop.
You can also explore the building and grounds on your own at your own pace. But a guided tour is strongly encouraged as they’ll walk you through all the history and important characters.
22. Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
📍Map It: 120 Riverfront Park Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72114 | Phone: (501) 371-8320 | Website | Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sundays 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, closed Mondays and Tuesdays | Entrance: Adults $10, Children 5 and older $5
This museum features lots of exhibits on naval history with a focus on Arkansan aquaculture. The centerpiece of the museum is guided tours of the USS Razorback, a WWII-era submarine.
The Museum is located on the banks of the Arkansas River, right next to Junction Bridge. Stop by Flyaway Brewing after your tour, another spot on this list – just to the north of the museum.
23. Rock Town River Outfitters and Bike Shop
📍Map It: 400 President Clinton Ave Suite A, Little Rock, AR 72201 | Phone: (501) 831-0548 | Website | Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM | Entrance: No admission fee – rentals vary by choice
Rock Town River Outfitters is a rental shop where you can get all the gear you need to have fun in the sun in Little Rock. Kayak rentals are done in 2-hour blocks and start around $36 per kayak. Bike Rentals are also done in 2-hour blocks and start around $22.
You can also rent paddleboards and mountain bikes, as well as reserve a shuttle to get you to and from the spot you’ll be enjoying the outdoors. Take a guided kayak tour of downtown Little Rock at sunset and soak up all the sights.
24. Big Rock Mini Golf and Fun Park
📍Map It: 11411 Baseline Rd, Little Rock, AR 72209 | Phone: (501) 226-6302 | Website | Hours: Open 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM most days, open 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturdays | Entrance: Priced by number of activities, starts at $27
The Big Rock Fun Park has 8 separate attractions to choose from. The park also has a refreshments bar for snacks and beverages.
Get lost in their Amazing Maze and find your way out. Work on your swing in the batting cages.
Race around in some go-karts or bumper boats or get the adrenaline pumping in the Lazer Frenzy Maze. Whole park rentals are available for larger groups, and group rate discounts are also available.
25. Cantrell Gallery
This personable business offers custom framing and prides itself on being the longest-running art gallery in Little Rock. Whether your masterpiece needs a unique frame or you are looking for regionally-created art full of passion, this gallery is sure to please.
On top of these excellent services, the Cantrell Gallery also sponsors events and exhibits. Art restoration and conservation services are also offered for various mediums. When a business’s mission is “making people happy,” you know that service and product will be top-notch.
26. Old State House
This structure, which was opened back in 1836, was the original state capital building of Arkansas. In fact, it is also the oldest capital building west of the Mississippi River. With the purpose of preserving the history of Arkansas, the Old State House allows guests to tour the property, experience the historical wonders, and dive into the past.
There are six permanent exhibits to explore and a traveling exhibit on the premises. Not only can you go on a self-guided tour of this museum, but field trips and group tours are also welcome. Trapnall Hall, an antebellum home managed by the museum, is also available to be rented for weddings, meetings, and photoshoots.
27. The Fish Tank Aquarium
📍Map It: 15 Shackleford Dr, Little Rock, AR 72211 | Phone: (501) 537-3474 | Website | Hours: Monday & Wednesday-Friday, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm | Entrance: Free
This tropical fish store has many saltwater fish, coral, and other small and interesting sea creatures. There is also an assortment of freshwater fish, plants, and invertebrates in stock. Whatever you are looking for, the knowledgeable staff is excited to help you out and answer any questions you may have.
If you are considering starting a hobby around building your own small aquarium, or you want to see some cute critters and creatures, this stop is a must. This store is a great spot for people of all ages and it is also wheelchair accessible.
28. Mystery Mansion
Mystery Mansion is a space that provides people the chance to experience an award-winning escape room. With five different settings to choose from, and levels ranging from intermediate to hard, there is an adventure waiting for you to discover. Whether you are into the ’80s, clinical trials, or potions and magic, there is a theme with its own code to solve.
