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Conway: Pickles Gap Village U.S. Highway 65, north of Conway. Crafts, antique shops, flea market, water wheel, tourist information, restaurant. 501-329-9049.

Greenbrier: Safaripark Ark. 285 and U.S. 65 N., Greenbrier. Lions, tigers and more at this exotic animal conservatory. 501-679-3455.

Little Rock: Aerospace Education Center 3301 E. Roosevelt at Bond St., 250-seat IMAX Theater delivers top entertainment for all ages. "Arkansas: Center of Attraction" signature film provides orientation for newcomers. Exhibits of Russian/U.S. space hardware, Aerospace Library, antique aircraft, gift shop. 501-371-0331.

Little Rock: Arkansas Repertory Theatre: Main and 6th Sts. Classics, contemporary dramas, comedies and musicals light up the stage of this important regional theater. Telephone: 501-378-0405.

Little Rock: Arkansas State Fair State Fairgrounds, 501-372-8341.

Little Rock: Arkansas Arts Center MacArthur Park. A world-class collection of drawings and prints has put the AAC on the map. Traveling exhibits add to the lustre of the permanent collection. Gift shop, Arkansas Children's Theater, Restaurant. 501-372-4000.

Little Rock: Arkansas Governor's Mansion 18th and Center Street. Home of all Arkansas Governors since its completion in 1950. A bust of President Clinton, who lived here during during the 12 years of his Governorship, is displayed just indside the grounds.

Little Rock: Arkansas State CapitolWoodlane and Capitol Ave. Construction began in 1899, Legislature first met here in 1911. Guided or audio tours available. Vietnam Memorial, Liberty Bell Pavilion, gardens. 501-682-5080.

Little Rock: Arkansas Territorial Restoration 3rd and Scott Street. Learn about the earliest days in the Arkansas Territory at this acclaimed restoration of the city's oldes homes. A special exhibit features Bowie #1, a Bowie knife believed to have been made by James Black and identical to the original knife he made for James Bowie. Guided tours. Arkansas artists exhibits, Arkansas crafts shop, Cromwell Exhibitition Hall 501-324-9351.

Little Rock: Arkansas Travelers Baseball Ray Winder Field, War Memorial Park. Ray Winder Field, War Memorial Park, Little Rock. America's favorite sport still plays to packed houses as the Travelers take on Texas League rivals. April through August. 501-664-1555.

Little Rock: Children's Museum of Arkansas Union Station, W. Markham and Victory Street. Includes simulated farmer's market, Victorian house, changing exhibits on life in other lands, 17 hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages. 501-374-6655.

Little Rock: Decorative Arts Museum E. 7th and Rock Sts. The historic Pike-Fletcher-Terry House is home to the Arkansas Arts Center's collection of decorative items. Traveling exhibits. Telephone: 501-372-4000.

Little Rock: Empress of Little Rock 22nd St. and Louisiana. Tours available Tuesday and Thursday, or by appointment of this impressively restored Victorian mansion. 501-374-7966.

Little Rock: Hillcrest Historic District - National Register-listed collection of city's early residential areas. 501-371-0075.

Little Rock: Central High School Museum Visitor Center 2115 W. 14th Street. Interactive exhibits in a new visitors center depict the history of the 1957 integration crisis at this civil rights landmark high school. 501-374-1957.

Little Rock: Central Library 2nd and Cumberland. Impressive new starte-of-the-art library occupies a former furniture warehouse in the River Market development area. Telephone: 501-370-5950.

Little Rock: Little Rock  Air Force Base - U.S. 67-167, Jacksonville. Largest training, maintenance facilities for C-130s. Group tours available. 501-988-3601.

Little Rock: Little Rock Zoo One Jonesboro Dr., War Memorial Park, Little Rock. Over 500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians are on display in the spacious grounds and in WPA-era buildings. 501-666-2406 or 663-4733.

Little Rock: Murry's Dinner Playhouse 6323 Asher Ave. Open year-round, Playhouse features family entertainment from Broadway. Buffet dinner served before performances. 501-562-3131.

