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Little Rock AFB 2019 Living

in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties

There are plenty of entertaining activities in Pulaski and Lonoke counties — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a dip in the wave pool at Wild River Country, for instance, or tee off at one of the two 18-hole golf courses in North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Don’t miss the Arkansas State Fair or the opportunity to indulge in traditional Greek pastries at the International Greek Festival. And be sure to check out the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Residents of Pulaski and Lonoke counties have dozens of annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.

Arkansas Cornbread Festival

www.arkansascornbreadfestival.com 

Held at the end of October, the Arkansas Cornbread Festival draws thousands to downtown Little Rock each year with music, enticing aromas and the promise of family fun. Bonding over cornbread is a Southern tradition, and once you’ve had a taste of South Main in Little Rock, you’ll have to come back for more. Cornbread and side dish entries are judged by everyone attending the festival as well as a panel of celebrity judges. Along South Main, vendors display and sell Arkansas art, handmade crafts, clothes, jewelry, home furnishings, locally produced food and gifts of all sorts. Live music and other fun activities round out the day.

Arkansas State Fair

www.arkansasstatefair.com 

The Arkansas State Fair is held in October at the state fairgrounds in Little Rock. The fair features free concerts, bull riding, livestock shows and a 10-acre midway showcasing carnival rides, games and attractions.

CabotFest

www.fb.com/cabotfest 

Every second Saturday in October, more than 20,000 visitors enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food, vendors and more at the all-day CabotFest. The downtown celebration features arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, car and motorcycle shows, bingo, children’s games and lots of family-friendly activities.

Cabot Strawberry Festival

http://jacabot.com/strawberry.php 

Local strawberry growers show off the fruits of their labor for all to enjoy at this free annual event, usually held in the spring. Taste and purchase strawberries grown in Cabot while enjoying a carnival, festival, pageant and games for the whole family.

International Greek Festival

www.greekfoodfest.com 

The International Greek Food Festival in mid-May is the largest of the ethnic festivals in Arkansas. More than 1,000 pounds of butter, 750 pounds of nuts and 700 pounds of filo dough are what it takes to make the more than 10,000 sourota, 17,000 pieces of Baklava and other pastries that are prepared for the three-day annual event. Indulge in some traditional food, shop for specialty items or just enjoy the entertainment.

Riverfest

www.riverfestarkansas.com 

Riverfest is a visual and performing arts celebration held a weekend at the beginning of summer on the banks of the Arkansas River. Held since 1978, the largest single event in the state attracts more than 250,000 festivalgoers. Along with the musical contributions, the festival features a 5K Fun Run & Walk, a pooch parade, food vendors and a fireworks display.

Living in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties

Little Rock AFB Living in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties

 

There are plenty of entertaining activities in Pulaski and Lonoke counties — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a dip in the wave pool at Wild River Country, for instance, or tee off at one of the two 18-hole golf courses in North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Don’t miss the Arkansas State Fair or the opportunity to indulge in traditional Greek pastries at the International Greek Festival. And be sure to check out the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Residents of Pulaski and Lonoke counties have dozens of different annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips.

Arkansas Cornbread Festival

www.arkansascornbreadfestival.com

Held at the end of October, the Arkansas Cornbread Festival draws thousands to downtown Little Rock each year with music, enticing aromas and the promise of family fun. Bonding over cornbread is a Southern tradition, and once you’ve had a taste of South Main in Little Rock, you’ll have to come back for more. Cornbread and side dish entries are judged by everyone attending the festival as well as a panel of celebrity judges. Along South Main, vendors display and sell Arkansas art, handmade crafts, clothes, jewelry, home furnishings, locally produced food and gifts of all sorts. Live music and other fun activities, round out the day.

Arkansas State Fair

www.arkansasstatefair.com

The Arkansas State Fair is held in October at the state fairgrounds in Little Rock. The fair features free concerts, bull riding, livestock shows and a 10-acre midway showcasing carnival rides, games and attractions.

