It sure gets hot during the Arkansas summer, so that means winter is one of the most exciting and fun seasons to visit Little Rock. You can enjoy the pleasant weather and take in the best that Arkansas has to offer with these six winter activities for the whole family. We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Witt Stephens Jr. Arkansas Nature Center
Easily accessible from downtown Little Rock, the Nature Center overlooks the Arkansas River and is just a stone’s throw from the Museum of Discovery, as well as the Clinton Presidential Library. That means your visit to the Nature Center can easily become part of an educational outing for the whole family. Stop by for daily geocaching outings, or see the alligators during feeding time on Fridays. Every second Saturday, bring your little one for nature stories and activities. If you’re hoping to get out for a walk, a portion of the Arkansas River Trail crosses through the Center’s land and is inviting for those who want a more participatory experience. Entrance is free to all.
The Bernice Garden
Created and privately owned by Anita Davis, this garden is a piece of art in and of itself. It serves as a garden for both vegetables and a variety of sculptures and other artwork created from sustainable materials — it definitely has a “green” atmosphere. If you’re looking for outdoor activities in Little Rock in winter, the garden is available for tours, casual visitors, or events; it even hosts Sunday farmer’s markets (April-Nov) as well as winter festivals such as the annual tree lighting. In case you’re worried that life in Little Rock, AR will be too hectic, fret not. This little oasis will keep you at entertained and at ease.
The Old Mill
Do you remember the opening scene in Gone With the Wind with that charming old grist mill? That mill, which is a stunning reproduction of a nineteenth-century era building, is still standing. The park features sculptures of toadstools and tree stumps, and the bridge is made to look like it’s built of entwined tree branches. Every structure in the park has been cast or sculpted to look natural, making this a stunning and cinematic destination when you’re looking for winter activities in Little Rock.
Altitude Trampoline Park
Are you looking for something a little higher octane to tire out those hyper kids? Bring them to the trampoline park! Kids can jump to their hearts’ content in a safe and supervised area, with options like “basketball” hoops, a dodgeball area, a foam pit, and a special kids’ area for the smallest of your family. Pay by the hour, or get special rates during toddler time or teen hours. Family packs are also available so that everyone can jump!
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
If you thought the Symphony was only for adults in fancy clothes, then think again. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra gives away free tickets to Arkansas kids through their Entergy Kids Program for Sunday performances. Bring them to the Home for the Holidays concert to see the VOCA Children’s Choir sing the holiday classics, or come to a regular performance of masterpieces like Tchaikovsky’s Passion to show your children what music is all about.
Lanterns! Winter Festival
On the first full moon after the lunar new year, Wildwood Park is transformed into another world. Visitors can spend three evenings strolling through the beautifully lit pathways of the park enjoying live entertainment, food, and beverages at every vista. We don’t want to say too much and spoil the magic, but…let’s just say gather the kids and go. This festival is not to be missed.
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