Little Rock: Museum of Discovery 500 E. Markham. Formerly the Museum of Science and History, this hands-on science center occupies 44,000 square feet of exhibit space in the city's new Musuem Center, part of the River District development. The museum has a large technical area, projects for children to build, a forest ranger station, a history of science exhibit and much more. Gift shop. (Opening Spring 1998.) Telephone: 501-396-7050.

Little Rock: Old State House 300 W. Markham, Little Rock. One of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country this building served as Arkansas's first state capital from 1836 to 1911. President Clinton celebrated victory here in 1992 and 1996. 501-324-9685.

Little Rock: Quapaw Quarter Historic District Historic downtown area, Little Rock. Restored antebellum and Victorian structures. Three driving/walking tours available. Telephone: 501-371-0075.

Little Rock: River Market 400 East Markham, Little Rock. Food vendors offering everything from pasta to delicatessen specialties and international coffees attract diners by the score. A farmer's market brings fresh produce to the city, along with crafts, flowers, herbs and other surprises. Part of the "River Project" development along Little Rock and North Little Rock river shores. 501-375-2552.

Little Rock: Robinson Center Music Hall W. Markham and Broadway. Principal performing arts auditorium for Central Arkansas; home of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Theatre Series, Ballet Arkansas. 501-376-4781, 800-844-4781.

Little Rock: Shopping - The larger shopping centers in Little Rock are Park Plaza and University Malls at W. Markham and University.  The larger shopping centers in North Little Rock, are McCain Mall, The Other Center, Lakewood Village and McCain Plaza. Other shopping areas include Hillcrest, the Heights, and Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock and Park Hill in North Little Rock.

Little Rock: Statehouse Convention Center W. Markham and Main Street., Little Rock. Major mid-South convention center is being expanded to double its current 62,000-square-foot size. Telephone: 800-844-4781.

Little Rock Tourist Information Little Rock maintains visitor information centers at Little Rock National Airport and Statehouse Convention Center. North Little Rock has a visitors information center in Burns Park (follow signs at Burns Park exits off I-40). The Department of Parks and Tourism has a visitors information center at its central offices located at One Capitol Mall in the State Capitol Complex off I-630.

Little Rock: University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2801 S. University. The Planetarium Minolta star projector, simulating night skies from a variety of locations on earth, is featured. For information and schedule call: 501-569-3259. The Fine Arts Building includes galleries where the works of students, faculty and guest artists are displayed. For information, call: 501-569-3182. The Theatre Auditorium stages classical and contemporary productions. 501-569-3291.

Little Rock: Villa Marre 1321 S. Scott Street., Little Rock. Open for tours of its authentically decorated rooms, house served as location for TV's "Designing Women." For information, call: 501-371-0075, 501-374-9979.

Little Rock: Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts Denny Rd., 1.6 miles off Kanis Road, west Little Rock. Performing arts complex holds several major music and crafts festivals each year. Telephone: 501-821-7275.

North Little Rock: Wild River Country I-40 and Crystal Hill Rd. A 23-acre water theme park featuring the "Arkansas Ocean" and a collection of other water amusements. 501-753-8600.

North Little Rock: "The Spirit" Riverboat - Riverfront Park, North Little Rock. Excursion boat offers Arkansas River orientation cruises from North Little Rock's Riverfront Park. 501-376-4150.

North Little Rock: Sesquicentennial Sundial Corner of Broadway and W. Third. A legacy of the state's 150th birthday celebration in 1986, the sundial sports stones and other artifacts contributed by a variety of countries.

North Little Rock Historic Sites Argenta Historic District contains many of the city's earliest structures, including city hall, bridges, churches, a military post, a mill. For information and tour map, call: 501-758-1424.

North Little Rock: Old Mill Lakeshore Dr. and Fairway, Re-creation of a water-powered grist mill, which achieved fame in the opening credits of "Gone With The Wind." 501-791-8537

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