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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.


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.

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.

Altitude Monroe

710 North 32nd Street , Monroe
Kids will love this trampoline park with a jousting area, foam pit, and dodgeball areas. Available for parties.

Bounce Town

403 North 6th Street, Ste. 9, West Monroe
Indoor party center for children with huge inflatable jumpers, private party rooms, and fully stocked concession stand for those hungry little ones. You can bounce by the hour or reserve a party room for your celebration!

JUMP!

505 North 18th Street, Monroe
Kids will have a blast with 6 huge jumpers and a game room featuring an X-box, Wii, ping pong and air hockey table. Private parties are available.

Tinseltown

220 Blanchard Street, West Monroe
Today's hottest films are playing right here at this 17-screen movie complex.

Skatetown West Monroe

105 Division Street, West Monroe
Fun for all ages with a skating rink, arcade games, and a snack bar. Specializing in parties, church groups, school groups and private parties. They do all the work -- you have all the fun!

Skatetown

3151 Sterlington Road, Monroe
Fun for all ages with a skating rink, arcade games, and a snack bar. Specializing in parties, church groups, school groups and private parties. They do all the work -- you have all the fun!

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.

Chennault Park Golf Course

8475 Millhaven Road, Monroe
An 18-hole, par-72, 7,042-yard municipal course with flat wooded landscape. Driving range and carts with GPS systems. Check out the 2007 Buick Open Winner Brian Bateman's trophy display. Hint: Look out for the 18th hole - it's par-4 with water all the way down the right side.

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.

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!

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