A Little Rock AR getaway

Little Rock River Market area is level and easy to navigate with clearly marked streetcar stops. Photo PBH

3 things you need to know about visiting Little Rock, Arkansas:

1. Stay at Little Rock Marriott or across the street at the luxury historic Capital Hotel
2. Buy streetcar tickets (3 day pass)
3. Take the Streetcar to Presidential Library and everywhere.

Capital Hotel – This is where Bill Clinton held both of his Presidential election night parties.
The restaurant makes everything from scratch, even the pickles. (Have lunch in the bar. (Affordable way to eat in the hotel.) Ask for fried black-eyed peas (complimentary). Just so you can say you did.

111 W. Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-374-7474, Toll-Free: 187-763-70037, Fax: 501-370-7089
E-mail: info@capitalhotel.com

Little Rock Marriott (formerly the Peabody Hotel) it’s nice, big and modern. Everything you’ve come to expect from Marriott.
3 Statehouse Plaza Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-906-4000 Fax: 501-399-8071

Hop a Streetcar

Little Rock River Market parking and transportation
The streetcars operate on an overhead power supply and travel across the Main Street Bridge over the Arkansas River to connect the two cities.
Three replica vintage streetcars operate on the 2.5mile route linking some of the most vibrant destinations in the river cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock.
TRIP TIP: Get on the streetcar and ride the whole loop. It will orient you and give you idea of where you want to stop and walk or shop. Get a 3-Day Passes $5 (unlimited rides for 3 consecutive calendar days

Must See: Presidential Library River Market District. 1200 President Clinton Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201, Phone: 501-374-4242 Clinton Library

Is it possible to end world hunger? Heifer International. Next to the Clinton Presidential Library.
Enjoy lunch Café@Heifer simple menu: soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas.

From Cupcakes to famous just picked Arkansas tomatoes, Market has has 15 different restaurants. Photo by PBH

The Farmers’ Market, Market Hall, Riverfest

Between the hotel and the library is all the shopping and dining you will want. Eat outside, The cafes, sidewalk  For dinner, make a reservation at a restaurant where you have a river view at sunset.

The Farmers’ Market, Market Hall, Riverfest  makes its home in the River Market’s two outdoor, open-air pavilions overlooking Riverfront Park and the Arkansas River located at 400 President Clinton Avenue. The Market is open twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The season will run from April through October. For more information visit http://rivermarket.info or call the River Market at (501) 375-2552.

Rocktown Distillery Tour
Tasting Room Hours Open Wed – Sunday 1 – 5pm
Tour Times Wed – Friday at 4:00pm
Saturday at 1:30 and 3:00 pm.
Sunday at 1:30 and 3:00 pm.
No need to make a reservation, just show up.
Have you ever toured a distillery? Wonder how they make whiskey, gin and vodka? This is the first “legal” distillary in Little Rock. Arkansas River Trail, Mile Marker 0.7S, President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201

Enjoy a river view and frequent live concerts at the pavillion. See art ranging from outstanding to whimsical while walking from your hotel to the Clinton Bridge and library. Photo by PBH.

The River Market District is located in the heart of downtown Little Rock, on the Arkansas River. It’s impossible to see, do, taste it all in one weekend. You will be making plans for your next trip while still enjoying this getaway. The River market includes: Restaurants and bars, Market Hall (with 15 dining establishments), Farmer’s Market, Riverfront Park, shopping, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, (park, store, and school), Heifer International, and the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.

Art Along the River
Riverfront Park, Little Rock / 501-376-4781
Web Address: www.rivermarket.info
Stroll through Riverfront Park for a relaxing and enriching view of the many works of art placed along the path to the Clinton Presidential Center.

Mainly a flat surface, the original Arkansas River Trail from the Clinton Presidential Bridge to and throughout Two Rivers Park is designed to stroll, walk, enjoy and, relax. Speed walking, dog walking even an afternoon stroll to enjoy to public art, the Arkansas River Trail System is easy navigation through one-of-a-kind shops, sidewalk cafes, historic markets.

Whether speed walking or strolling along the river, public art is relaxing and enriching for visitors and locals every day. Photo by Patsy Bell Hobson

Riverfest, Little Rock, Arkansas’s largest festival is each Memorial Day Weekend. Riverfest is a family festival of visual and performing arts and more than 250,000 annual visitors attend Riverfest. Little Rock, Arkansas families and visitors from all over the state enjoy multiple bands, games, food and fun. The three-day event offers four stages of live performance and a variety of entertainment options, from a children’s free activity area, an area for young teens, art classes at the ArtZone, the International Village, where festival-goers can travel the world, and numerous special attractions, events and family oriented activities. As the largest of the annual festivals in Arkansas, Riverfest offers something for everyone.

$2 off Riverfest at the Clinton Center Park during Arkansas’ Largest Music Festival. Visitors can enjoy $2 off admission to the Library Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

MORE good help and advice:
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
426 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-376-4781 Toll-Free: 800-844-4781 Fax: 501-374-2255
lrcvb@littlerock.com

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