Each room is private, for your group of friends/family/colleagues only. With one hour to solve the riddle to escape, this place is a great team-building exercise. Due to the complicated nature, it’s recommended that participating visitors be 12 years of age and older.
29. The Bernice Garden
Although privately owned, this garden is made available for the public to enjoy. With a canopy roof that collects and recycles rain to supply the gardens with water, to reclaimed materials making up the majority of this space, this natural, outdoorsy area is perfect for a picnic or wedding.
Farmers’ markets, which take place each Sunday from mid-April through November, allow locally grown fruits and vegetables to be sold to the community. A sculpture garden and benches provide a beautiful aesthetic while being “green” and not harming the environment. Supporting local businesses and providing a unique, accessible, and sustainable space the community can enjoy is what this garden is all about.
30. Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery
Offering a variety of paintings, sculptures, and other artistic creations, this fine art gallery is the perfect place to browse unique pieces from “the country’s leading artists” or to purchase a special gift. Whether you are looking for a large custom piece for your business or a smaller piece to complement your home decor, this gallery can help you out.
Matt McLeod, known for his custom murals, offers a free consultation to discuss the process for anyone looking to have a mural painted. He also offers painting lessons, both live online and pre-recorded. If you are an art lover, or you are looking to dive into the world of art, this fine art gallery is a great place to start.
31. Crater of Diamonds State Park
📍Map It: 209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958 | Phone: (870) 285-3113 | Website | Hours: (Diamond Search Area) Sunday-Saturday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm; (Gift Shop) Sunday-Saturday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm | Entrance: Adults $10 & Kids (6-12) $6
If you have ever wanted to dig and search for diamonds, this is the adventure you have been dreaming of. People of all ages can come to this 37-acre field and dig for rocks, minerals, and gemstones. Equipment can be rented on-site, or you can bring your own non-battery-powered tools and search the eroded volcanic crater’s surface.
Other amenities include picnic sites, campgrounds with water and sewer hook-ups, a seasonal water park, a gift shop, walking trails, and more. Bring your family and your pets, reserve a camping spot, and get ready to have a blast. With over 33,000 diamonds found since the state park opened in 1972, you may get lucky and find one yourself.
32. Lake Catherine State Park
This recreational space, a state park with 2,180 acres of beautiful scenery, is maintained for the public to explore and enjoy. Picnic areas, playgrounds, swimming, and four different trails make for a perfect adventure for the whole family. One of the trails will even lead you to the beautiful Falls Creek Falls.
With access to a full-size marina, fishing, various rental cabins, horseback riding, lake tours, and more, some fees may apply. Regardless of your interests, there is something available for anyone who is wanting to enjoy some relaxing outdoor fun.
33. Cedar Falls
Located in the Petit Jean State Park, Cedar Falls is a 95ft tall waterfall that can be reached by hiking on a 2-mile round trip trail. Being one of the tallest uninterrupted flowing waterfalls in Arkansas, Cedar Falls delivers spectacular views.
If you are looking for a solo outdoorsy experience or an adventurous family day trip, hiking the two-hour Cedar Falls Trail is worth checking out. The difficulty level of the trail is marked as moderate and strenuous, so keep that in mind before tackling this breathtaking and scenic trail.
34. Cougar Falls
📍Map It: Ozark National Forest, GPS: N36 02.433, W92 22.611 | Phone: (479) 280-8162 | Website | Hours: 24/7 | Entrance: Free
Located in the Ozark National Forest, this 77ft tall waterfall is only .3 miles down the trail. With the difficulty level labeled as “easy bushwack”, be ready to explore and push through a heavily forested area with lots of vegetation.
If you are looking for a day of adventure and exploration, this gem nestled in the Ozark National Forest trail system is the place to check out. In close proximity to Cougar Falls, three other waterfalls can also be accessed.
35. The Wonder Place
📍Map It: 10301 N Rodney Parham Rd Little Rock, AR 72227 | Phone: 501-225-4050 | Website | Hours: 9AM-5PM Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday | Entrance: $8.75 for crawlers and above, $8.75 for first adult in family. Carried children and pre-crawlers 11 months & under are free, and the second adult in the family is free.
