Celebrate Summer with a Little Rock Field Trip

Posted on August 7, 2020

Whether you’re just a few weeks away from the start of a new school year 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.

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 experience 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.

Masks are required for those older than 10. Disposable masks are available for purchase for $2.

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 is a must-see with daily feedings at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Online reservations are required in advance and can be made at Masks are required and all guests must follow a one-way footpath throughout the zoo.

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.

In person events and programs are currently cancelled, but the center’s grounds remain open to visitors.

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.

In person events and programs are currently cancelled, but the center’s grounds remain open to visitors.


Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site


In 1957, the nation watched the Little Rock Nine story unfold as nine Black students attempted to enter the previously all-white school. Fifty years later in 2007, the new National Historic Site Visitor Center opened. Today it is one of Little Rock’s most visited landmarks. It offers Little Rock Nine information through interactive exhibits commemorating the events and telling the Little Rock Nine story. The high school is still operating today and is the only functioning high school located within the boundary of a national historic site. A part of the National Park Service, the site is one of six Little Rock stops along the multi-state U.S. Civil Rights Trail. It is a Top Ten Trail destination.


The visitor center is open to the public, but occupancy is limited to 10 people. Masks are required.


Historic Arkansas Museum


This museum chronicles territorial Arkansas in the days before it became a state. Here you’ll find insight in the lives of the first Arkansans and the Native Americans who called this land home for thousands of years. You’ll also find a collection of historic buildings from the 1800s on their original foundations, giving visitors a glimpse into what it was like to walk the streets of territorial Little Rock. 


Temporary hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Mask are required for those over 10 years old.