The South Main Street historic district, not far from where you are staying, offers both dining and nightlife opportunities. A few blocks over is the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, one of the finest theatre companies in the country, where you can see live productions in season. The north end of Main Street is where the River Market District is located and something is always going on. Restaurants –- from sports bars and casual hang-outs to elegant upscale eateries – are plentiful here as are entertainment options. The Arkansas Museum of Discovery calls this area home and provides interactive fun for children and adults alike. Down Markham a few blocks is the Old State House Museum, a stunning Greek Revival structure that is the oldest existing capitol building west of the Mississippi. A couple of blocks from there is the Historic Arkansas Museum which includes the oldest structures still standing in Little Rock.
While in the River Market District, don’t miss the Clinton Presidential Center and Park. The largest collection of presidential memorabilia in the country, the library offers insight into both the public and privates lives of the 42nd president and his family. Next door is Heifer International World Headquarters, houses in an award-winning environmentally friendly building. Tours are available.
In addition to the performing arts, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the visual arts. The largest of these is the Arkansas Arts Center, located in MacArthur Park in the same-named historic area. The acclaimed center has a world-renowned collection of works on paper along with other art pieces. National touring exhibits, theatre classes and productions plus an “artsy” gift shop and excellent restaurant are also found here. Don’t miss the Old Arsenal next door where General Douglas MacArthur was born. It now houses the Museum of Arkansas Military History.