Little Rock Travel Guide
Little Rock is excited to host the 2021 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice Annual Meeting. Located along the Arkansas River and the 33-acre Riverfront Park is Little Rock’s River Market District. As the city’s entertainment hub, its walkable streets are filled with restaurants, shops, bars and music venues. At the district’s core is Ottenheimer Market Hall — home to an international indoor food court, Shop the Rock gift shop, a visitor center, and the seasonal Farmers Market in the outdoor pavilions.
This district is a hotbed of activity with visitors and locals alike flocking to the River Market Entertainment District (RMED). RMED is a three-block stretch of President Clinton Avenue where alcoholic drinks can be taken outside of the bars and onto the sidewalks. Here, and throughout the greater Downtown and River Market districts, you’ll find some of Little Rock’s best restaurants. From inspired farm-to-fork dishes and traditional southern specialties, Little Rock’s dining scene has something to fit every craving. It will be clear why publications like Wine Enthusiast, Bourbon & Boots, Food & Wine and Southern Living have all raved about our food scene as being one of the best in the south and named us one of America’s undiscovered foodie paradises.
Many of Little Rock’s most exciting attractions are located just steps from a Rock Region Metro Streetcar stop. This free mode of transportation consists of two intersecting streetcar lines. The Green Line completes a circuit of downtown Little Rock while the Blue Line ferries riders over the Arkansas River to North Little Rock and back.
The streetcar system acts as a gateway to many of Little Rock’s signature attractions including the world headquarters of Heifer International — where the issues of global hunger and poverty are fought on a daily basis — and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center — where guests can view political memorabilia and explore an exact replica of the Oval Office. The William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands is designed to showcase wildlife and river life in a restored wetlands habitat for the education and enjoyment of millions of national and international visitors to the Clinton Presidential Park and Library. The nearby Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center gives visitors of all ages the ability to come face-to-face with nature, while the Historic Arkansas Museum allows visitors to explore the oldest buildings in Little Rock and get a feel for the lives of the state’s first settlers.
There are several great restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and attractions such as Riverfront Park and the Clinton Presidential Library within walking distance of the conference hotel.
If there’s one thing you need to know about visiting Little Rock for next year’s Annual Meeting, it’s that you’ll need to come hungry. From locally grown, farm to table joints to restaurants that bring the world’s flavors right to downtown, Little Rock has it all.
Arkansas is known as the Natural State and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy when you're in town. Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a great option for hiking, and is only a short 25 minute drive from the conference hotel.
Visit historic Hot Springs, AR before or after the conference! Here you can tour an authentic bathhouse along Bathhouse Row, enjoy gorgeous scenery at Garvan Gardens, and even visit Al Capone's favorite bar - The Ohio Club.