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Arkansas - Central Arkansas Region

Little Rock and North Little Rock form the vibrant heart of Arkansas. The two cities and their neighboring towns comprise a metropolitan area of some 500,000 people in central Arkansas. This metropolis, as well as Conway, Searcy and Cabot, and nearby cities in the central region, offer a cosmopolitan mix of historic attractions, imaginative shopping opportunities, fine dining, nightlife and creative arts and fine hotels.

A grand collection of museums offers something for every taste - from art to history to aerospace. And the Quapaw Quarter of restored 19th-century homes is one of the country's finest examples of bringing an older neighborhood back to life through adaptive reuse. Be sure to visit the new River Market in Little Rock for tastes of exotic cuisines and the freshest of produce from nearby farms in season.

Extensive park systems in both cities provide the chance to play golf or tennis, fish for lunkers in the Arkansas River or on area lakes, hike leafy trails, talk to the animals in the park-like Little Rock zoo or picnic in beautiful natural settings.

Central Arkansas is an ideal staging area for your Natural State vacation. Its big city tempo exists side by side with small-town charm. Discover Central Arkansas's winning ways for yourself.

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Faulkner County Museum

Housed in the historic 1869-1896

Conway, AR Museums

Bald Knob Lake

Bald Knob Lake was built in 1960 as a 217-acre reservoir for the city waterworks. Bass, crappie, bream and catfish are popular catches. The lake is restricted to 10

Bald Knob, AR Recreation

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

Includes the historic submarine USS Razorback (tours available), the World War II tugboat USS Hoga, a 1939 towboat M/V Patriot, a casual evening Party Barge, and Arkansas Queen Sternwheeler Excursion Boat.

North Little Rock, AR Museums

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Directions: This historic museum is situated on the grounds of MacArthur Park located at I-30 and 9th Street in downtown Little Rock. Located in the historic tower building of the Old Arsenal, a National Historic Landmark. Birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur in 1880

Little Rock, AR Military History

Carrie's Antiques & Flea Market

Furniture, glassware, collectibles, flea market items

Little Rock, AR Flea Markets

Historic Arkansas Museum

Directions: Located in the heart of downtown Little Rock two blocks southeast of the Peabody Hotel and within short walking distance of the River Market district. Visit the state'

Little Rock, AR Museums

Wildwood Park

Directions: 1.6 miles off Kanis Road Opera, jazz, cabaret, chamber performances and festivals, including Wildwood Music Festival each June. Six spectacular gardens and an eight acre lake provide scenic background for outdoor musical performances;

Little Rock, AR Parks

Jacksonville Military History Museum

Spans military history from the Civil War to Vietnam. Housed in the old Arkansas Ordinance Plant administration building. Collections include such items as a Christmas card signed by Adolph Hitler and over 100 propaganda posters from both World Wars.

Jacksonville, AR Museums

Riddle's Elephant & Wildlife Sanctuary

Directions: The sanctuary is located in a rural area between the towns of Guy and Quitman. Follow the elephant signs to the sanctuary north off Highway 25. Established by Scott and Heidi Riddle in 1990 on 330 acres in the Ozark Mountain foothills in Arkansas as a non-profit [IRS 501(C)(3)]

Greenbrier, AR Wildlife Areas

Curran Hall Visitor Information Center

The city of Little Rock's new visitor information center is housed in this restored historic structure which dates to 1842-43.

Little Rock, AR Information Centers

Woolly Hollow State Park

Woolly Cabin, the home of the area's first settlers, offers a historic perspective to the hollow; Lake Bennett offers swimming, fishing and boating; park includes campsites, picnic area, pavilion, gift shop, trail; boat, canoe and bike rentals

Greenbrier, AR State Parks

Little Rock Central High Museum

Located in a renovated Mobil Service Station across from Central High School National Historic Site, the permanent exhibit, "All the World is Watching Us: Little Rock and the 1957 Crisis" details the events of the 1957

Little Rock, AR Museums

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