Top Things to Do in Little Rock, Arkansas | Midwest Living

Top Things to Do in Little Rock, Arkansas

History thrives in Little Rock, where things to do include visiting the Clinton Presidential Center, the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and the Historic Arkansas Museum. Check out our picks for what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Little Rock.


Arkansas River Trail A 15.6-mile loop connects Little Rock and North Little Rock parks and attractions via four bridges, including Junction Bridge.

Junction Bridge

Junction Bridge. Photo courtesy of Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Arkansas Studies Institute Three centuries of architecture blend in one complex housing collections of documents and art.

Clinton Presidential Center The design of this library—with exhibits and memorabilia from the 42nd president—symbolically links our nation’s past and future.

Clinton Presidential Center

Clinton Presidential Center

Heifer Village The nonprofit center educates about efforts to end hunger and poverty around the world and sells works by artisans in developing nations.

Historic Arkansas Museum Explore the state’s past through arts and household items made in Arkansas.

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site The 1957 uproar over integration in America’s public schools comes to vivid life through exhibits at the visitors center or guided tours (reservations required) of the still-functioning high school.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center See the history of Arkansas through the eyes of African-Americans here in what used to be the heart of Little Rock’s African-American community.

Robinson Center A recent $70 million renovation and expansion turned the 1939 municipal auditorium into a state-of-the-art performance venue. Come for concerts, touring Broadway productions and ballets.


The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain Find quirky, ecofriendly odds and ends, then indulge in small-batch ice cream, phosphate sodas or milk shakes in the 1905 building.

The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain

The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain

Ottenheimer Market Hall A city block’s worth of vendors serve Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern and soul food in the market hall, part of the River Market district along the Arkansas River.

The Root Cafe Simple meals in the SoMa neighborhood highlight the creative use of local farmers’ sustainably raised meats and produce.


Capital Hotel Italian linens and marble baths pamper guests in this stately 1877 hotel, as does the dining experience at One Eleven, headed by James Beard Award-winning chef Joël Antunes.

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