CabotFest

www.fb.com/cabotfest

Every second Saturday in October, more than 20,000 visitors enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, food, vendors and more at the all-day CabotFest. The downtown celebration features arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, car and motorcycle shows, bingo, children’s games and lots of family-friendly activities.

Cabot Strawberry Festival

http://jacabot.com/strawberry.php

Local strawberry growers show off the fruits of their labor for all to enjoy at this free annual event, usually held in the spring. Taste and purchase strawberries grown in Cabot while enjoying a carnival, festival, pageant and games for the whole family.

International Greek Festival

www.greekfoodfest.com

The International Greek Food Festival in mid-May is the largest of the ethnic festivals in Arkansas. More than 1,000 pounds of butter, 750 pounds of nuts and 700 pounds of filo dough are what it takes to make the more than 10,000 sourota, 17,000 pieces of Baklava and other pastries are prepared for the three-day annual event. Indulge in some traditional food, shop for specialty items or just enjoy the entertainment.

Riverfest

www.riverfestarkansas.com

Riverfest is a visual and performing arts celebration held a weekend at the beginning of summer on the banks of the Arkansas River. Held since 1978, the largest single event in the state attracts more than 250,000 festivalgoers. Along with the musical contributions, the festival features a 5K Fun Run & Walk, a pooch parade, food vendors and a fireworks display.

Arts

Artistic opportunities from theater to music to dance and more are no strangers to Pulaski and Lonoke county residents.

Argenta ArtWalk

300 to 700 block of Main Street

North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-993-1234

www.argentaartsdistrict.org 

Held downtown in the arts and entertainment district of North Little Rock, Argenta ArtWalk is the third Friday of each month. Shop, dine and view participating galleries and artists. For details on specific exhibits and monthly offerings, visit www.argentaartsdistrict.org or Argenta ArtWalk’s Facebook page at www.fb.com/argentaartwalk.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

601 Main St.

Little Rock, AR 72201

Administration 501-378-0445

Box Office 501-378-0405

www.therep.org 

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the state’s largest nonprofit professional theater company. The theater produces seven to 10 productions each year for an annual audience of more than 70,000. Productions range from contemporary comedies and dramas to the classics of dramatic literature. The theater also maintains arts in education programs in central Arkansas and across the state, enriching more than 12,000 young people each year.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

2417 N. Tyler St.

Little Rock, AR 72207 501-666-1761

www.arkansassymphony.org 

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs more than 60 concerts annually in various venues in Arkansas. The orchestra also serves central Arkansas through community outreach programs and live symphonic music education for more than 24,000 children and 200 schools.

Ballet Arkansas

520 Main St.

Little Rock, AR 72201 501-223-5150

www.balletarkansas.org 

Arkansas’ only professional ballet company, Ballet Arkansas produces a variety of local and touring shows. The troupe’s annual holiday performance of “The Nutcracker” is a community favorite. Check the troupe’s website for their season schedule, ticket prices and more.

Wildwood Park for the Arts

20919 Denny Road

Little Rock, AR 72223 501-821-7275

www.wildwoodpark.org 

Wildwood Park for the Arts is in Little Rock’s Chenal Valley and is home to Arkansas’ largest botanical gardens including the 10-acre Richard C. Butler Arboretum, the Asian Woodland Garden and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre. Wildwood Park for the Arts welcomes over 48,000 visitors a year and holds annual events such as the Wine and Food Festival, the LANTERNS! Festival and countless concerts, summer camps and classes.

Arts and Museums

Little Rock AFB Living Arts and Museums

 

ARTS

Artistic opportunities from theater to music to dance and more are no strangers to Pulaski and Lonoke county residents.

