What to do in Little Rock

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What to do in Little Rock

Post by momof3 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:02 pm

We are taking a family trip to Fort Smith, Arkansas to visit old friends but will stay overnight in Little Rock to break up the drive a bit (kids are 4.5, 2.5 and 10 months old). Looking for ideas of how to spend 1/2 day in Little Rock.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by HEDGEFUNDIE » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:33 pm

The Bill Clinton museum.

No word on whether the infamous blue Lewinsky dress is on display...

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by treypar » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:28 am

Have dinner at the Flying Fish.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by ny_rn » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:36 am

My hometown!

I suggest staying downtown in the River Market area: https://www.rivermarket.info/

Walk around, grab food, let the kids play on the hill/grass at the Bill Clinton museum. Perfect half day complete.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by 22twain » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:33 am

You can walk across the river on a former railroad bridge that has been converted to pedestrian use. It's a vertical lift bridge on a busy waterway, so they parked the lift section permanently in the upper position, with stairs and elevators at both ends. It gives a nice view up and down the river.
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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by terran » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:58 am

The current state house is accessible (have to go through security) and a cool building to wander around. The state congress wasn't in session so I had pretty free rein around the building. I don't know what would happen if congress was in session, but think you could see them from the gallery.

The old state house museum is free and worth a stop: http://www.oldstatehouse.com

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by retiredjg » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:35 am

If Heifer International happens to be your charity, their office is next door to the Clinton Library. Interesting building and good tour if you are interested in what they do. But probably not for kids.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by c.coyle » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:01 pm

If you're interested in late 20th Century American history, it might be worth a swing by Central High School. An icon of the civil rights movement.
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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by Stinky » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:15 pm

You’re brave to take 3 children under the age of 5 anywhere!
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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by wabbott » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:35 pm

While in Ft. Smith, here's a very historical place to visit.

https://www.nps.gov/fosm/index.htm
From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by lthenderson » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:05 am

We stopped by for a half day visit earlier this spring. We ate at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken for lunch and then went to the Bill Clinton Museum just down the road. The chicken was great!

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by JupiterJones » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:05 pm

We stop in LR on our way to visit relatives every year. I'll second the River Market area. Lots of shops and food places around to check out. There's a kid's science museum near there, although I have no idea if it's any good.

Near the foot of the aforementioned pedestrian bridge, there's a neat play area that your older kids will probably like, with "caves" to explore and such.

There are fun little streetcars you can hop on. The "blue line" takes you across the river to North Little Rock, where there are some interesting stores and restaurants (and a cool, retro drugstore). Last time we were there we walked to North LR using the train bridge, then took the streetcar back. Not sure how feasible that is with kids in tow though.
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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by StandingRock » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:47 pm

Stinky wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:15 pm
You’re brave to take 3 children under the age of 5 anywhere!
At least they are driving, so the trauma will be limited to a private space.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by wriley4409 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:03 pm

There is a free electric trolley that you ride around the downtown area:
https://rrmetro.org/services/streetcar/maps-schedules/

You can tour a world war 2 submarine on the Arkansas River at North Little Rock:
http://aimmuseum.org/uss-razorback/

There is a hands on childrens museum:
https://museumofdiscovery.org/

There is a free Arkansas Game and Fish education center right next door to the childrens museum:
https://agfc.com/en/explore-outdoors/na ... s/wsjcanc/

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by Yankuba » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:14 pm

lthenderson wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:05 am
We stopped by for a half day visit earlier this spring. We ate at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken for lunch and then went to the Bill Clinton Museum just down the road. The chicken was great!
+1 to Gus
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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by Yankuba » Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:15 pm

wriley4409 wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:03 pm
There is a free electric trolley that you ride around the downtown area:
https://rrmetro.org/services/streetcar/maps-schedules/

You can tour a world war 2 submarine on the Arkansas River at North Little Rock:
http://aimmuseum.org/uss-razorback/

There is a hands on childrens museum:
https://museumofdiscovery.org/

There is a free Arkansas Game and Fish education center right next door to the childrens museum:
https://agfc.com/en/explore-outdoors/na ... s/wsjcanc/

https://www.tripsavvy.com/before-you-vi ... ck-2212795
+1 to the Museum of Discovery for kids. Been there many times

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by momof3 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:20 pm

StandingRock wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:47 pm
Stinky wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:15 pm
You’re brave to take 3 children under the age of 5 anywhere!
At least they are driving, so the trauma will be limited to a private space.
Brave, or foolish, I'll find out soon. I figure worst case scenario all three kids are screaming/crying at the same time. I can handle that in private. I can not handle that in public.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by momof3 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:21 pm

All of these are great suggestions. It will be hard to narrow it down! Thanks for the advice.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by HomerJ » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:35 pm

Horse track is pretty cool
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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by azanon » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:53 am

Keep the ideas coming. I need to get out more (typical INTJ) >>>> (see home location)

Someone said Flying fish. Yeah that place is great. I ate there this past Sunday.

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by retiredjg » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:04 pm

HomerJ wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:35 pm
Horse track is pretty cool
As I recall, there is no horse track in LR. :confused

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by neilpilot » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:15 pm

retiredjg wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:04 pm
HomerJ wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:35 pm
Horse track is pretty cool
As I recall, there is no horse track in LR. :confused
Hot Spring track is about 1hr SW, and the Oaklawn race season ended in early May

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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by 22twain » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:13 pm

wabbott wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:35 pm
While in Ft. Smith, here's a very historical place to visit.

https://www.nps.gov/fosm/index.htm
From the establishment of the first Fort Smith on December 25, 1817, to the final days of Judge Isaac C. Parker's jurisdiction over Indian Territory in 1896, Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves almost 80 years of history.
Nearby is the Fort Smith Museum of History:
https://www.fortsmithmuseum.org/

Right next to the museum, you can catch rides on a restored Fort Smith electric trolley, built in the 1920s, operated by the Fort Smith Trolley Museum:
https://www.fstm.org/
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Re: What to do in Little Rock

Post by whodidntante » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:25 pm

Keep driving. :happy

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