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Shared Earth: The Ancient Mounds Project at the Masur Museum
10/29/2014 to 02/14/2015
This exhibition features photographs by Jenny Ellerbe. It deals with the landscape of Northeast Louisiana as a cultural object whose layers heap one on top of another. Shared Earth: The Ancient Mounds Project exhibition is collaboration between the Poverty Point Station Archaeology Program and the Masur Museum of Art. It will feature fine art photography and archaeological artifacts. Free lectures and educational activities will take place at the Masur and Poverty Point State Historic Site during the exhibition.

Whispering Pines at the Masur Museum
10/29/2014 to 02/14/2015
Birney Imes is a renowned American photographer and the Masur Museum of Art is proud to exhibit Whispering Pines. Whispering Pines is a series of photographs documenting the life and times of Blume Triplett, the late proprietor of Whispering Pines, a roadside bar and restaurant in Crawford, Mississippi.

Freedom Trees
11/11/2014 to 01/1/2015
Start off the season with the tree lighting ceremony of the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum Freedom Trees honoring veterans with a patch, ribbon, medal, or photo from their military service. On November 11, the trees will be turned on at a Special Ceremony at 5 pm.

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Attractions
 
Bayou Bowl
Get ready to have a ball at this 40-lane center with pool tables, lounge and full-service snack bar.
Hours: Sun 12pm-Midnight; Mon-Thu. 9am-Midnight; Fri-Sat: 9am-2am
100 Horseshoe Lake Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.bayoubowl.com
Tel: (318) 325-2062
 
 
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
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. Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Hours: 10 am-5pm Tues-Sat
Cost: Adults $10, Students $6 (Children and Students through 12th Grade), annual pass $40, Househould pass $100
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.bmuseum.org
Tel: (318) 387-5281
 
 
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Hours: Refuge open daylight hours. Visitor Center open 8-4 weekdays; 9-5 Sat.; 1-5 Sun.
Cost: Admission: Free; Boat launch fee: $2; Canoe rental fees: $20 for 1/2 day (4 hours), $35 for a full day. Call to schedule
480 Richland Pl
Monroe , LA 71203
Web: www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/blackbayoulake
Tel: (318) 387-1114
 
 
Cheniere Lake Park
Beautiful 3,000 acre lake, covered picnic areas, playground, boat launches and climate-controlled lodge available for weddings, receptions and reunions. Cheniere Lake Park
104 Cheniere Lake Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 387-2383
 
 
Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana
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. Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana
Hours: Tues-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Cost: Free
701 Kansas Ln.
Monroe, LA 71213
Web: www.chennaultmuseum.org
Tel: (318) 362-5540
 
 
Chennault Park
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.
8475 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 329-2454
 
 
Cinema 10
Take a break from shopping in Pecanland Mall and catch a movie at this 10-screen complex.
4700 Millhaven Road #1104
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.cinemark.com
Tel: (318) 325-4760
 
 
Cooley House
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. Cooley House
1011 South Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71202
Tel: (318) 329-2237
 
 
D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch, observation tower & walking trails. Scenic Bayou D'Arbonne.
Highway 143 in Union Parish - 10 miles north of West Monroe
Farmerville, LA 71241
Web: www.fws.gov/darbonne
Tel: (318) 726-4222
 
 
Excalibur Family Fun Center
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. Excalibur Family Fun Center
455 Cheniere Drew Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
Web: www.excaliburfun.com
Tel: (318) 396-8800
 
 
Forsythe Park
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.
Corner of Riverside Drive & Forsythe Avenue
Monroe , LA
Tel: (318) 329-2458
 
 
Frenchman's Bend Golf Course
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.
1484 Frenchman's Bend Road
Monroe, LA
Web: www.frenchmansbend.com
Tel: (318) 387-2363
 
 
Kiroli Park
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. Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 396-4016
 
 
Landry Vineyards
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. Landry Vineyards
Hours: Tasting room is open Saturday from 11 am to 5:30 pm. Call Monday-Friday to drop in.
5699 New Natchitoches Road
West Monroe, LA 71292
Web: www.landryvineyards.com
Tel: (318) 557-9050
 
 
Layton Castle
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. Layton Castle
Hours: Group tours by appointment only
Cost: Admission
1133 S. Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71202
Tel: (318) 322-4869
 
 
Lazarre Park
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. Lazarre Park
Corner of Hamilton & Thompson Street
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 396-4016
 
 
Livaudais Studio
122 South Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.livaudais-studio.com
Tel: (318) 791-0307
 
 
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
This 80+ acre zoological park is full of family fun with animals, plants of all kinds, a winding waterway with a jungle cruise, and a splash pad opening Summer 2013! 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! Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Cost: Adults $4.50, Seniors $3, Children $3, 2 & under are free. Call for group rates.
1405 Bernstein Park Drive
Monroe , LA 71210-0155
Web: www.monroezoo.org
Tel: (318) 329-2400
 
 
MAD Gallery
130 Art Alley
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.madsocialmedia.com
Tel: (318) 380-1910
 
 
Mane Street Mini-Golf and Games
An 18-hole miniature golf course includes cascading waterfalls, old-fashioned water towers and a gristmill with a real spinning water wheel. Try your hand at the indoor blacklight course with a swampy theme. Continue the fun at the arcade. Mane Street Mini-Golf and Games
205 Mane Street
West Monroe, LA 71292
Tel: (318) 322-7229
 
