Tired of the same attractions in your town? Check out all the adventures Pulaski County has to offer! Pulaski County is the capital county of Arkansas and has plenty of interesting, historical, and delicious things to discover. Our county is unique with both urban and rural areas all in one place. Here is a short list of things to do and explore in our awesome county!
1. Roundtop Filling Station
The Roundtop Filling Station in Sherwood (Pulaski County), Arkansas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1936 by the Pierce Oil Company. For years, the gas station-turned-landmark sat abandoned, but in the mid-2000s, restoration efforts of the station began and ultimately led to the station being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
Location: Old Hwy 67, North Little Rock, AR 72117
2. Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
Located on the North Shore Riverwalk in North Little Rock, the museum offers the chance to tour two historic naval vessels which were used during World War II: the tugboat “Hoga,” and the submarine “USS Razorback.” Visitors can explore the Hoga tugboat and learn about its crucial role during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Visitors can also get a feel for what life was like for sailors living in the USS Razorback, while learning about its fascinating history.
Location: 120 Riverfront Park Dr. North Little Rock, AR 72114
3. Lorance Creek Natural Area
Located just minutes from downtown Little Rock, this natural area conserves a cypress swamp and adjacent uplands. Along the paved trail, interpretive signs describe the history and natural features of the area. Lorance Creek comes to life during evening and at daybreak with a chorus of owls, frogs and other animal sounds. Natural areas like Lorance Creek truly make Pulaski County unique.
Location: 2800 Border Ln. Little Rock, AR 72206
4. Jacksonville Museum of Military History
The museum is housed inside of the former Jacksonville Ordinance Plant, which was the primary manufacturer of fuses and detonators during WWII. This museum was created to honor the men and women who have served our country. It highlights the important role of the military for not only Jacksonville, but the entire nation. Exhibits cover all major wars, including the Gulf and Iraq wars. Interactive displays, memorabilia, and a research room are also available to visitors.
Location: 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville, AR, 72076
5. Lake Willastein
Located in Maumelle, Lake Willastein Park has something for everyone. A 2.1 mile paved trail around the lake is perfect for walking or cycling. Canoes and kayaks, even fishing boats with small motors, are welcome on the lake. Did you know the lake is a popular fishing hole? Regularly stocked with Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Catfish and White crappie, the lake offers you the chance to reel in a catch of a lifetime. Lake Willastein Park has much more to explore like the ordinance bunkers. Make time to visit!
Location: Lake Willastein Dr. Maumelle, AR 72113
6. Macarthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
Known as the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur in 1880, the historic tower building now houses a museum of Arkansas’s military heritage from the state’s past to present. Visitors can explore numerous exhibits with over 400 original photos on display.
Location: MacArthur Park Historic District, 503 E 9th St. Little Rock, AR 72202
7. Knoop Park
A beautiful park tucked away in the Hillcrest Historic District boasts an excellent view of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River. Visitors can enjoy walking the 1.3-mile paved walking trail and find a wide range of wildlife. If visitors look hard enough, they can discover the echo rock (hint is in the photo). The park was named after Little Rock author Faith Yingling Knoop who wrote children’s books and short stories.
Location: 20 Ozark Point, Little Rock, AR 72202
8. The Lassis Inn
Get a taste of history at one of Arkansas’ oldest restaurants. Since 1905 Lassis Inn has been serving up some of the best fried catfish in our state. Lassis Inn also served as a refuge for African Americans to talk about community, racism and freedom during the Civil Rights Movement. Many Civil Rights leaders, including Daisy Bates, spent time at Lassis Inn.
Location: 518 E 27th St. Little Rock, AR 72206
9. Sundial Inside Two Rivers Park
It’s easy to lose track of time when visiting Two Rivers Park. But do not fret if you’ve left your watch or phone at home! There is a fully functioning sundial on top of the mound in the eastern part of the park. Built in 2013, this unique feature has been a popular attraction for park goers.
Location: 6900 Two Rivers Park Rd. Little Rock, AR 72223