Little Rock's Riverside Park: A Glimpse at History's Heartaches

(12 reviews)
Arkansas, Little Rock, United States
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

La Petit Roche, “Little Rock,” was first described by French explorer Benard de la Harpe as an outcropping on what is now the Arkansas River. While the capital city of Arkansas looks idyllic now, this city is a site of many of history’s heartaches. One stain of the past involves Little Rock as being on the pathway for the Trail of Tears. On this trail, the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes traveled through the state in the 1830s to new lands in the Indian Territory in modern day Oklahoma. Visitors will also see a Civil War river crossing location, and they’ll hear about the Civil Rights battle that took place in the city when a group of nine black students were blocked from entering the formerly all-white Central High School by the Arkansas National Guard, drawing national attention to the civil rights movement. This tour will take place in Riverside Park, visiting local landmarks and markers—including an Indian head carving, a Civil War marker, and a historical sculpture garden. We’ll also see the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, and the tour will end in Downtown Little Rock for a glimpse of the city.


Meet your local guide

Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a best-selling author of over 80 books and an eager traveler. Tricia's travel adventures often start with research for one of her books, yet she's also been known to come up with a book idea just to have an excuse to travel there! Storyteller, history buff and curious adventurer, Tricia loves connecting with people, building friendships and bringing history to life. Tricia has called California, Montana, and Arkansas home. She's lived in Arkansas for ten years and enjoys exploring the area with her family. Homeschooling mom of 10 kids (five still at home!), Tricia believes the best way to learn is through experience, and she's looking forward to help you see her corner of the world in new ways ... and maybe even consider writing stories of your own!"

Tricia Goyer has been guiding since Jan 2021


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Little Rock with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Little Rock. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Levent E.

26 February 2021

Super..

Sheila S.

25 February 2021

Great tour. Very interesting, looking forward to more!

Gill C.

25 February 2021

Enjoyable stroll around Little Rock with Tricia.

Susan G.

24 February 2021

Much better tour, very informative. Thanks you Tricia

Shirley D.

24 February 2021

So much history that I have forgotten or never knew. I was a teenager when the school segregation issues occurred.


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