Why Little Rock?

Reasons to Meet in Little Rock, Arkansas: Meetings With Southern Accent

Known for its charming hospitality and rich history, Little Rock, Arkansas, has recently undergone a vibrant renewal and welcomes you and your attendees to explore Arkansas’s capital city as a breath of fresh air for your next event. Little Rock has a variety of affordable meeting venues and over 7,000 hotel rooms citywide, including over 2,000 guest rooms in the downtown convention district. Explore the city and see why "Meetings Are Better With a Southern Accent.”

Here are some of the top reasons to have your next meeting surrounded by Southern hospitality—right here in Little Rock.

 

State-of-the-art facilities

Statehouse Convention Center

Statehouse Convention Center

Little Rock’s Statehouse Convention Center is home to more than 220,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space featuring on-site audiovisual, security and telecommunications professionals and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. The pre-function space of the 18,000-square foot ballroom offers majestic views of the Arkansas River. Adjacent to downtown’s River Market Entertainment District, the convention center is connected to the Little Rock Marriott with 418 guest rooms and an additional 40,000 square feet of meeting space, making your meetings convenient and accessible with everything under one roof.

Robinson Center

Robinson Center

The historic 1939 Robinson Center serves as Little Rock’s premier performing arts facility and recently underwent a $70 million renovation. The facility includes a multipurpose performance hall featuring 2,222 seats and a contemporary 25,000-square foot conference center. The center’s four flexible meeting rooms also offer access to a 5,000-square foot outdoor terrace with beautiful views of the Arkansas River.

As a LEED Gold-certified venue, the building is also one of the few in the country to be both LEED certified and designated on the National Register of Historic Places list. Robinson Center is attached to the DoubleTree by Hilton Little Rock, with 288 guest rooms. Combined, the two properties provide close to 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

 

Shop, Dine and Drink Local in Little Rock

River Market District

River Market District

When it comes to great shopping and delicious cuisine, go where the locals go — the River Market District in downtown Little Rock.

When you have a break from meetings or networking sessions, visit Fringe Clothing for the perfect attire ranging from casual to business wear. You can find Little Rock themed souvenirs, toys, postcards and more at Shop the Rock, or pick up some local barbecue sauce or homemade jellies and jams at 4Square Café & Gifts.

For a private dinner meeting or a quiet spot for a casual night out with your group, Copper Grill has been delighting taste buds for more than 10 years. Dine alfresco on the patio and enjoy views of the city or find a spot at the bar with a cocktail in hand before making your way into the dining room.

 

Lost Forty

Lost Forty Brewing

If you’re into craft beer, enjoy a cold one at one of Little Rock’s local breweries, wineries and distillery. Blue Canoe Brewing — located in the River Market District—serves a variety of Tex-Mex dishes and sandwiches for you to enjoy with your brew. You can also explore its taproom. In nearby East Village, enjoy a flight at Lost Forty Brewing or  Rebel Kettle Brewing and learn about the vibrant brewing scene in the city.

Rock Town Distillery — Arkansas’ first legal distillery since Prohibition — offers tours of the spirit-making process, which includes samples of its award-winning spirits. Arrange a private tour for your group, in advance, as a unique team outing.

Don’t forget to pick up the Locally Labeled Passport to explore the hot spots and find your favorite beverage.

 

Beyond Meetings

Once the day’s meetings end, attendees can explore the area’s historic sites along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Home to six of the multi-state trail’s 100 sites, Little Rock history runs deep, including the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, designated as a top 10 trail destination.

 

Clinton Presidential Center

Clinton Presidential Center

If you’re interested in presidential history, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center is located within Riverfront Park and features a variety of cultural and educational programming throughout the year. The library’s permanent collection takes a look at the work of the 42nd President of the United States — Bill Clinton — including timelines and exhibits for each of his presidencies, an exact replica of the Oval Office, the presidential limousine and more.

The center is a LEED Platinum-certified venue, has earned two Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative and features 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, making it a unique destination for special events and conventions.

If your attendees are nature enthusiasts, they can explore the waterways and paths along the Arkansas River Trail. From kayaking to Segway tours to going for a stroll along the Big Dam Bridge — North America’s longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge — exercise and refreshing views are steps away from the downtown area.

Riverfront Park

Riverfront Park

At Riverfront Park, attendees can enjoy a relaxing break at the park’s sculpture garden, and when night falls, they can take in the sights of the city’s three LED-illuminated downtown bridges for a light show. With 33 acres of urban parkland, the park also features the Peabody Splash Park for children and is home to First Security Amphitheater, Little Rock’s outdoor concert venue.

 

Getting Here

Located in the heart of Arkansas, Little Rock is easily accessible by plane or car. Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is Arkansas’s largest airport, serving nearly 2 million passengers each year. With seven airlines and over 50 arrivals and departures daily, the airport is home to 15 non-stop connections across the country and 15 minutes from downtown.

Driving into the city? Both Interstate 40 and I-30 connect to the city, making it only five hours from Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Oklahoma City and eight hours from Atlanta and Houston. Little Rock is also easily accessible via Amtrak’s Texas Eagle service connecting Chicago, St. Louis and 38 other cities.

Once your attendees are in the city, they can explore via the METRO Streetcar, a 3.4-mile transit system connecting both visitors and locals with area accommodations, attractions, restaurants, meeting spaces and more throughout the River Market District.

This affordable and fun mode of transportation makes exploring Little Rock easy with two routes running seven days a week.  Download the NextBus app and discover the streetcar schedule and inquire about fares and stops throughout the city.

Thanks to our walkable downtown convention district, you can relax and enjoy the ease of exploring the city while in town for your event. From history and culture to shopping and nightlife, there’s plenty to see and do in downtown along the beautifully landscaped banks of the Arkansas River.

 

Rock Region METRO Streetcar

Rock Region METRO Streetcar

Once your attendees are in the city, they can explore the city via the Rock Region METRO Streetcar, a 3.4-mile transit system connecting both visitors and locals with area accommodations, attractions, restaurants, meeting spaces and more throughout Little Rock and North Little Rock.

This affordable and fun mode of transportation makes exploring Little Rock easy with two routes running seven days a week. Download the NextBus app and discover the streetcar schedule and inquire about fares and stops throughout the city.

Combined with a walkable downtown convention district, you can relax and enjoy the ease of exploring the city while in town for your event. From history and culture to shopping and nightlife, there’s plenty to see and do in downtown along the banks of the Arkansas River.

 

Let’s Start Planning

Ready to plan your next meeting in Little Rock? Submit an RFP and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau team of experts will start working for you. From site inspections and locating the perfect facility for your needs to on-site visitor information booths and more, they’ll serve as your local resource to make your next event a success. Let them show you why they say “Meetings Are Better With a Southern Accent.”