From stylish hotels in Little Rock, charming places to stay in Fayetteville, beautiful inns in Eureka Springs, wedding venues, and historic B&Bs in Hot Springs, there are many unique places to stay in Arkansas. Couples looking for an array of things to see and do can head to Little Rock, AR or Fayetteville where they can explore museums, see a show and try new flavors at local restaurants. Our list includes many quiet country escapes for those who want to get away and relax surrounded by beautiful mountains, waterfalls and lakes. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Cliff Cottage Inn
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When the entire city is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its almost fairy tale-like Victorian beauty, you can expect quite a few treasures. Cliff Cottage Inn is so magnificently preserved and renovated that you will feel as if you’ve been transported to the romantic Victorian era of horse carriages and damsels in distress. It is a dreamy place for a romantic getaway or even an elopement.
The inn’s accommodations range from luxury suites in the main cottage to the Place Next Door to two private cottages. Individual cottages have fully equipped kitchens, outdoor hot tubs, and views of the forest or village. Guests are greeted with cold champagne, and those in suites will enjoy a sumptuous gourmet breakfast. If you ever decide to leave your suite, some excellent restaurants, clubs, and pubs are just steps away. Best Things to Do in Eureka Springs
42 Armstrong, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 479-253-7409
2.Captain Henderson House Bed and Breakfast
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this beautifully restored Victorian-era bed and breakfast is located on the campus of Henderson State University. The Captain Henderson House Bed and Breakfast gives visitors the opportunity to experience true Southern architecture and style first hand.
Each of the eight guest rooms has been expertly restored in keeping with the history of the building, and they are furnished to reflect the grace and style of a by-gone era without sacrificing any modern conveniences such as private bathrooms, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and climate control. Local attractions include the DeSoto Bluff hiking trail, the planetarium, and the Clark County Historical Museum.
349 N 10th St, Arkadelphia, AR 71923, 870-230-5544
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3.Lookout Point Inn
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Snuggled in the Ouachita Mountains on the banks of the lovely Lake Hamilton, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is a romantic sanctuary and a perfect getaway destination in the charming town of Hot Springs.
Beautifully designed in the Arts & Crafts style with rich wooden floors, plush furniture, original art on the walls, and a library and sun room, the Lookout Point Inn welcomes guests to its luxurious, spacious rooms with all modern amenities. Each room has a splendid view of the lake and the garden, a private bathroom with a whirlpool tub in some, luxury linens, comfortable chairs, free Wi-Fi, a flat TV/DVD, and a phone. A gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room or out by the waterfalls. Best Things to Do in Hot Springs
104 Lookout Cir, Hot Springs, AR 71913, 501-525-6155
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4.Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast
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What were Al Capone and Jesse James up to when they stayed at the Hilltop Manor? This beautifully crafted old inn built in 1910 in the Craftsman style used to host many colorful celebrities in its time before being converted to a bed and breakfast. Surrounded by magnificently landscaped gardens, Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast is opulent and luxurious and wraps guests in the warmth and decadence of its leather armchairs, stone fireplaces, and beautifully crafted period antiques.
Five exceptionally appointed suites have spacious sitting areas, decadent bathroom, fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and much more. Gourmet breakfast is served in the inn’s elegant dining room with a huge stone fireplace or on the front porch overlooking the waterfall.
2009 Park Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901, 501-625-7829
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5.Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast
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Overlooking the peaceful, verdant Arkansas hills and lush, meticulously landscaped gardens, Arsenic & Old Lace Bed and Breakfast is a quaint Victorian home with an air of romance, a perfect getaway from the stress of modern life. Located in the historic Eureka at the foot of the Ozark Mountains, the lovely Victorian beauty has been converted into a luxury bed and breakfast that perfectly blends the elegance of old times and the amenities of new.
