One of the coolest things to do in Little Rock is to visit the Clinton Presidential Library (also in the River Market district). Part museum and part archives, presidential libraries are built to house the all the documents from an administration and serve as a museum to preserve the president’s legacy. They also educate the public on the presidency and world events during that president’s tenure (Read more here).
The Clinton Library has the only replica of the Oval Office outside of the White House, and features the office just as “42” left it. There’s also a replica cabinet room – the backs of the chairs have each cabinet secretary’s nameplate, so you can sit in anyone’s chair and view the interactive exhibits on the table.
The design inspiration for the main part of the museum was The Long Room at Trinity College Dublin. Each of the blue boxes houses documents from Clinton’s administration – there are over 4,500 boxes on display in the museum and they still only account for about 3% of the total documents.
The Beatles exhibit featured a lot of memorabilia, their instruments, and some of their performance clothes. At right. Paul McCartney’s Shea Stadium jacket.
You can expect to spend around 2-3 hours exploring the Library. It’s connected to the rest of the River District by paved walking and bike paths, and it’s about a 5 minute walk (they also have free parking if you aren’t inclined to walk it).
Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro – 200 River Market Ave. Ste. 150, Little Rock, Arkansas
If you find yourself in Little Rock, you must eat at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro – it really is that good! Dizzy’s is an independently owned restaurant in the River Market district and they have a great eclectic atmosphere with the best cheese dip (it’s award-winning) and the best Philly cheesesteak I’ve ever eaten.
The black walls/ceiling paired with the bright table settings, chandeliers, art, and music from the 60’s to 90’s make the atmosphere really fun, but still nice for intimate conversation.
Pictured: Award Winning Le Petite Roche Cheese Dip & Philly Cheesesteak
Their cheese dip is bechemel-based with three cheeses, four pepper varieties and salsa, topped with pico de gallo, sour cream, and scallions. Their Philly Cheesesteak (which was the day’s special) was topped with alfredo sauce, fresh tomatoes and lettuce on a brioche bun. I was slightly skeptical about the alfredo sauce, but it really made the dish! Just looking at these pictures makes me want to drive the five hours to get back there!
Last week I took advantage of a few warm and sunny January days to get away and combat the winter blues. I’d never been to Little Rock, so I didn’t know what it had in store, but I have to say it was a pleasantly surprising city!
The River Market is situated along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock. In warmer months it features their farmer’s market, but is also home to shopping, dining, the Museum of Discovery, the Clinton Presidential Library Center, and miles of very walkable/bikeable trails. I’ll be sharing a few specific sights over the next few days, but for now here are some scenes from River Market.