The ninth largest city in the state, this Central Louisiana city lies on the Red River, making it a great place for a vacation filled with outdoors fun. The city also boasts a thriving art and music culture and houses some of the state's most friendly residents.
Those visiting Alexandria to learn about Louisiana's history won't be disappointed. Visitors can learn about the process of making cane sugar the Kent Plantation House or lay eyes on everything from Native American sculptures to war-time medals at the Louisiana History Museum. Art lovers can stroll the halls of the Alexandria Museum of Art or take an art class at QuirkyArtz, while sports enthusiasts can enjoy a live sports game at the Johnny Down Sports Complex and those with a craving for a good glass of beer can enjoy local beers at the Huckleberry Brewing Co. Guests who prefer to spend their time outdoors can spend an afternoon on the open fields of Compton Park where they can have a picnic, play sports, or go for a walk on the trails that overlook miles of wetlands. They can also go boating and fishing on the Red River, or spend the afternoon at Cotile Lake before making their way to one of the many campgrounds in the area.
There is no shortage of vacation rentals in Alexandria. The city is home to inns, hotels, and immaculate full houses that can be rented out and enjoyed for long term stays. Every rental accommodation offers internet and cable TV, allowing guests to stay connected during their stay.
The best time to visit is during the spring months. However, many fun festivals and celebrations take place during the sweltering summer months.
Louisiana is known for its events -- many of which are held within the Alexandria Area. A few of these include the 12 Nights of Christmas Festival, the Children's Parade, the Louisiana Forest Festival, and the Mardis Gras Celebration which features colorful costumes and elaborate masks, live entertainment, contests, and good food.
Family activities in Alexandria are not unheard of, as the city prides itself on a sense of community. Families can go bowling at England Airpark Lanes, catch a Family-friendly flick at The Grand Alexandria, or play laser tag, gp bowling, and play mini golf and arcade games while they munch on tasty snacks at the Four Seasons Bowling Center. Many families enjoy a visit to the Alexandria Zoological Park, where they can witness the beauty of big cats, primates, and everything in between while learning about conservation.