The Wonder Place boasts 5,700 square feet of play space! It is designed to encourage imagination and creativity. It was created specifically for children 8 and under.
A few of the play features include the music tree, a water table the kiddos can go fishing at, and a craft of the day. There is a variety of toys, puzzles, and games for the children to play.
In addition to being open for general admission, The Wonder Place also is available to rent for parties and has multiple party packages available. There is also a toy shop on site.
36. DEFY Little Rock
📍Map It: 4711 Talley Rd, Little Rock, AR 72204 | Phone: 501-313-0100 | Website | Hours: 10AM-8PM Sunday-Thursday, 10AM-10PM Friday, 9AM-10PM Saturday | Entrance: $21.99 general admission 90 minute session, $27.99 general admission all day pass.
This one-of-a-kind trampoline park is full of gravity-defying attractions, including basketball, battle beams, extreme dodgeball, high-end air track, kid jump, a ninja course, open jump, parkour, stunt fall, trapeze silks, aerial silks, a wall tramp, and a zip line!
DEFY Little Rock has something for adults and children of all ages. It is for those who have an adventurous spirit and creative mindset! There are no limits to how you choose to make the most of their attractions.
The mission behind DEFY is to get rid of limitations and to get everyone pushing themselves to new heights. The whole family can experience brand new thrills at this park!
37. War Memorial Park
Located in the heart of the city, War Memorial Park is located on 117 acres of beautiful, tree-covered land. The park offers amenities and features such as barbecue pits, pavilions, a playground, a splash pad, and picnic tables.
The park has a hiking trail and ponds perfect for fishing. Coleman Creek bisects the property. Whether you want to go on a hike or take your kids fishing, War Memorial Park is a superb destination!
The land the park sits on was originally purchased by the Arkansas State Fair Commission in 1868, where it served as the location of the state fair. The land was acquired in 1924 by the City of Little Rock and was officially dubbed as War Memorial Park by President Truman in 1949. This park is full of history as well as entertainment!
38. Maumelle Park
Maumelle Park is a campground set on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. It features 128 campsites with electric hookups and also has picnic areas, a dock, hot showers, a boat ramp, and a playground!
This park is perfect for a camping trip that the whole family will enjoy, especially those families who enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, bird watching, and boating. It is a Class A park and is located in proximity to Lake Maumelle and the Arkansas River.
Other nearby attractions include the Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Two Rivers Park, both of which are only two miles away. Come explore and enjoy the beautiful Arkansas outdoors!
39. Little Rock Climbing Center
📍Map It: 12120 Colonel Glenn Rd Little Rock, AR 72210 | Phone: 501-227-9500 | Website | Hours: 12PM-9PM Monday-Friday, 9AM-9PM Saturday, 12PM-7PM Sunday. | Entrance: $16 adult, $13 children 5-12 for a day pass. Harness and shoes can be rented for an additional $10.
This full-service climbing facility has something to offer climbers of all ages! This isn’t your typical “fitness” facility, but the activities provide a full workout as well as being fun.
Little Rock Climbing Center features rock walls, rope stations, auto belay stations, a bouldering area, a birthday party room, a work out area, and a pro shop. Whether you have never climbed before or you are an experienced climber, the LRCC has something for you!
They offer classes as well as competitions. Kids must be at least 5 years old to come climb, and 13 or older to work the ropes (belay). Those under 18 must have a chaperone present, and everyone must sign a participant agreement before climbing.
40. Unity Martial Arts
📍Map It: 1524 Garfield Dr Little Rock, AR 72204 | Phone: 501-664-0604 | Website | Hours: 3PM-9PM Monday & Thursday, 4PM-9PM Tuesday & Wednesday, 4PM-6PM Friday, 9AM-2PM Saturday, 9:45AM-2PM Sunday | Entrance: Please see the website for tuition options and class prices.
Unity Martial Arts offers classes in kickboxing, Tai Chi, and even Cuong Nhu! They even offer special classes, workshops, and seminars throughout the year. This karate school offers classes for children, teens, and adults.
