Last weekend we took an extended weekend to take our children to the World Championship American Tae Kwon Do Association. We decided to leave a few days early, and see what there was to see in Little Rock. Our initial impression, not much.
Every museum that would appeal to a family with kids that was listed in the hotel book they give you, when looked up on the internet either said “Closed” or “Under Renovation” Really? I would think that renovations would be best in the fall or winter, but maybe they see mostly school children, so what do I know. So then we looked up things to do in Little Rock and got the same responses. And in fact, we found a blog that even said, “Don’t bother to look for things to do in Little Rock, because everything is either under renovation or closed.” Apparently the blogger was as frustrated as we were. (I do apologize for not citing this blogger correctly, but since I only remember the comment, I don’t know who to give credit to)
So we decided to try the GPS. It suggested the Toltec Archeological Park. Having nothing else to do, we drove the 15 miles out of Little Rock and gave it a try. Toltec is an ancient Indian set of mound of which only three remain, the rest were knocked over by farmers, but there are two trails you can walk, and it is fairly cheap, so if you are in Little Rock, it is definitely worth checking out.
The kids enjoyed the ability to walk (run) the path stopping at the markers and learning about the Toltec. And at least some sunk in because my oldest, who is definitely ADHD even retained some of what was read.
And there was some shady areas, but the favorite part of the walk at least for the kids was the feeding of the turtles in the Mound Lake.
However, I would recommend doing the tour early at least in the summer, because we were definitely hot and sweaty by the end of it. So we thought it would be the perfect time to visit the Little Rock Museum of Art. And just in time, because they had an impressionist exhibit that was ending that weekend.
On the way back to our hotel, my husband noticed what looked like a submarine, so we had to go and investigate. He was disturbed that he had missed that sub, but it was 11 o’clock pm when we drove into town the night before. But it was indeed a submarine, so we decided to go take a look at the USS Razorback.
Assuming you are not claustrophobic, it is an interesting tour. However, the stairs down and up into the sub can take your breath away
I really did not want to climb the stairs back up. The ones down were somewhat terrifying. Don’t ask me why. But since I did not want to stay on the sub for the rest of my life, up the ladder I went.
Don’t get me wrong, it is an interesting tour and definitely worth checking out, if you are not claustrophobic, but it is also a little heart stopping, or at least the ladders are. But how often do you get the chance to see a World War II sub?