Argenta ArtWalk

300 to 700 block of Main Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
501-993-1234
www.argentaartsdistrict.org

Held downtown in the arts and entertainment district of North Little Rock, Argenta ArtWalk is the third Friday of each month. Shop, dine and view participating galleries and artists. For details on specific exhibits and monthly offerings, visit www.argentaartsdistrict.org or Argenta ArtWalk’s Facebook page at www.fb.com/argentaartwalk.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

601 Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Administration 501-378-0445
Box Office 501-378-0405

www.therep.org

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the state’s largest nonprofit professional theater company. The theater produces seven to 10 productions each year for an annual audience of more than 70,000. Productions range from contemporary comedies and dramas to the classics of dramatic literature. The theater also maintains arts in education programs in central Arkansas and across the state, enriching more than 12,000 young people each year.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

2417 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
501-666-1761
www.arkansassymphony.org

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs more than 60 concerts annually in various venues in Arkansas. The orchestra also serves central Arkansas through community outreach programs and live symphonic music education for more than 24,000 children and 200 schools.

Ballet Arkansas

520 Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-223-5150
www.balletarkansas.org

Arkansas’ only professional ballet company, Ballet Arkansas produces a variety of local and touring shows. The troupe’s annual holiday performance of “The Nutcracker” is a community favorite. Check the troupe’s website for their season schedule, ticket prices and more.

Wildwood Park for the Arts

20919 Denny Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
501-821-7275
www.wildwoodpark.org

Wildwood Park for the Arts is in Little Rock’s Chenal Valley and is home to Arkansas’ largest botanical gardens including the 10-acre Richard C. Butler Arboretum, the Asian Woodland Garden and the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre. Wildwood Park for the Arts welcomes over 48,000 visitors a year and holds annual events such as the Wine and Food Festival, the LANTERNS! Festival and countless concerts, summer camps and classes.

MUSEUMS

Learn about Arkansas’ history and cultural contributions by visiting the many local museums.

Arkansas Arts Center

501 E. Ninth St.
Little Rock, AR 72202
501-372-4000
www.arkarts.com

Located in historic MacArthur Park, the Arkansas Arts Center serves more than 300,000 visitors each year. The museum’s collection features drawings, paintings, photographs and contemporary crafts. Admission is free, with the exception of special ticketed exhibitions. The museum also features a children’s theater, the only professional company in Arkansas that produces children’s literary works for the stage; a school, which offers classes for every age and skill level; and a number of programs and art lectures.

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

120 Riverfront Park Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72114
501-371-8320
http://aimmuseum.org

The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is centered on the submarine USS Razorback (SS-394), which served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. The museum also has a research library, theater and several outdoor exhibits. Hours vary by season; check the museum’s website for more information.

Jacksonville Museum of Military History

100 Veteran’s Circle
Jacksonville, AR 72076
501-241-1943
www.jaxmilitarymuseum.org

The museum explores significant war and homefront activities dating from the Civil War through the Iraq War, highlighting the rich military history of the surrounding area. Exhibits also include current and ongoing military engagements. In addition to permanent and special exhibits, there is a museum store as well as a media presentation room and research library.

Lonoke County Museum

215 E. Front St.
Lonoke, AR 72086
501-676-6750
www.fb.com/LonokeCountyMuseumFanpage

The Lonoke County Museum aims to preserve the heritage of Lonoke County by educating the public and maintaining a display of artifacts including a diorama of the Battle of the Brownsville Civil War encounter.

Museum of Discovery

500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-396-7050
www.museumofdiscovery.org

The Museum of Discovery specializes in interactive, engaging science learning through hands-on exhibits and programs. Exhibitions include Discovery Hall, Earth Journeys and the Tinkering Studio, where visitors can explore building techniques while working in a collaborative environment that encourages creativity.

William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-374-4242
www.clintonlibrary.gov

Located within the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum features exhibits, special events and educational programs. The museum’s collection includes more than 100,000 items, rotated into display due to space limitations. Explore replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, along with exhibits of documents, photographs and works of art.

