After exploring the Aerospace Education Center, or the Little Rock Zoo or any other of the great attractions around rest and relax at a hotel near Little Rock Airport.
Chief Whitehorse Trail Rides:Distance from Little Rock Airport: 24.7mi
There’s nothing quite like the experience of riding horseback through a cattle ranch. Here at Chief Whitehorse’s Trail Rides, we provide scenic trail rides for all skill levels. If you have no prior experience, it’s no problem. Our trail rides are tailored to both novice and experienced riders. All of our horses are very gentle and available for unlimited riding. 501-327-7776
Pickles Gap Village Distance from Little Rock Airport:36.4mi
U.S. Highway 65, north of Conway. Crafts, antique shops, flea market, water wheel, tourist information, restaurant. 501-329-9049.
Safaripark ArkDistance from Little Rock Airport: 38.7mi
285 and U.S. 65 N., Greenbrier. Lions, tigers and more at this exotic animal conservatory. 501-679-3455.
Aerospace Education Center
Aerospace Education CenterDistance from Little Rock Airport: 1.6mi
3301 E. Roosevelt at Bond St., 250-seat IMAX Theater delivers top entertainment for all ages. “Arkansas: Center of Attraction” signature film provides orientation for newcomers. Exhibits of Russian/U.S. space hardware, Aerospace Library, antique aircraft, gift shop. 501-371-0331.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre:Distance from Little Rock Airport: 4.5mi
Main and 6th Sts. Classics, contemporary dramas, comedies and musicals light up the stage of this important regional theater. Telephone: 501-378-0405.
Arkansas Arts Center MacArthur ParkDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.0mi
A world-class collection of drawings and prints has put the AAC on the map. Traveling exhibits add to the lustre of the permanent collection. Gift shop, Arkansas Children’s Theater, Restaurant. 501-372-4000.
Arkansas Governor’s MansionDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.4mi
18th and Center Street. Home of all Arkansas Governors since its completion in 1950. A bust of President Clinton, who lived here during the 12 years of his Governorship, is displayed just inside the grounds.
Arkansas State Capitol
Arkansas State CapitolDistance from Little Rock Airport: 7.5mi
Woodlane and Capitol Ave. Construction began in 1899, Legislature first met here in 1911. Guided or audio tours available. Vietnam Memorial, Liberty Bell Pavilion, gardens. 501-682-5080.
Arkansas Territorial RestorationDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.6mi
3rd and Scott Street. Learn about the earliest days in the Arkansas Territory at this acclaimed restoration of the city’s oldest homes. A special exhibit features Bowie #1, a Bowie knife believed to have been made by James Black and identical to the original knife he made for James Bowie. Guided tours. Arkansas artists exhibits, Arkansas crafts shop, Cromwell Exhibitition Hall 501-324-9351.
Arkansas Travelers Baseball Ray Winder FieldDistance from Little Rock Airport: 7.7mi
War Memorial Park. Ray Winder Field, War Memorial Park, Little Rock. America’s favorite sport still plays to packed houses as the Travelers take on Texas League rivals. April through August. 501-664-1555.
Children’s Museum of Arkansas Union StationDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.4mi
W. Markham and Victory Street. Includes simulated farmer’s market, Victorian house, changing exhibits on life in other lands, 17 hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages. 501-374-6655.
Decorative Arts MuseumDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.0mi
E. 7th and Rock Sts. The historic Pike-Fletcher-Terry House is home to the Arkansas Arts Center’s collection of decorative items. Traveling exhibits. Telephone: 501-372-4000.
Empress of Little RockDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.0mi
22nd St. and Louisiana. Tours available Tuesday and Thursday, or by appointment of this impressively restored Victorian mansion. 501-374-7966.
Hillcrest Historic District Distance from Little Rock Airport: 9.7mi
National Register-listed collection of city’s early residential areas. 501-371-0075.
Central High School Museum Visitor CenterDistance from Little Rock Airport: 5.9mi
2115 W. 14th Street. Interactive exhibits in a new visitors center depict the history of the 1957 integration crisis at this civil rights landmark high school. 501-374-1957.
Central LibraryDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.6mi
2nd and Cumberland. Impressive new starte-of-the-art library occupies a former furniture warehouse in the River Market development area. Telephone: 501-370-5950.
Little Rock Air Force Base
Little Rock Air Force BaseDistance from Little Rock Airport: 18.6mi
U.S. 67-167, Jacksonville. Largest training, maintenance facilities for C-130s. Group tours available. 501-988-3601.
Little Rock ZooDistance from Little Rock Airport: 10.3mi
One Jonesboro Dr., War Memorial Park, Little Rock. Over 500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in the spacious grounds and in WPA-era buildings. 501-666-2406 or 663-4733.
Murry’s Dinner PlayhouseDistance from Little Rock Airport: 7.9mi
6323 Asher Ave. Open year-round, Playhouse features family entertainment from Broadway. Buffet dinner served before performances. 501-562-3131.
Museum of DiscoveryDistance from Little Rock Airport: 4.4mi
500 E. Markham. Formerly the Museum of Science and History, this hands-on science center occupies 44,000 square feet of exhibit space in the city’s new Museum Center, part of the River District development. The museum has a large technical area, projects for children to build, a forest ranger station, a history of science exhibit and much more. Gift shop. (Opening Spring 1998.) Telephone: 501-396-7050.