If you’re looking for a hometown with stunning natural views, plenty of year-round recreation and a great housing stock, Little Rock, Ark., is a pretty unbeatable option. Throw in a great mix of cultural attractions, a vibrant culinary scene and lots of live entertainment, and Little Rock translates to the ideal hub for families, young professionals and retirees. Here's our top eight reasons you should consider moving to Little Rock.
1. Pinnacle Mountain State Park
This 2,300-square-foot park right outside the city is the ultimate playground for outdoor enthusiasts and casual nature dabblers alike. With numerous hiking and bike trails, the park's real payoff is at the peak of Pinnacle Mountain, which soars more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley.
2. Heifer Village
Little Rock is home to the world headquarters for Heifer International, a relief organization that deploys to communities worldwide. Heifer Village features a series of interactive exhibits that help visitors understand the realities of poverty, hunger and environmental issues across the globe. Even better, visitors leave with ideas of how they can participate in the solutions to these problems.
3. River Market District
Ever city needs a heart, that place where everyone gathers for a great meal, some live music or a little bit of shopping. In Little Rock, the River Market District offers all that and more, including a farmers market, artisan boutiques, an amphitheater and a fabulous park situated on the banks of the Arkansas River. No matter the day you visit, it’s always a quintessentially Little Rock experience.
4. Dickey-Stephens Ballpark
Grabbing a hot dog and beer and settling in for America’s favorite pastime is the perfect way to spend a pretty evening in Little Rock. Thanks to the Arkansas Travelers, a AA baseball team, locals can take in games all spring and summer at Dickey-Stephens Park, a luxe facility with comfy seats, spacious concourses and a knack for turning baseball games into unforgettable family memories.
5. Arkansas Art Center
Van Gogh, O’Keeffe and Rebrandt have a home in Little Rock’s Arkansas Art Center, the city’s popular interactive museum. The Art Center features an ever-changing collection, an art school, a children’s museum and a roving art mobile. Interestingly, the museum gift shop sells artwork created by regional artists.
6. Hillcrest Neighborhood
If you prefer the charm of older homes over new construction, Hillcrest is your kind of neighborhood. Even if you don't live in Hillcrest, the neighborhood is a treat to visit and walk through. Teeming with sweet cottages and bungalows, this turn-of-the-century area has fostered a tight-knit community over the years, with lots of walkable tree-lined streets, restaurants and shops.
7. Big Dam Bridge
Much to the delight of its outdoor-loving residents, Little Rock is home to the country’s longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge used only for that purpose. The Big Dam Bridge lives up to its name, spanning 4,226 linear feet across the Arkansas River.
8. Little Rock Film Festival
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With dozens of international and domestic films on parade, the Little Rock Film Festival is one of the country’s increasingly highly esteemed events of its kind. The LRFF was founded by a pair of Emmy-nominated filmmakers and has evolved into a five-day fest, showcasing dozens of films and hosting workshops and parties.
Those are our reasons to move to Little Rock. What are your reasons? Tell us in the comments below.