Museums

Little Rock AFB 2019 Museums

Learn about Arkansas’ history and cultural contributions by visiting the many local museums.

Arkansas Arts Center

501 E. Ninth St.

Little Rock, AR 72202 501-372-4000

www.arkarts.com 

Located in historic MacArthur Park, the Arkansas Arts Center serves more than 300,000 visitors each year. The museum’s collection features drawings, paintings, photographs and contemporary crafts. Admission is free, with the exception of special ticketed exhibitions. The museum also features a children’s theater, the only professional company in Arkansas that produces children’s literary works for the stage; a school, which offers classes for every age and skill level; and a number of programs and art lectures.

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

120 Riverfront Park Drive

North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-371-8320

http://aimmuseum.org 

The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum is centered on the submarine USS Razorback (SS-394), which served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. The museum also has a research library, theater and several outdoor exhibits. Hours vary by season; check the museum’s website for more information.

Jacksonville Museum of Military History

100 Veteran’s Circle

Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-241-1943

www.jaxmilitarymuseum.org 

The museum explores significant war and homefront activities dating from the Civil War through the Iraq War, highlighting the rich military history of the surrounding area. Exhibits also include current and ongoing military engagements. In addition to permanent and special exhibits, there is a museum store as well as a media presentation room and research library.

Lonoke County Museum

215 E. Front St.

Lonoke, AR 72086 501-676-6750

www.fb.com/MuseumLonoke 

The Lonoke County Museum aims to preserve the heritage of Lonoke County by educating the public and maintaining a display of artifacts including a diorama of the Battle of the Brownsville Civil War encounter.

Museum of Discovery

500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150

Little Rock, AR 72201 501-396-7050

www.museumofdiscovery.org 

The Museum of Discovery specializes in interactive, engaging science learning through hands-on exhibits and programs. Exhibitions include Discovery Hall, Earth Journeys and the Tinkering Studio, where visitors can explore building techniques while working in a collaborative environment that encourages creativity.

William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

1200 President Clinton Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201 501-374-4242

www.clintonlibrary.gov 

Located within the Clinton Presidential Center and Park, the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum features exhibits, special events and educational programs. The museum’s collection includes more than 100,000 items, rotated into display due to space limitations. Explore replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, along with exhibits of documents, photographs and works of art.

Parks and Shopping

Little Rock AFB Living Parks and Shopping

 

PARKS

The Arkansas River Trail connects a multitude of parks and recreational areas. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Burns Park

Interstate 40, Exit 150
North Little Rock, AR 72119
501-791-8543
www.northlittlerock.org/attractions_detail/28

One of the largest municipal parks in the country, Burns Park’s 1,700 acres include amusement park rides, traditional and disc golf courses, a tennis complex, soccer fields, an archery range and miles of hiking and biking trails. The trails lead to an entrance of the Big Dam Bridge. The park also features an RV campground, a dog park, pavilions and a fishing pond.

Fairway Park

800 Fairway Ave.
Sherwood, AR 72120
501-835-6893
www.cityofsherwood.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Fairway-Park-6

A green gem in old town Sherwood, Fairway Park’s seasonal outdoor swimming pool has a changing area, restrooms and a concession stand. The rest of the park holds a gazebo, playground, a picnic area with a grill and an 11,000-square-foot dog park.

Lake Cherrywood Park

300 Summit St.
Sherwood, AR 72120
501-835-6893
www.cityofsherwood.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Lake-Cherrywood-Park-10

Wet a line off the pier at Lake Cherrywood Park, where the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission keeps the lake stocked with fish, or enjoy the gazebo, picnic area with a grill, swings, a big playground and a basketball court.

Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park

3800 Lakeshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72116
501-758-1424
www.northlittlerock.org/attractions_detail/285

A historic recreation of an 1880s water-powered grist mill, the Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park is most famous for its part in the opening scenes of “Gone With the Wind.” Built in 1933, the mill is on the National Register of Historic Places. The park itself is decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps and a tree branch-entwined bridge designed by Dionicio Rodriguez. Enjoy a picnic, take advantage of the photo opportunity or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

Splash Zone

201 W. Martin St.
Jacksonville, AR 72076
501-982-4171/7946
www.cityofjacksonville.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Splash-Zone-10

Located at Pleasure Park, Splash Zone is Jacksonville’s largest aquatics center. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Splash Zone has two pools, two water slides, a water tunnel and the umbrella-shaped Rain Drop and Dew Drop water showers. The Splash Zone is handicap-accessible and also features a concession stand and lockers.

Thornhill Park

2201 Thornhill Drive
Sherwood, AR 72120
501-835-6893
www.cityofsherwood.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Thornhill-Park-18

A vintage Union Pacific caboose is among the features of Thornhill Park, one of more than a dozen parks in town, along with a half-mile asphalt walking trail, a gazebo and picnic area with a grill, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a place to change, restrooms and concessions.

SHOPPING

From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.

McCain Mall

3929 McCain Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR 72116
501-758-6317
www.simon.com/mall/mccain-mall

McCain Mall is central Arkansas’ largest enclosed shopping mall. Featuring more than 80 specialty stores and 10 eateries, the mall also has a 12-screen movie theater.

The Promenade at Chenal

17711 Chenal Parkway
Little Rock, AR 72223
501-821-5552
www.chenalshopping.com

The open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping center features more than 30 restaurants and merchants, as well as a nine-screen movie theater. The Promenade was designed in a French Gothic style to capture the nostalgia of a Main Street shopping district. This design also allows for convenient street parking. It’s been voted Little Rock’s No. 1 destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

River Market District

Downtown Little Rock
www.rivermarket.info

The River Market district offers a variety of restaurants, boutiques, museums and a farmers market. The River Market’s Ottenheimer Market Hall houses a number of merchants that offer authentic Mexican, Japanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, with a large seating area, beer garden and free Wi-Fi. The unofficial cultural center of Little Rock, the district is a great place to grab a bite to eat, enjoy live music, shop and more, all against the backdrop of the Arkansas River.

Parks

The Arkansas River Trail connects a multitude of parks and recreational areas. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.

Burns Park

Interstate 40, Exit 150

North Little Rock, AR 72119 501-791-8543

www.northlittlerock.org/attractions_detail/28 

One of the largest municipal parks in the country, Burns Park’s 1,700 acres include amusement park rides, traditional and disc golf courses, a tennis complex, soccer fields, an archery range and miles of hiking and biking trails. The trails lead to an entrance of the Big Dam Bridge. The park also features an RV campground, a dog park, pavilions and a fishing pond.

Fairway Park

800 Fairway Ave.

Sherwood, AR 72120 501-835-6893

www.cityofsherwood.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Fairway-Park-6 

A green gem in old town Sherwood, Fairway Park’s seasonal outdoor swimming pool has a changing area, restrooms and a concession stand. The rest of the park holds a gazebo, playground, a picnic area with a grill and an 11,000-square-foot dog park.

Lake Cherrywood Park

300 Summit St.

Sherwood, AR 72120 501-835-6893

www.cityofsherwood.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Lake-Cherrywood-Park-10 

Wet a line off the pier at Lake Cherrywood Park, where the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission keeps the lake stocked with fish, or enjoy the gazebo, picnic area with a grill, swings, a big playground and a basketball court.

Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park

3800 Lakeshore Drive

North Little Rock, AR 72116 501-758-1424

www.northlittlerock.org/attractions_detail/285 

A historic recreation of an 1880s water-powered grist mill, the Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park is most famous for its part in the opening scenes of “Gone With the Wind.” Built in 1933, the mill is on the National Register of Historic Places. The park itself is decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps and a tree branch-entwined bridge designed by Dionicio Rodriguez. Enjoy a picnic, take advantage of the photo opportunity or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

Splash Zone

201 W. Martin St.

Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-982-4171/7946

www.cityofjacksonville.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Splash-Zone-10 

Located at Pleasure Park, Splash Zone is Jacksonville’s largest aquatics center. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Splash Zone has two pools, two water slides, a water tunnel and the umbrella-shaped Rain Drop and Dew Drop water showers. The Splash Zone is handicap-accessible and also features a concession stand and lockers.