Luxury suites and rooms are tastefully decorated with period antiques, original art, stained glass windows, and crystal chandeliers. Add to that wireless Internet, cable TV, and private bathrooms, and you have the best of both worlds. This charming bed and breakfast is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding or a business retreat, or it can serve as your base while you’re in town for the Eureka Springs Passion Play festival.
60 Hillside Ave, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 866-350-5454 or 479-253-5454
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6.Arkansas Vacations: Inn at Carnall Hall
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Since it was built in 1906, Carnall Hall in Fayetteville has been the first women’s dormitory on the campus of the University of Arkansas, a fraternity house and a storage space for classroom and office overflow. After almost a century of lively student activity, in 2003 the historic building was converted to an inn and opened to everyone visiting the university or town of Fayetteville and searching for comfortable and elegant lodging.
All rooms are unique, comfortable, and understated with private baths and modern conveniences. Many have a desk and/or sitting area. The most popular rooms have a view of the campus’s Old Main Lawn, planted with trees native to Arkansas. The inn’s on-site restaurant Ella’s offers complimentary breakfast for the guests in their beautiful, tasteful dining room. Best Things to Do in Fayetteville
465 Arkansas Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701, 800-678-8946
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7.Weekend getaways in Arkansas: Capital Hotel
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Capital Hotel is a beautiful historic hotel and has been a favorite destination since it first opened in 1870, complete with indoor plumbing and an elevator. Today the hotel combines modern comforts with old-world charm to produce an elegant and romantic ambiance.
There are 94 modern, stylish, and very comfortable rooms with all the modern comforts you require such as custom-designed mattresses, cable TV, an in-room safe, climate control, complimentary Wi-Fi, and luxurious linens and bath requisites. You can pamper your taste-buds at the Michelin-starred One Eleven restaurant or the Capital Bar and Grill. In short, the Capital is an ideal romantic destination if you want to fully explore Little Rock. Best Things to Do in Little Rock
111 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-370-7062 | 501-374-7474
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8.The Empress of Little Rock
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You can imagine a damsel in distress crying from the tower’s tiny window, waiting for her hero on a white horse to come and rescue her. This scene takes place not in Camelot but right in downtown Little Rock, where the Hornibrook Mansion stands proud with its imposing corner tower, stained glass windows, and wrap-around porches, looking much like it did when it was completed in 1888. The Victorian beauty was meticulously renovated with careful care to preserve all the original details but to bring it into the 21st century with the amenities modern guests expect.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and looking like it belongs in Downtown Abbey, what was once the Hornibrook Mansion is today a luxurious bed and breakfast rich with character and full of period antiques. It offers a very special experience to even most discerning guests. Each suite has a king or queen feather bed, fireplace, a jet shower with hydrotherapy massage, aromatherapy steam sauna, Wi-Fi, iPod docking station, cable TV, separate sitting areas, and two-course fabulous gourmet breakfast.
2120 Louisiana St., Little Rock, AR 72206, 501-374-7966
9.Red Bud Manor Inn
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Immerse yourself in the nostalgic, more elegant past at the beautiful Red Bud Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast. This refined and historic Victorian manor was designed in 1891 in the Colonial Revival style. Lovingly restored, it became the first Arkansas Bed and Breakfast in 1980. It is located in the heart of Eureka Springs and surrounded by expansive, lush, and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The Inn offers three unique luxurious suites with antique furniture, private bathrooms, comfortable armchairs, and modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Guests are invited to enjoy the inn’s two-person hammocks on the spacious front porch, the elegant dining room, and the parlor filled with period antiques. Gourmet breakfast is served in the parlor on the exquisite Chippendale dining table appointed with Blue Willow china and antique crystal.
7 Kingshighway, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 479-253-9649
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10.Mount Victoria Bed and Breakfast
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Once you enter your luxurious suite filled with precious antiques and lovely period details of the Mount Victoria Bed and Breakfast, you might not come out for days. Let yourself be pampered in this award-winning and meticulously restored 1902 Colonial Revival inn where comfort, romance, and modern amenities go hand in hand.
