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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.

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.

Johnny Myers Golf Course

2500 Sycamore Street, Monroe
This 9-hole, regulation-length golf course with driving range can give a golfer a fun experience at any skill level. Hint: Have the putter on target as the greens are turtleback.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center & Public Range

357 Sheriff Richard Fewell Road, West Monroe
The Public Range at the OPSO Training Center includes a Firing Range as well as an Archery Range. The Archery Range features a youth area, elevated shooting, and walk-thru bag & 3D range.

H2 Go Paddle

2814 Desoto St., Monroe
Rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards from this shop! Load them in your vehicle and head to the Ouachita River, Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, or Bayou Desiard. Plus, this shop sells specialty accessories and gear for paddling and camping adventures.

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.

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. 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? They 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.

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.

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