Three days were just not enough―the city offers so much activity. If there's one thing you can't miss, though, it's the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.
Whatever your politics, this place rocks. The architecture, rich with views both inside and out, left me staggering. Start on the top floor of the museum to see an exact replica of the Oval Office (look for the blue Play-Doh "DAD" on the desk, the dog drink coaster, and the family pictures).
Then work your way down to the lower level. Here you'll spy childhood drawings and, of course, some trademark saxophones. Admission costs $7 adults, $5 seniors, and kids under 6 get in free. You can purchase a headset tour for $5, but you really don't need it.
Also visit the Clinton Museum Store, a short drive or trolley ride away. Among the cool offerings: a bobblehead doll of the President, an "I Miss Bill" T-shirt, and a book of Clinton family paper dolls.
Food and Some Fun
Vermillion Water Grille features a raw bar and fresh exotic fish dishes in a white-tablecloth atmosphere. Bosco's brews ales on-site, serves amazing meals, and offers outdoor diners a view of musicians playing at the Riverfront Amphitheatre overlooking the Arkansas River. Top choice: the salmon, which costs $13 at lunch and $18 at dinner (size stays the same).
Sticky Fingerz Rock-n-Roll Chicken Shack, a Bohemian joint with folk art and wacky decor, brings in crowds with its music. The tunes sound even better with the fried chicken fingers, which come with a choice of dipping sauces and coatings, from Voodoo to Creamy Cilantro. For more entertainment, check out Crush Wine Bar, where locals relax after work, or Willy D's, a rotating piano player spot.