After touring Trip Advisor’s top Little Rock attractions, we discovered the inside scoop on how to experience them.

Little Rock Central High School

David Yerby

The Basics: Tour this site of civil rights history, where 60 years ago, the famous Little Rock Nine walked through its doors.

Best way to experience: Ranger-led tour

Time to spend: 2.5 hours

Plan your visit: Reservations are required for the two daily tours (501-374-1957). The tour starts at the visitor center, where you’ll also want to spend plenty of time exploring.

Admission: Free

When you can tour: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays, when school is in session; summer tours also available

+ PRO TIP: Wear comfy shoes; the half-mile walking tour involves ascending and descending three flights of stairs.


William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

Vince Palermo

The Basics: The Clinton library serves as a museum and archive of the Hope native’s two terms as the 42nd president of the United States.

Best way to experience: Self-guided tour

Time to spend: 2-3 hours

Plan your visit: While it’s best experienced at your own pace, the library offers guided tours at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays. The daily tours are free with paid admission and reservations are not required.

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, college students and retired military; $6 for youth

When you can tour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday

+ PRO TIP: You can get your picture snapped while sitting at an exact replica of President Clinton’s Oval Office.


Arkansas State Capitol Building

Vince Palermo

The Basics: The Capitol Building is the main house of government of the state of Arkansas.

Best way to experience: Guided tour

Time to spend: Half an hour

Plan your visit: Free tours are offered weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, you can pick up your free copy of “Through These Doors,” a self-guided tour brochure, at the visitor center on the first floor to explore for yourself.

Admission: Free

When you can tour: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

+ PRO TIP: Aim to tour on a sunny day, so you can walk the beautiful grounds.


Old State House Museum

The Basics: It’s the original state capitol of Arkansas. Since 1833, the building and its grounds have witnessed many pivitol events in Arkansas history.

Best way to experience: Guided tour

Time to spend: 1 hour

Plan your visit: Hourly guided tours are 50-minutes long and are offered every hour on the hour during museum hours, daily. The last tour begins at 4 p.m.

Admission: Free

When you can tour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

+ PRO TIP: The Old State House was the site of two acceptance speeches by President Bill Clinton.


Mount Holly Cemetery

Vince Palermo

The Basics: The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been dubbed the “Westminster Abbey of Arkansas,” due to the number of famous Arkansans laid to rest there.

Best way to experience: Self-guided tour

Time to spend: Half an hour

Plan your visit: For a self-guided walking tour, you’ll want to grab a visitor brochure at the Bell House, located on the premises. Guided tours are also available; reservations are required (501-376-1843).

Admission: Free

When you can tour: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

+ PRO TIP: Try and locate the earliest birth date recorded in stone. Hint: It’s that of Peter LeFevre, born in Canada in 1750.


Esse Purse Museum

The Basics: It’s one of three purse museums in the world — and the only one in America. The museum tells the story of 20th-century American women through the purse and its contents.

Best way to experience: Self-guided tour

Time to spend: 45 minutes

Plan your visit: Even though it’s self-guided, the knowledgeable staff is ready to answer all questions.

Admission: $10 for adults; $8 for students, seniors and military; free for children under 6.

When you can tour: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

+ PRO TIP: Inside the exhibit, there’s a spot to sign in and weigh your own handbag to compare with other women. You may be surprised at the results.


Historic Arkansas Museum

Vince Palermo

The History: In 1939, Louise Loughborough recognized the historical significance of four shabby structures in downtown. This site offers a look into Arkansas’ early days, including Little Rock’s oldest surviving structure (c. 1827).

Best way to experience: Guided tour

Time to spend: 2 hours

Plan your visit: Both guided and self-guided tours are available, but no matter which you choose, you’ll meet historic Arkansas characters in each structure. Admission: Free admission to museum; admission to historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18 and $1.50 for age 65 and older.

When you can tour: Historic grounds self-guided tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours are offered Mondays and Tuesdays, on the hour. The museum, which also houses Arkansas art, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

+ PRO TIP: In the summer, living history characters bake pies for visitors using ingredients that were available back then, like the blackberries that still grow on the grounds.