School’s out for summer. Maybe forever… congrats graduating seniors! The semester is over or nearly over, and it’s time to plan for some fun. Whether you have a vacation booked or just staying in town, don’t forget our Natural State has plenty to offer. From handmade popsicles to lake trips, options abound to celebrate the season.
Little Rock Zoo: Zoo trips are perfect for a Saturday in the summer. Little Rock Zoo always has an event to add to the experience of animal watching, and perhaps a perfect one to celebrate the end of the semester is the upcoming, “Craw’N for the Zoo.” Enjoy crawfish, beer, and live music all day on May 20. Ticket prices for the event include all day zoo admission as well. Check out the zoo’s website for more details.
Movies in the Park: Roll out a blanket and pop a squat in Riverfront Park. Enjoy a summer evening watching a movie with a view downtown. “La La Land” is the first movie to be showcased in this free outdoor movie series starting on June 6. For the full schedule, visit their website.
Float the Buffalo River: Summer in Arkansas means lake season. If you don’t own a boat or know anyone that does, rent a canoe and float the Buffalo River. This is a definite must for the outdoors lover and an experience you won’t soon forget. Grab the friends and plan for a weekend getaway or a day trip to the Ozarks. You’ll be sure to rediscover the state’s beauty and come away reinvigorated.
Le Pops: This independently owned shop is a must to stop by in the beautiful Heights district for a tasty, cool treat. Gourmet ice lollies will impress your taste buds with a variety of flavors and add to the shopping experience in this area.
Riverfest: Get your music festival on by the river celebrating the 40th anniversary of Riverfest. The lineup includes big names like Wiz Khalifa, Justin Moore, Cage the Elephant, and many more. A wine tasting party featuring local craft beers and great food, “Flowing on the River,” kicks off the festivities Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. For more information on how to purchase your tickets, check out their website.
Arkansas Travelers Baseball Game: Watch the Travs play ball at North Little Rock’s Dickey-Stephens Park. This is a great opportunity to meet new people as a lot of young professionals come out to enjoy a game and hang out with friends. If baseball or sports in general aren’t necessarily your thing, fun is still to be had with a beer, brat, good weather, and company.
Be adventurous this summer! Get out and enjoy some long lazy days under the sun doing things that make you happy. This compilation is only a few out of many summer to-do’s offered here in our great state. Break out of your routine and find new opportunities when it seems you’ve experienced it all. Little Rock is constantly holding events and festivals, so be on the lookout and let this bucket list inspire you to make your own.