Stretching along the Arkansas River and bordering a state park, Little Rock is a great place to take your pet. It has plenty of outdoor spaces to roam around in as well as trails to get your blood pumping. If an active holiday is what you two are after, then Little Rock will provide you exactly that.
When you are taking your pet to Little Rock, make sure to stay close to the Arkansas River. The Arkansas River Trail spans over 17 miles both on the north and the south banks of the river. It is part of the larger Arkansas River Trail System that runs all the way up north to the south of the city of Conway through Pinnacle Mountain State Park, which you can easily reach from Little Rock with a car.
The Arkansas River Trail is not just a place to go for a walk, though. There is plenty to see and do as well. At the Riverfront Park, sculptures lead the way until you reach the Clinton Presidential Center, Park Bridge, and Wetlands. Afterwards, walk back north and you will come across the Rebsamen Park and Murray Park before reaching Big Dam Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian and cyclist bridges in the world built solely for recreational purposes. It is decorated with LED lights that create spectacular color schemes at night and makes for spectacular photos.
Dogs are welcome everywhere on the trail but should be kept on a leash. In case you want to let your four-legged friend run free for a while, take him to the fenced-off Paws Park. Should you want to get some sightseeing done in the city center, go for a walk through the River Market District and the McArthur Park Historic District. These two neighborhoods offer a good mix of restaurants, bars, and historical buildings.