The oversized tub, cozy reading nooks, original art, and plush bed linens will treat all your senses. Don’t worry, as all modern amenities are there. You will find a flat-screen TV hidden in the antique armoire, and a lovely claw foot tub has been updated with modern shower and pampering bath supplies. Enjoy the view of the garden from one of the two spacious porches and have a glass of wine with your darling before heading out to one of the many superb restaurants, classy galleries, and antique shops just around the corner.
28 Fairmont, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 479-253-7979
11.1884 Wildwood Bed and Breakfast Inn
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1884 Wildwood Bed and Breakfast Inn is perfectly positioned on a large 1-acre plot with a mature garden just half a mile from Bathhouse Row in historic downtown Hot Springs.
The Inn dates back to 1873 and is furnished and decorated to reflect its interesting past when it was built as an elegant country house and welcomed many visitors to its wonderful ballroom.
Each of the rooms has a private bathroom and cable TV, and if you choose one of the two cottages you will also have a delightful whirlpool bathtub as well as a shower and a private outdoor porch. The inn is renowned for serving the best breakfast in the area and offers special Rest and Romance packages.
808 Park Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901, 501-624-4267 | 888-763-3707
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12.Weekend getaways in Arkansas: PJ's White River Lodge
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PJ's White River Lodge is a fishing lodge with a twist: you do not have to rough it in order to catch some fabulous fish or to explore the wilds of the nearby Ozarks with your darling. The lodge is located on the banks of the cool and clear White River in Norfork, Arkansas. You can sleep in one of the eight cozy and beautifully decorated rooms and literally watch fish jump out of the water.
Each room has a private bathroom and a lovely deck where you can have your morning cup of coffee while listening to the birds and watching the river flow by. The lodge has a charming bar and the gourmet restaurant River Run, featuring a magnificent dining room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water. When weather permits, meals are served on the outside deck surrounded by the lush greenery. Next read: 25 Best Lakes in Arkansas
384 Lodge Ln, Norfork, AR 72658, 870-499-7500
13.Robinwood Bed and Breakfast
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Sit on a spacious old-fashioned porch with a cup of coffee and watch the world go by on a peaceful tree-lined street just a short walk from the bustling downtown of Little Rock. Little Rock is a thriving modern city with a rich past, and whether you are visiting for a business meeting or for a relaxing weekend getaway, Robinwood Bed and Breakfast is a great place to stay.
The classic décor of the common spaces invite socializing with your fellow travelers, while each of the five cozy guest rooms will envelop you in comfort and pamper you with all modern amenities. Rooms are beautifully decorated and have private bathrooms, cable TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Some even have a microwave and/or fridge. A gourmet breakfast with homemade pastries and other goodies is served in the sunny dining room, and if you are on a romantic weekend escape, you can have it in bed.
2021 S Arch St, Little Rock, AR 72206, 501-372-0999
14.Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast
© Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast
There are not many towns more romantic than Eureka Springs. Nestled on the steep hills of the Ozark Mountains, this town has many quaint cobblestoned streets lined with beautiful Victorian homes. If you are planning a small wedding, check out the charming Rock Cottage Gardens Inn, located only ten minutes from downtown and surrounded by magnificent lawns and flower beds. It boasts five exclusively private, luxurious cottages and even an onsite chapel.
Each cottage is uniquely decorated with its own character, but all of them have stately fireplaces, a two-person tub, a fridge, cable TV, Wi-Fi, DVD players, and beautiful views of the garden. The inn’s three-course homemade breakfasts are famous and are served in the inn’s lovely dining room.
10 Eugenia St, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 479-253-8659
15.Wildflower Bed and Breakfast On the Square
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If you are coming to Mountain View for the Bluegrass Festival in the fall or some other musical event in this Folk Music Capital of the World, you will love having Wildflower Bed and Breakfast On the Square as your base. Located in a historic building listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the bed and breakfast is located right on the historic Square.
