You have to see the "Little Rock" if you're in Little Rock. It's the city's name sake. Don't worry, it's not out of the way and it won't take you forever to get there. You can see it in Riverfront Park. Check out the map to find the exact location of the marker, but it's at the north end of Rock Street. Going to visit in the morning of your day here will put you where you need to be for the afternoon.
Although the market is jumping at night, it's the perfect place to go for a morning breakfast. May through October the Farmer' Market is open at 7 am with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are also a few specialty shops and restaurants open for breakfast. Get your breakfast to-go and take a short hike to banks of the Arkansas River. Nothing is nicer than sitting outside and having breakfast the Arkansas way.
Arkansas has two capitol buildings, an Old Statehouse (now a museum) and the newer Capitol Building that looks very similiar to the Capitol in Washington DC. You can take tours of both of these or just admire the architecture. If you only have a day, I'd quickly check out the inside of the Old State House and just peer at the Capitol from the outside. The doors open at 9 a.m.
Ours is the Governor's Mansion of a president. The Georgian colonial mansion is located at 1800 Center Street in the downtown area. It's beautiful to look at, but tours are not regularly given. You can make an appointment for a tour or take a drive by and get some photos. Here's some trivia, did you know our Govenor lived in a trailer for a few years?
One of the greenest buildings in the nation is located in downtown Little Rock. Heifer International Headquarters incorporates many environmentally friendly ideas and you can take a tour in just 30 minutes. Tours are offered Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m..
The Little Rock Zoo is a small zoo, covering about 33 acres. It's small, but it's dense. It is the home to more than 725 animals representing over 200 species. Even with rushing, it'll still take over an hour to get through so you might skip it if you only have a day. It is a great place for kids and they have some pretty nice exhibits including grizzly bears, penguins and nice big cat and great ape areas.
8. The Museums
Little Rock has a few nice museums, depending on your interests. Some to consider are the Arkansas Arts Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Museum of Discovery (kid friendly), The Central High Museum, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, the Arkansas Decorative Arts Museum and EMOBA. Another museum to consider is the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum on the other side of the river.
10. The Old Mill
The Old Mill is actually in North Little Rock, but it'll be worth the trip to the other side of the Arkansas River.It's located at Fairway Ave. & Lakeshore Drive and it's not actually all that old. It's a replica of an old-water-powered grist mill and was featured in "Gone With the Wind." It's a beautiful place to spend an hour (or hours). It feels like you're stepping back in time. The hours are from sunrise to sunset and admission is free.