Unity offers short-term tuition options and gives a discount for multiple students from the same household. Their mission is for people of all ages to learn self-defense while getting fit and making friends. Visit their website today to book a free introduction!
41. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
This museum was named after the Mosaic Templars of America, a Black fraternal organization which was founded in Little Rock in 1883. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the African American experience, story, and culture in Little Rock.
MTCC is the third southern Black history museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The facility spans 35,000 feet and features exhibits, classroom, on-site staff, and a 400-seat auditorium.
In addition to the exhibits, the MTCC also offers special events for the public to attend. They also provide lesson plans and outreach programs to teachers and students.
42. Barefoot Studio
📍Map It: 3515 Old Cantrell Rd Little Rock, AR 72202 | Phone: 501-661-8005 | Website | Hours: See website for daily schedule. | Entrance: $15 for a single drop-in class, see website for additional packages.
Since 1995, Barefoot Studio has been the premier location in Little Rock for people of all levels to take yoga classes! They teach over 35 classes every week and employ 16 teachers. This studio truly offers something for everyone.
Barefoot Studio has been voted “Best Yoga Studio” in Central Arkansas for the past 13 years. If this is your first time attending classes, your first week is free!
The 4,500 square foot studio is the longest running yoga studio in Arkansas. Their website contains detailed information about their daily schedules, membership and class rates, and more.
43. MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
This museum is located downtown in one of central Arkansas’ oldest buildings – the Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park. This museum brings the military heritage of Arkansas to life! Exhibits include photographs, weapons, artifacts, uniforms, and documents, all of which tell tales of brave men and women.
The Arsenal Building was the birthplace to General Douglas MacArthur, one of our country’s prominent war heroes. This museum and its location are steeped in history and heritage! Tours of the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military history are self-guided, so everyone is able to enjoy the exhibits at their own pace.
44. Professor Bowl
Professor Bowl has over 30 lanes ready for action! This bowling alley is open to all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re a professional bowler or a first-timer, this alley is ready to provide you endless entertainment.
They are open 7 days a week and run daily specials and offer various discounts. Don’t worry about the energy you spend bowling, because Professor Bowl has a wide food and drink selection. Professor Bowl is also available to host your next birthday party, family night, or other fun event!
45. Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum
Located in the MacArthur Park Historic District, this building is the remodeled Craftsman-style old Firehouse #2 from 1917! This hostel offers an affordable and historic place to stay right in the heart of Little Rock.
There are a variety of firefighting artifacts which can be viewed here. Even if you are not a guest for the night, tours can still be arranged for you to view the Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum. Visit the website to view more information on the history of this building, as well as for a schedule of upcoming events!
46. Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
This explorative nature center spans nearly 3.5 acres and features a 16,232 square foot building. The center offers numerous wildlife watching opportunities right in the heart of an urban area.
Exhibits highlight the importance of fish and wildlife management and the various recreational opportunities that those resources provide. The Arkansas River Trail also crosses through the site, allowing another opportunity for adventure! The nature center also is home to an aquarium, gift shop, and theater, as well as a garden of native plants you can find throughout the state.
Golfworld is the ultimate driving range! Even those who don’t enjoy traditional games of golf will enjoy this modernized driving range. There are lights for nighttime driving, and individual bays for your party.
They have targets out in the range worth varying amounts of points, which makes the competition between you and your friends fun. Golfworld also has food and beverages available for purchase.
48. Little Rock Athletic Club
📍Map It: 4610 Sam Peck Rd Little Rock, AR 72223 | Phone: 501-225-3600 | Website | Hours: 5AM-9PM Monday-Thursday, 5AM-8PM Friday, 7AM-8PM Saturday, 8AM-8PM Sunday | Entrance: See website for membership specials and packages.
The Little Rock Athletic Club is a fitness center like you’ve never seen before! Instead of your regular run-of-the-mill gym, the LRAC is a multifaceted fitness facility. Their mission is that fitness and fun can coexist.
