Just 45 minutes from Hot Springs Village, Little Rock offers bigger city options for shopping, entertainment and employment, and it’s closer than you might think. With national museums, a symphony orchestra and a thriving arts and entertainment scene so close, it’s easy to drop in for an evening out.
Downtown Little Rock’s River Market District features restaurants, shops, bars, nightlife, museums and hotels as well as the area's main library. Focal points in the city include the Clinton Presidential Center & Park, the world headquarters of Heifer International, the Central Arkansas Nature Center, and the family-friendly Museum of Discovery.
Friendly yellow streetcars will roll you through the River Market District and across the Arkansas River into North Little Rock.
Museums in Little Rock include the Arkansas Arts Center, the Clinton Presidential Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Old State House Museum, and the MacArthur Museum of Military History.
The Little Rock Zoo and War Memorial Stadium are few miles west of downtown. War Memorial hosts a variety of college and high school football games as well as soccer and other events.
Arkansans come to shop in Little Rock. The Promenade at Chenal and Pleasant Ridge Town Center offer a variety of retail and dining experiences in an open-air setting, and Park Plaza Mall provides three levels of food, fun and fashion.
North Little Rock
Across the Arkansas River from Little Rock, the city of North Little Rock provides year-round entertainment. Simmons Bank Arena hosts major entertainment and sporting events. Dickey-Stephens Park is the home of the Arkansas Travelers minor-league baseball team, and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum features the USS Razorback submarine.
The Argenta Historic District is home to lots of fun restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And if you love the movie “Gone With the Wind,” you’ll want to visit the Old Mill, which is featured in the opening scene of the 1939 classic.