 
Market at 7th Square
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. Market at 7th Square
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm
1700 North 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Tel: (318) 322-2203
 
 
Masur Museum of Art
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. Masur Museum of Art
Hours: Tues-Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat 12 pm-5pm
Cost: Free
1400 S. Grand Street
Monroe , LA 71202
Web: www.masurmuseum.org
Tel: (318) 329-2237
 
 
Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
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! Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
Hours: 9:00-2:00 Tues-Fri; 10:00-5:00 Sat
Cost: $5 per person - group rates available
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.nelcm.org
Tel: (318) 361-9611
 
 
Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Museum
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 Delta African American Museum
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tues-Fri; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Sat; Sunday by appointment.
Cost: Adults 18 & older, $7; Students & Senior Citizens, $5; Group rates available.
1051 Chennault Park Drive
Monroe , LA 71203
Web: www.nldaahm.com
Tel: (318) 342-8889
 
 
Ouachita River Art Gallery
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. Ouachita River Art Gallery
Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Cost: Admission free
308 Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Web: www.ouachitariverartgallery.com
Tel: (318) 322-2380
 
 
Ouachita River Cruises
Enjoy a cruise a long the beautiful Ouachita River. Private parties are available for groups of 15 or more.
Hours: Tues.-Sun. at 7:00 pm
Cost: $20 per person, $15 for children ages 3-10
Monroe, LA 71201 Web: www.ouachitariverpontooncruises.com
Tel: (318) 355-4882
 
 
Ouachita Wildlife Management Area
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.
Cost: $15 WMA hunting permit-for hunting only. Must have a current hunting or fishing license or a LA Wild stamp when entering WMA.
In Ouachita Parish - 6 miles southeast of Monroe
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.wlf.louisiana.gov
Tel: (318) 343-4044
 
 
Palace Gallery
220 Desiard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Tel: (318) 376-3952
 
 
Restoration Park
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. Restoration Park
700 Downing Pines Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 322-8903
 
 
Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex
With 3/8-mile concrete track, the speedway is home to multiple levels of racing plus special events like concerts and more. The Grandstand has room for 4,000 fans and racing season is March-October. They have Master suites, concession stands and ample parking. Catch the action!
8850 Frontage Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.revolutionparkentertainment.com
Tel: (318) 812-RACE
 
 
RiverMarket
Enjoy shopping, food, and fun along the beautiful Ouachita River in Downtown Monroe. 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. RiverMarket
Hours: Saturdays only, April to July & September to December
Cost: Free to attend
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.downtownrivermarket.com
Tel: (318) 807-9985
 
 
Russell-Sage Wildlife Management Area
Cost: $15 WMA hunting permit-for hunting only. Must have a current hunting or fishing license or a LA Wild stamp when entering WMA.
Within the Bayou Lafourche flood plain -- 7 miles east of Monroe
Monroe, LA
Web: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777
Tel: (318) 343-4044
 
 
The Sugar Gallery
135 Art Alley
Monroe, LA 71201
Tel: (318) 243-3092
 
 
Trenton Street Golf Course & Driving Range
Practice your golf skills at Northeast Louisiana’s only lighted driving range. This 9-hole, par-36 golf course features 3,194 yards. Hint: Be careful on the 4th hole. If your second shot is not perfect, you could land in the swamp.
2411 Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 361-9345
 
 
Twin City Motorsports Park
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.
Hours: Friday and Saturday
Cost: Adults $10, 7-12 years $7, children under 7 are free. $20 for participants on Friday Test-N-Tune.
3695 Prairie Road
West Monroe, LA 71292
Web: www.twincitydragway.com
Tel: (318) 372-2511
 
 
ULM's Museum of Natural History
Collections representing the natural history of North Louisiana of fish, plants and geological specimens including Native American artifacts. Located in Hanna Hall.
Hours: Hours during ULM semesters: Mon-Fri 9 am-2 pm, first Sat of each month 10 am-3 pm. Summer hours: Fri 9 am- 2 pm, first Sat of each month 10 am-3 pm.
Cost: Free
4020 Northeast Drive
Monroe , LA 71209
Web: www.ulm.edu/mnh
Tel: (318) 342-1868
 
 
Uncle Robert's Orchard
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.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: $8 per person, Children under 2 are free.
110 Lucky Lane
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.unclerobertsorchard.com
Tel: (318) 340-9400
 
 
Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch & accessible fishing pier. Scenic river road.
Along the Ouachita River - Union & Morehouse Parishes
Farmerville, LA 71241
Web: www.fws.gov
Tel: (318) 726-4222
 
 
Upstairs Gallery
135 Art Alley
Monroe, LA 71201
Tel: (318) 381-2110
 
 
West Monroe Motocross
This is a real family-friendly facility where you can ride, practice and race! A one-mile dirt track for bikes and quads, plus pee-wee track, mud track for 4-wheelers and a remote-control car track. Open daily (weather permitting). Year-round racing and events. Excellent track maintenance. Night lighting, concession stand (weekends), parking, camping, RV parking.
Hours: Daily year-round, dawn to dusk (and later).
Cost: Admission: daily, monthly, yearly rates
280 Tinsley Road
West Monroe, LA
Web: www.westmx.blogspot.com
Tel: 318-396-3478
 
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