Life Outside Work
In Little Rock You Can…
- Bicycle the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in North America (the Big Dam Bridge).
- Enjoy international entertainment while reveling in food and shopping at the largest festival in Arkansas, the annual International Greek Food Festival.
- Fish (trout or big bass).
- Golf on exceptional courses in preparation for graduation day when our residents vie for the Chairman’s Cup at Rebsamen golf course along the Arkansas River.
- Hunt (duck, deer and wild turkey).
- Indulge your taste buds at the immensely popular “International Food Fest,” “Jewish Food Festival,” or “India Fest” hosted annually by local communities living in Little Rock.
- Look into the life and times of the 42nd president by visiting the full-scale replica of the Oval Office in the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
- Root for the Arkansas Travelers (the Travs) as they play minor league baseball at Dickey Stephens Park.
- See the Little Rock Rangers soccer team compete at historic War Memorial Stadium in the heart of Little Rock.
- Shop the trendy Promenade at Chenal, Park Plaza Mall (the home store for the Dillard’s chain), Pleasant Ridge Town Center, or the Outlets of Little Rock.
- Sip beer at one of the area’s breweries.
- Stay in a Global Village or meet farm animals at the Heifer International campus
- Take a short drive west to sail on Lake Maumelle or climb Pinnacle Mountain.
- Vie for the title of Big Dipper at the annual World Cheese Dip Championship, one of the best food festivals in the nation for its family-friendly atmosphere.
- Watch the ponies run at Oaklawn, one of the country’s premiere thoroughbred racetracks since 1904, in nearby Hot Springs
What’s Great About Little Rock?
Little Rock offers the benefits of living in a bigger metropolitan area plus the conveniences of a smaller town. The cost of living in Little Rock is lower than the national average. Less traffic allows for shorter commutes.
Our neighborhoods range from luxurious, well-appointed loft apartments in midtown and downtown Little Rock, to the suburban and family-oriented dwellings of Chenal Valley, Hillcrest and The Heights.
The area west of downtown includes Chenal and Pleasant Valley. Many of our residents live in new apartment complexes in this area, including Bowman Pointe and the Pointe at Brodie Creek. West Little Rock also offers great restaurants and shopping.
The River Market
The River Market District is full of great restaurants and nightlife, complimented by outdoor amenities such as Riverfront Park and unique shops. And trolleys run through it! The Clinton Presidential Library sits on a 30-acre city park on the banks of the Arkansas River, and the replica of the White House Oval Office and Cabinet Room is worth a trip.
With some excellent schools, Little Rock is very family-friendly. The Museum of Discovery is a great science museum for kids. The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theater offers wonderful productions. In addition to its collection of books, DVDs and CDs, the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library has a computer lab, teaching kitchen, theater, and community room. There are also trampoline parks and indoor climbing facilities.
Arkansas’s capital city offers an amazing selection of local restaurants, award-winning chefs and unique local dining, which provides a dining experience that can only be found in Little Rock. Some of our resident’s favorites include Maddie’s Place, Zaza’s Pizza, The Pantry, Lost 40, Big Orange, Dam Goode Pies, Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, Whole Hog, Flying Fish, Baja Grill, Boulevard Bread and Three Fold Noodles.
Because Little Rock is centrally located in Arkansas, there are many things to do within a short drive. Floating the Buffalo River is a popular summer activity. Northwest Arkansas includes Fayetteville if you want to watch a Razorback football or basketball game. Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has five centuries of American masterworks and admission is free! Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro is one of the only places in the world where you can search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source – finders’ keepers! Hot Springs offers several attractions, including Magic Springs waterpark and Garvan Woodland Botanical Gardens – its new $1 million treehouse is every kid’s dream. If you want to head out of the area for a weekend, Dallas, Memphis, Tulsa, and Nashville are short drives. Little Rock has a great airport that is easy to navigate with short wait times.
Learn More About Little Rock
If you’re considering a move to Arkansas, you’ll be glad to learn that UAMS offers the opportunity to be mentored by national leaders in health care in a location that offers great quality of life.