Looking for a family getaway with a newborn or a toddler? Then you definitely need to add Little Rock, Arkansas to your list. I recently visited with my husband and baby Jackson and had a fun-filled trip full of good food, art, history and baby-friendly fun. Here is a recap of my Southern Family Vacation in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Southern Family Vacation: Little Rock, Arkansas – Arts, Food and More!
Anyone who knows me, knows I love traditional homes and holiday decor. The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion did not disappoint. Here are a few pictures of my favorite home decor and holiday fun from the mansion.
Little Rock Old State House Museum
Built in 1836, The Old State House is the oldest standing capitol building west of the Mississippi River. Today, the Greek-Revival style structure houses a museum of Arkansas history.
Here are a few of the permanent exhibits that I truly enjoyed in addition to the beautiful architecture:
– Arkansas First Ladies’ Gowns showcases the museum’s exquisite collection of over 30 inaugural gowns dating from 1889 to the present. Visitors will also see accessories like jewelry, shoes and handbags.
– As Long as Life Shall Last: The Legacy of Arkansas Women details the role of women in Arkansas and demonstrates the complexities of women’s experiences over the past two centuries.
Additionally, I truly enjoyed getting to see the temporary exhibit “A Piece of My Soul: Quilts By Black Arkansans.”
This exhibit explores African-American quilting and is not one to miss. The quilts were absolutely gorgeous and you can even pick up memorabilia and gifts made specifically for the exhibit at the Old State House Gift store.
Hearne Fine Art
If you want to explore the African-American art world of Arkansas, the Hearne Fine Art gallery should be at the top of your list. From children’s books to beautiful prints and busts, this gallery has it all. Founded in June 1988 by Archie and Garbo Hearne, Hearne Fine Art strives to carry out a mission rooted in education. Here are few of my favorite pieces from the gallery. Admission is free, which is great for a family trip.
Want to stop by a few more galleries? Here are a few that I got to see on my trip and you should definitely add to your itinerary:
— Arkansas Arts Center, which offers free admission and houses both traveling exhibitions and an exceptional permanent collections
–ESSE Purse Museum on South Main street, the only American museum dedicated to the art of the handbag.
Little Rock Marriott Convention Center
Looking for a true downtown experience with great food and art? Be sure to stay at the Little Rock Marriott near the Convention center. The Heritage Grille food was delicious and budget-friendly for a family ($10 gourmet buffet for a win!). Not to mention they have local art exhibits throughout the restaurant and spa services on site for a busy mom looking to pamper herself while dad is on baby duty (self-care is always a must!)
Doe’s Eat Place
This President Clinton staple did not disappoint. Between the waitress loving our baby and out-of-this-world steak and fries, Doe’s Eat Place is a great way to enjoy some Arkansas steakhouse food while staying baby friendly. We definitely ordered way too much food but don’t regret it one bit!
I adore historic homes and love getting a chance to see and tour them where I visit. If you are looking for your fix of traditional and historic homes, be sure to check out the Quapaw Quarter.
I got to tour a few of the historic homes and they were absolutely gorgeous, full of beautiful decor, historical ties and lots of memories! Truly an antique lover’s dream! Here is a picture of Curran Hall, which is the oldest home in the Quapaw Quarter and also available to rent for events. Can someone say southern wedding! The Quapaw Quarter also includes Central High School, which we have pictured below.
My family had a great time and we definitely plan to come back. The food was great (my husband ate Gumbo three times, and even walked in the snow to get it) and I bought more art and coffee table books that I would want to admit and above all else, Jackson had a great time and the city is definitely baby and mom friendly (everyone volunteered to hold him when I looked like I was struggling). Want to learn more and plan your Winter or Spring Getaway? Click here to find more information for an Arkansas getaway.
**This blog post is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. All thoughts and opinions are my own.