It offers charming, cozy, and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, cable TVs, Wi-Fi, fridges, and luxury linens. Guests love the inn’s homemade gourmet breakfasts with all the comfort foods of home. Best Things to Do in Mountain View
100 W Washington St, Mountain View, AR 72560, 870-269-4383
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16.Arkansas Vacations: Trade Winds Lodging
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The establishment’s original design as a motor court ensured a quirky, unique design for each suite in the Trade Winds Lodging. All suites have private entrances and bathrooms, cable TV, Wi-Fi and luxury linens. Some of them also have jetted tubs, and others have fridges. The fun common space has a small pool, which is a site for poolside movie events in warmer seasons.
If you choose a breakfast with your suite, it will come to you in the morning hot, homemade, and delicious. There is a lot to do in Eureka Springs, so jump on a tram that stops just outside of the lodge’s door and head to the lively downtown of this historic little town.
141 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 479-363-6189
17.Weekend getaways in Arkansas: The White River Inn
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The White River Inn is a boutique style luxury Bed and Breakfast situated on an elevated 31-acre plot overlooking the picturesque White River close to the town of Cotter in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. The White River Inn offers just 5 elegant and secluded suites, each with a private entrance, a cheerful fireplace, HD TV, and lovely leather couches made for two.
Some of the bathrooms feature whirlpool tubs for two while some have stand-alone showers. The rooms are beautifully furnished in the Mission Style, and luxury linen and bedcovers and a Keurig coffee maker complete the pampering. Cotter is in a very central location, providing easy access to exceptional fly-fishing, boating, water sports, and walking trails.
924 Country Road 174, Cotter, AR 72626, 870-430-2233
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18.Arkansas Vacations: The Burgundy Hotel
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Art lovers will feel right at home when they step into the art-filled lobby of this inviting and modern boutique-style hotel in west Little Rock. The all-suite hotel offers a total of 53 beautifully furnished and individually decorated suites, all featuring diverse art from local Little Rock artists (all of which is available to purchase).
The suites have a small sitting area separate from the bedroom, and each has a refrigerator and microwave, smart LCD TV, working area, coffee maker, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel has an inviting pool area and a fitness room. Table 28, the on-site restaurant, is one of the best eateries in Little Rock, and it features classic modern American cuisine.
1501 Merrill Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72211, 501-224-8051 | 800-422-8051
19.Tiffany's Bed and Breakfast
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Tiffany’s Bed and Breakfast is perfectly situated to offer city dwellers a romantic destination where they can unwind and revive body and soul surrounded by nature. The bed and breakfast is the epitome of peace nestled in a 60-acre wood just 14 miles from the town of Hot Springs in the heart of Hot Springs National Park.
The warm and inviting rooms are all individually decorated and have a queen or king-size bed, a sitting area (or window seat) and a private bathroom with either a whirlpool bath or bath/shower combination. A delicious hot breakfast is served before you set out to explore. Near-by activities include water-sports, horse riding, hiking, walking, and all the spa facilities in Hot Springs. Next read: Best Resorts in Arkansas
1632 Highway 347, Bismarck, AR 71929, 501-865-6060
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20.The Inn at Mountain View
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The Inn at Mountain View occupies a listed historic building on Courthouse Square in the heart of the Blue Grass and Folk Music capital of the world, historic Mountain View. Although the inn has been standing since 1886, you can expect comfortable rooms with all the necessary modern conveniences, including private bathrooms and cable TV.
The furnishings include antique beds and lovely flowery quilts to set the scene. For a romantic getaway you can request the Garden Suite, which has a great whirlpool tub-for-two. Hot breakfasts get you off to a good start, and there is plenty to see and do in the area including biking trails, hiking, fishing, and the spectacular Blanchard Springs Caverns.
