Little Rock Downtown Introduction Walk (Self Guided), Little Rock

There are monumental historical landmarks in Little Rock. The landmarks are mainly located in the downtown area of the city. The most prominent among them are Capitol Building and Old State House Museum. Take this self-guided walk to explore the main landmarks of the city but also the interesting shopping and entertainment sights.
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Little Rock Downtown Introduction Walk Map

Guide Name: Little Rock Downtown Introduction Walk
Guide Location: USA » Little Rock (See other walking tours in Little Rock)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Arkansas State Capitol
  • Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Little Rock City Hall
  • Robinson Center Music Hall
  • Old State House Museum
  • Campaign Headquarters
  • Historic Arkansas Museum
  • H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden
  • Junction Bridge
  • Riverfront Park
  • Ottenheimer Market Hall
  • River Market District
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Clinton Presidential Center and Park
  • Clinton Museum
Arkansas State Capitol

1) Arkansas State Capitol (must see)

Arkansas State Capitol was designed by St. Louis architect George R. Mann. Construction took 16 years – from 1899 to 1915. The Capitol was built on the site of the state penitentiary and prisoners helped construct the building. They lived in a dormitory that was left on the Capitol grounds while construction was taking place. The exterior of the Capital is made of limestone, which was quarried in Batesville, Arkansas. Total construction cost was $2.2 million with today's value of the building being $320 million. The front entrance doors are made of bronze, which are 10 feet (3 metres) tall, four inches (10 cm) thick and were purchased from Tiffany's in New York for $10,000. The cupola is covered in 24 karat gold leaf. The Arkansas State Capitol grounds has multiple monuments and memorials representing various parts of the state's past and present.

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Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial

2) Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located near the Capitol Building. This solemn memorial depicts an American soldier, designed by John William Deering. There is a list of those who served and lost their lives in Vietnam on the granite monument. There is an American flag as well as flowers at the memorial, which was erected in 1987.
Little Rock City Hall

3) Little Rock City Hall

Little Rock City Hall is a majestic building in the center of Little Rock. City Hall was built in 1907. You will see a large staircase leading to the porch; the facade is decorated with several massive columns. The architecture of the building is classic. Now it is registered as a National Historical Site.
Robinson Center Music Hall

4) Robinson Center Music Hall (must see)

Robinson Center is the western portion of downtown Little Rock's Statehouse Plaza, including a 2,609-seat performance hall, an exhibition hall, and various meeting rooms. The most notable architectural feature of the complex is the south façade of Joseph Taylor Robinson Municipal Auditorium, adorned with columns that echo the Greek Revival style also found in the centerpiece of the plaza, the Old State House Museum.

Under the name Joseph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium, the music hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. It is the primary performance space for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, traveling productions of popular Broadway plays and musicals, and various concerts throughout the year.

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Old State House Museum

5) Old State House Museum (must see)

The Old State House is the oldest surviving state capitol building west of the Mississippi River. It is known best as the site of President Bill Clinton's election night celebration in 1992. The Old State House was commissioned by Territorial Governor John Pope and was constructed between 1833 and 1842. During the American Civil War the building was used by Union troops occupying Little Rock. The building was also used as the official state capitol until the new capitol building was constructed in 1912. For a time the building was used as a medical school.

In 1947 the General Assembly approved acts designating the Old State House as a museum. The building underwent major renovation in 1996. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. The building continues to serve as a museum with exhibits related to Arkansas history and culture. Permanent collections include Civil War battle flags, the inaugural gowns of governors' wives, Arkansas art pottery, and African-American quilts.

Operation hours: Monday to Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm.

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Campaign Headquarters

6) Campaign Headquarters

When Bill Clinton headed his campaign, the Campaign Headquarters of 1992 were housed in the old Gazette building. It is situated in downtown Little Rock. In the past, this building was the headquarters for the Arkansas Gazette. The Gazette was one of the first newspapers in the west part of the Mississippi River. This building was registered as a National Historic Sight.
Historic Arkansas Museum

7) Historic Arkansas Museum (must see)

Historic Arkansas Museum reveals the history of the state in different periods. There are exhibitions where you can see how the first immigrants lived. Arkansas artifacts and contemporary art by Arkansas artists are displayed in the galleries of the museum. There is a children's gallery with interactive activities dedicated to kids. There is a museum shop where you can buy quilts and contemporary crafts. There is a theater at the museum where you can see short videos about Arkansas. The most visited exhibition is the one dedicated to Bowie Knife; there is information about slavery in Arkansas.
H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden

8) H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden

There is a South Korean gate and garden in the center of Little Rock. This monumental gate symbolizes the friendship between these two countries. It was a gift from South Korea that cost 1,4 mil. dollars. H.U. Lee was the person who established the American Taekwondo Association with headquarters in Little Rock. The gate weighs 80 tons. It was created with the hands of South Korean artisans. If you pass through the gate you will find yourself in a garden with a tall fountain and a reflective pool. The garden is decorated with many statues.
Junction Bridge

9) Junction Bridge (must see)

