“Dog days” of summer in North Little Rock

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What better place to spend the “dog days” of summer than in Dogtown, a.k.a. North Little Rock, Arkansas?

Yep, it’s going to get hot out there, but trust us: we’re EXPERTS at finding the best ways to cool off and enjoy our beautiful city (we’ve got some ideas below). If you are looking for kid-friendly things to do in North Little Rock, dog-friendly things to do in North Little Rock, dining in North Little Rock, where to stay in North Little Rock….we’ve got you.

Beauty, relaxation, refreshment awaits in North Little Rock, Arkansas. With plenty of outdoor activity, natural beauty, delicious local dining and things to do, you and your crew can count on a fun experience. Come see what we’re up to!

Things to Do

First thing’s first: are you a first-time visitor to North Little Rock? We can answer your questions and help you plan your visit.

Outdoors & Nature

  • Relax at The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park. Free and open to the public, The Old Mill is one of the most beautiful places in Arkansas to enjoy spring color, from cherry blossoms to daffodils, tulips to azaleas.
  • Hike at Emerald Park. For an easy, paved walk, start at the top from Scenic Drive to reach breathtaking views of the cliffs and Arkansas River. For more of a challenge, start at the bottom of the trail at Big Rock Quarry.
  • Experience the Arkansas River with a Rock Town River Outfitters Adventure Guide! Kayak tours are perfect for both experienced paddlers and first-timers.
  • Burn off energy at Burns Park! With miles of trails, disc golf courses, several playgrounds – including the accessible One Heart Playground – and seasonal Funland Amusement Park,

Art & Culture



07decAll DaySanta Photos at McCain Mall3929 McCain Blvd.Event Type :Community,Family-Friendly

07dec11:58 am1:00 pmPearl Harbor Remembrance Day120 Riverfront Park Dr.Event Type :Community,Family-Friendly

07dec7:30 pm10:00 pmMiracle on 34th Street405 Main StreetEvent Type :Argenta,Arts & Entertainment

07dec8:00 pm10:00 pmThe Joint Presents: Dustin Vance “Here I Go Again”301 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114Event Type :Argenta,Arts & Entertainment

08dec7:00 pm9:00 pmFestival of the Senses: Natural State Brass Band4106 JFK Blvd.Event Type :Arts & Entertainment,Live Music

The Old Mill at T. R. Pugh Memorial Park
Kayak sunset tour with Rock Town River Outfitters
Kayak the Arkansas River with Rock Town River Outfitters (Photo by Lori Sparkman)
Tour WWII submarine at Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
Meet the animals and learn about sustainable farming at St. Joseph Center of Arkansas
Rock Region Metro Streetcar
Family-friendly in North Little Rock
Dog-friendly in North Little Rock
Scenic views at Emerald Park
Enjoy live music and relax at Argenta Plaza
Discover beautiful murals all over North Little Rock


In North Little Rock, you’re going to find excellent food – whether you are dining in, dining on outdoor patios or ordering to go! Summer may be hot in Arkansas, but that doesn’t keep us from enjoying outdoor patios and al fresco meals with friends and family.