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Free Things to do in Little Rock

July 29, 2010

Whether you’re visiting Little Rock on a family vacation or just need something to keep the kids busy with this weekend, we know how expensive a family outing can be. By the time you’ve paid for parking, admission, food, and souvenirs, an afternoon out can be a real pain in the wallet. That’s why at the Governor’s Suites we’re doing our best to help keep your costs down. Not only do we offer exceptional luxury at reasonable rates, but below is a list of some of our favourite things to do in Little Rock, all at the recession-busting cost of $0.

The Big Dam Bridge is the world’s longest purpose-built pedestrian and bicycle bridge, extending 3 463 feet across the Arkansas River. Featuring stunning views at any time of day, we recommend trying to catch a sunrise or sunset, when the river truly comes alive with color.

Central High School is one of the most important locations in the history of the American Civil Rights movement. The site of the first implementation of the US Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, there is now a museum across the street which documents the historic events of September, 1957.

The Arkansas Arts Center is Arkansas’ leading cultural institution, featuring fascinating exhibitions, a world-renowned art collection, live theatre, a gift shop and restaurant.

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History was created to interpret our state’s military heritage, and features artefacts, photographs, weapons, documents, uniforms, and other military items to vividly portray Arkansas’ military history at home and abroad.

The River Market is the place to be during the summer in Little Rock. Featuring two open-air pavilions, a 10 000 seat amphitheatre on the banks of the Arkansas River, and a weekly farmer’s market, there’s always something new to see and do.

Pinnacle Mountain offers you the chance to stand on the summit of one of the highest points in the area, with spectacular panoramic views. Less adventurous hikers can still enjoy the miles of easier trails, interpretive exhibits, and visitor’s center.

The Old Mill – if you’ve seen the movie “Gone With the Wind” you’ll recognize the T.R. Pugh Memorial Park and Pugh’s Mill from the opening scenes. Stop by the farmer’s market at the River Market to pick up a picnic and spend a pleasant day touring the grounds of this historic recreation, completed in 1933.

The Museum of Discovery is Arkansas’ museum of science and history and offers free admission from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the second Sunday of every month. Explore a collection of exhibits focusing on robotics, exploration, and telecommunications and participate in hands-on learning activities.

The State Capitol is a must-visit for tourists. Modeled after the US Capitol building, the beautiful architecture features Arkansas granite and six bronze doors, as well as three chandeliers crafted by Tiffany’s of New York. Free audio tours are available, and you can call ahead on weekdays to schedule a free guided tour.