Thornhill Park

2201 Thornhill Drive

Sherwood, AR 72120 501-835-6893

www.cityofsherwood.net/Facilities/Facility/Details/Thornhill-Park-18 

A vintage Union Pacific caboose is among the features of Thornhill Park, one of more than a dozen parks in town, along with a half-mile asphalt walking trail, a gazebo and picnic area with a grill, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool with a place to change, restrooms and concessions.

Sports and Recreation

Little Rock AFB Living Sports and Recreation

 

Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you’ll find what you’re after in Pulaski and Lonoke counties.

Arkansas River Trail

www.arkansasrivertrail.org

The Arkansas River Trail System is an 88-mile loop that runs along both sides of the Arkansas River. Hikers, cyclists and joggers alike can enjoy the trail, which winds through Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway. The trail connects 38 parks, six museums and more than 5,000 acres of parkland. The trail includes the Big Dam Bridge, the famous 4,200-foot bridge, which is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world built solely for recreation. The bridge’s state-of-the-art LED fixtures illuminate its exterior and can create millions of color schemes. Visit www.bigdambridge.org for more information on the bridge and its annual events and races, like the Full Moon Walk, Twilight 5K and bicycling tour.

Arkansas Travelers

400 W. Broadway St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
501-664-7559
www.travs.com

The Arkansas Travelers are a minor league baseball team with one of the longest-running histories of any minor league franchise. Named after the famous minstrel who roamed the Ozark Mountains, the Travelers own six Texas League championships, the most recent in 2008. Catch one of their games at Dickey-Stephens Park.

Golf

This region features some of the best golf courses in Arkansas. A variety of public and country club courses are available in Pulaski County, including the 18-hole Rebsamen Park, Hindman Park and War Memorial Park municipal golf courses. Burns Park in North Little Rock offers two 18-hole courses. Nine-hole courses are also available, including courses at Camp Robinson, Hickory Creek and the Links at Sherwood. Lonoke County features some of the area’s best greens at the Mallard Point, Greystone, Rolling Hills and Cypress Creek clubs. For a full list of public and private courses in Arkansas, visit www.arkansas.com/outdoors/Sports-gaming/golf.

Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery

23 Joe Hogan Lane
Lonoke, AR 72086
501-676-3188
www.arkansasstripers.com/joe-hogan-fish-hatchery.htm

The Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery is one of the world’s largest working fish hatcheries. It produces catfish, largemouth bass, bream, crappie, striped bass and hybrid striped bass. The hatchery’s Lee Brady Visitor Center has displays including aquariums and mounted species native to the area. Tours are available.

Little Rock Zoo

1 Zoo Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
501-666-2406
www.littlerockzoo.com

The Little Rock Zoo opened in 1926 with just two animals: an abandoned timber wolf and a trained circus brown bear. It is now home to nearly 700 animals that represent more than 200 species, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, tigers, jaguars and monkeys. A gift shop, cafe and on-site educational programs are also available.

Wild River Country

6820 Crystal Hill Road
North Little Rock, AR 72118
501-753-8600
www.wildrivercountry.com

Wild River Country is Arkansas’ largest water park. The 26-acre park features 13 attractions, including a wave pool, water slides, a lazy river, three pavilions and sand volleyball courts. For more information on hours and ticket prices, visit Wild River Country’s website.

Shopping

From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.

McCain Mall

3929 McCain Blvd.

North Little Rock, AR 72116 501-758-6317

www.simon.com/mall/mccain-mall

McCain Mall is central Arkansas’ largest enclosed shopping mall. Featuring more than 80 specialty stores and 10 eateries, the mall also has a 12-screen movie theater.

