Summer Activities in Little Rock, AR
An elegant replica of the steamboat era, the three-deck Arkansas Queen paddlewheel riverboat has been a fixture on the river that bears its name since 2006. There are regular sight-seeing cruises, themed lunch and dinner cruises, music and champagne brunch tours. You'll experience 5-7 miles of scenic views up or down the Arkansas River, and enjoy little known facts about the history of the Little Rock area. Depending on the type of cruise, you may also enjoy a delectable meal and your choice of beverages while on board. Reservations are recommended for lunch or dinner cruises.
Cool off from the heat and humidity at an oasis of an art museum. Be impressed by the masters, as well as one of the country's finest collections of drawings, and traveling exhibits at the Arkansas Arts Center in downtown Little Rock. The 42,000 square foot museum includes a world-renowned art collection with drawings from artists like Rembrandt, Picasso, Edgar Degas and Andrew Wyeth. 2012 exhibits promise to include the influence of one-time governor and Arkansas Arts Center founder Winthrop Rockefeller, and a drawing invitational. A children's theatre is a leading regional program, and adults of all ages can take art and craft classes taught by experts. An onsite restaurant provides delectable dishes created by local chefs with great views of the lawns and gardens in bloom.
A hub for the capital city's entertainment and family fun, the River Market never fails to disappoint. In this several block area of downtown Little Rock, you can visit bars, restaurants, find places to dance, take in some live entertainment, and much more. With 15 different vendors, restaurants and shops inside the year-round permanent pavilion, you can select from a variety of multi-ethnic cuisine, as well as local delicacies. A seasonal farmer's market starts in late April and goes till October, and offers not only fresh produce but a variety of activities, including live music. And since the summer months bring people out onto the porches, patios and decks of many establishments, you can see and hear most of the action as you browse around in one of the most popular areas in the entire state!
One of the largest city parks in the nation, Burns Park provides a nearby respite for city-dwellers of both Little Rock and North Little Rock, where it is located just off I-40. From mountain biking to racquetball, a baseball complex, soccer fields and tennis, this park has it all for sports enthusiasts. An amusement park includes miniature golf, rides and a playground. Besides all this, Burns Park is one of the few places in the nation to include a professional disc golf experience, including two 18-hole courses. With 1,700 acres that can be used for activities, you can even ride horses or set off on a hike into the great outdoors. Whether you choose to walk, run, bike, skate, horseback ride or stroll through the numerous trails in or near Burns Park, you'll see wildlife, native plants, scenic views, and enjoy yourself along the way.
Picture a beautiful summer night with the skyline of Little Rock glistening over the Arkansas River. The lights of Dickey-Stephens ballpark illuminate the sky as the Arkansas Travelers start another round of Texas League baseball. Named for a prominent local family and for some famous Arkansas baseball players, this park was built in 2007. Since that time, this beautiful stadium has been thrilling fans of the Double A team, the Arkansas Travelers, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. With room for 7,000 spectators, Dickey-Stephens Park was built with the fans in mind. The giant video scoreboard, one of the largest in the minor leagues, brings baseball fans up to the second information. The $32 million building, located at the base of the Broadway Bridge, is an easy drive or trolley ride across the Arkansas River to North Little Rock, and provides a perfect evening's enjoyment full of fun, food and friends.