Little Rock Travel Guide
The River Market
District is fast gaining a reputation as a target destination. A lively array
of people gather for a variety of entertaining things to do, from the library
to the Science and History museum to a multi-purpose arena. There are also food
halls, restaurants and here too. Take a look below at some of the other fascinating
attractions and diversions that Little Rock and the surrounding area has to
A wealth of information awaits the visitor to this historic area. From frontier
days to the present, this nine-square mile area can tell stories from many different
eras. This architectural delight is still very much alive as it moves into the
21st century. From the homes of the residential area to the business district,
the buildings are put to good use. Although some may only be viewed from the
outside, others allow the visitor a tour of the homes' interiors. The Pike-Fletcher-Terry
House houses the Decorative Arts Museum. The beautiful Victorian Villa Marre,
dating back to the late 1800s, is open throughout the week for tours. Trapnall
Hall is another attractive home, viewed by appointment only. In May, during
the Quapaw Quarter Spring Tours, Little Rock's preservation organization arranges
tours of various privately owned historic houses. Visitors to Little Rock during
the first weekend in December can enjoy the Christmas open house tours.
The famous MacArthur Park is also located in the historic quarter along with
the Arkansas Governor's Mansion.
History and film buffs should not miss a visit to the Old Mill. Eternally famous
for its appearance in the opening scene of "Gone with the Wind", this
1800's grist mill re-creation is a Little Rock "must see". Set in
Old Mill Park and surrounded by a lake, it is a lovely area to visit. After
a tour of the mill, visitors may tour the park and enjoy the many whimsical
sculptures created by Dionico Rodriguez, an artist from Mexico.
Old State House
The first state capitol building of Arkansas and the seat of government until
the early 1900s, the Old State House now serves as a museum of Arkansas history.
There's 'Granny's Attic' where you can spend time actually trying on Victorian
items plus an ever-changing and interesting variety of exhibits. It was from
the Old State House that President-Elect Bill Clinton gave his victory speech
in 1992; a reproduction of the Oval Office is now in place there.
Memorial Day Weekend means RiverFest in Little Rock. This nationally recognized
festival encourages visitors to eat to their hearts' content as the local merchants
bring out their finest culinary delights. Enjoy three full days of arts, crafts
and music culminating in a magnificent fireworks display.
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