North Little Rock Charms Its Visitors With Arts and Leisure
North Little Rock is just a short drive (or trolley ride) away from Little Rock and offers its own unique array of attractions, including a charming downtown, a huge city park and unique Arkansas history.
Argenta is North Little Rock’s thriving downtown area, located along the Arkansas River across from downtown Little Rock. The area is known for its historic and bustling Main Street. Locals enjoy the variety of arts and culture activities Argenta has to offer, including local plays and musicals at Argenta Community Theater and comedy shows at The Joint. The area is also home to the Simmons Bank Arena, which brings in big-time acts like Justin Bieber, Jimmy Buffet, Carrie Underwood and Bruno Mars.
When it comes to dining and nightlife, North Little Rock delivers. In Argenta, you’ll find the intimate Crush Wine Bar, the crowd-pleasing Benihana, the upscale Italian Ristorante Capeo and the lively Flyway Brewing, which recently received Guy Fieri’s seal of approval on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Fine steaks and spirits await patrons of the popular Riverfront Steakhouse, and locally loved Taziki's offers a casual spot to enjoy fresh Mediterranean fare.
History buffs will enjoy touring the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, situated along the shore of the Arkansas River. The museum is the only place in the world where visitors can see two floating Naval vessels that were used in World War II. Further north, film buffs might recognize The Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park from the opening scene in “Gone With the Wind.”
North Little Rock is also home to Burns Park, Arkansas’ largest city park with over 1,700 acres filled with sports complexes, a golf course, tennis center, waterskiing lake, archery range, horseback riding trails and more. The park also has its own amusement park called Fun Land and the One Heart Playground, designed specifically for children and adults with varying degrees of physical and sensory impairments.
The Arkansas Travelers, known locally as “The Travs,” are a minor league baseball team based in North Little Rock. They play in downtown Argenta at the Dickey-Stephens Park, located just a few blocks from the Arkansas River (the skyline views are a fan favorite). The stadium features a beer garden for the adults and a Kids Korner for the youngsters, complete with an inflatable obstacle course. Keep an eye out for nighttime fireworks during the season from April through August — that signals a Travs win.
- Cypress Social
- Riverfront Steakhouse
- Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe
- Arkansas National Guard Museum
- Holiday Inn Express North Little Rock
- Wyndham Riverfront