6 Hidden Gems You Need to See in Little Rock

hidden gems in little rock

Whether you are new to Little Rock or a lifelong resident, most people tend to know where the “hot spots” are in town. The River Market, the Clinton Presidential Library, Pinnacle Mountain…yes, they are all Little Rock landmarks, but that’s not all this city has to offer. If you’re looking for something “different” to do off the beaten path, we have got you covered. Check out these awesome hidden gems in Little Rock to discover more of what makes life here a great one.

  1. The Food Truck Stop at Station 801

Feeling hungry? Luckily for us, the Main Street Food Festival (held once a year) isn’t the only time you can experience some of Little Rock’s best food trucks anymore. Now, you can tantalize your taste buds any week day for lunch at The Food Truck Stop at Station 801, which is a hidden Little Rock gem just off I-630 on Chester Street.

Several different food trucks set up shop there daily, so you will probably never have the same meal twice. Stop by sometime on a nice day to see what they have and enjoy it in their open outdoor seating.

  1. Mystery Mansion Escape Room

Once the home of Senator Joe T. Robinson, this beautiful house in the Quapaw Quarter has been converted into what we now know as the Mystery Mansion. The mysteries you will find inside are those contained in several escape rooms, which vary in difficulty. You can book an escape room for a private group, or venture into an open group reservation to solve puzzles and riddles with others. Whatever you decide to do, expect to challenge yourself and have an insane amount of fun trying to escape in under an hour!

  1. The Joint

If there isn’t a traveling Broadway show or major recording artist playing in town, many locals tend to think that there aren’t any good live acts to go see. They would be wrong! At The Joint in North Little Rock’s Argenta District, you can see hilarious live comedy multiple times a week.

Every Tuesday, there’s an open mic night for stand-up comedy. Every Wednesday, their improv troupe performs and what they do in entirely based on ideas from the audience! It’s ridiculously entertaining! The theater and coffeehouse also plays host to other artists and acts throughout the week, so check their schedule to see what’s happening the next time you have a free night.

  1. Toddy Trolley

You’ve seen the trollies rolling around Downtown, right? Well, this one is a little different and not many know it even exists. The Toddy Trolley is like a private, mobile pub crawl. You reserve it for a designated date and time, it picks up your group, and then you spend the day stopping (and sipping) at our local breweries!

The Toddy Trolley is perfect if you want to do something special for a birthday, anniversary, bachelor/bachelorette party, or family event. Or, you can just get a group of friends together for a boozy afternoon of fun.

  1. ESSE Purse Museum

There are only three purse museums on the planet and we happen to have one right here in Little Rock! The permanent exhibit at ESSE Purse Museum hosts a collection of purses and their contents, cataloging the life of women throughout the 20th century.

After you check out the exhibit, you will undoubtedly enjoy perusing the museum’s store. That alone is a hidden Little Rock gem. There, you will find beautiful—often, handmade—purses, jewelry, and other unique accessories from designers and artisans all over the world.

  1. Third Realm

Third Realm just opened down the street from us (off Colonel Glenn) and we are already obsessed. It may look like your average trampoline park from the outside, but inside it is so much more. They have a rock climbing wall, aerial silks, extreme dodgeball, ninja obstacle courses, and more, in addition to a vast open range of trampolines. Anyone of any age will find some fun there, and get a great workout!

Looking for something else to do? Try one of our favorite local restaurants or visit Little Rock’s top attractions. For other suggestions regarding hidden gems in Little Rock, contact us or ask a concierge next time you’re in the clubhouse.

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