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An Unforgettable Day Trip to Little Rock, Arkansas

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If you happen to be passing through Arkansas then chances are you will go near the capitol city of Little Rock. Instead of passing through, why not spend the day in this fun city? There isn’t a shortage of yummy restaurants and fun activities to do on a small budget. There are activities for all ages and for all personalities!

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For an Active Day in L.R.

Arkansas River Trail

One of my favorite activities to do in Little Rock is cycle the Arkansas River Trail. The trail is mostly traffic-free and very safe. The diversity of terrain is amazing. I love seeing the river, lakes, forests, and animals while I ride my bike. Bring a picnic lunch and choose a shady spot to enjoy it. There are also plenty of bathroom facilities to stop and get a drink at a water fountain. It’s the perfect place for a ride, a run, or just a leisurely walk. 🙂

little rock cycling

Don’t forget to check out the Big Dam Bridge at night. It’s gorgeous when it is all lit up with lights!

 

Check Out a Park

While you are near the Arkansas River Trail, take a stroll through one of the gorgeous parks. Some of my favorites are:

The Emerald Park trail is beautiful and so peaceful.

little rock day trip

Two Rivers Park is beautiful near the river. See if you can spot some wildlife!

two rivers bridge and park

Take a Hike

Pinnacle Mountain Hike

There are a few great hikes in the Little Rock area. The most well-known is Pinnacle Mountain. There are two trails that will lead you to the summit. Once you reach the top, you will forget about your burning calf muscles and aching thighs. 😉 The views at the top are breathtaking. Be aware that the park gates close one hour after sunset.

 

pinnacle

The two trails are different. If you are up for a challenge then try the west side trail.

Emerald Bluff Hike

This is my favorite hike for the Little Rock area! I love it because the hike is pretty easy, and you can ride to the top on your bike because the majority of the trail is paved. The views of the bluffs are beautiful. I want to visit in the fall and see the autumn colors. 🙂

emerald bluff

Such great views for an enjoyable hike!

Emerald Bluff trail

Bring a picnic and enjoy it from the top!

 

Educational Field Trip

If you are a history buff or just interested in learning then you will find a lot to keep you interested in Little Rock. Some of my favorite educational stops include:

  • the state capitol ( I loved it so much that I had my bridal pictures taken here! Thanks Mandy!) It’s stunning at Christmas. 🙂

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A Little Bit of the Arts

If you want to hear some music, check out local art work, or watch a play production then these places in Little Rock should be on your list:

Just for Fun

If you are wanting a relaxing and fun day in the capitol city then there are several things that you can see and do without spending a lot of money.

 

Check out the fall foliage at the Riverfront Park.

river front park

 

There is always something yummy to eat at the River Market in downtown L.R.

farmers market

 

There are plenty of paths to walk near the river.

 

Dining/Dessert

There is no shortage of restaurants in Little Rock. We don’t typically eat at the “fancier” restaurants so you won’t see any of those on my list, but here are a few of the places that we frequent when we eat out. 🙂

Iriana’s-The best pizza I’ve ever had. The crust is perfect!

Five Guys-My very favorite burger place. I love that I can put ALL the toppings on my burger for no extra charge. Their Cajun french fries are plentiful and bomb (dip in malt vinegar, trust me), and their shakes are delicious!

Chuy’s-I know this is a chain, but this one is so good! Their creamy jalapeno ranch dip is fantastic. Now I need some Tex-Mex food.

Stickyz-They have super tasty chicken tenders. You can customize your seasoning and your dipping sauce. Don’t get in a hurry. Their service can be a tad slow. They also have live music so check their website for details.

Kilwin’s-Yummy ice cream and other sweet treats

BJ’s Brewery-Get the peanut butter s’mores pizookie! You will need milk/coffee. It is fabulous.

 

Instagrammable Spots in Little Rock

There are an abundance of spots in L.R. to take cool photos to blow up your IG account.

The Heights

the heights

 

Everywhere in the Argenta Arts District is gorgeous. We had our engagement photos taken there. 🙂 Thanks again Mandy!

 

The Old Mill is another great photo op. I had a great photo of the mill, and it got deleted. Bummer. Did you know that part of Gone With the Wind was filmed here?

old mill in little rock

 

Don’t forget about Riverfront Park.

Some other instagrammable spots in Little Rock are:

  • anywhere downtown L.R.

  • the capitol

  • the Old Statehouse

  • the Capitol Hotel

  • Pinnacle Mountain

  • Arkansas River Trail

Have you ever visited Little Rock? Do you have any hidden gems that I need to add to my list? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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