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Best Outdoor Activities in Little Rock

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The Bernice Garden

This privately owned garden is open to the public thanks to the generosity of Anita Davis. This neighborhood green space hosts various events and features temporary sculpture exhibits by local artists. Landscaped with lush, low impact vegetation, the garden offers benches and a gorgeous lighted canopy set upon an old fast food joint's foundation that now serves as the backdrop for many weddings. Whether its to check out the artwork, attend an event or merely enjoy the being outdoors, the Bernice Garden is an Arkansas gem.

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Julius Breckling Riverfront Park

Home to a variety of festivals and concerts, this park is the center of activity in Little Rock. Here you can see the actual "little rock" that inspired European-explorer Benard de la Harpe to name the city. Take a break from shopping and visiting museums downtown to watch barges and riverboats float down the lazy Arkansas River. Children can enjoy the playground, while adults check out the history pavilion, which offers background on the park and the city. Bands often perform at the amphitheater. In May the park is filled with the frivolities of the annual Riverfest.

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Arkansas River Trail

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.

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Murray Park

This pleasant and popular park, located four miles from Cantrell Road, features two playgrounds, two soccer fields, eight pavilions and plenty of shaded picnic areas. Just south of Murray Lock and Dam, the park is on the banks of the Arkansas River. It offers a boat launch for fishermen and pleasure cruisers alike. There is plenty of parking here. A bike lane runs out to the park from Cantrell Road, providing a nice alternative to city traffic. Murray Park also has a dog park.

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Arkansas Skatium

Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Test your skills at the roller-skating and ice skating rinks at this arena. Need lessons? Call about ice skating and hockey classes. A variety of refreshments are available at both rinks. During winter months, enjoy hot cocoa by the fireplace at the ice rink. Tickets may be bought for one rink or both. Thursday night is family night and parents skate free. Birthday parties and other functions are welcome.

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Two Rivers Park

Nestled between where the Arkansas and Little Maumelle Rivers meet, lies a 1000 acre (400 hectares) park. Here at Two Rivers Park, locals and visitors alike can partake in a variety of outdoor activities, from horse back riding and cycling to leisurely walks and even gardening! Located within this lush parkland is the Garden Center where residents can rent out garden tracts and plant and weed to their hearts content.

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Maumelle Park

This jewel of a park is hidden in the valley of Pinnacle Mountain, only a 15-minute drive from Little Rock. Everything you need to have a relaxing weekend is available here. There are plenty of shady camping spots, some even by the Arkansas River's banks. Families appreciate the huge-covered pavilions, complete with picnic tables and grills. A playground is within walking distance from the camping area, and there is a pleasant-little picnicking area there as well. A boat launch is a popular spot with local fishermen.

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Pinnacle Mountain State Park

If you are entering Little Rock from I-430, you cannot miss the mammoth Pinnacle Mountain to the west, with its pointy, volcano-esque top. The state park centered around this mountain, just a few miles from Little Rock proper, is a unique Arkansas treasure. There are multiple hiking options sure to please adventure seekers. There is also a family-friendly hiking trail that leads to the top of the mountain. Plenty of picnic tables are available, and campgrounds are nearby. The park staff offers frequent events such as cookouts and puppet shows for families, along with survival lessons for adults.

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