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Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock
(4.6/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
Learn about one of the most trying times in the nation's history at Little Rock Central High School, the scene of many tense moments in the battle to desegregate America's public education. In 1957, the first black students enrolled at the school, but were blocked on orders of the governor and later escorted to class under the protection of U.S. Army troops. Join a guided tour, led by a park ranger, and see the sites and settings of those pivotal moments as you wander the school and delve deeper into its history and context. Be sure to make a tour reservation ahead of time, as that's the only way to access the site and space is limited. For Little Rock Central High School and beyond, use our Little Rock itinerary maker to get the most from your Little Rock vacation.
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  • The NPS tour of Central High School was the highlight of my time in Little Rock. Ranger Randy was a fantastic tour guide-- super interactive and his story telling was top notch. Walking the path that ...  more »
  • If your a history buff you will like this tour stop. In the neighborhood with a museum close by that you must visit 
  • Once you get off the interstate, the signage for this site could be a little better but with GPS and an address, it's not a problem. I went to the National Park Service's Visitor Center first and thei...  more »
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  • The museum and information here was great, super interactive, and even my anti-museum teen brother was able to find something interesting to learn about. The park rangers were super friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, while inside my bicycle was stolen right off of my car rack by local kids! It was caught on security camera, but not with enough detail to identify them. Purely by luck and because of the amazing park ranger was my bike recovered a couple hours later, but the fact that it was stolen, even for a time, put a damper on my overall experience at this historic site. If not for that, this would have been a five star site.
  • An excellent interpretive center. If you go, be sure to watch all the videos, they are quite compelling. I would give it 5 stars, but it needs information on the aftermath of desegregation, at the very least, in Little Rock and the years after the "nine" made their courageous stand!
  • I definitely think this place is a must stop if you are in Little Rock. It is a big part of US History, big things happened here. I think it's very cool that the outside of the school as well as the rest was so well maintained and that there is a museum here. The structure of the school itself is massive when you actually walk up to it. You don't realize how many steps there are until you are looking up the stairs. It was a good experience to come by here.
  • This was an awesome experience for my family. We visited the museum and then took pictures of the school. History!!! A must see. The Little Rock Nine endured a great deal of hate. I am glad My husband and I were able to show my son up close.
  • Great exhibits about the Little Rock Nine and all the conflict surrounding desegregation. Book a tour of the high school but note that it is an active high school- you can't stop in there even to use the restroom for safety reasons