River Market District
While you are in Little Rock, the River Market District is one of the first places you would want to visit. The River Market District is nestled in the center of the city and gives you the chance to shop, eat, drink, dance or visit an art gallery while staying in a beautiful and historic part of the city. The downtown area has many great options for a nice walk during the day or an exciting night out on the town.
If you would like to get in exercise during your trip, the Arkansas River Trail near the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge is an ideal spot. You can enjoy the sights of the unique nature around Arkansas, and you have the choice to cycle, jog or walk. It is an excellent way to get a feel for the local atmosphere while burning some calories.
Another great stop is the Arkansas Arts Center if you would like to experience the arts scene. It is open until 5:00 PM every day of the week, except Monday, on which it is closed. Private rooms are available if you have a large group.
Food is abundant in the downtown area. Not only are there many places to buy fresh local produce and goods, there are ample dining options. If you are feeling hungry, you would be doing yourself a favor by visiting one of the local favorites, such as Cajun's Wharf, a seafood restaurant that sits on the Arkansas River and offers you with a wide selection of fresh seafood, fried favorites and a large selection of drinks. There is even a large dance floor that often hosts a wide range of live music.
A Presidential Legacy
Nearby on the river is the Clinton Presidential Center library, a magnificent modern building with a generous selection of books and media. The Center is also home to a park, a museum dedicated to President Bill Clinton and a restaurant named Forty Two, a reference to the President's term in office. The Clinton Presidential Center is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon while learning more about the history of the area and the getting to see the legacy of a United States President. It is great whether you are a history buff or not. Cost of admission is $10.00 for an adult. The Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
The Maritime Museum
You can learn about the United States by taking a glimpse into its past, and at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, you will be doing just that. It is a newer complex, having opened in 2005, and is the final base of the USS Razorback, a United States Navy submarine that was utilized during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, making it the longest used submarine in United States naval history. If you are in the mood, you can even arrange to sleep on the submarine for a night.
The museum also offers you the chance to see a tugboat that was in service during the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the USS Hoga. The Hoga played a strong role on that day, and you will be glad to see this piece of history in person. The cost of full admission including a submarine tour is $7.50.
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