Whether you’re finishing up your first week back to school or you’ve been out of school longer than you were in it, we all have memories of our favorite field trips. Now it’s easier than ever to make new field trip memories in Little Rock. After all, you’re never too old for a field trip! Here are some of our favorite places to explore, learn and enjoy in Little Rock.
Clinton Presidential Center
The Clinton Presidential Center, with its on-site museum and restaurant, is a highlight of downtown Little Rock. Visitors to the museum can explore the political career of our nation’s 42nd president, including memorabilia from his first political campaigns in Arkansas and full-size, exact replicas of the White House’s Oval Office and Cabinet Room. The museum is also home to unique traveling exhibits that showcase art, history and innovation. “Washed Ashore,” an interactive art installation made from plastics found in the ocean and on beaches is on display through October 27, 2019.
Heifer Village & Urban Farm
Just a short walk from the Clinton Presidential Center, the Heifer Village & Urban Farm is a unique attraction that combines modern farming with lessons on environmental stewardship and international development. Located on the campus headquarters of Heifer International, the Village & Urban Farm afford visitors a hands-on understanding of how the nonprofit executes its mission of raising people up out of poverty around the world. While there, you can meet alpacas, goats, pigs and chickens, as well as walk through the farm’s gardens and tour the barn.
Museum of Discovery
Have you ever laid on a bed of nails? Or measured how fast your reflexes are? You can do just that and more at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock’s River Market District. This premier science, technology, engineering, art and math center is a perfect destination for both children and adults, combining exhibits that range from the human body to physics. Highlights of the children’s portion include a lifelike simulation of what it’s like to survive a tornado and a chance to stand in as your favorite nightly meteorologist. While you’re there, don’t miss the museum’s Tesla theatre, where visitors can watch as Tesla coils generate explosive bolts of lightning. Oh, and don’t forget about their monthly adult evening event series, “Science After Dark,” complete with adult beverages and munchies.
Little Rock Zoo
Aren’t the best field trips the ones that get a little wild? It doesn’t get wilder than the Little Rock Zoo where over 700 animals live on 33 acres of parkland. Walking trails connect each habitat, allowing guests to wander seamlessly from an African savanna to the Indian countryside where tigers and elephants roam. The zoo’s colony of African penguins are a must-see with daily feedings at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Little Rock Audubon Center
Located in southeast Little Rock, the Little Rock Audubon Center is a bird-lover’s paradise. The center is home to one of the world’s rarest ecosystems: a nepheline syenite glade, a clearing in a forest where rare nepheline syenite rocks have forced their way to the surface. This unique habitat, along with four specially constructed chimney swift nesting towers, add to the environment. Guests are invited to stop by the visitor’s center and explore the sanctuary via any of the center’s numerous trails.
Wildwood Park for the Arts
Wildwood Park for the Arts is home to 105 acres of natural forest and landscaped gardens in west Little Rock. Its miles of pathways make it the perfect spot for a stroll, and its lakeside picnic tables are just begging you to bring a snack. The park is also home to the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre where plays, musicals and concerts are held on a rotating basis. With art, dance and fitness classes on site, there’s always something new and exciting at Wildwood.