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Visiting Central Louisiana

Louisiana’s oldest city turns 300 this year and special events commemorating the Tri-Centennial fill the Natchitoches calendar throughout 2014. The celebrations heat up this summer as the town pays tribute to all walks of central Louisiana life. Visiting sports fans will get a kick out of the Sports and Recreation Celebration on June 14th. Held at the Northwest Louisiana History Museum, the focus of the festivities is the 2014 Hall of Fame induction class, highlighting basketball, hunting, fishing, and other sports.

The Tri-Centennial party continues as venues across the city open up for Louisiana Heritage festivities July 4th and July 12th. After celebrating our nation’s independence on the Fourth of July, get a sense of Natchitoches history through arts and crafts as well as the sounds of the 35th Annual Natchitoches-Northwestern Folk Festival, as well as the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship.

Even more Louisiana culture abounds at the Art in August event on August 9th. The Guinness Book of World Records people come out to examine the world’s largest beaded mosaic on downtown Natchitoches’ famous brick-paved Front Street, while the special Art Among the Bricks display features paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and woodwork.

Alexandria visitors seeking a little art and culture visit the Alexandria Museum of Art. Besides offerings tours through its impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and educational work shops for kids and adults, the museum is a frequent host of special events. This summer, visit AMoA’s café on the third Thursday of every month and enjoy food and art as local musicians showcase their talent in the Acoustic Concert Series.

Families with young ones in Alexandria visit the Alexandria Zoological Park. Home to more than 500 animals, the zoo is open daily, hosting special events throughout the year. “Prepare to be soaked,” warns the zoo as the 2014 Water Festival invites kids to make a splash among the animals on June 21st. Still, if it’s a calm way to make a splash you’re after, head to the Red River for ideal fishing and boating conditions during your summer visit to Alexandria.

Visitors to Leesville and Deridder enjoy easy access to more fishing in Vernon Lake and the Toledo Bend Reservoir. Cypress Bend Park is an ideal spot, featuring 114 acres of woods and three miles of Toledo Bend Reservoir shoreline to truly let you get away from it all and cast a line for a big catch.

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