Travel Forward in Monroe-West Monroe
National Travel and Tourism Week, (NTTW) the annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry, will spotlight the essential role that travel will play in driving economic growth and innovation through the theme #TravelForward. During #NTTW23, we’re making clear the profound impact travel has on our community. Travel is essential and by moving #TravelForward, we’re moving Ouachita Parish’s local economy forward.
Our area and local officials are dedicated to improving our tourism product, not only for visitors but locals too. Keep reading below to check out some of our big projects moving #TravelForward.
West Monroe Sports and Events
This venue will feature eight basketball maple wood courts that are convertible to sixteen volleyball courts, a full-size kitchen, concession on dual levels and team meeting rooms or multi-purpose areas. Not only will this venue bring in more events to our area, it will also bring jobs to our local community.
Highland Park Wetland Trails
Get moving outside the lines at Highland Park Wetland Trails. The trails are located at 316 Otis Street on the former golf course in the heart of the City of West Monroe. Since opening, the trails have been used extensively by walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. The 1.25-mile pathway has 6 foot and 10 foot sections that accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists. You may even see a heron or two!
Ouachita River Access
The Ouachita River connects Monroe-West Monroe, and our river is a vital part of our economy and community. Both Monroe and West Monroe have big plans for river access for locals and visitors. Downtown West Monroe’s new marina Campbell’s Landing just opened allowing for visitors to park their boats and explore Downtown West Monroe for an afternoon.
The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo has been a family favorite for decades. In the last few years, the zoo has focused on creating experiences for zoo goers. With hands-on experiences like feeding the budgies and tortoises, zoo-goers have a chance to get up-close with the animals. Soon the zoo will add a hands-on sloth exhibit to bring even more excitement!
Air Park at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Visitors will soon be able to see retired fighter jets and planes up-close! An A-7 Corsair, F-86, MR 18, Loche Helicopter, Chinese Mig 15, and a Beech 18 will be restored and displayed at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum Air Park. Check out their website for updates on an opening date.