Landry Vineyard Concerts and local events are just the beginning of all the fun that awaits in Monroe-West Monroe this autumn. Your fall getaway wouldn’t be complete without exploring two of the most prominent local attractions: Biedenharn Museum & Gardens and the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is the homesite of Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola, where visitors can tour his beautiful home; learn about Coca-Cola’s bottling beginnings from an entertaining soda jerk; and check out early Coca-Cola memorabilia at the on-site Coke Museum.
During the home tour, be sure to stroll through the gorgeous ELSong Gardens, named after Biedenharn’s daughter, Emy-Lou, a renowned opera singer prior to World War II. The expansive garden features dozens of beautiful, year-round blooms, along with an array of impressive terraces, fountains, statues, and more.
Don’t let your visit end without exploring the extensive collection of historical artifacts—including unique Bibles, Russian icons, and a variety of rotating exhibits—from the Smithsonian and other distinguished institutions.
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
You could easily spend an entire day at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo! The 80-plus-acre zoological park and gardens offers much more than the typical zoo.
In addition to the two miles of animal exhibits where you’ll see everything from lions, tigers, and bears to zebras, birds, reptiles, and more, other unique and memorable attractions include:
• Train rides through open grassland and cypress tree forests
• Zooasis Splash Pad, perfect for cooling off from the summer heat
• Children’s petting zoo
• Boat rides on the Safari Boat through swamps
• Budgie Exhibit
The park also has seasonal events you don’t want to miss! The big fall event is Boo at the Zoo, held each year on the last Saturday in October. Show up in your costume and enjoy trick-or-treating through the zoo, games, a costume contest, and more.