307 W.Washington St, Mountain View, AR 72560, 870-260-4200
21.Three Oaks Resort
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Three Oaks Resort offers comfortable, rustic stone cottages ideally positioned along the shores of Norfork Lake close to Mountain Home. The cottages vary in size from cozy and romantic studio cabins to large 2-bedroom/8 sleeper cottages to suit families. The kitchens are rather basic but fully equipped for preparing simple meals, and each cottage has an outside charcoal grill and picnic table as well as satellite TV, air-conditioning, and bed linens.
At Three Oaks resort, the emphasis is on outdoor fun, and activities include boating, fishing, golf, and hiking or biking along the beautiful and extensive lake shores. If you are looking for romantic cabins in Arkansas, this is a unique place to stay.
113 Three Oaks Lane, Gamaliel AR 72537, 870-467-5283 | 877-636-3541
22.Arkansas Vacations: Heartstone Inn
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Standing proudly on a beautiful tree-lined street in downtown Eureka Springs at the foot of the Ozark Mountains, Heartstone Inn is a magnificent Victorian mansion built in 1903. It is located in the town’s historic district and is surrounded by art galleries, great restaurants and quaint shops. Charming Eureka Springs trolley stops right outside of the Inn’s door, and the sprawling estate is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
The inn has 11 luxuriously appointed rooms, cottages, and suites with beautiful décor, spacious sitting areas, private bathrooms, opulent linens, and amenities such as free Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV. A large wrap-around porch offers a romantic locale where you can admire the lush gardens with the love of your life. An exceptionally good breakfast is served in the inn’s elegant dining room, and you can expect such treats as Crème Brulee French Toast, Hash Brown Bake, Baked Eggs Benedict and hot Peach Imperial Muffins.
35 Kingshighway, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 479-253-8916
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23.The Palace Hotel and Bath House
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Comfortably ensconced in the historic Downtown District of Eureka Springs, the Palace Hotel and Bath House has been pampering visitors for over 113 years. The hotel is just a short walk from intriguing shops, restaurants, galleries, and bars and the rich and varied architecture of Eureka Springs surrounds you at every turn.
The rooms and suites offer a pleasing combination of modern and antique elements to provide an elegant turn-of-the-century atmosphere that is very conducive to romance. The historic Bath House on the lower level of the hotel is the cherry on the top, featuring a full spa menu in a delightfully retro ambiance.
135 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632, 866-946-0572 | 479-253-7474
24.Pratt Place Inn
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Step through the beautiful French walnut doors of Pratt Place Inn and find yourself surrounded by beautiful antiques that reflect the grandeur and elegance of this boutique style hotel situated just minutes from downtown Fayetteville. Each of the 7 rooms features a romantic king-size antique bed and magnificent French armoire as well as all the necessary modern conveniences.
All rooms have views over the gardens or the woods, and the private bathrooms are very spacious and have both double-whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers. The only exception is the Redbud bathroom, which is adapted for wheelchair access. The hotel has an on-site spa and yoga room, and breakfasts are served in the dining room or on your private patio. Things to Do in Fayetteville
2231 West Markham Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701, 479-966-4441
25 Best Romantic Getaways in Arkansas
- Cliff Cottage Inn, Photo: Cliff Cottage Inn
- Captain Henderson House Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Captain Henderson House Bed and Breakfast
- Lookout Point Inn, Photo: Lookout Point Inn
- Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Hilltop Manor Bed and Breakfast
- Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast
- Arkansas Vacations: Inn at Carnall Hall, Photo: Inn at Carnall Hall
- Weekend getaways in Arkansas: Capital Hotel, Photo: Capital Hotel
- The Empress of Little Rock, Photo: The Empress of Little Rock
- Red Bud Manor Inn, Photo: Red Bud Manor Inn
- Mount Victoria Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Mount Victoria Bed and Breakfast
- 1884 Wildwood Bed and Breakfast Inn, Photo: 1884 Wildwood Bed and Breakfast Inn
- Weekend getaways in Arkansas: PJ's White River Lodge, Photo: PJ's White River Lodge