The Promenade at Chenal

17711 Chenal Parkway

Little Rock, AR 72223 501-821-5552

www.chenalshopping.com

The open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping center features more than 30 restaurants and merchants, as well as a nine-screen movie theater. The Promenade was designed in a French Gothic style to capture the nostalgia of a Main Street shopping district. This design also allows for convenient street parking. It’s been voted Little Rock’s No. 1 destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

River Market District

Downtown Little Rock

www.rivermarket.info

The River Market district offers a variety of restaurants, boutiques, museums and a farmers market. The River Market’s Ottenheimer Market Hall houses a number of merchants that offer authentic Mexican, Japanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, with a large seating area, beer garden and free Wi-Fi. The unofficial cultural center of Little Rock, the district is a great place to grab a bite to eat, enjoy live music, shop and more, all against the backdrop of the Arkansas River.

Sports and Recreation

Whether you’re looking to take in a game or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, you’ll find what you’re after in Pulaski and Lonoke counties.

Arkansas River Trail

www.arkansasrivertrail.org

The Arkansas River Trail System is an 88-mile loop that runs along both sides of the Arkansas River. Hikers, cyclists and joggers alike can enjoy the trail, which winds through Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway. The trail connects 38 parks, six museums and more than 5,000 acres of parkland. The trail includes the Big Dam Bridge, the famous 4,200-foot bridge, which is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world built solely for recreation. The bridge’s state-of-the-art LED fixtures illuminate its exterior and can create millions of color schemes. Visit www.bigdambridge.org for more information on the bridge and its annual events and races, like the Full Moon Walk, Twilight 5K and bicycling tour.

Arkansas Travelers

400 W. Broadway St.

North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-664-7559

www.travs.com

The Arkansas Travelers are a minor league baseball team with one of the longest-running histories of any minor league franchise. Named after the famous minstrel who roamed the Ozark Mountains, the Travelers own six Texas League championships, the most recent in 2008. Catch one of their games at Dickey-Stephens Park.

Golf

This region features some of the best golf courses in Arkansas. A variety of public and country club courses are available in Pulaski County, including the 18-hole Rebsamen Park, Hindman Park and War Memorial Park municipal golf courses. Burns Park in North Little Rock offers two 18-hole courses. Nine-hole courses are also available, including courses at Camp Robinson, Hickory Creek and the Links at Sherwood. Lonoke County features some of the area’s best greens at the Mallard Point, Greystone, Rolling Hills and Cypress Creek clubs. For a full list of public and private courses in Arkansas, visit www.arkansas.com/outdoors/Sports-gaming/golf.

Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery

23 Joe Hogan Lane

Lonoke, AR 72086 501-676-3188

www.arkansasstripers.com/
joe-hogan-fish-hatchery.htm

The Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery is one of the world’s largest working fish hatcheries. It produces catfish, largemouth bass, bream, crappie, striped bass and hybrid striped bass. The hatchery’s Lee Brady Visitor Center has displays including aquariums and mounted species native to the area. Tours are available.

Little Rock Zoo

1 Zoo Drive

Little Rock, AR 72205 501-666-2406

www.littlerockzoo.com

The Little Rock Zoo opened in 1926 with just two animals: an abandoned timber wolf and a trained circus brown bear. It is now home to nearly 700 animals that represent more than 200 species, including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, tigers, jaguars and monkeys. A gift shop, cafe and on-site educational programs are also available.

Wild River Country

6820 Crystal Hill Road

North Little Rock, AR 72118 501-753-8600

www.wildrivercountry.com

Wild River Country is Arkansas’ largest water park. The 26-acre park features 13 attractions, including a wave pool, water slides, a lazy river, three pavilions and sand volleyball courts. For more information on hours and ticket prices, visit Wild River Country’s website.

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