Tennis, basketball, swimming, Pilates, pickleball, and more are all available here. You don’t have to pick your favorite discipline to break a sweat in, since they are all located under one roof and available with one membership here.
The Little Rock Athletic Club has something for everyone of all ages and all abilities. There is even a daycare for your little ones to play in while you work out!
49. River Market
The River Market offers a wide variety of attractions, sights, and vendors. Located in beautiful downtown Little Rock, the River Market is beside the scenic Arkansas River.
You can visit attractions such as the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden and the H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden. There are locations to dine and drink through the River Market. Whether you want to visit the entertainment district or eat a riverfront picnic at the pavilions, the River Market has something for everyone!
50. McCain Mall
The McCain Mall is the largest enclosed shopping mall in Central Arkansas. There are over 80 specialty stores for everything including apparel, footwear, electronics, and accessories. There are also a wide variety of dining options, both fast food and sit-down.
Shopping in-store instead of online is better for the plant. In-store return rates are lower than for items purchased online. After you’re done shopping and dining, you can catch a movie at the Regal McCain Mall Stadium 12 RPX movie theater!
51. Moxy Modern Mercantile
Moxy Modern Mercantile is an adorable gift shop located in the SoMa district of downtown Little Rock. It is a local women-owned shop with a variety of items ranging from clothing to decor. As described as “Vintage with a playful edge”, shoppers highly favor Moxy Modern.
With high ratings and positive comments, this shop sits in a secure and beautiful part of Little Rock. A high attraction area with constant activities to do and places to visit.
52. Flip Flop Flea Market
An extensive flea market full of many things just for you. With wonderful owners, Flip Flop Flea Market has incredible vendors with lovely customers.
This vintage market is filled with antique furniture and collectibles. Have your own products? You can rent a section and sell your items.
Every product has a reasonable price here, everyone’s favorite part of the store! Fit right in where everybody is a friend and enjoy!
53. River Market Books and Gifts
This beautiful and spacious library holds hundreds of new and used books. An amazing variety of texts in every genre.
After you find your good reads, head to the gift shop and check out all the cool knick-knacks and gadgets you can grab for yourself and a friend!
Upon arrival, you can park at the open-parking lot East of Rock St. or on the opposite side of Library Square in the multi-leveled parking garage.
You must pay for parking based on the time spent. 30 minutes to 8+ hours ( FREE – $16.00). Visit the Library Square website for more information.
54. Forked Mountain Falls
Forked Mountain is one of the most favored tourist attractions in Arkansas. Love hiking and nature? You are destined to have a great time on the many routes to walk here.
Walk amongst the trails and gaze at nature’s beauty. Make sure to stop at the infamous waterfall!
55. Blue Heron Campground
Here at Blue Heron, the remarkable staff makes sure you have the best stay with family and friends. Take a hike through the parks and engage in the many activities outdoors. A very clean and friendly environment that is well conserved and pet friendly.
You have the option of staying on a tent site, an RV site, or in a cabin! Perfect for all ages and fits your comfortability.
56. Willow Beach Recreation Area and Campground
Willow Beach Recreation Area sits on the Arkansas River with a full range of recreational activities for the whole family. Some of the local favorites include camping, picnicking, boating, and sightseeing.
This campground is located near the David D. Terry Lock and Dam. Campsites are available for rent and sit between rolling cotton fields and the beautiful river. Friendly critters such as red fox, deer, and armadillo often enjoy this campground as much as visitors.
57. 404 Tour Co.
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10 am – 4 pm by appointment only
The 404 Tour Co. Segway tours are one of the most unique ways to see the city. This guided tour will show you around the River Market District, Clinton Presidential Center, and the Park while teaching the history of each area.
Ideal for large or small groups, 404 Tour Co. can cater to your party. Your guide will give you a quick lesson on how to maneuver your Segway before embarking on a tour around town. Guides are also a great resource for the best food and drink spots in the city.
