Little Gems in Little Rock: Big Fun in Little Rock, Arkansas

by Marika Flatt on April 9, 2024 in Travels,

It may be called Little Rock, but this city has big opportunities for your next weekend getaway! Rich in history and full of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone in this not-so-tiny town in Arkansas.

Beautiful year round, Pinnacle Mountain State Park guarantees a scenic hike or bike when you visit. Photo Courtesy Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Little Rock is full of opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. With its very modern and new guest center, this park encompasses miles of beautiful trails for both hiking, biking and even offers waterways for kayaking. I loved the shaded trails with a gradual incline to complete a well-rounded workout with beautiful scenery to match.

Take a breath of fresh open air while biking or hiking across the Big Dam Bridge, and enjoy the landscape while you’re doing it too. Photo Courtesy Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Big Dam Bridge

One of the largest pedestrian bridges in North America, this bridge lives up to its name because it is both big and sits over a dam. A walkway across the Arkansas River, this bridge connects to ample hike and bike trails. Well lit at night, enjoy some sunset walks or take a stroll to soak in some sunlight in the day.

In addition to good drinks and good times, enjoy up-close and exclusive live music when visiting Stone’s Throw Brewing. Photo Courtesy Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stone’s Throw Brewing

Easy to find, Stone’s Throw Brewing offers a menu of handcrafted beers and ciders among other popular drinks. It is a great respite in the midst of a busy day, especially as a reward for hiking and biking!

A perfect educational experience for those traveling with kids or just a good opportunity to brush up on history for those who love learning, President Clinton’s Library and Museum provides both with a well-rounded visit. Photo Courtesy Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

The Bill Clinton Presidential Library has been educating visitors for years since the turn of the century when President Clinton finished his two terms. It is perfect to squeeze into a busy itinerary, taking up about an hour or two to browse and explore for history enthusiasts. Sporting a special edition Little Rock version of the Oval Office, experience a dose of the American Capitol from Arkansas! Even just a short visit will leave you with new facts and knowledge about our nation’s 42nd President and his many accolades.

Brave New Restaurant

One of the most well-known restaurants in the Little Rock area, this fairly upscale option has been around for decades. This family-owned restaurant was started by Peter Brave in the early 90s, and is now very much a family business with his son and daughter also involved. 

 “We go there to see, and be seen,” said a local and regular of the restaurant. Since it is popular among the locals, they have become known for their walleye fish. But don’t count out their beef filet, which was tender and flavorful, especially paired with a delicious Merlot.

Many of the rooms at the Little Rock Marriott have a view of the Arkansas River. Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Little Rock Marriott

Located in the heart of town, the Little Rock Marriott offers comfort and service for their customers. Attached to the convention center, this hotel provides the perfect room to relax in after a long day. The size, bed and layout of the room simply satisfies any potential needs, providing that familiar hotel room smell that has become a core memory for many. I especially appreciated the built-in luggage rack!


Marika Flatt, Outstanding Austin Communicator 2021, is the Travel Editor of Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She began her travel writing career in 2002, and can be seen as a contributor on TV shows across Texas, such as KVUE, Daytime (FOX), San Antonio Living, Good Morning Texas, and KXAN!  Marika spent five years as the voice of the “Weekend Trip Tip” on NPR’s Texas Standard pre-Covid.