Top 10 Artsy Things to Do in Little Rock Arkansas

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Immerse Yourself: Little Rock’s Vibrant Arts Scene

Welcome to Little Rock, a city of diverse charm. From its blend of style and tranquility to its rich history and cultural offerings, this destination promises a wealth of unique experiences. Immerse yourself in the local art scene, explore the beauty of nature, and indulge in the distinct flavors of the city. Little Rock invites you on a captivating journey, where every moment immerses yourself in the local art, nature’s beauty, and the city’s distinctive flavors.

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Esse Purse Museum

The Esse Purse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, is basically a fashion time machine for people who love accessories. The museum shows how women’s style has evolved in the 20th century, using vintage purses and handbags as the focal point. It’s a cool collection that mirrors the changes in society and fashion over the years.

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HU Lee International Gate and Garden

The HU Lee International Gate and Garden is a serene and symbolic entrance to the famed Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. It honors HU Lee, a martial arts master, and promotes values like peace and harmony. The gate leads to a beautiful garden, offering a contemplative space for reflection and a few beautiful statuary.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a picturesque spot with a vintage old world charm. The mill has been featured in the opening scenes of “Gone with the Wind.” It’s a historic re-creation of an 1800s water-powered grist (grain) mill. The grain was processed into flour or meal by the millstones using the force of flowing water.The site includes scenic walking paths and a beautiful setting that attracts visitors seeking a tranquil and nostalgic experience.

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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, opened in 2008. The center celebrates the African American experience in the state. It explores the rich heritage and achievements of the African American community in Arkansas, with a focus on the Mosaic Templars of America. The center features exhibits, artifacts, and educational programs that shed light on the cultural, social, and economic contributions of African Americans.

Library of History & Arts

The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square offer two retail galleries that feature work by over 50 Arkansas artists. Their work includes ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, sculpture, and wood. Three additional gallery spaces feature rotating exhibitions also by local artists. Works from the Central Arkansas Library System’s permanent art collection are also displayed regularly.

Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden

The Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden is a part of the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. It features a diverse collection of sculptures by various artists, set within a beautifully landscaped garden. The sculptures are placed throughout the garden, creating an outdoor art experience.

Little Rock River Market District

The Little Rock River Market District is a vibrant area in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. Known for its lively atmosphere, it features a mix of shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, theaters, abd cultural attractions. The River Market also hosts a farmer’s market, making it a hub for local produce and crafts by local vendors.

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Riverfront Park

The Little Rock Riverfront Park is a scenic public park located along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock. Riverfront Park has walking and biking trails, green spaces, as well as an amphitheater with beautiful views of the river. The park is a popular spot for outdoor activities, events, and gatherings. Take a stroll along Medical Mile where there are a lot of unique statues, pavilions, a splash park and playgrounds, and a cool outdoor exhibit that features a large Indian head.

Presidential Park Wetlands

A picturesque spot to appreciate the city’s natural and architectural wonders from various viewpoints, day or night. You can explore it on foot, by bike, or by renting a scooter. Thanks to the abundance of bridges, walkways, and trails, you’ll be able see get a various perspectives on Little Rock.

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Junction Bridge

The last attraction on top 10 things to do in Little Rock is the Junction Bridge. It is a converted railroad bridge turned pedestrian bridge. It spans the Arkansas River, connecting the River Market District with North Little Rock. The bridge offers scenic views of the river and skyline, making it a popular spot for walking and enjoying the surroundings.

Where We Ate

Nexus Coffee and Creative

Nexxus Cafe is a pretty cafe in the River District that has a vintage feel and big floor to ceiling windows. Don’t sleep on the cinnamon coffee cake– it was delicious, one of the best I’ve ever eaten.

The Flying Fish

The Flying Fish is a very popular diner-style Cajun restaurant, exudes charm, and nostalgia with walls adorned with impressive fish plaques. Renowned for its delectable offerings, the menu boasts fish, shrimp, gumbo, grilled shrimp tacos, red beans and rice, hushpuppies, jambalaya, and crispy fried okra.

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Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe

The Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe serves authentic empanadas and typical fare from that region in a festive two story building downtown.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

There are a couple of great breweries in town, but The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has a lot of draft beer taps and a reasonably priced food menu.

Where We Stayed

Residence Inn by Marriott Little Rock Downtown
219 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

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Only one thing comes to mind when I think about our brief visit to Little Rock. I wish I had more time. Little Rock is a fantastic city. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around the market district, park, and river. I hope we get a chance to visit again one day soon.

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