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Bayou Bowl
Get ready to have a ball at this 40-lane center with pool tables, arcade, lounge and full-service snack bar.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday-Saturday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Sunday: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
100 Horseshoe Lake Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.bayoubowl.com
Tel: (318) 325-2062
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
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. Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Hours: 10 am-5pm Tues-Sat
Cost: Adults $7, Students $4, Military & Seniors $6, Garden & Bible Museum only $4
2000 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.bmuseum.org
Tel: (318) 387-5281
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Hours: Refuge open daylight hours. Visitor Center open 8-4 weekdays; 9-5 Sat.; 1-5 Sun.
Cost: Admission: Free; Boat launch fee: $2; Canoe rental fees: $20 for 1/2 day (4 hours), $35 for a full day. Call to schedule
480 Richland Pl
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.fws.gov/refuge/black-bayou-lake
Tel: (318) 387-1114
Cheniere Lake Park
Beautiful 3,000 acre lake, covered picnic areas, playground, boat launches and climate-controlled lodge available for weddings, receptions and reunions. Cheniere Lake Park
104 Cheniere Lake Road
West Monroe, LA
Tel: (318) 387-2383
Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana
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. Chennault Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana
Hours: Tues-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Cost: Free
701 Kansas Ln.
Monroe, LA 71213
Web: www.chennaultmuseum.org
Tel: (318) 362-5540
Chennault Park
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.
8475 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA 71201
Tel: (318) 329-2454
Cooley House
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. Cooley House
1011 South Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71202
Tel: (318) 329-2237
Country Club @ Frenchman's Bend
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.
Hours: Tues- Sun 7:00 AM - Dark, Dinning Room: 10:00 AM -10:00 PM
1484 Frenchman's Bend Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.frenchmansbend.com
Tel: (318) 387-2363
D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch, observation tower & walking trails. Scenic Bayou D'Arbonne.
Highway 143 in Union Parish - 10 miles north of West Monroe
Farmerville, LA 71241
Web: www.fws.gov/darbonne
Tel: (318) 726-4222
Duck Commander The Tour
Learn about the Robertson story in a self-guided tour of 10,000 square feet of galleries featuring Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty memorabilia. Walk through 15 galleries featuring family artifacts and pictures, set recreations and costumes from the hit television show Duck Dynasty, and enjoy a sensorial experience on a duck hunt with the Duckmen of Louisiana. Duck Commander The Tour
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
117 Kings Lane
West Monroe, LA 71292
Web: https://duckcommander.tours/
Tel: 318-387-0588
Excalibur Family Fun Center
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. Excalibur Family Fun Center
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
455 Cheniere Drew Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
Web: www.excaliburfun.com
Tel: (318) 396-8800
Flying Tiger Brewery
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.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 4:00 PM- 10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 1:00 PM- 11:00 PM, Closed on Sunday
506 North 2nd Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.flyingtigerbeer.com
Tel: 318-547-1738
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Forsythe Park
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.
Hours: Park closed from 12:00 AM (Midnight) until 5:00 AM Daily
2300 Sycamore
Monroe, LA 71202
Web: www.monroela.us
Tel: (318) 329-2442
Kiroli Park
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. Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
Tel: (318) 396-4016
Landry Vineyards
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. Landry Vineyards
Hours: Open Monday -Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
5699 New Natchitoches Road
West Monroe, LA 71292
Web: www.landryvineyards.com
Tel: (318) 557-9050
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Layton Castle
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. Layton Castle
Hours: Group tours by appointment only
Cost: Admission
1133 S. Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71202
Tel: (318) 322-4869
Lazarre Park
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. Lazarre Park
Corner of Hamilton & Thompson Street
West Monroe, LA 71292
Tel: (318) 396-4016
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
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. Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Cost: Adults $4.50, Seniors $3, Children $3, 2 & under are free. Call for group rates.
1405 Bernstein Park Drive
Monroe, LA 71210-0155
Web: www.monroezoo.org
Tel: (318) 329-2400
Market at 7th Square
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. Market at 7th Square
Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-6pm
1700 North 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Tel: (318) 322-2203
Masur Museum of Art
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. Masur Museum of Art
Hours: Tues-Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat 12 pm-5pm
Cost: Free
1400 S. Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71202
Web: www.masurmuseum.org
Tel: (318) 329-2237
Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
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 Children's Museum
Hours: 9:00-2:00 Tues-Fri; 10:00-5:00 Sat
Cost: $6 per person - group rates available
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.nelcm.org
Tel: (318) 361-9611
Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Museum
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. Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Museum
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Tues-Fri; 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Sat; Sunday by appointment.
