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Be a Part of History!

Your place to stay in the middle of it all!

“Our mission is to provide a sharing environment where cultures blend in learning about ourselves and the history of firefighting within the walls of a hostel.”

We have lovingly restored this 1917 Craftsman-style, old Firehouse #2 into a hostel for travelers. Located in Little Rock’s first neighborhood, now the MacArthur Park Historic District, we offer you an affordable place to stay right in the heart of Little Rock with bunks starting at $25!

About Us


From the press

We have been getting a lot of attention lately! Here are links to stories from television stations KTHV and KATV, newspapers Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Arkansas Times, and industry magazine Hostel Management.

antique firehose display

Firehouse Museum

We have collected lots of cool old firefighting artifacts and equipment from the early 20th century. They are lovingly displayed for all to see. Tours can be arranged. Call (501) 476-0294 or email: info@firehousehostel.org.

frequently asked questions

Burning Questions?

We have answers! We have compiled a list of common questions about hostels in general, our hostel in particular, and more. Click here to view, and if we were not the mind-readers that we intended to be, please contact us.

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Our History

illustration of Firehouse #2Built in 1917, old Fire Station 2 is a beautiful Craftsman-style building located at 1201 Commerce, within present day MacArthur Park, Little Rock’s oldest city park. The glory days of the fire station came to an end in 1957 when modern fire trucks became too large to fit inside and a new Fire Station 2 came into service across from MacArthur Park on 9th Street.  The building was converted and used as a storage facility for the Arkansas Military Museum and as offices for Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department.  After a fire on the first floor, rooms were added to first floor where fire trucks had previously entered the building, the inside staircase was removed and access to the 2nd floor was achieved by a new staircase from the outside.  Little Rock Parks ran various programs from the site and allowed it usage for various community functions.  Since 2006, members of Hostelling Arkansas, Inc. have worked with the city and community to raise funds to gut and renovate the fire station. As HI Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum and it will house guests and hostellers from around the world and has a fire fighting museum to share within its walls.

HI Little Rock Firehouse Hostel & Museum now joins the Arkansas Arts Center and MacArthur Military Museum within MacArthur Park, which also hosts a community playground, bike polo courts, dog park, jogging trails and a pond. The park is highly utilized by the community and is located near Little Rock’s buzzing River Market and SOMA areas which have experienced a renaissance in recent years, making this a great location for both locals and visitors. There is a bus stop right outside the Hostel, and many other local attractions are located within a mile. 

The parks history in itself  has a colorful past, including having a lively horse racing track in the 1830’s, a Federal Arsenal until after the Civil War, campground, amphitheater, baseball field and as the birthplace to General Douglas MacArthur.  

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Notices and Events

Sweet potato pie contest on Sunday, December 3

Holidays in Little Rock keep getting sweeter. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s annual open house features the popular “Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest Sunday, December 3, in honor of Little Rock’s own Robert “Say” McIntosh. McIntosh is legendary for his pies and will be an honorary judge with a panel of local culinary critics. Attendees will sample the entries and choose a “People’s Choice” winner. There will also be children’s activities, holiday music, musical performances, and a children’s craft-making station.

Ride sharing service Lyft now in Arkansas

Ride sharing service Lyft is now in Arkansas

Little Rock’s holiday parade, Saturday, December 2

Mark your calendar for the annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade Saturday, December 2. Festivities will begin at 3 PM at 2nd Street and Broadway, and continue along Capitol Avenue.

This year’s grand marshal is longtime THV11 anchor and meteorologist, Tom Brannon. Santa and friends, including Rudy the Reindeer, will join him. Parade-goers will see festive floats, marching bands, dance troops and much more.

Bring your friends and family, favorite outdoor chair, coat and scarf, and some hot cocoa for this wonderful event. After the parade, the Secretary of State’s office will light the Arkansas State Capitol building followed by a fireworks extravaganza. Step inside the capitol and enjoy the magnificent tree and décor.

The day will be the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.

Boo at the Zoo this Friday Night

Boo at the Zoo in Little Rock!

This Friday Night! Boo at the Zoo in Little Rock!

Boo at the Zoo this Friday Night! 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 20 at the Little Rock Zoo. $25 for members, $30 for non-members.
Suspense at every turn … screeches piercing the cold night air … winding corridors of spooky sights. It’s tricks AND treats as far as the eye can see at the Little Rock Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo Adult Night, the best adult Halloween party in town. Boo Adult Night allows those 21 and older to enjoy all the fun of Boo at the Zoo in an adults-only environment. Guests trick-or-treat for fun libations and enjoy haunted attractions such as the Haunted Train, Haunted House, rides, games and other activities. You can even participate in the costume contest at the amphitheater stage! Live music will keep your feet moving and food trucks will have food available for purchase. Must be at least 21 years old to attend – make sure to bring your photo ID https://littlerockzoo.com/default.aspx?p=80708&evtid=605086:10/20/2017