Celebrate National Arkansas Day in the center of it all: Little Rock

Posted on January 11, 2019

In Little Rock, it’s National Arkansas Day every day! There are so many fascinating things to see and do, and they’re just waiting to be explored. Little Rock is a special blend of bold vibrancy and genuine charm. One discovery leads to another. And another. Next thing you know, you’re hooked and completely in love with what locals refer to as a “big small town.”

When people think of Arkansas, they think of its natural beauty. There’s a reason it’s known as “The Natural State.” They might think of Wal-Mart, headquartered in the state’s northwest corner, or the legendary Johnny Cash, raised in the Delta along the Mississippi River. When asked about Little Rock, two immediate images typically come to mind: The Clinton Presidential Center, documenting the work and life of the nation’s 42nd president, and Little Rock Central High School, the very epicenter of the 1957 integration movement led by nine brave African American students. Little Rock has that and so much more.

Into the outdoors? Pedal your way through city parks including Boyle Park, Allsopp Park and Two Rivers Park, and along the Arkansas River Trail. Mountain bike at Pinnacle Mountain State Park just minutes from downtown. Central Arkansas has some rad routes. Enjoy rock climbing and hiking at Rattlesnake Ridge. Walk the multiple pedestrian bridges spanning the Arkansas River. While crossing one, you might see kayakers and savvy yoga paddle boarders.

Want to follow the food? Little Rock has that, too. The city’s culinary climate is bursting with flavor. Farm-to-table, fine dining, international cuisine, historic landmarks, specialty shops…there’s no shortage of delicious options. And the adult beverage scene? Well, it’s hopping. Grab a Locally Labeled passport and make your way to eleven craft breweries, two wineries and an internationally acclaimed distillery to wet your whistle.

Like to live like a local? You’re in luck. Little Rock is full of locally-owned restaurants, boutiques, entertainment venues, art galleries, and the nation’s only purse museum. Yep, Esse Purse Museum is actually one of only three such attractions in the entire world. It chronicles 100 years of 20th -century American women’s lives as told through their purses and contents.

Don’t take our word for it, though. See for yourself right here. Better yet, come for a visit. You’ll find Little Rock is big on surprises. Life here really is better with a Southern Accent.