Junction Bridge is a pedestrian bridge through the river in Little Rock. The bridge boasts a modern design and connects downtown Little Rock with North Little Rock. It provides panoramic views of the city's banks and the exciting River Market District, as it was built high above the river. There are benches on which to sit along the bridge. The original bridge dates back to 1884, but at that time it carried trains, whereas now it serves only as a pedestrian bridge. There is an elevator that carries people up to the bridge.
Riverfront Park

10) Riverfront Park

Little Rock’s Riverfront Park is a 33-acre urban parkland catering to a multitude of outdoor activities. Apart from the outdoor leisure facilities, the Park offers visitors insight into the state's history. Notable attractions include: Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, Little Rock Civil War Marker, Riverfront Park History Pavilion, Junction Bridge, La Petit Roche Plaza, Medical Mile, Peabody Splash Park, First Security Amphitheater, Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden, Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center.
Ottenheimer Market Hall

11) Ottenheimer Market Hall

Ottenheimer Market Hall is close to the river in the Riverside Market District. It is open year round and is a real bazaar. There are different products there: food, specialty items, coffee and fresh products. You can buy unique specialties such as handcrafted artesian cakes, exceptional homemade pies, meat and locally roasted gourmet coffees. There are also authentic goods pertaining to different nationalities that exist in Little Rock, such as Mexican, Japanese, Eastern and European. There are many places where you can eat at the market hall.
River Market District

12) River Market District

In the heart of downtown Little Rock, the River Market District, by day, offers a market hall with an exciting mix of food vendors that will entice your senses and fit any culinary cravings.

Shop for fresh fruits and veggies, visit several art galleries and souvenir stores, dine at a variety of restaurants, take a trolley ride or stroll through the park, take in multiple works of public sculpture, experience several museums and attractions, or enjoy the incredible and relaxing view of the river.
Museum of Discovery

13) Museum of Discovery (must see)

The Museum of Discovery is situated in the center of the city, in a historic building. It was formerly called Arkansas' Museum of Science & History and it was the Arkansas Museum of Natural History and Antiquities at the time of its establishment. On display, there were such things as "The Arkansas Dinosaur", a statue of it and other fossils. The Children's Museum of Arkansas was connected to the Museum of Discovery in 2003. Now the museum has different interactive exhibitions pertaining to science, technology and history. You can see exhibitions dedicated to Arkansas Indians, Bug Zoo, Energy, Imagination Station, etc.
Clinton Presidential Center and Park

14) Clinton Presidential Center and Park (must see)

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park was established by Clinton and includes the Clinton Presidential Library, the offices of the Clinton Foundation, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. It is situated on 17 acres (69,000 square meters) of land located next to the Arkansas River. The main building cantilevers over the Arkansas River, echoing Clinton's campaign promise of "building a bridge to the 21st century".

With a 68,698-square-foot (6,382.3 square meters) floor plan, the library itself is the largest presidential library in terms of physical area. The archives are the largest as well, containing 2 million photographs, 80 million pages of documents, 21 million e-mail messages, and 79,000 artifacts from the Clinton presidency. The Clinton Library is also the most expensive, with all funding coming from 112,000 private donations. The museum showcases artifacts from Clinton's two terms as president and includes full-scale replicas of the Clinton-era Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

The world headquarters of Heifer International is located just beyond the library. A hands-on, global education facility, Heifer Village is home to interactive exhibits that provide a stimulating and challenging educational experience for people of all ages.

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Clinton Museum

15) Clinton Museum (must see)

Clinton Museum is housed in the the Clinton Presidential Library. There are large collections of documents related to US policy and historical artifacts. The museum displays photos and videos about life in the White House. There are records about the life of US presidents and historical facts that occurred during the time they were in power. The American Presidency belongs to the national heritage and is closely connected to its people, which is why such museums exist as a tradition, allowing the common people to explore different facts about their country.

Walking Tours in Little Rock, Arkansas

Create Your Own Walk in Little Rock

Create Your Own Walk in Little Rock

Creating your own self-guided walk in Little Rock is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Landmarks Walking Tour in Little Rock

Landmarks Walking Tour in Little Rock

There are monumental historical landmarks in Little Rock. The landmarks are mainly located in the downtown area of the city. The most prominent among them are Capitol Building and Historical Little Rock Central High School. Take this self-guided tour to explore the main landmarks of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Museums Walking Tour in Little Rock

Museums Walking Tour in Little Rock

There are many different museums in Little Rock city, the capital of Arkansas State. You can visit the History Museum, Clinton Museum, and of special interest is the Discovery Museum. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Little Rock.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Bill Clinton Presidential Walking Tour in Little Rock

Bill Clinton Presidential Walking Tour in Little Rock

Bill Clinton, one of the American presidents, lived in Little Rock. Besides the Capitol and Governor's Mansion, you can see many other places where he spent time while living in this city. These places reveal a lot about the character, hobbies and job of this outstanding person. Take this self-guided tour to explore Clinton's favorite attractions in Little Rock.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles