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Exploring the African American history in Arkansas, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is housed in a new state-of-the-art museum located downtown. Here visitors can get a glimpse at the past, from recordings of first-hand stories of segregation in the South, to the achievements made by African Americans in the fields of politics, business and the arts since 1870 to present day. This is one of the best free museums in the city and truly worth a visit.
At this museum, "hands on" is the rule. Children and adults are encouraged to participate in the exhibits and displays, and have fun learning about science, technology, nature and history along the way. Some of the interactive exhibits include Earth Journeys, where you can learn about Arkansas unique geology as well as interesting things about the rest of our home planet; Amazing You! teaches kids all about our bodies and how to keep them healthy.
This system of trails spans over 34 miles and loops around the city through various neighborhoods, parks, along the river and wooded areas. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts flock to the Arkansas River Trail to take advantage of the cycling, jogging, skating and walking opportunities found here. The relatively flat terrain means people of all ages and fitness levels can use this paved path for their enjoyment. The riverfront area is especially picturesque with cotton wood trees lining the banks of the expansive Arkansas River where river barges and fishing boats can be seen.
As the headquarters of Heifer International, an organization dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger through the donation of livestock and agricultural lessons around the world, Heifer Village is truly a Little Rock gem. Here you can tour the eco-friendly, green building, which is located next to natural wetlands. Groups of 10 or more can contact the village for tour, event and program information that can include hands-on exhibits, scavenger hunts and more. This is a great educational attraction for families that help educate the public on global issues and other cultures, a must visit for the Little Rock area!
The Arkansas Maritime Museum tells the heroic tale of the USS Razorback. The legendary submarine came back without any major damages after its various escapades in World War II and the Vietnam War. It was later sold to Turkey in the 1970s. Restoring the legend of the ship became essential and hence was brought to the Little Rock in 2004, to be displayed in the Maritime Museum. The graphic account of the war means children are advised against the tour. Hours vary as per season.
The Little Rock Zoo is the wildest place in town. With over 500 different species on display, the zoo is home to exotic tigers, lemurs, tortoises, and elephants. Children will want to visit Kiddieland and take a small train to ride around the park. The Zoo Café, located within the park, serves hot dogs, nachos and cold drinks.
With over a decade in the business, this women and children's boutique has found a winning recipe for success. Located in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock, Tulips is a charming shop where hip clothing for both mom and child can be found. Contemporary trends and classic pieces fill up the stock here, showcasing up-and-coming designers and longtime favorites. Find exceptional customer service and darling outfits for the kids and yourself when you stop by Tulips.
This hotel offers reasonably-priced standard suites with kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Some suites even come with fireplaces. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and the occasional barbecue at night. Get to know your neighbors at the evening hospitality hour. Delivery service is available from local restaurants.
The Wingate by Wyndham Little Rock gives you access to the best of the city. You'll be conveniently located next to major highways, shopping, and dining. No matter the season, you can take a dip in the outdoor heated pool. Guestrooms feature Wi-Fi, a microwave, a safe, and a refrigerator. In the morning, you'll have a complimentary hot breakfast waiting for you. There's plenty of meeting space for all of your business needs.
Nestled in West Little Rock, TownePlace Suites Little Rock West is an ideal lodging option in this part of the city. Here guests will find a wide range of amenities that truly add to the charm and appeal to this place. Full kitchens where you can prepare home cooked meals, and a home office like set-up make traveling for business a breeze. If you're in a rush, opt for the complimentary hot breakfast, which is sure to fill you up and get your day started off right. The heated outdoor pool and fitness center will also help you keep up with your fitness routine.
Featuring a range of amenities and spacious two room suites, Embassy Suites Little Rock perfect for any kind of traveler, from business to families. Conveniently located near the Downtown River Market, a prominent entertainment district, makes it an ideal hotel for those seeking to explore Little Rock. Aside from the usual hotel amenities, this Embassy Suites offers a complimentary evening reception complete with drinks and snacks. A cooked-to-order breakfast is also complimentary and the perfect day to start your day of sightseeing off right. Business travelers will appreciate the 24/7 business center and high speed WiFi.
If the humid Arkansas heat gets you down, cool off at Wild River Country water park. The park offers everything from the Lightning Bolt: —a wild ride down a straight slide: —to the Lazy River, a pool for inner tubers that winds around the park's center. Young children can play in the special Tad Pool area. Refreshment stands are located throughout the park.