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Central Arkansas, Arkansas

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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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

Faulkner County Museum

Housed in the historic 1869-1896

Conway, AR Museums

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

Greathouse Home

Located on the grounds of the Faulkner County Courthouse, this home was built in 1830 east of Conway and was restored in 1966 by the Faulkner County Historical Society. An excellent example of the dog-trot style of architecture, it is open for tours spring through fall.

Conway, AR Historic Homes

Harding University Stevens Art Center

Two galleries featuring works of students and faculty; visiting exhibitions.

Searcy, AR Arts

Beebe Speedway

Racing modifieds, street and hobby stocks, mini-stocks and special racing series on a one-fourth mile dirt oval Fridays at 8 p.m. from mid-March until mid-September.

Bebee, AR Racing

Clinton Presidential Center & Park

Directions: From Little Rock National Airport, take Interstate 30 off I-440 to Exit 140-A and 140-B. From downtown Little Rock's River Market District, use exit 141-A off Interstate 30. The Clinton Presidential Center is easily visible from the highway when crossing the Arkansas River.

Little Rock, AR Parks

Old State House Museum

Built in 1836, the Old State House was the state's original capitol until 1911 and served as the seat of both the Confederate and Unionists governments in Arkansas during the Civil War. It was also the site of the 1861

Little Rock, AR Museums


North Shore Riverwalk

Located on the north side of the Arkansas River, this park offers picturesque views, lighted walkways and a jogging/fitness trail. New North River Landing off I-30

North Little Rock, AR Parks

Little Rock Central High School

The site of a major test in 1957 of the Civil Rights act where nine (the Little Rock Nine)

Little Rock, AR Historic Schoolhouses

Lake Beaverfork

Lake Beaverfork lies along the east side of Ark. 25, north of the Conway city limits. There is a boat ramp available for boating, fishing and skiing. The park also has picnic, sports and swimming areas.

Conway, AR Recreation

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