Brian Cormack
On weekdays, the River Market thrives as downtown’s workforce grabs lunch in and around Ottenheimer Market Hall. Over the weekend, residents and tourists alike bustle about its shops, restaurants and museums.

The bustling hub of Little Rock is situated along the banks of the Arkansas River. It’s home to some of the city’s top attractions, restaurants and recreational activities — all just a trolley ride apart.

The heart of Little Rock’s downtown lies in the River Market. On any given day, the area is teeming with downtown dwellers, employees and tourists who congregate in the Ottenheimer Market Hall. The hall is packed full with food vendors dishing up diverse cuisine — from burgers and Indian food to tacos and vegan fare. A few blocks away is the kid-friendly Museum of Discovery, which has been featured numerous times on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Explore Little Rock’s history by touring the Old State House Museum, Arkansas’ first state capitol building turned museum. Downtown is also where you’ll find the Clinton Presidential Center, which features rotating exhibits along with the main library celebrating the country’s 42nd president. Nearby, visitors can learn more about the global nonprofit Heifer International as they tour the Urban Farm — a three-acre, multi-purpose garden.

The Old State House was the state’s first capitol building.

Explore Little Rock’s oldest structure at the Historic Arkansas Museum located in the heart of downtown.

South of the River Market on Main Street is the newly minted Creative Corridor. The area is home to many of Little Rock’s beloved arts and culture institutions including the Arkansas Repertory Theater and Ballet Arkansas.

Further south, past I-630, visitors will find the MacArthur Park Historic District, Little Rock’s oldest park. In addition to a playground, walking trail and a Korean War Veterans Memorial, the park is home to the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The AAC will be undergoing major renovations and adding 127,000 square feet, which will include expanded studios and education spaces, a black box theater, a family art adventure space and an indoor/outdoor restaurant overlooking the park. The new and improved AAC is set to open in early 2022.

Downtown is also home to a variety of dining and nightlife opportunities. Hot spots include Bruno’s Little Italy, Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill, One Eleven, Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge, Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 42 bar and table, Doe’s Eat Place and many more.

Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack and the Rev Room are popular concert venues, and the Robinson Performance Hall brings large-scale musicals and plays to Little Rock. Cache Restaurant and the Capital Hotel are popular spots to enjoy a cocktail after a day spent exploring the city.


WERECOMMEND

Eat

  • 42 Bar and Table at the Clinton Presidential Center
  • Agasi 7: Rooftop Bar + Kitchen
  • Bruno’s Little Italy
  • Cache Restaurant
  • Cafe@Heifer
  • Doe’s Eat Place
  • Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge
  • Fassler Hall
  • Heritage Grille Steak & Fin
  • Ottenheimer Market Hall
  • Prost
  • Sonny Williams’ Steak Room
  • Watercolor in the Park
  • Willy D’s

Drink

  • Agasi 7: Rooftop Bar + Kitchen
  • Cache Restaurant
  • DEEP
  • Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge
  • Fassler Hall
  • Prost
  • Sonny Williams’ Steak Room
  • Willy D’s

Shop

  • Arkansas Arts Center Museum Shop
  • Arkansas Flag & Banner
  • The Bookstore at Library Square
  • Clinton Museum Store
  • The Galleries at Library Square
  • Little Rock Farmers Market
  • Shop the Rock
  • Shop@Heifer

Explore

  • Arkansas Arts Center
  • Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre
  • CALS Ron Robinson Theater
  • Central Arkansas Library System-Main Library
  • Clinton Presidential Center
  • Dreamland Ballroom and Taborian Hall Museum
  • Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge
  • The Galleries at Library Square
  • Heifer International Campus
  • Jazz in the Park
  • Movies in the Park
  • Robinson Performance Hall
  • Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center

Rest

  • Courtyard by Marriott-Downtown Little Rock
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock
  • Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Little Rock
  • Little Rock Marriott
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Little Rock Downtown