President Clinton chose Arkansas, specifically downtown Little Rock, to locate his presidential center. He was born in Arkansas and lived in Little Rock as the state’s attorney general and governor. Much of his philosophy of leadership and public service took shape right here.
Today, as the capital city and geographical center of Arkansas, Little Rock is the hub of government,business, arts, and healthcare in the state. The metropolitan area – home to 720,000 people – boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, exceptional restaurants and nightlife, outdoor adventure, historic landmarks, energetic downtown entertainment districts, and specialty shopping, making Little Rock an ideal destination for day trips and longer getaways.
Nature enthusiasts will love Little Rock’s public parks, waterways for paddling and boating, zoo, golf courses, ballfields, and more. Central Arkansas features hundreds of miles of trails, including the 15-mile Arkansas River Trail, which crosses the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge and the Big Dam Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in North America.
Arts and Culture
The city’s vibrant arts community includes the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Ballet Arkansas, and many other performing arts organizations. The nationally-acclaimed Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts houses one of the most renowned collections of works on paper in the United States.
Food and Drink
In addition to 42 bar and table, Little Rock’s expansive menu of southern cuisine, local restaurants, craft breweries, bars, and cafés have put it on the culinary map. Central Arkansas is home to iconic establishments that have earned their places as dining institutions, as well as a wide selection of contemporary favorites serving up amazing tastes in unique settings.