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Hear the tale of the man who first bottled Coca-Cola, explore hardwood forests and swamps on scenic hiking trails, and enjoy locally made craft beer and wine. These are just three of many things to do in Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana. Whether you’re looking to escape to the great outdoors or for a fun vacation for the whole family, you’ll find it here. Monroe-West Monroe’s attractions ranging from art galleries and a military museum to gardens, golf courses, and wildlife refuges, provide countless experiences that will have you coming back for more. Browse the following list of attractions in Monroe-West Monroe and add any that catch your eye to your travel itinerary to create North Louisiana adventure of your own.


RiverMarket

316 South Grand, Monroe
Enjoy shopping, food, and fun along the beautiful Ouachita River in Downtown Monroe. Sponsored by Origin Bank, The RiverMarket brings in vendors from across the region selling clothing, jewelry, art, food, and accessories in this open air market. Each weekend brings a different theme with demonstrations, samples, and live entertainment.

Biedenharn Museum & Gardens

2006 Riverside Drive, Monroe
Step up to the soda counter to hear the tale of Coca-Cola’s bottling beginnings from an entertaining soda jerk. Then refresh with a 5 cent Coke and the nostalgia of early Coca-Cola memorabilia displayed in an indoor and outdoor setting of the Coke Museum. Walk among the wonderful collection of Coca-Cola artifacts including a delivery truck, signs, posters, bottles and Coke machines. Tour the elegant home of Joseph Biedenharn, first bottler of Coca-Cola, every room lovingly decorated by his daughter Emy-Lou Biedenharn, a renowned opera singer during the pre- World War II years. Stroll through the beautiful ELsong Gardens behind the home with over an acre of terraces, fountains, formal plantings and statues, interlaced amid French iron grillwork, tailored boxwood walkways, and year-round blooms all enshrined by an English-style brick wall. Explore the extensive collection of historically significant and unique Bibles, including a Gutenberg leaf, in the Bible Museum adjacent to the home. Also on permanent display is the impressive Russian Icon Exhibition. A variety of other exhibits from institutions such as the Smithsonian are displayed on a rotating basis. A wonderful retail shop with a variety of Coke merchandise, local souvenirs, jewelry and home decor is also on the premises.

Ouachita Brewing Company

95 McClendon Avenue, West Monroe
You'll find brews like Ouachitadown, LouisiAmber, and Conflicted (a coffee porter) at this hometown brewery. Great spot to spend time with friends and catch the game.

Flying Tigers Brewery

506 North 2nd Street, Monroe
Flying Tiger Brewery brews and cans their Heroic beverages in Downtown Monroe. Their facility is home to a brewhouse, taproom, and large green space with a beer garden.

Uncle Robert's Orchard

110 Lucky Lane, Monroe
Located in a working pecan orchard, Uncle Robert's Orchard offers wholesome entertainment for all ages with an Outdoor Fun Center, bonfire ring, unique games & play areas, an old-fashioned tractor driven hayride, and mini-wagon train.

Southern Escape Room

607 Louisville Avenue, Monroe
Southern Escape Room is an exciting and interactive entertainment experience that will have your heart pounding and your adrenaline pumping as you race to discover hidden clues and solve cryptic puzzles to find your way out. This game will teach you to think outside the box, to use your senses and to work as a team.

Ouachita River Cruises

231 Moon Lake Road, Monroe
Enjoy a cruise along the beautiful Ouachita River with Capt. John Brown as your tour guide. See nature like never before with a view from the water on a Mini or Regular Cruise. Mini Cruises are available every Saturday & Sunday from 3:00pm-8:00pm at Moon Lake Marina. Regular cruises lasting 60 minutes can be made by appointment. Private cruises and catering cruises are available for groups of 15 or more.

Frenchman's Bend Golf Course

1484 Frenchman's Bend Road, Monroe
This beautiful, semi-private, championship 18-hole, par-72 gold course features undulating greens, 5 sets of tees, driving range and restaurant. The tips play at 6,900 yards. Hint: Keep the ball down low as the wind is a factor on this course.

Lazarre Park

Corner of Hamilton & Thompson Street, West Monroe
Located over the levee along the Ouachita River, this park offers disc golf and a boat launch. It plays host to the Ronald McDonald House Annual Big Bass Tournament in May.

Restoration Park

700 Downing Pines Road, West Monroe
A beautiful 70-acre forest and wetland park with several overlooks and a 1.2-mile stone trail for jogging, walking, or relaxing. Surrounds a scenic lake with native cypress trees draped with Spanish moss.

Chennault Park

8475 Millhaven Road, Monroe
500 acres laced with full-grown oaks, 18-hole golf course, frisbee golf, softball field, picnic areas, paved walking/jogging trail, Northeast Louisiana Soccer Complex, and the Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum.

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge

Along the Ouachita River - Union & Morehouse Parishes, Farmerville
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch & accessible fishing pier. Scenic river road.

