51 Unexpected Things to Do in Little Rock

Posted on May 5, 2021

On Tuesday, May 4, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau turned 51! We had hoped to celebrate our big 5-0 in 2020, but…well, you know…Hey, now we’re back with 51 unexpected activities to do around town. These are a few hidden gems we’ve gotten to experience over the past 51 years. We encourage you to do the same! 


1. Visit a restaurant where a different language is more common than English

2. Visit a restaurant representing a country you’d have trouble finding on a map

3. Take a tour of the Treasury Office safe

4. Float Fourche Creek

5. Grab lunch from a new food truck

6. Attend a Little Rock Rangers game at War Memorial Stadium

7. Visit the Alligator feeding at Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

8. Shop at the Hillcrest Farmer's Market

9. Drink a beer at Stone's Throw Brewing

10. Climb the trails at Rattlesnake Ridge

11. Camp on the floating platform on the Little Maumelle River

12. Take a behind the scenes tour at the Little Rock Zoo

13. Stand in the Oval Office at the Clinton Presidential Library

14. Eat the Buffalo Ribs at Lassis Inn

15. Shred on the mountain biking trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

16. Take a sunset kayak tour with Rock Town River Outfitters

17. Shop domestic at Domestic, Domestic

18. Say hi to the goats at Heifer’s urban farm

19. Walk the five walkable bridges that cross the Arkansas River

20. Take in the view of downtown from Knoop Park

21. Learn about endangered glades at the Audubon Center

22. Tour the U.S.S.  Razorback and the Hoga at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

23. Walk through the H.U. Lee International Garden and Gate

24. Tour Dreamland Ballroom

25. Take a selfie on one of downtown’s Barrel bridges

26. Eat ribs at H.B.'s Bar B. Q.

27. View the African Art collection at Philander Smith College

28. Learn about Native American history at UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center

29. Visit the Anne Frank Tree

30. Learn about foliage at the Wildwood Park for the Arts’ arboretum

31. Take your dog to the Bark Bar

32. See the Tiffany & Co. ceilings at the Pulaski County Court House and City Hall

33. Win (or lose!) Bottle Toss at Midtown Billiards

34. Attend Movies in the Park

35. See the world’s largest musical Tesla coil at the Museum of Discovery

36. Meet a historic Little Rock resident at Historic Arkansas Museum

37. Learn about women’s history at the ESSE Purse Museum

38. Sail on Lake Maumelle

39. See the Sister City statue at MacArthur Park

40. Cool off in the splash pads at Riverfront Park

41. See where General Douglas MacArthur was born at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

42. Buy Black American art at Pyramid Books and Gifts

43. Sit on the Little Rock Central High School bus stop

44. Eat the churros at El Torito Mexican Bakery

45. Attend the Greek Food Festival

46. Take flying lessons with Central Flying Service

47. Take a cooking class at UAPTC Culinary Institute

48. Tour the Arkansas Governor's Mansion

49. Learn about local artists at M2 Gallery

50. Attend a concert at South on Main

51.  Share a photo of yourself being Big on Little Rock.