- Robinwood Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Robinwood Bed and Breakfast
- Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast
- Wildflower Bed and Breakfast On the Square, Photo: Wildflower Bed and Breakfast On the Square
- Arkansas Vacations: Trade Winds Lodging, Photo: Trade Winds Lodging
- Weekend getaways in Arkansas: The White River Inn, Photo: The White River Inn
- Arkansas Vacations: The Burgundy Hotel, Photo: The Burgundy Hotel
- Tiffany's Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Tiffany's Bed and Breakfast
- The Inn at Mountain View, Photo: The Inn at Mountain View
- Three Oaks Resort, Photo: Three Oaks Resort
- Arkansas Vacations: Heartstone Inn, Photo: Heartstone Inn
- The Palace Hotel and Bath House, Photo: The Palace Hotel
- Pratt Place Inn, Photo: Pratt Place Inn
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Attraction Spotlight: Museum of Discovery
Just a block from the river and walking distance to the heart of downtown Little Rock, the Museum of Discovery is a unique and fascinating attraction. The museum is a member of the Arkansas Discovery Network, which is a partnership of other museums and science centers that serve underserved and rural areas of the state.
The mission of this network is to increase inquiry learning, which is a process of encouraging learning through posing questions or problems, rather than just passing knowledge. Inquiry learning increases children’s involvement in the learning processes and can lead to improved comprehension. The Discovery Museum is a jumping off point for this learning process, working to provide accesses to this experiential education to all.
Originally established as the Museum of Natural History and Antiquities in 1927, the Discovery Museum is the oldest museum in Little Rock. It was given to the City of Little Rock as a Christmas present in 1929, and moved around the City, from City hall to MacArthur Park over the subsequent decades. Throughout the twentieth century, the Museum acquired roughly 14,000 artifacts, animals and insects.
It was accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993, again in 2001, and became an affiliate of the Smithsonian in 2003. Moving to its current site in 1998 spanning 40,000 square feet, a 2011 renovation added a new entrance and interactive exhibits. The mission of the Museum of Discovery is to “ignite a passion for science, technology and math in a dynamic, interactive environment.”
The museum features a wide range of permanent exhibits to educate, entertain and spur the imagination. Striving to give each visitor a one of a kind experience, the exhibits are interactive inviting visitors of all ages to look further, dig deeper and explore. These innovative and imaginative exhibits have drawn incredible attention, from setting world records to TV appearances from the Museum’s Science Experts.
The Amazing You! Exhibit, presented by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is an adventure exploring a topic pretty close to home: the human body. This exhibit opens the mind with questions about the body, how it works, how the mind works, and how to take care of it all. From the impact of healthy choices on the body, to the energy it take to do what kids do every day, this illuminating exhibition will leave visitors with a little greater self-awareness.
AETN Public Media Center
This relaxing space is replete with everything needed to answer any remaining questions sparked from the Museum’s exhibits. Guests can watch videos, explore the internet and relax in a comfortable environment. A partnership with AETN Public Television, this feature compliments the other exhibits and promotes continued science learning.
Expansive and impressive, Discovery Hall dives into some very deep questions. From what is energy to how many really is a million, this exhibit creates questions and guides answers. Using Math as the instrument for exploration, visitors examine quantity, shape, pattern, energy, and force.
Earth Journeys take adventurers on a trip through Arkansas, discovering its specific geographic features and weather patterns over a huge map. In Tornado Alley Theater, visitors actually experience the sound and sight of a recreated miniature tornado, learning more about this extreme weather event common to Arkansas. The experience becomes even more real, complimented by voices of tornado survivors telling their stories.
In addition to the geographic and meteorological activities at Earth Journeys, there are animal exhibits as well. With more than 65 creates that crawl, fly, slither, hop and hiss, the Discovery Museums practically has a miniature zoo within it walls. Animals in this exhibit include geckos, rabbits, hedgehogs, tarantulas, bearded dragons and many more.
