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5 Free Things to Do on a Visit to Little Rock Ar

Updated on October 7, 2019
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Amazon author Chris Lowry divides his time between Little Rock and Florida. If he's not inside writing, he's outside exploring and playing.

Arkansas River Trail – Little Rock

The Arkansas River Trail is a masterpiece of urban trail making that runs seven miles along one side of the Arkansas River and seven miles back on the North Little Rock side. Start at the Clinton Library for a trip through Riverfront Park, a hop through an industrial section of the city, then cross over into Rebsamen Park to walk, ride or run beside a golf course, parks all the way to the Big Dam Bridge. You can continue to Two Rivers Park for more scenery or slip over the bridge to the other side and return through Burns Park, Emerald Park and dramatic views of the city on one side and quarry cliffs on the other. The trail finishes up with a final trek across the bridge at Clinton Library after passing the ball field at Dickey Stephens and Riverside Park on the north side of the river. Bring a bike, or rent one, or just plan a vista filled nature hike on a paved trail.

Two Rivers Park – Little Rock

Visitors to Two Rivers Park can feel like they are in the country but in the middle of the city. Deer, squirrel and birds abound on this riverside park with winding bike and walking paths. The Park is host to several small festivals in the spring and fall, as well as running events throughout the year. Perfect for family gatherings, outdoor adventures and cook outs.

Old State House Museum - Little Rock

The State House Museum in Downtown Little Rock was the first meeting place for the Arkansas Legislature when it became a state. It's also where a debate was settled with a knife fight. The grounds and building are a museum dedicated to Arkansas history with rotating exhibits on significance to the state, including movies shot in Arkansas and the origin of State Troopers. There’s also an exhibit of inauguration gowns worn by the First Ladies at every Governor’s inauguration as well as extensive displays on the Governors of the state. Great for learning a little about Arkansas and working up an appetite which can be satisfied on President Clinton Avenue in the Rivermarket.

Arkansas Arts Center - Little Rock

Incorporate some culture into your life with an afternoon at the Arkansas Arts Center. Located in Historic McArthur Park District, the Arts Center is home to free collections to tour, visiting exhibitions and more. Play in the playground or take a walk around the duck pond next to the dog park. A visit is a great opportunity to learn about art, artists and fill your mind with beautiful paintings, sculptures and pieces. Grab a snack in the café on premises or take advantage of the SOMA (South on Main) restaurants a few blocks away.

Burn’s Park - Little Rock

The largest urban park in Arkansas has something for everyone. Golfing. Camping. Miles of Trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Tennis, disc golf, plus softball, baseball and tennis, not to mention playgrounds for kids. There’s a replica cabin from the first settlers to the area, as well as a covered bridge and plenty of spots for fishing or just to kick back and watch nature. Free family fun is easy to find in Burn’s Park. Catch a game at the baseball diamonds or cheer on soccer teams at a number of weekend tournaments.

© 2019 Chris Lowry

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    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love exploring urban trails and city parks because they preserve nature in a city. I think I would enjoy visiting the places that you describe very much.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for telling us what there is to enjoy in Little Rock, Arkansas. I have driven through parts of Arkansas and found it to be a state filled with much natural beauty.

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