5 More Free Things to Do in Little Rock Ar
MacArthur Park is named for the famous General who was born in Little Rock and went on to command the US forces in the Pacific during WW II. You can command fishing poles for angling in a stocked lake, the dog park for canine companions, walking trails, feeding ducks, or playing on the playgrounds. It’s home to two Little Rock museums, the Art Center and a second in the armory dedicated to Arkansas’ long military history.
Located between the Marriott hotel and stretching downriver to the Clinton Library, Riverfront Park is an oasis of free fun. Splash in the splash pads, tour the sculpture gardens, race around the cultivated playground or jog the Riverfront Trail under commanding views of the Little Rock Skyline. Cross the Junction Bridge is an iconic railway trestle converted to a pedestrian bridge that leads to North Little Rock, and cross over to the newly rebuilt Broadway Bridge all the way soaking up the incredible views of the cities on both sides of the river.
Clinton Library Grounds
When it snows, the adventurous grab toboggans to sled down the hill. In Little Rock, they take cardboard boxes to sled the bowl at the Clinton Library grounds. Warm days are the best for this, and take advantage of the weather to explore the trails, including the wetlands tour and a trek across the Clinton Library bridge, an old railroad bridge turned into massive walkway across the Arkansas river with commanding views of Little Rock to the north and the river as it curls to the south.
Across from Riverfront Park is North Little Rock’s protected space which creates a greenway corridor through the middle of both downtown's. Connected by the Clinton Library Bridge to the South and the Broadway bridge to the North, Riverside Park hosts a maritime museum, the rower’s club and historic markers on the Trail of Tears. It also has plenty of wide open green space for family fun and is one block from restaurant row in the gorgeous Argenta District. Grab a frisbee, soccer ball or just watch the cyclists, runners and pedestrians as they navigate the River Trail.
Big Dam Bridge
At one point, there was talk of calling Little Rock the city of Bridges. There are eight from I-440 up to I-430, the rough roadway city limits, and holding the distinction of the longest pedestrian bridge on a dam is the Big Dam Bridge. It’s not only fun to cross for the views and exercise, it’s just fun to say. And during the hot August months, you may be putting extra emphasis on the middle part of the name as it climbs over the Arkansas River. The highest point shows Burns Park, Murry Park and Little Rock skyline to the south, while Lake Maumelle stretches to the North with a peek at Two River’s Park. Stand over the lock to watch a river barge move through but stay to one side. The Big Dam Bridge has a lot of bike, foot and running traffic.
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