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36 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m C E N T R A L A R K A N S A S One of the coolest sections of the Little Rock area is right across the Arkansas River from the downtown of the capital city. Little Rock's little- sister city is a great mix of culture and outdoor recreation opportunities. North Little Rock's Argenta Arts District is a funky stretch of Main Street festooned with art galleries and studios, The Joint Theater & Cof- feehouse, a farmer's market, public plaza and a surprising number of unique restaurants. North Little Rock also offers great outdoor spots. Like its big-sister across the Arkansas River, North Little Rock has its own riverfront park, as well as several other exceptional parks. The 3.5 acre North Shore Riverwalk Park offers an amphitheater and picnic tables. The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum sits along Riverwalk Park. Visitors can step aboard the historic subma- rine USS Razorback and soon will be able to do the same on the historic tugboat USS Hoga. The museum also has exhibits featuring other naval vessels and artifacts. The Mark Twain River- boat, an authentic stern wheel excursion boat, and an- other vessel, the Sandbar, fea- turing indoor and on-deck seating, both dock on the north bank of the Arkansas River. Another North Little Rock favorite is pictur- esque T.R. Pugh Memorial Park, which features The Old Mill, a 1933 recreation of an 1880s-era water-powered grist mill that is listed on the Na- tional Register of Historic Places. It's famous for appearing in the opening scenes of the iconic film of a bygone South, "Gone with the Wind." Burns Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. With 1,700 acres, it's appealing features include a pre-Civil War log cabin, a covered bridge, a small lake, a fishing pier and an impressive array of sports fields and facilities including two 18-hole golf courses. Emerald Park sits atop the Arkansas River bluffs. North Little Rock is also home to Verizon Arena. The 18,000-seat Verizon Arena serves not only as a top-rate live entertainment and sports venue but also has 28,500 square feet of conference space. The Arkansas Sports Museum is located just down the street from Verizon Arena. n North Little Rock Is Cool! The "First-Ever First-Annual World's Short- est St. Patrick's Day Parade" was held in Hot Springs on March 17, 2004 and it made St. Patrick's Day Parade history. A few thousand people gathered for fun and frivol- ity in the heart of "America's First Resort" (a.k.a. Hot Springs) and it became a St. Patrick's Day tradition in Hot Springs. Since then, the parade attracts thousands of visitors (including celebrities) to the area for fun and festivities. n Indulge in some home cooking at Gail's Diner in Little Rock. St. Patrick's Day Fun!