Cost: Adults 18 & older, $7; Students & Senior Citizens, $5; Group rates available.
1051 Chennault Park Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Tel: (318) 342-8889
Ouachita Wildlife Management Area
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.
Cost: $15 WMA hunting permit-for hunting only. Must have a current hunting or fishing license or a LA Wild stamp when entering WMA.
120 Bud Smith Road
Monroe, LA 71202
Web: www.wlf.louisiana.gov
Tel: (318) 343-4044
Palace Gallery
220 Desiard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Tel: (318) 376-3952
Pecanland Mall
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, Five Below, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Ross, Lifeway Christian Book Store, Pier 1, and TJ Maxx.
4700 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: www.pecanlandmall.com
Tel: (318) 322-4635
Precious Legacy Museum and Archives
The Museum features contributions of the Jewish community to the local area and also gives an overview of Jewish history, traditions and holidays.
Hours: Tours available by appointment only. Call to schedule.
2400 Orell Place
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Web: www.bayoujews.org
Tel: 318-387-0730
Restoration Park
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. Restoration Park
700 Downing Pines Road
West Monroe, LA 71209
Tel: (318) 322-8903
Rialto Art Center
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! Rialto Art Center
319 Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Tel: (318) 329-9200
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. RiverMarket
Hours: 1st and 3rd Saturdays only, March to May & October to December
Cost: Free to shop, Event ticket prices vary
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.downtownrivermarket.com
Tel: (318) 807-1735
Russell-Sage Wildlife Management Area
Cost: $15 WMA hunting permit-for hunting only. Must have a current hunting or fishing license or a LA Wild stamp when entering WMA.
Within the Bayou Lafourche flood plain -- 7 miles east of Monroe
Monroe, LA
Web: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2777
Tel: (318) 343-4044
Savage Axe
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.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 5-10PM, Friday: 5PM-12AM, Saturday: 2PM-12AM
Cost: $
1812 Tower Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.savageaxemonroe.com
Tel: (318) 855-4333
Southern Escape Room
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. Southern Escape Room
Hours: Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 10:30 am, Sunday 2:00 PM- 8:00 PM
607 Louisville Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201
Web: www.southernescaperoom.com
Tel: 318-537-6068
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Southern Escape Room 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.
112 Blanchard Street, Suite 1
West Monroe, LA 71291
Web: southernescaperoom.com
Tel: 3183480200
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Surge Entertainment Center
Entertainment center by Drew Brees includes bowling, golf simulators, karaoke rooms, arcade games, extreme activities, a full kid friendly restaurant, and so much more. Surge Entertainment Center
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Friday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
220 Mane St.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Web: https://surgefun.com/locations/WestMonroe/
Tel: (318) 536-2695
The Sugar Gallery
135 Art Alley
Monroe, LA 71201
Tel: (318) 243-3092
Tilt Studio
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. Tilt Studio
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Friday-Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Sunday: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
4700 Millhaven Road #6702
Monroe, LA 71203
Web: https://tiltstudio.com
Tel: 318-460-1685
Twin City Motorsports Park
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.
Hours: Friday and Saturday
Cost: Adults $10, 7-12 years $7, children under 7 are free. $20 for participants on Friday Test-N-Tune.
141 Dandy Lane
West Monroe, LA 71291
Web: www.twincitydragway.com
Tel: (318) 372-2511
Two Warriors Meadery
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! Two Warriors Meadery
Hours: Friday & Saturday: 11AM-5PM
Cost: $$
95 McClendon Ave. Suite A
West Monroe, LA 71291
Web: www.twowarriorsmeadery.com/
Tel: (318) 307-5828
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ULM's Museum of Natural History
Collections representing the natural history of North Louisiana of fish, plants and geological specimens including Native American artifacts. Located in Hanna Hall.
Hours: Hours during ULM semesters: Mon-Fri 9 am-2 pm, first Sat of each month 10 am-3 pm. Summer hours: Fri 9 am- 2 pm, first Sat of each month 10 am-3 pm.
Cost: Free
4020 Northeast Drive
Monroe , LA 71209
Web: www.ulm.edu/mnh
Tel: (318) 342-1868
Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch & accessible fishing pier. Scenic river road.
Along the Ouachita River - Union & Morehouse Parishes
Farmerville, LA 71241
Web: www.fws.gov
Tel: (318) 726-4222
Upstairs Gallery
135 Art Alley
Monroe, LA 71201
Tel: (318) 381-2110
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