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Our Recommendations for the Best of Louisiana Summer
4. HEAD NORTH TO NATCHITOCHES Did you know that Natchitoches is the oldest settlement in the entire Louisiana Purchase? Explore Front Street and the many historic homes around Natchitoches. You could spend a whole day driving up and down Cane River, discovering the Creole National Heritage area and checking out the beautiful plantations, including Oakland, Cherokee, Melrose, and others. 5. VISIT THE ALEXANDRIA ZOO Created in 1926, the Alexandria Zoo is the most popular family attraction in Alexandria. This certified facility is a great spot to spend a day 6. GET TO KNOW OUR CENTRAL LOUISIANA HISTORY There are plenty of interesting places to explore right around Alexandria, including the Southern Forest Heritage Museum, The River Oaks Art Center, The Alexandria Museum of Art, The Kent House, and the Hotel Bentley. Or discover more about your family’s ancestry and local historical artifacts at the Alexandria Genealogical Library. 7. SPEND A DAY ON THE WATER From fishing and boating, to hanging out and taking a dip, our local lakes can be enjoyed in many ways. Kincaid Lake, Cotile Lake, Indian Creek Lake, Cane River, and Red River all offer under the cool canopy of trees and explore the wildlife.
It’s been an unusually cold spring for us, but summer is finally here! We’re ready to enjoy all the season has to offer, and we bet you are too. Since it’s on all our minds, we’ve created a Top 10 list of things to do in Central Louisiana and around the state this summer. Enjoy! 1. TAKE A HIKE We have some great natural areas nearby. The Kisatchie National Forest is Louisiana’s only National Forest, covering over 600,000 acres in Central and North Louisiana. The forest around Kincaid Lake is a beautiful place to hike or great for mountain biking. You can also venture up to Natchitoches Parish to the Kisatchie Bayou Campground. The bayou runs over a terrain you don’t normally see in Louisiana, with rocks and rapids. It’s quite a sight to see! 2. ENJOY A SNO CONE Did you know the sno cone was first invented in New Orleans? If you’re in New Orleans, go to Hansen’s Sno-Bliz on Tchoupitoulas and get the original from 1939. Or you can go to Sneaux on the Geaux right here in Alexandria for a great local version of this Louisiana creation. 3. EXPLORE THE LOUISIANA MARSH Head down south and explore the incredible ecosystem that is our Louisiana marsh. You can get a firsthand view by kayak or get more adventurous with an airboat tour or even a sea plane!
great spots to relax. You may also get a glimpse of the wildlife, such as the bald eagles around Kincaid Lake.
8. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATIONAL HISTORY
Of course, New Orleans has a lot to offer, but next time you’re there, make time for a visit to the past at the National World War II Museum. Originally the National D-Day Museum, the WWII Museum is now housed in five beautiful buildings with tons of exhibits and educational information about the war. It’s an unbelievable experience. 9. CAMP AT A STATE PARK Louisiana has an abundance of great state parks where you can camp, rent a cabin, explore nature, and just soak in the peace and quiet. 10. PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVE FUN Louisiana is famous for its festivals, and even when the summer gets hot, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating. Head to Ruston for the Peach Festival, Bunkie for the Corn Festival, the Shrimp Festival in Delcambre, the Duck Festival in Gueydan, or the
Watermelon Festival in DeRidder. You won’t be disappointed.
We hope our list sparks some inspiration for you and your family to get out and enjoy some of our local treasures. Enjoy the start to the summer! –Bart Jones and Don Cassano
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