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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.

Pecanland Mall

4700 Millhaven Road, Monroe
North Louisiana’s largest shopping mall, anchored by Belk, JCPenney, Dillard’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Browse through over 100 stores like Victoria's Secret, Buckle, Bath & Body Works, The Camouflage Shoppe, H&M, Old Navy, Rue 21 and so much more! It’s also home to Cinema 10, a food court and a two-story carousel for the kids. The shopping does not end inside the mall. In Pecanland Plaza, you will find Kohl’s, Best Buy, Kirkland's, Target, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Ross, Lifeway Christian Book Store, Pier 1, and TJ Maxx.

Rialto Art Center

319 Trenton Street, West Monroe
A hub for the creative community hosting artist studio spaces, flexible event space for creative classes and workshops, coffee café, retail space for local art and handmade, a performance stage, and more!

Savage Axe

1812 Tower Drive, Monroe
Axe-throwing entertainment at it's finest. This cool spot features multiple lanes, pool tables, a full bar, and a menu of burgers and appetizers.

Tilt Studio

4700 Millhaven Road #6702, Monroe
Located inside Pecanland Mall. Play an exciting game of laser tag, bumper cars, or challenge everyone to a round of mini bowling or mini golf. Grab a snack before playing your favorite video, ticket, or merchandise games.

Two Warriors Meadery

95 McClendon Ave. Suite A, West Monroe
In the mood for mead? This alcoholic beverage is made with fermented honey. The first and only meadery in the state of Louisiana, this local shop in West Monroe was created by two disabled veterans. They use locally-sourced ingredients, including their own homegrown honey! Two Warriors Meadery offers several unique flavors to try, including Bayou Blues Berry and the Lemon Zinger. Don't forget to try their 12th-century mead recipe Oden's Love. Stop by their tasting room, and get a few bottles to bring home!

Palace Gallery

220 Desiard Street, Monroe

The Sugar Gallery

135 Art Alley, Monroe

Upstairs Gallery

135 Art Alley, Monroe

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 WWII Selman Army Airfield Navigation School, this totally renovated facility is filled with more exhibits and artifacts than one would ever believe. The aviation portion highlights three historic chapters in the nation’s and Monroe’s history: the Navigation School (largest in the country at the time) that trained over 15,000 navigators during WWII; the birth of Delta Airlines from a regional crop dusting service; and Louisiana native General Claire Chennault, leader of the Flying Tigers. The military portion is portrayed through sections of the museum representing all five military branches. Each section houses an abundance of weaponry, uniforms, photographs, documents and other artifacts depicting WWI through present day with heavy emphasis on Louisiana. Military heroes, many from Northeast Louisiana, are profiled providing dramatic first-person accounts of experiences in the military. In a separate room is an extensive exhibit showing the life and times of General Chennault and his famous Flying Tigers from WWII, showcasing the world’s largest collection of Chennault artifacts. The museum features an elaborate exhibit collection of Nazi Germany artifacts and a growing outdoor display of historic aircraft and vehicles. A theater and meeting room are also on-site.

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.

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. Landry Vineyards produces 20 different wines including cultural fruit forward semi-sweet wines, clean crisp dry white wines, dry barrel aged wines and port style wines.Visitors can sample these wines, 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bayou Bowl

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

Biedenharn Museum & Gardens

2000 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.

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 conservation learning center with its mural of the lake and live animal exhibits of native fish and reptiles. Other features include an arboretum with labeled Louisiana native tree and woody shrub species, a photo blind, boat launch, canoeing, year-round fishing, and seasonal hunting opportunities.

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.

Cinema 10

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

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.

Forsythe Park

2300 Sycamore, Monroe
A neighborhood park encompassing over 53 acres with picnic areas with metal and wooden pavilions, park restrooms, bandstand/stage area, 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.

Kiroli Park

820 Kiroli Road, West Monroe
160 acres of park with forested areas and large playing areas, including the Smiles Park an all-inclusive park where all kids can play 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.

Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

1405 Bernstein Park Drive, Monroe
This is an 80 plus acre zoological park and gardens for family fun and education with almost 2 miles of pathways wondering through animal exhibits, park like grounds and gardens. Don’t miss the Zooasis Splash Pad, playground, Safari Boat ride, and the Train (Opening Summer 2018). You can see over 400 birds and animals with over 100 species. Areas include the Land Down Under, The Louisiana Purchase and a petting zoo. Want to bring a group? We offer group rates and you can rent a pavilion for your family or business events. Enjoy hours of fun at a family friendly price.

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.

Ouachita Wildlife Management Area

120 Bud Smith Road, 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.

Russell-Sage Wildlife Management Area

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

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.

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.

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.

Lazarre Park

Corner of Hamilton & Thompson Street, West Monroe
Located over the levee along the Ouachita River, this park is a great place to launch your boats or kayaks on the Ouachita River. It also features two 18-hole disc golf courses! Plus, catch the Ronald McDonald House Annual Big Bass Tournament here in May.

Country Club @ Frenchman's Bend

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.


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.

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. Enjoy with family, friends or coworkers.

Flying Tiger 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, patio, and large outdoor green space.

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.

Southern Escape Room West Monroe

112 Blanchard Street, Suite 1, West 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. Enjoy with family, friends or coworkers.

Precious Legacy Museum and Archives

2400 Orell Place, Monroe
The Museum features contributions of the Jewish community to the local area and also gives an overview of Jewish history, traditions and holidays.

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