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.

Blue and Grey on the Red

Every year in Marchone can step back in time to the Civil War.  Four days of events, including lectures, dinner theater and battle re-enactments occur at Forts Buhlow and Randolph State Historic Site in Pineville.  There is something to intrigue people of all ages.

AlexRiverFête

This three-day extravaganza is hosted by the city of Alexandria and community partners in May. The jam-packed weekend includes Dinner on the Bricks, an art walk and the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races, a fundraiser for the Alexandria Museum of Art. Participants can enjoy art programs, street performances, crafts, activities for little ones, food and live music.
www.cityofalexandriala.com/fetewww.louisianadragonboatraces.com

More Unique Festivals

Throughout the year, thousands attend the many events hosted across the region. Funktoberfest, the Cochon de Lait Festival, the Bunkie Corn Festival, the LeCompte Pie Festival, the Pecan Festival and Louisiana Mudfest are just a few of the many options the entire family can enjoy.

Kent Plantation House and Le Tour de Bayou

Step back into yesteryear at the oldest standing structure in Central Louisiana. The Kent Plantation House predates the Louisiana Purchase and gives a glimpse into how life was more than two centuries ago. The Le Tour de Bayou—a yearly race to benefit the Kent House—is ideal for cyclists, runners and walkers alike. www.kenthouse.org

Plantation Tours/Bed and Breakfasts

Both Southern belles and Yankee Doodle dandies can appreciate the beauty of the Frogmore Plantation. The home has a working cotton field and tours of the grounds are available. Individuals can make reservations for an overnight stay at Loyd Hall Plantation Bed & Breakfast, Susan’s Cottages Bed & Breakfast or Tyrone Plantation.

Kisatchie National Forest

Spanning more than 600,000 acres of greenery, this is the only national forest in the state. Spend the day—or weekend—birdwatching, camping, hiking and much more. www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie

Inglewood Farm/Alexandria/Pineville Farmers Markets

Visit Inglewood Harvest Barn Market for organic produce fresh from the field, plus meats, cheeses and gourmet food vendors on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer hours are from 8 a.m. to noon, July through September. Special programs throughout the year include hayrides and live bands. Alexandria Farmers’ Market takes place on Tuesdays, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pineville Farmer’s Market is on Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. www.inglewoodfarm.com

Foodapalooza

A special event celebrating central Louisiana’s local food and farms, Foodapalooza takes place every March. The extravaganza features a variety of learning and resource sharing opportunities, including a Local Food Summit, tours, presentations and skill building workshops. www.freshcentral.org