Arkansas Bucket List ~ Central Region

This region in Arkansas has a much larger Bucket List due to the fact that the state capitol is located in this region in Little Rock. We have visited Little Rock once before so a few things on this list are things we’ve done, but I can see now that our 3 days in Little Rock were not enough!

Conway

  • Cardon Settlement Park: This looks like a neat historical park that also has a trail commemorating the Trail of Tears.

Jacksonville

  • Ron Newport Recycle Education Park: I’ve always been passionate about recycling so I think this would be an interesting stop…plus they have sculptures made of recycled material.

Little Rock

  • Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Walk: Plaques dedicated to various Civil Rights activists.
  • Arkansas State Capitol: Very beautiful capitol building. When we visited we learned about the acoustics of the chambers by stumbling upon a tour while self-guiding ourselves through the building.
  • Big Dam Bridge: The largest bridge built specifically for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Central High School National Historic Site: This is probably one of my favorite historic sites I’ve ever visited. I wasn’t expecting much going in as you can really only go in the interpretive center and not the school itself, but it was so well done and I learned so much. Could easily spend hours here!
  • Clinton Presidential Center and Park: This is Clinton’s Presidential Library. I realized there was so much I didn’t know about the first president I remember in my lifetime! While we visited they also had a really neat special exhibit on the Winter Olympics.
  • H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden: This is a symbol of friendship between South Korea and America and honors the man or started the American Taekwondo Association.
  • Heifer Village: Offers hands on exhibits about the places around the world that Heifer International sponsors.
  • La Petite Roche Plaza: This park area surrounds the city’s namesake, “Little Rock.”
  • Little Rock Zoo: We stayed  near the zoo when we visited, but didn’t actually have a chance to stop in as the weather was really warm and there was a lot of construction happening near the zoo that prevented us from easily walking over.
  • MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History: This was a fascinating museum to visit. It was well laid out and we learned a lot about the life of General Douglass MacArthur.
  • Museum of Discovery: This is Arkansas’ science museum and is also the oldest museum in Little Rock.
  • Old State House Museum: This was another highlight of our visit. They had a lot of neat exhibits and we learned even more about the Clintons.
  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park: This park looks like it would offer great views!

Morrilton

  • Petit Jean State Park: This sounds like a wonderful and large state park to find some relaxation at the lodge and also view a 95 foot waterfall.

North Little Rock

  • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum: Gives visitors and opportunity to view the longest serving submarine in the world and a tugboat used during WWII.
  • The Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park: This looks like a very picturesque spot.

Perryville

  • Heifer Ranch: Heifer Ranch features Global Village which shows model homes from countries where Heifer works to end poverty.

All attractions found in the 2018 Arkansas Travel Guide.

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