Saturday, April 24, 2010

A day in the Rock

On Thursday the boys and I met up with Grandaddy for a fun-filled day in Little Rock/North Little Rock. We started the morning off by visiting the Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 844 in NLR. Aren't the boys adorable in their conductor hats?

Come on, let's go!

To say the train is big, is a huge understatement! You really need to see it in person to get a true feel for how HUGE it all is.

It weighs nearly one million pounds.
We weren't allowed to tour inside the train, but we were able to look in to see how it's operated.
I'd say it's no simple task to operate this thing! That's a lot of gears and knobs.

Our Witcher cousins and their friends were also there viewing the train.
Notice the state capitol in the background...

While we were there several trains passed through. Raegen really enjoyed watching them come and go.

They are all gone!

Once we had our fill of the train, we headed to the River Rail to ride the train trolley!

The River Rail is a great way to get around downtown Little Rock and the River Market area. A day pass is only $2 and children under 4 ride free. Once the trolley reaches the end of the rail, the conductor simply walks to the other end of the car and the back is now the front! You can choose to ride the trolley facing backwards or easily "flip" your seat. Notice the gold handle at the top of each seat back? You simply lift up and move the seat back to the other side.

There is so much to see and discover downtown.

The nature center was educational
and gave Raegen a chance to get up close and personal with several animals.

We dined at Bill St. Bar & Grill...great food and great prices! Just $6 buys a half-pound grilled burger and fries. It was served HOTT! I would definitely dine there again. We finished our day at the World of the Pharaohs exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center.
There is so much more to see and do in the River Market area. I hope to take the boys back soon.

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