The Riviera Welcomes You to the Rock

Little Rock isn't the South's biggest city, but its offerings rival this region's most celebrated places. There's world-winning barbecue, live music of every imaginable genre in a number of small to arena-sized venues, the River Fest-state's largest summer party and each fall, the Arkansas State Fair.

At least a dozen of museums and marathons call it home, and the city is filled with and surrounded by a huge number of outdoor attractions such as Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Greers Ferry Lake where boating, fishing and camping are encouraged.

One of the Rock's newest downtown attractions and most popular-bringing people from around the world-is the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. It's more than an informative place to spend the day, its newly renovated Rock Island Bridge serves as a gateway to the growing Arkansas River Trails System that connects all the way to the city's west side and on to Mayflower.

All along the way, the trail is dotted with parksand adult playgrounds such as Two Rivers and Rebsamen parks, with a premier golf course, and the Big Dam Bridge that detours to North Little Rock's Burns Park -one of the most notable municipal parks in the country. It offers golf, soccer, walking trails, horseback trails and more. Downtown North Little Rock is home to the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team, playing at the nationally-recognized Dickey-Stephens Park.

West Little Rock and Midtown are home to some of the city's most upscale shops and department stores. The Heights and Hillcrest areas in Midtown have their own draw with its quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants and nightlife.  Nearby, the Little Rock Zoo continues to add attractions such as an entertaining waddle of South African penguins and two cheetahs.

Midtown is also home to three major hospitals, including the nationally renown, award-winning University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and minutes away from the Riverdale neighborhood.

In fact, this centrally located area is a short distance from two major interstates, including I-30 and I-40 and interstate connectors I-430 and I-630, a number of high-end lodgings and is about 15 minutes from Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

Riverdale is home to the Riviera Condominiums and is known as Little Rock's Design District because of its unique shops dedicated to all things for the home and garden, as well as it nationally distinguished designers.

The area also boasts some of the city's finest restaurants (restaurant list) such as the modern fare at Brave New Restaurant, an updated Southern taste at Loca Luna and the Red Door, award-winning the smoked meats and sauces at the Whole Hog Café and Cajun's Wharf serves seafood, incredible creme brule and live bands.

In addition, it's a mere minute or two from Downtown's growing list of award-winning restaurants such as Ashley's, Forty Two, located inside the Clinton Presidential Center, and Sonny Williams Steakhouse. And after a fine dinner, the River Market offers its visitors a number of hot spots-whether looking for a sophisticated glass of wine in a quiet corner or a brew and a band.

And for a quick getaway, Little Rock's neighbor, Hot Springs offers more lakes, Garvan Woodland Gardens, the spas of Bathhouse row, gaming and horse racing.

For more information about Little Rock, check out the various Little Rock publications that are available in the Riviera's lobby/main office.