Russell-Sage Wildlife Management Area

Within the Bayou Lafourche flood plain -- 7 miles east of Monroe, Monroe

Ouachita Wildlife Management Area

In Ouachita Parish - 6 miles southeast of Monroe, Monroe
This bottomland hardwood forest restoration-in-progress is nestled on 8,747 beautiful acres and features three reservoirs located on an agricultural tract and offers crawfishing opportunities, as well as fishing for bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass. A camping area that is located on eight secluded acres is also available.

D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge

Highway 143 in Union Parish - 10 miles north of West Monroe, Farmerville
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch, observation tower & walking trails. Scenic Bayou D'Arbonne.

Mane Street Mini-Golf and Games

205 Mane Street, West Monroe
An 18-hole miniature golf course includes cascading waterfalls, old-fashioned water towers and a gristmill with a real spinning water wheel.

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

1405 Bernstein Park Drive, Monroe
This 80+ acre zoological park is full of family fun with animals, plants of all kinds, a winding waterway with a jungle cruise, and the ZOOasis Splash Pad! Over 450 kinds of animals from all over the world and over 1200 species of plants are here. A special Louisiana Purchase Exhibit features animals indigenous to the original Louisiana Purchase with wildlife ranging from the black bear, bison and elk to mountain lion and American Bald eagle. The Australia Exhibit features wallaroos, wallabies, emu, cockatoos, and a kookaburra. The interactive petting zoo is home to pygmy goats, miniature zebu cattle, miniature horses, four-horned sheep and more. A must-see!

Kiroli Park

820 Kiroli Road, West Monroe
160 acres of park with forested areas as well as large playing areas and the Raising Cane’s Dog Park, which is separated into two sections for large and small dogs. Jogging and nature trails, a fishing pond, beautiful gardens, covered picnic areas, and a theatre stage for performances. Home to the Ballet Under the Stars in the spring. A climate-controlled lodge is great for receptions and family reunions.

Forsythe Park

Corner of Riverside Drive & Forsythe Avenue , Monroe
A neighborhood park encompassing over 53 acres with picnic areas, a 9-hole golf course, putt-putt golf, tennis courts, softball, soccer fields, and children's park. Beach volleyball courts, a jogging path and a public boat launch are located over the levee along the Ouachita River. The Monroe Advocates for Safe Streets (MASS) have developed 6 bike trails through the City of Monroe based out of the park.

Excalibur Family Fun Center

455 Cheniere Drew Road, West Monroe
Upon entering this fun castle, you are faced with a soaring rock wall, right at the center of a room full of arcade games and giant indoor playground. A covered walkway brings you to a 3,000-square-foot laser tag course. Outside you will find two go-kart tracks, batting cages and miniature golf.

Cinema 10

4700 Millhaven Road #1104, Monroe
Take a break from shopping in Pecanland Mall and catch a movie at this 10-screen complex.

Cheniere Lake Park

104 Cheniere Lake Road, West Monroe
Beautiful 3,000 acre lake, covered picnic areas, playground, boat launches and climate-controlled lodge available for weddings, receptions and reunions.

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

480 Richland Pl , Monroe
Immerse yourself in nature at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This majestic 4,500-acre expanse of lake, swamp, bottomland hardwoods, mixed pine and hardwood uplands is a wildlife habitat with all manner of plant species and everything from small alligators and turtles to coyote, deer and a wide variety of fowl. Delight in the beauty of herons, egrets, orioles and red-winged blackbirds from the wildlife pier or bird blind. Walk on a nature trail that meanders through a forested wetland. Marvel at the quiet beauty of the 1,600-acre lake from the quiet of your rented canoe with stately cypress and tupelo trees towering overhead. The Visitors’ Center, a restored 1880s Acadian house, offers interactive exhibits and a nature shop. Behind the center is a covered amphitheater for educational programs. Visit the Aquarium Room with live exhibits of native fish, reptiles, amphibians, and a Discovery Room with a variety of learning stations and reading materials. Other features include an arboretum with 150 labeled Louisiana native tree and woody shrub species, a photo blind, boat launch, canoeing, year-round fishing, and seasonal hunting opportunities.

Bayou Bowl

100 Horseshoe Lake Road, Monroe
Get ready to have a ball at this 40-lane center with pool tables, lounge and full-service snack bar.

Market at 7th Square

1700 North 7th Street, West Monroe
Started to give local vendors a place to sell their crops, the West Monroe Farmers’ Market has become a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Open year round and offering a variety of crops and goods, the market has something for everyone. Strawberries, bedding plants and greens hit the shelves in early spring. Summer brings a multitude of crops, such as corn, tomatoes, squash, peas, peppers, butter beans, okra, watermelon, muscadines, peaches and more. The brisk fall air brings with it crops like sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and sugar cane. During the holiday season, shoppers can find navel oranges, satsumas and pecans. So stop by the farmers market for a ‘taste’ of North Louisiana.

ULM's Museum of Natural History

4020 Northeast Drive, Monroe
Collections representing the natural history of North Louisiana of fish, plants and geological specimens including Native American artifacts. Located in Hanna Hall.

