About Little Rock
Little Rock is Arkansas's largest city and capitol. It is also the state's principal cultural center. The Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Repertory Theater, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and numerous historical museums call Little Rock home. Little Rock
is also home to the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library. Little Rock has the state's only medical school (UAMS), one of the state's two law schools (The Bowen School of Law), and one of
the nation's up and coming urban universities (UALR). The Little Rock Zoo, and one minor league sports team (The Arkansas Travelers Baseball team) provide additional recreational attractions.
The city recently undertook a large urban renewal program to revitalize the city's historic downtown. One initiative was the River Market District, located at historic La Harpe's landing next to the scenic Arkansas River. It features unique restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.
Outdoor performances of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and various national
music acts are hosted by the adjacent River Front Park. Across the river is
Verizon Arena. The arena hosts various concert events.
There is ample shopping in either of the city's two malls or the large commercial district in west Little Rock. Little Rock also holds the distinction of having the 10th most city park acreage per resident in the United States. This includes the 3 public golf courses in the city limits.
Opportunities for outdoor activities abound in the Little Rock area. There is world class duck hunting in Stuttgart, Arkansas, only 45 minutes away. National forest lands in both the Ouachita and Ozark mountains are less than 1.5 hours from the city. Numerous fishing and recreational lakes are less than 1 hour away, such as Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Ouachita, and Lake Hamilton. The world record walleye was taken from Greers Ferry, and the world record rainbow trout was taken from the Little Red River (tail waters of Greers Ferry Lake). Arkansas is also home to one of the nation's National Rivers (the Buffalo) and several other canoeing and kayaking rivers.
Links to Area Attractions
Arkansas Arts Center
Arkansas Repertory Theater
Little Rock Zoo
The River Market