Visit Central Louisiana

25 AMAZING THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA


Come Explore the Splendors of the Area

This list is the perfect guide to fun and adventure in central Louisiana. Outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife fanatics, art aficionados and everyone in between can find a venue or event that has something they’ll enjoy and bring them back for more.

Visit the Alexandria Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for more travel information.

Golf Courses

Tee off at the many spectacular golf courses throughout central Louisiana. OakWing Golf Club, Links on the Bayou Golf Course, Bringhurst Golf Course or Tamahka Trails Golf Club, all offer exceptional settings for a challenging round of play.

Youth Sports Complexes

Kids have the opportunity to develop athletic skills and good sportsmanship at local sports complexes designed specifically with them in mind. Whether it’s soccer, baseball, softball or basketball, kids can be found after school or during the weekends at Johnny Downs Sports Complex, Slocum Soccer Fields, Bringhurst Field or Pineville Ward 9 Sports Complex.

Luck and Luxury

Know when to hold them and know when to fold them at local, lavish casinos. Paragon Casino Resort & Spa has top accommodations, a bevy of restaurants, a golf course, a relaxing spa, concerts and more. Jena Choctaw Pines Casino Resort & Spa boasts more than 700 game tables, a delicious buffet, a sports bar and live entertainment.

www.paragoncasinoresort.com; www.jenachoctawpinescasino.com

Fine Dining

Foodies can eat their way through one of the tastiest locales for cuisine in the South. Enjoy the atmosphere and mouthwatering dishes at Diamond Grill, The Bentley Room, Embers, Janohn’s, Spirits, Tunks Cypress Inn, Copeland’s, Cajun Landing and many other tantalizing restaurants.

Fishing/Boating/Hunting

A pleasant year-round climate makes this area perfect for the outdoorsman.  Reel in the catch of the century or just float away on the Red River, Kincaid Lake, Cotile Lake, Indian Creek, Iatt Lake or Saline-Larto Lake.  For those who have an in-state hunting license, you can head to the woods.  Guided hunts are regularly scheduled at Honey Brake Lodge. www.honeybrake.com/bookahunt.  

Military Installations

Boasting a large military presence, it is no wonder many veterans call the area home. The central Louisiana community involvement and devotion to local troops can be witnessed on a daily basis. Local installations include Fort Polk in Leesville and Camp Beauregard in Pineville, featuring the Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum. Guests can also enjoy Heritage Park, which contains fighter planes that were stationed at the former England Air Force Base. www.englandairpark.org

Antique Shops

Looking for a unique piece to complete a room at home? Go antiquing at the many shops in Alexandria, Pineville, Ball, Cheneyville, Bunkie and Marksville. There’s no telling what hidden gem may be uncovered.

Parks and Recreation

Enjoy a day outside for some fun or much needed rest and relaxation at Compton Park or City Park in Alexandria, Fort Buhlow Recreation Area or Kees Park in Pineville, or take the kids to Slinkee’s Family Fun for indoor activities.