Twin City Motorsports Park

141 Dandy Lane, West Monroe
Get those RPMs revving at this super quarter-mile asphalt drag strip! At the Friday night Test-N-Tunes, race anything you like on the strip! The action gets dirty twice a year on the new horse shoe mud track. Racing season runs from March through November.

Ouachita River Art Gallery

308 Trenton Street, West Monroe
Here’s a great find where over 25 regional artists showcase their talents with an exciting variety of mediums in this quaint gallery located in Antique Alley. Traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, photography, jewelry, glass-fused items, even note cards and special novelty items. An annual art extravaganza is held each November. Workshops are offered at various times in the year.

Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Museum

1051 Chennault Park Drive, Monroe
A collection of African American art, culture and history in an architechturally interesting building! Changing art exhibits feature local and regional African American artists. An interesting array of artifacts from Northeast Louisiana includes kitchen ware and furniture from old slave cabins, early cotton farming tools, even sacks used for picking cotton. Also on display are life-like models of famous African American leaders like statesman and reformer Frederick Douglass, educator Mary Bethune and first African American millionaire and businesswoman Madam C.J. Walker, as well as an archival section featuring local African American leaders, their history and contributions. Available for meetings and family reunions with a full kitchen.

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum

323 Walnut Street, Monroe
It's so much fun, they'll never know it's a museum! This is a super place, where adults and kids can learn and grow together. Permanent exhibits include the Firehouse, a replica with a sliding pole; Health Hall, where kids can be a paramedic; Toddlertown, a cool, whimsical area for those under 4; Kids' Café, be a server, cashier, chef; Bubbleworks, make a giant bubble; and The Big Mouth, walk in and explore! Great traveling exhibits from across the U.S. are featured throughout the year, too. From mid-November to Christmas, the museum transforms to Santa’s Christmas Village with ice skating, holiday crafts, storytime with Mrs. Claus, the Peppermint Post Office, and visits with Santa. Party packages are available, and a gift shop is on the premises. It's where learning is fun!

Masur Museum of Art

1400 S. Grand Street, Monroe
This is truly a wonderful museum, set in a 1920s Tudor-style structure (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) with charming open spaces, hardwood floors and inviting year-round displays of a wide spectrum of art. The Masur Museum features a permanent collection of paintings, prints and sculpture, as well as six to eight exhibitions annually of art from museums and artists nationwide. An annual national juried exhibition is also held. Art lectures, gallery talks, special presentations, art classes and children’s workshops are conducted year-round.

Layton Castle

1133 S. Grand Street, Monroe
Layton Castle was built in 1910 around a Louisiana cottage. The grounds include an 18th century wine house built by Judge Henry Bry in 1814. Weddings, tours and events are available upon request.

Landry Vineyards

5699 New Natchitoches Road, West Monroe
Landry Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located in the rolling hills of West Monroe. Wines produced here include Blackberry Merlot, Blanc Du Bois (Dry and Semi-Sweet), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cotton Rouge, Redneck Red and more . Visitors can sample these wines with cheese and bread, while enjoying the picturesque views from the beautiful tasting room. Their Outdoor Concert Series is not to be missed, with music ranging from country to jazz. Patrons bring picnic blankets and chairs and enjoy live music from the hillside along with jambalaya and dancing. Two harvest festivals are hosted each summer that offer visitors the chance to harvest grapes and participate in a grape stomp. Tours are available by appointment.

Cooley House

1011 South Grand Street, Monroe
This is a rare example of residential Prairie School architecture in the South by international architect Walter Burley Griffin and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana

701 Kansas Ln., Monroe
Here’s one gem of a museum! Occupying one of the last standing buildings from the World War II Selman Field Army Air Corps Navigation School, this totally renovated facility is filled with more exhibits and artifacts than one would ever believe. The aviation portion highlights three historical chapters in the nation’s and Monroe’s history: the Navigation School (largest in the country) that trained over 15,000 navigators during the World War II years; the birth of Delta Airlines from a regional crop dusting service; and Louisiana native General Claire Lee Chennault’s Flying Tigers fighter squadron. The military portion is portrayed through sections of the museum representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Each section houses an abundance of weaponry, uniforms, photographs, documents and other artifacts depicting World War I to present day with heavy emphasis on World War II. The exhibits employ an oral history approach for describing these times. Local heroes from Northeast Louisiana are profiled from their days in the military, providing dramatic first-person accounts. In a separate room is an extensive exhibit showing the life and times of General Claire Lee Chennault and his famous WWII Flying Tigers. The museum features an exhibit with an elaborate collection of Nazi Germany artifacts and a growing outdoor display of WWII aircraft and vehicles. A state-of-the-art theater and conference center are also on site.

Upstairs Gallery

135 Art Alley, Monroe

The Sugar Gallery

135 Art Alley, Monroe

Palace Gallery

220 Desiard Street, Monroe

MAD Gallery

130 Art Alley, Monroe

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