When the Little Rock Zoo opened its gates in 1926, it contained fewer animals than many people's homes. At the time, its inhabitants were, in total, a circus-trained brown bear and an abandoned timber wolf. From its formative days, the Little Rock Zoo has expanded dramatically, now home to more than 700 animals from more than 200 unique species. Visitors can witness lions, tigers, and jaguars up close; interact with exotic birds; and carefully navigate spider monkeys' webs. In addition to conserving wildlife, the zoo also preserves a unique antique carousel, one of only four in the world to feature an undulating wooden track rather than conventional moving poles.
The Enjoy LifeStyle Center wears many hats in order to enchant the teens and youngsters who pass through its doors. The nonprofit serves as a photography studio, music venue, and theater, though its focal point is an indoor skate park, Dream. Replete with halfpipes, mini ramps, and rails, the park holds public skates every weekend, including times just for kids aged 11 and younger. The focus on skateboarding continues in the center's retail shop, which stocks its own line of boards and employs only cashiers who’ve heard of skateboarding.
Inside Barefoot Studio's spacious, 4,000-square-foot facility, instructors guide students through a variety of yoga classes according to experience levels in two separate practice spaces. The studio’s team of studied yoga instructors lead students through a seven-day schedule of morning and evening 90-minute stretch sessions, including a beginners' class to acquaint newbies with the foundational postures and breathing exercises necessary for more advanced classes. Veterans gather for Hot Fusion Yoga classes in a 92- to 95-degree room, letting the heat maximize their flexibility and appreciation for January. Hatha and Vinyasa classes are also available. Yin Yoga instructors help students target the deep connective tissues surrounding the joints and the muscles around the hips, pelvis, and lower back by holding postures for 3–10 minutes at a time. Though the studio hosts educational workshops and special events, this Groupon is only valid for 90-minute yoga classes.
A waiter, hands full of fresh avocado, peppers, and tomatoes, approaches the table. He expertly slices and stirs the ingredients in a lava-stone bowl with the nimble precision of a seasoned chef. Along with whipping up fresh guacamole prepared tableside, Santo Coyote cooks also grill sizzling fajitas, bake spicy seafood specialties, and roll freshly made tortillas that have been lauded by the Arkansas Times at two locations, with one recently opened on Pleasant Ridge Road. Meanwhile, bartenders blend their staggering selection of more than 100 tequilas into specialty margaritas beneath the metal sun sculptures that adorn the walls.
Well-acquainted with the earth's thriving undersea civilizations, the experienced staff of The Dive Shop II trains future Atlantean diplomats in the safe, indoor pool facility. In this three-hour introduction, non-divers get more tan their toes wet in a firsthand dive under direct supervision. Surveying the basics of underwater maneuvers, the private class imparts lessons of equipment adjustment and breathing techniques while honing an innate sense of aquatic spatial orientation more surely than a game of Battleship. The one-time course may be counted toward scuba-diving certification, allowing the newly amphibious to embark on one of The Dive Shop II's many international underwater safaris.