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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

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

HarvestFest this Saturday, Oct 14

Join the Fun on October 14 Presented by the Hillcrest Merchants Association, HarvestFest in Hillcrest is a one-day event each fall in the historic Little Rock neighborhood of Hillcrest designed to bring friends and families together in celebration of the season. We have a wide array of activities for kids and adults alike, vendors selling their wares, food, music and much more. Come join the fun. We know you won’t be disappointed. A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to support The Allen School. http://harvestfest.us/

Main Street Food Truck Festival this Saturday

We are very excited to be bringing over 50 food trucks, dozens of craft vendors, a variety of entertainment buskers, and much more back to downtown Little Rock for the 7th Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival.

A collaboration between Downtown Little Rock Partnership and its Main Street Revitalization Committee, the Main Street Food Truck Festival has quickly become one of the premier annual events not only for the city of Little Rock, but for the whole state of Arkansas.

Last year, we saw another record turnout with nearly 50,000 people descending on Main Street and Capitol Avenue for food, fellowship, and fun. For our 7th birthday, let’s make this one even bigger!

The festival will be held from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 7. It will again span six blocks North and South along Main Street and three block East and West along Capitol Avenue. Every block will be loaded with plenty of food, entertainment, and beer.

Entrance is completely free. Read more at http://www.mainstreetfoodtrucks.com/

Arkansas State Fair Announces Nostalgia-Packed Concert Lineup

Ah, the sweet smell of nostalgia.

Each year, the Arkansas State Fair brings family fun and amazingly absurd food to hundreds of thousands of attendees from across the state. This time, the upcoming 11-day event is slated for Oct. 11-22.

A big part of the fair’s entertainment is always the live music lineup, and 2017 is no different.