Who would drive all the way from Mississippi to Little Rock, Arkansas to ride on a trolley? As it turns out, we would, although it is not as crazy as it sounds.
As I have mentioned before, it is our goal to see all 50 States. Arkansas is one of the states near Mississippi that we had yet to visit. I have been seeing a specialist in Texas every few months and as inconvenient as that might sound, it has given us an excuse to do some traveling. We have fairly thoroughly explored Tyler TX, spent an awesome weekend in Houston TX, and started to explore Dallas. As easy as it is to get lost in Texas, we wanted to check off another state or two with these western trips and that is how we landed on Arkansas.
Looking around on Pinterest I came across a picture of the Trolley that runs around downtown Little Rock. My son (the major train enthusiast) of course picked that moment to walk past and he was hooked. When his dad got home he declared that he wanted to go to Little Rock to ride the trolley. We made another stop at Pinnacle Mountain State Park because I wanted to see the natural beauty of Arkansas, but I will share more about that soon. For now, here is our trolley adventure.
We arrived in Little Rock shortly before lunchtime and parked in one of the public lots. If you are looking at this trolley map our plan was to ride from Stop 6 to Stop 14. We just missed the trolley as we were parking however so we walked down to the Farmers' Market to kill a little time (awesome market!) and then caught the trolley at Stop 7. Our son waited anxiously, peering around the corner every couple of minutes. When he saw it coming we were rewarded with the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face.
The trolley cars are beautiful and mercifully air conditioned. We rode the loop and then got some lunch, but you could also hop off and back on at several places around downtown. The trolley stops near the Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer International, the Little Rock Farmers' Market, the Historic Arkansas Museum, Arkansas Arts Center and more. The city is clean and offers many appetizing restaurant options, especially at and across the street from the farmers' market. Our kids were honestly thrilled with just the ride itself.
*The trolley ride cost us $2. Adult ride for $1 and children under 4 are free. If you want to ride around downtown all day, it only cost $2 for a day pass per adult.
*We paid $3 dollars to park in the lot for an hour. So the entire event was $5.
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