Tour the Best of Central Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Central Arkansas is perfect for any art lover or self-styled history buff. Immerse yourself in culture, stand where presidential history was made, throw your own pottery, catch a play performed by some of the state’s most talented children, and enjoy soul food at its best at one of Little Rock’s oldest dives. Here are the Top 4 ways to enjoy some of the best that Central Arkansas has to offer!

  • Photo courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & TourismArkansas Arts Center Begin your morning by taking in a little, or a lot of, art. Check out the many stunning works on display in the public galleries. Then, try your own hand at art. Not very artistic? That’s okay! Artists will teach you in one of the center’s many workshops. Choose painting, woodworking, ceramics and more! Love theater? Finish your visit by enjoying a live performance by some talented kiddos at the Children’s Theatre.

  • Photo by Steve Snodgrass, Rock Nine Sculpture Wash your hands from all that paint and clay and head over to the State Capitol grounds to contemplate and honor nine adolescents who made Civil Rights history. The Little Rock Nine Civil Rights Memorial, “Testament,” is a tribute to those students whose “act of courage opened doors symbolically all over the segregated America” when they were the first black students to ever enter Central High School in 1957. 

  • Photo from Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inn If you’re in the mood for some good southern food (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), make your way to Lassis Inn, one of the state’s oldest restaurants. Make sure you feast on the made-to-order buffalo ribs (the fish, not the bison). The daily homemade pie (or cake) is a must, too. But leave your dancing shoes in the car, because there’s no dancing allowed in this joint. 

  • Old State House Museum  After you recover from your catfish-coma, head downtown to the Old State House Museum to get your fill of the state’s political history. This building has witnessed a lot, including a fatal knife fight between two sitting legislators, the Arkansas vote to secede from the Union, and two acceptance speeches by a president. Hear these stories and more from the living history characters walking the grounds, and check out one of the museums many collections that will surely take you back in time. And, it’s all free!