Summer Activities in Little Rock, AR
Toltec Mounds just outside of Little Rock dates back more than a thousand years. The 100-acre state park is the largest archeological site in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The Plum Bayou People lived and worshipped here from 650-1050 A.D. They may have traded with other ancient people as far away as the Great Lakes region of the United States. Originally there were 18 mounds on the site, and although many were destroyed for farming, several large mounds still remain. Just like Stonehenge in England and other sites, the mounds were originally laid out like a permanent calendar or clock. The information that these mounds provided for planting and harvest times was very important for a pre-historic society. Summer Solstice and other seasonal observances are still held at the site. A visitor center with exhibits, an audio-visual display and an archeological research laboratory can be seen on the guided tour of the three-quarter mile barrier free trail.
They start gathering about an hour before sunset for one of Little Rock's favorite summertime activities. Movies in the Park at Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock provides free movies for you and a friend or for your whole family. Shown every Wednesday in June and July at sundown, you can enjoy films like How to Train Your Dragon, True Grit and Dirty Dancing on a screen set up in a large ampitheater. Ampitheater seating is available on a first-come first serve basis, but you can bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on the grass. You can also bring your own food, or buy from the vendors on site, but bring cash for the popcorn, soft drinks and other treats, as they don't take other forms of payment. Check out one of the many fine restaurants in the River Market before or after your movie experience.
From the top of this area's 1,000 foot mountain to the cypress-covered wetlands of nearby rivers, Pinnacle Mountain Park is as diverse as the different geographic regions of Arkansas. Besides all this natural beauty, you can get your game on with several outdoor activities, including canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, geocaching, hiking, rock climbing, star-gazing and lake cruising. Explore the Little Maumelle River along a 4 1/2 mile canoe trail. Canoeing, fishing, and bird watching are popular activities on this quiet float. Go on your own or opt for a guided trip offered during the spring, summer and fall months. On hot days, you can amble about in the shade of a 71-acre arboretum, where you'll find plenty of trees and native plants that represent the six regions of the state.
Originally christened as the T.R. Pugh Memorial Park, or the Pugh Mill, Little Rock locals refer to the historic re-creation of an 1880s grist mill as “The Old Mill.” Famous for its appearance in the opening scene of the classic film “Gone with the Wind,” the Old Mill has become a picturesque venue for weddings and photo shoots. But there’s no need to wait for a special occasion, the mill is also a relaxing place for a picnic or a stroll to enjoy the atmosphere. Tucked between two small lakes, the area surrounding the Old Mill has been embellished with sculptures by Mexican artist Senor Dionicio Rodriguez to appear as a fairyland – complete with toadstools and ornate bridges. Explore the mill on your own, or call to arrange a free tour conducted by trained volunteers.
Located down the road from Pinnacle Mountain State park – just over 30-minutes outside of Little Rock – BoBrook Farms is a 235-acre working farm and event venue in Roland, Arkansas. While BoBrook may be known for its autumn corn maze and pumpkin patch, during the summer months BoBrook becomes the best place near Little Rock for berry picking. Pay by the pint to pick tasty blackberries in June and July, or blueberries from late June through August. And don’t forget the farm is also set up as a venue that can accommodate up to 500 people. Book BoBrook for a large event, or even just a birthday party that will include activities such as hayrides and mazes made of sunflowers or hay bales.