58. Rockwater Marina
The Rockwater Marina is a recreational area open to the public in the heart of downtown Little Rock. Sitting on the Arkansas trail, you can boat, bike, or walk from the marina to downtown. It houses Rock Town River Outfitters for those wanting a kayak or guided kayak tour.
This property is also available for more long-term rental with 64 boat slips. Some current boat owners are opening their boat homes so that you can also stay on the water through Airbnb.
59. Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden
For art lovers or people who just want some whimsey added to their trip, the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden utilizes landscape architecture to make various outdoor rooms filled with sculptors sourced from all over Arkansas. Move between areas to take a tour of art from throughout the state while still being able to enjoy the sunshine.
Throughout the year, the Sculpture Garden also hosts food festivals, concerts, sports, expos, lectures and more. Look to their events page to find an added feature for your trip.
60. Lake Willastein Park
Lake Willastein Park is the perfect place to slow down and get away from any hustle and bustle. It features bike and walking paths where visitors can choose between .4 and 2.1 miles long loops. You can also utilize the picnic tables, BBQ pits, playgrounds, and fishing docks, making this perfect place to bring your kids with plenty of opportunity for play while the adults can sit back and barbecue.
History buffs can also experience a piece of the past at the bunkers at Lake Willastein which were built in 1942 and used during WWII to manufacture munitions. After, swing by the Veteran’s memorial which sits right on the water.
61. Bark Bar
📍Map It: 1201 S Spring St, Little Rock, AR 72202 | Phone: (501) 295-3989 | Website | Hours: Wednesday-Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 12-10pm and Sunday 12-9pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday | Entrance: $9/day, $30/month or $200 annually
Bark Bar is the perfect place for you to kick back and relax with your four-legged fur friends, no leash required. Plan a visit for one of the many Pawtie events from their full calendar or just stop in for some fun with your pup. Mix and mingle with new friends over a ‘Cockertail’ and chow down on a treat from the rotating menu of delicious items for you and your canine pal.
Locals say this spot is the place to be for every dog lover! With friendly staff and top-notch service, you’ll want to make a trip just to check out Bark Bar.
62. A Bite Of Hot Springs
Enjoy delightful food and absorb all the history of Hot Springs on A Bite of Hot Springs food tour. A walking tour only spanning a 1.1-mile trip takes you on a stroll of all the most scrumptious bites this historic town has to offer. While dining, be swept into all the ins and outs of Hot Spring’s exciting history.
Whether you are looking for a day of family fun or an adult night out, A Bite of Hot Springs tours has you covered. When you book a tour one thing is for sure, your palette will not be disappointed.
63. Vortex Arcade
📍Map It: 4027 E Kiehl Ave, Sherwood, AR 72120 | Phone: (501) 425-9863 | Website | Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5pm-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am and Sunday 12-8pm | Entrance: $10
Vortex Arcade is an arcade full of family fun for all ages. With classic arcade games and pinball machines all set free to play, it is a great time for everyone. Book your next party, join the gamer’s league or just come in for a day of play.
It is a $10 fee per person at the door; children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times. They offer military discounts and gift certificates are available for purchase.
64. Spec Ops Gaming
📍Map It: 2614 S Shackleford Rd, Little Rock, AR 72205 | Phone: (501) 904-7177 | Website | Hours: Monday to Thursday 12-9pm, Friday & Saturday 12-10pm and Sunday 1-8pm | Entrance: Priced per hour of play
Spec Ops Gaming is a one-of-a-kind gaming experience offering gamers a one-stop shop opportunity on multiple consoles in one convenient location. Whether your interest is to try before you buy, join the next hot tournament, or build your cosplay network this gaming lounge is for you.
Come relax in one of the lounge chairs while you get lost in all your favorite games. When you need a break, they’ve got you covered with all the favorites at the cereal bar.
65. Action Jacks Paintball Laser Tag Arcade
Action Jacks is the place to be for all the favorites! From laser tag and paintball to escape rooms and games, bring the whole family for a day full of fun. If you are looking for a place to book your next team or birthday event, look no further than Action Jack’s special offers and VIP club where you can maximize all the fun.