With the number of cultural attractions and events offered, it should be no surprise that Kiplinger named Little Rock as the #1 place to live amongst metropolitan areas under one million people in July 2013. If you and your family are looking for peaceful and insightful venues, you have come to the right place. Check out the Arkansas Arboretum, located at Pinnacle Mountain or the Arts Centers, the state's largest art museum containing work by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and others, or the nearby Robinson Center Music Hall, home to the Little Rock Symphony Orchestra. You should also make time to travel to the Arts Center, the state's largest cultural institution, a museum of art and center for the visual and performing arts. Be sure to wander through the Museum of Discovery, composed of hands-on exhibits in the fields of science, history and technology, or the Historic Arkansas Museum to grasp the events from the frontier period. “Outside Magazine” also named the city one of its 2013 Best Towns, due in part to the dozens of free parks available for fun and recreation.
Founded in 1976, the downtown Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the state's largest nonprofit professional theatre company. As a member of the League of Resident Theatres, the Repertory Theatre has produced more than 300 productions. Out of these productions, 40 have been world premieres produced by artistic Director Robert Hupp. Leading a staff of designers, technicians and administrators, Hupp leads his team to create of eight to ten productions annually, for more than 70,000 for Mainstage productions, educational programming and touring. When you desire a fun, local attraction, come watch modern day comedy to classic dramatic literature classic productions.
Lastly, if you're striving to move to a location with opportunities in higher education, either for yourself or your children, you'll be happy to know you have access to superb options. The education matches the culture - spectacular. Within city limits, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences both call Little Rock home. Potential students also have potential acceptance Philander Smith College, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and Arkansas Baptist College. The great educational opportunities the city’s offers should be on your radar.