Local Love Spots: My Guide to Valentine’s Day in NLR


Avery Stephens, Opinion Editor

Valentine’s Day is a tricky holiday. There’s an immense amount of pressure to make it a happy and love-filled day, without being too cliche. It’s also pretty brutal trying to find the perfect gift. When the relationship is new and undefined, what do you do? A gift card? No gift at all? When the relationship is healthy and long-lasting, what do you do? Some sort of D-I-Y gift? Extremely expensive concert tickets? Well, I have created a list of fun adventures that are perfect for Valentine’s Day no matter what relationship stage you happen to be in. You can do these with a significant other, with your family or friends, or by yourself (Self-love is important, too). Plus, all of these ideas you can do right here in North Little Rock!

Scenic Adventures: 

These are perfect for new relationships or those without labels. They are the best no-cost gifts that allow you to grow a more meaningful connection with someone.

  • Emerald Park Trail: Beautiful scenery, overlooks the Arkansas River and Big Rock Quarry Park, walking and biking trails 
  • The Big Dam Bridge: long pedestrian bridge, connects a multitude of riverside walking trails 
  • The Old Mill: a classic NLR destination, beautiful scenery, amazing flowers and greenery, perfect for a picnic
  • Burns Park: a huge attraction that is really fun to explore, scenic drives, Funland amusement park, sports facilities, golf courses, etc. 

Local Activities: 

These are for the couples that value experiences over gifts. 

  • Argenta Bead Company: for my creativity-lovers, custom jewelry, private classes, custom metal stamped jewelry 
  • Me & McGee Market: the cutest farmers market, fresh produce and flowers, food trucks, locally-grown and created products, pets running around (check their instagram @me_and_mcgee_market for their hours and days of operation)
  • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum: home of the WWII-era submarine USS Razorback, tours, artifacts, really awesome reviews!

Central Arkansas Escape Rooms: real-life escape games, team-bonding, fun and thrilling

Supporting Small, NLR-based Businesses: 

  • Scoop Dog: the most amazing frozen custard and hot dogs… it is a must-have. 
  • Fairytale Florals: beautiful and unique floral arrangements and gifts, fresh products, pick-up and delivery options 
  • Cool Caps: embroidery, screen printing, personalized gifts and apparel, custom and unique
  • Ristorante Capeo: fine-dining, delicious Italian dishes, fresh ingredients, romantic ambience