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25 Reasons to Visit Pulaski County This Summer


Pulaski County, Arkansas, is a vibrant county with several diverse cities. The county’s largest city and the state capital, Little Rock, is a bustling metropolis combining rich history with a modern urban landscape. Visitors can explore the Clinton Presidential Library, delve into the Civil Rights movement at the Central High School National Historic Site or enjoy dining, entertainment and shopping in the River Market District. North Little Rock, situated just across the river, offers its own unique charm, including the Argenta Historic District, where beautifully restored buildings house art galleries, theaters and vibrant local businesses.

Pulaski County is also home to charming communities like Maumelle, Sherwood and Jacksonville, each with its own character and attractions. Each city in Pulaski County brings its own distinct flavor to the region and provides residents and visitors with a wide variety of experiences, from cultural attractions to outdoor pursuits, making Pulaski County a dynamic and welcoming central Arkansas destination.

Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library

Explore the extensive collection of artifacts, documents, and exhibits that chronicle the life and presidency of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Click to learn more.

Tour the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Take a guided tour of this historic site, which played a significant role in the civil rights movement as the focal point of the Little Rock Nine integration crisis in 1957.

Explore the River Market District

Wander through the vibrant River Market District in downtown Little Rock, where you’ll find a variety of restaurants, shops, farmer’s market and live entertainment at First Security Amphitheater. And don’t forget to check out the sculptures!

Discover the Little Rock Zoo

Spend a day at the zoo, home to over 725 animals representing over 200 species. The Little Rock Zoo offers exhibits like Big Cat Habitat, Penguin Pointe and the Arkansas Heritage Farm.

Take a stroll along the Big Dam Bridge

Enjoy scenic views of the Arkansas River and the surrounding natural beauty while walking or cycling across the Big Dam Bridge, which spans 4,226 feet.

Explore the Historic Arkansas Museum

Immerse yourself in Arkansas’s rich history through interactive exhibits, historic buildings and a living history farm. The Historic Arkansas Museum showcases the state’s frontier era, antebellum period and early statehood.

Visit the Arkansas State Capitol

Take a guided tour of the Arkansas State Capitol building to learn about the state’s government, history and architecture. Take advantage of the opportunity to see the Capitol’s stunning rotunda. Learn more about the bronze doors at the Arkansas State Capitol before your trip.

Enjoy the outdoors at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Hike the trails, go rock climbing or picnic at this beautiful state park. Pinnacle Mountain offers breathtaking views and recreational opportunities for nature lovers. Read more about Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Attend a performance at the Robinson Center

Catch a Broadway show, concert or performance at the state-of-the-art Robinson Center in Little Rock, which hosts various cultural events throughout the year.

Explore the Museum of Discovery

Located in downtown Little Rock, the Museum of Discovery offers hands-on exhibits and interactive displays that engage and educate children about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

Play in the Playgrounds and Parks

Pulaski County has several parks and playgrounds where kids can enjoy outdoor activities. Two popular options are Murray Park in Little rock and Burns Park in North Little Rock, which have playgrounds, walking trails, sports fields and picnic areas.

Little Rock Climbing Center

If your kids enjoy physical activities and challenges, the Little Rock Climbing Center offers a safe and supervised environment for them to try indoor rock climbing. It’s suitable for children of different ages and skill levels.

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

Located on the Arkansas River, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum features the USS Razorback submarine, the USS Hoga tugboat, the battleship USS Arkansas and the missile cruiser USS Arkansas. Kids can explore the ships and learn about their history.

Take a stroll through the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art

Explore the impressive art collections, exhibitions and galleries at the newly remodeled Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock. It’s a great opportunity to appreciate different art forms and engage in meaningful conversations. Learn about the reopening of the museum.

Become a movie star at the Old Mill

Located in T.R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock, the Old Mill offers a glimpse into the past. Built in 1933 and featured in the opening scenes of the movie “Gone with the Wind,” the Old Mill is a beautiful reproduction of an early 19th-century water-powered grist mill. It’s the perfect place to take a walk, snap a few photos, and you may even spot an artist at work.

Gather with the local community at Bernice Garden

Bernice Garden, located in the heart of downtown Little Rock, is a charming urban green space that serves as a community gathering place. This art-focused garden features sculptures, murals, and a variety of native plants. It hosts regular events, including farmer’s markets, art shows and live performances, providing a vibrant and creative atmosphere for visitors to enjoy.

Go birdwatching at the Little Rock Audubon Center

The Little Rock Audubon Center is a nature sanctuary dedicated to conservation and education, located on the outskirts of Little Rock. Stroll along hiking trails through diverse ecosystems, including wetlands and woodlands that provide opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife observation.

Find one-of-a-kind treasures at Me & McGee Market

Me & McGee Market is a charming Little Rock boutique that offers a curated selection of unique and handmade gifts, home decor, jewelry and other products focusing on supporting local artists and makers.


Explore history at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History

The Jacksonville Museum of Military History is a tribute to the rich military heritage of the area, showcasing a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that chronicle the military history of Arkansas. Along with the exhibits, the museum houses an American Flag Disposal Station, and visitors can view a poignant mural by Arkansas muralist Jason White.

Hit a home run at an Arkansas Travelers game

Attending an Arkansas Travelers baseball game at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock is a quintessential American experience. Cheer on the team, indulge in ballpark food and soak up the lively atmosphere of this family-friendly venue.

Celebrate the African American experience at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Through exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center explores the history, culture and achievements of African Americans in the state.

Live on the Edge at Arkansas Skatium

The Arkansas Skatium offers indoor ice skating and roller skating, providing a fun place for individuals and families to enjoy skating sessions, take lessons, participate in leagues or host private events. It’s perfect for skaters of all ages and skill levels. See how roller skating is making a comeback in Arkansas!

Check out the CALS Library

The Central Arkansas Library System has several branches throughout Pulaski County, including the main library in downtown Little Rock. Discover a wealth of resources, from books and e-books to multimedia materials and digital resources. Check out what else you can rent from the library!

Have a nice thyme at Moss Mountain Farm

Moss Mountain Farm is a scenic estate owned by renowned garden and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith. Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful estate, lush, manicured gardens and heritage animals.

Indulge in local cuisine

Pulaski County has a diverse culinary scene. Treat yourselves to a romantic dinner at one of the many fine-dining restaurants or explore local flavors at charming cafes and eateries.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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One response to “25 Reasons to Visit Pulaski County This Summer”

  1. alda ellis says:

    Julie, I ljust love your articles…I shared this one with the Pulaski County Historical Society. I hope you are a member, we would love to have you!

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