Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana

Mardi Gras in Monroe-West Monroe

Join us in Monroe-West Monroe for our 2019 Mardi Gras celebration. The day is full of family fun and Mardi Gras adventures. Click here for the schedule of events for Saturday, February 16!

7 New Year's Resolutions in Monroe-West Monroe

New Year's Resolutions are a time-honored tradition. This year, add some of these resolutions to your list to discover more in Monroe-West Monroe.

Places to Get that Perfect Afternoon Snack

If you're looking for the perfect mid-day snack, Monroe-West Monroe has you covered. Whether you prefer savory or sweet, there's always something to choose from around town. These places are great spots to take the little ones too! Here are 5 great snack places to choose from.

7 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays in Monroe-West Monroe

Family-friendly events and attractions, more than 30 antique shops and trendy boutiques and plenty of chances to visit with Santa Claus are among the many things Monroe-West Monroe has to offer this holiday season. If you’re looking for a magical getaway that your whole family will love, pay us a visit.

Hauntingly Delicious: The Halloween-Themed Spirit You Have to Try

Available only until October 31st, this mystical drink turns all of your goth dreams into reality. It's a classic margarita with a spooky twist. Watch the video here!

4 Unique Places to Take a Walk in Monroe-West Monroe

More than just a stroll. Explore the outdoors on our relaxing trails or find something truly unique while taking a walk downtown. Here are 4 great spots to roam in Monroe-West Monroe.

Places to Eat on Sunday and Monday

A list of restaurants that are open on Sunday and Monday in Monroe-West Monroe. There's a lot to choose from! Go after church, stop by after that first workday of the week, or just start your week off right.

Historic Downtown Tours

The rich history of Monroe and West Monroe has been largely preserved in the downtown areas. Both sides of the river offer self-guided walking tours.

5 Events to See in Monroe-West Monroe this Fall

The unique flavors of Monroe-West Monroe aren’t just found in its delectable cuisine, charming antique shops, and homegrown country music. Throughout the fall, the twin cities host a calendar’s worth of one-of-a-kind festivals that showcase the best of North Louisiana.

Sterlington Sports Complex

Opening in Spring 2018, the new Sterlington Sports Complex offers sports planners, ball players, and spectators a great tournament experience.

Duck Dishes in Monroe-West Monroe

Discover Duck Commander and locally crafted duck dishes in Monroe-West Monroe. These restaurants serve our favorite fowl in unique ways.

Tasty Tuesday Weekly Instagram Giveaway

Guess the restaurant! This weekly Instagram contest uses clues in an Instagram story and challenges viewers to guess the location. See the clues, then comment your answer on our #TastyTuesday post. It can be any restaurant, coffee shop, or dessert stand in Ouachita Parish. Build your knowledge of local dives on our Where to Eat page. All correct guesses are entered in a drawing to win a $10 gift card to that restaurant.

King Cake in Monroe-West Monroe

No Carnival Season is complete without a King Cake! Here's where to find them in Monroe-West Monroe, whether you're looking for one for your whole party or a slice for yourself, you can try it at any of these places.

Land of Lights Holiday Photo Contest with Origin Bank

Want to win a $100 VISA giftcard? The Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau is partnering with Origin Bank for the Land of Lights Holiday Photo Contest. Here's how to enter!

Discover MWM Social

Want to know where to find us on social media? We share updates on events, new restaurants and attractions, and unique takes on some of your favorite Monroe-West Monroe places. We also love sharing your amazing MWM photos! Follow along here!

Hot Coffee Spots in Monroe-West Monroe (Where You Can Also Get Cold Coffee)

Have you checked out many of our local coffee shops? They are extraordinarily unique, with delicious coffee drinks and other treats that you can’t find at a chain restaurant. Here are 8 great coffee stops in Monroe-West Monroe!

Local Burgers

All-American. Classic. The burger is a staple of U.S. cuisine. Whether you’re at a fast food joint or a high-end restaurant, it’s likely that the burger is there also. Here are 5 local joints that get the burger so right.

Top Views in Ouachita Parish

There are many reasons to love Ouachita Parish. The people are charming, the food is delicious, and you don’t have to look hard to find something beautiful.

Top 5 Group Experiences

For when your crew wants to do something other than dinner. Check out these recommendations for group hangouts in Monroe-West Monroe!

Team Friendly Restaurants

As the pressure rises throughout the competition, so does hunger! Where can a whole team share a quick lunch or a celebratory dinner? We’ve curated a list of 5 of the most “team friendly” places in town.

Creative Continental: Banana Pancakes

A Holiday Inn Express breakfast includes fresh pancakes. In this video, we add a fun twist to the typical pancakes and syrup combo. This video series looks at ways to make creative continental breakfasts.

Attraction Gift Shops

After visiting a new place, people love to buy commemorative items and gifts to bring back home. Many of our boutiques have Monroe-West Monroe specific clothing, and there are some local specialty shops that have unique offerings.

Unique Ways to Eat Crawfish in MWM

Crawfish is one of Louisiana's delicacies. It's saved for special occasions, and eating it is a learned skill passed from generation to generation. But the culinary scene in Monroe-West Monroe takes it a step further. Here are 3 dishes where your crawfish is already peeled.

Faces of Tourism

It's Tourism Awareness Week! We gathered just a few of our friends to talk tourism in Ouachita Parish. #DiscoverMWM

Annual Events

Planning a trip to Monroe-West Monroe? Consider this your inspiration guide. Would you rather stomp grapes at Landry Vineyards or ride the Ring of Fire at the Ark-La-Miss Fair? Do you like king cake or Christmas lights? The answer "all of the above" is completely acceptable, and you can find all of that information here!

Herons on the Bayou

Memphis has Tigers, New Orleans has Oysters and Bead dogs, Arkansas has pigs, and Ruston has bulldogs.  Soon, Ouachita Parish will have Herons.

Photo the 'Roe 2018 Finalists

From stunning bayou shots, unique views of local attractions, artistic takes on popular events, our winning photographs have it all. See the winners of this year's Photo the 'Roe photo contest!

7 of the Best Things to Do This Summer in Monroe-West Monroe

Explore tree-shaded trails on the bank of a tranquil bayou. Uncover the stories of a soft drink pioneer and an American war hero. Sample some of the best locally made wine and craft beer in all of Louisiana. This is just a taste of the many experiences you’ll find this summer in Monroe-West Monroe.

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