Covering 6,000 square feet of space, the Great Hall lives up to its name. Featuring a massive Helix Wave sculpture by distinguished artist Reuben Margonlin, the space is as impressive as it is large. Comfortable seating and smaller exhibits make this area a great place to sit down and take in all the learning from the day. Access to the gift shop is nearby, enabling visitors to take a bit of the Discovery learning process with them.
With a dragon guarding a castle entrance, the Room to Grow captures the imagination from the start. Specifically targeted to children age six and under, this space focuses on the specific educational needs of the younger adventurers. With creative and interactive exhibits for parents to work on with their children, this room is a memorable experience for the whole family.
Learning at the Discovery Museum is not just about the exhibits presented by the organization, but also about what each visitor does and creates while there. This is where the Tinkering Studio comes in. Hands on building, creating, forming and fashioning activities spur imagination and improvisation. Wild and crazy ideas are nurtured to grow in this unique environment.
A visit to the Discovery Museum would not be complete without experiencing the World Record Musical Bi-Polar Tesla Coil. Having debuted in July 2015, the coil has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. Named for inventor Nikola Tesla, the coil creates high-voltage electricity at a high frequency, making the phenomenon visible to the audience. Producing 200,000 volts of electricity, the device was built by Goodchild Engineering and donated to the Museum. The Tesla Coil is experienced in its own theater, and is a small additional charge.
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The Museum of Discovery displays an ongoing commitment to learning and education, offering programs, camps, and resources to accomplish this goal. The annual program guide provides a comprehensive overview of the yearly programs on offer, and include such intriguing activities as Lego® Robotics, theater shows, science labs, amusement park engineering, and many more. Overnight Experiences, known as Camp Ins are also available, giving guests the opportunity to wake up with wonder at the Museum. Family STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) night provide more engaging classes to enjoy. Held after hours, these include all the exhibits of the museum, with additional demonstrations and special programming for families.
Other ongoing programs include a summer camp series, targeting children aged four to thirteen. Each week long camp provides an interactive experience, focused on one of a variety of topics, from Wiggle Worms Lil’ Chemists to Science Sampler. The fun is not just for kids, however, with the Summer Science institute providing STEM workshops for science enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, the Museum also brings science out to the community, with a variety of outreach initiatives that can be delivered in any classroom or auditorium.
Outside of the programming, camps and classes, the Museum of Discovery also hosts a wide array of events. These include such topics as Discovering Excellence in Arkansas, which brings together STEM professionals to interact with students and engage in activities. Periodic Saturday Discoveries are workshops for children designed to cultivate a love of science. Wiggle Worms, also held weekly, is a popular program for the six and under group to engage in interactive, hands-on experiments and activities. Science After Dark, a monthly event just for adults, is a themed night of activity and fun in a unique setting. At the Girls in STEM events, held annually over two weeks, the Museum invites young women from age eleven to fourteen to meet women in the sciences and engage in science, technology, engineering and math activities. Other annual events include Tinkerfest, a day devoted to the art of creation and innovation through building and engineering, and Spark! The Museum’s annual gala fundraising event.
To make the most of a visit to the Museum of Discovery, visitors are encouraged to visit the Museum’s Youtube Channel to see what they have been working on. The Latest News, available on the website, also provides updates about what is going on at the Museum, including events and feature exhibit schedules. The Museum is conveniently located in the downtown area of Little Rock, with free parking a short walk from the entrance.
To keep the fun going after you have departed, visit the Museum of Discovery website to submit a question to the Mad Scientist. Ask anything science related on their easy to navigate form. Such past questions have included queries on the evidence of other solar systems in other galaxies and what is a white whole? This fun website feature encourages visitors to continue their journey of inquiry learning long after they have returned home.
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500 President Clinton Ave #150, Little Rock, AR 72201, Phone: 501-396-7050
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