Natchitoches Events/Attractions

 

 

 

 The Sixth Annual bon Dieu Falls Festival Parade will be Sept. 24th in Montgomery. Applications for floats and routines are available. Catagories include vehicle, float and dance\cheer group. There is no fee to participate. Applications may be picked up at businesses in Montgomery. The deadline for registration is Sept. 9th. For more information, contact Releida James at bondieufalls@yahoo.com

 Women's Resource Center's Celebration of Life Gala: Save the date for the upcoming Celebration of Life Gala, which is a fundraising event for the Women’s Resource Center. The event will be held at the Events Center Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. There will be an after program buffet catered by Lasyone’s Restaurant. Tickets are $25 per person.

Natchitoches Genealogy Library: 600 Second Street Natchitoches, LA 71457
Tel: (318) 357-2235

The 1st floor museum is no longer open to the public.  The 2nd floor houses Natchitoches Genealogy Library.  It is open Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm.  The library includes French conveyances, mortgages and books; Natchitoches Parish Census records 1820 – 1920; miscellaneous census records for other Louisiana parishes and states and Natchitoches Times microfilm records for March 1903 – Oct. 1996.

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum are located in a spectular $23-million complex in Natchitoches Landmark Historic District of downtown Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Kisatchie National Forest: 229 Dogwood Park Road Provencal, LA 71468
Tel: (318) 472-1840
 

Kisatchie Ranger District offers visitors numerous activities including nine scenic overlooks, 12 miles of wilderness hiking trails, canoeing over 20 miles down Kisatchie Bayou, 50 miles of multiple-use trails and a 17-mile national scenic byway and panoramic vistas. The Longleaf Vista Recreation Area lies on a ridge that provides views of the 8,700 acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness, which surrounds the vista on three sides. Locally known as the Little Grand Canyon, this area is a favored place among hikers and horseback riders who enter along the Backbone Trail. Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing and canoeing on the bayou, and hiking, biking, and horseback riding on the Caroline Dormon Trail. The National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve is a popular area for various hunting opportunities. State licenses and regulations apply, along with an additional management preserve permit issued by the Forest Service. Seasonal designated camping areas or “hunter camps” are established in and around the management preserve during hunting season. Located 16 miles west of Hwy 6 West

Adai Indian Nation Cultural Center: Open Daily 9AM-5PM
4460 HWY 485, Robeline, LA 71469
Toll-Free: (877) 472-1007
Tel: (318) 472-1007
 

The Cultural Museum, located on the Historic Site, allows visitors to experience a day in the life of the Adai Caddo Indians. Also on the site is the historic St. Anne’s Catholic Church, the oldest in the Louisiana Purchase. The church played an important role in the converting of the Adai to Catholism. Tours may be scheduled through the village. Visit historic dwellings

  • Explore the Cultural Center
  • View the historical artifacts found on the site
  • Visit historic St. Anne’s Catholic Church
  • Food court and arts and crafts shop
  • Traditional Indian dances
  • Admission – group rates
  • Gift shop
 

            Opera Gala:  NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern Opera Theater will hold its initial Opera Gala Friday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Magale Recital Hall lobby. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students. Formal attire is preferred but not required. Attendees can walk the purple carpet and enjoy a cash wine bar as Director of Opera Theater Stefan Gordon will announce the upcoming season. Cast members of upcoming Opera Theatre performances will be on hand to meet and greet those attending and perform a short concert. For more information, contact Gordon at gordons@nsula.edu.

U.S. Fish Hatchery: Monday through Friday from 8AM until 3PM * Closed Federal Holidays
615 South Drive Natchitoches, LA. 71457
Tel: (318)352-5324
 

The newly remodeled Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery features sixteen tanks of native fish species highlighting river habitats from the South Eastern United States. The station is involved in spawning, hatching, and rearing young fish to restore natural populations. The Hatchery is a warm water center concerned with spawning, hatching, and rearing young fish, called fingerlings. The fingerlings are raised to a size and age which offers them the best chance at survival in the wild.Operations began in 1931 under the authority of the White Act. The Hatchery currently houses: catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, striped bass, pallid sturgeon, and paddlefish. The Hatchery houses an aquarium, the Harold B. Wales Environmental Education Classroom, a holding house, ponds and the Hatchery office. The aquarium holds 16 tanks filled with a variety of warm water fish, alligators and turtles, including the rare albino snapping turtle. The classroom is used for grades K-12 and is equipped with microscopes, video teaching capabilities, and several hands-on items. The holding house is used to spawn and hatch eggs, to raise newly hatched fish, and to prepare newly harvested fingerlings for distribution. There are 53 ponds on the Hatchery grounds, averaging 0.8 acres in size.

Guided Tours: Natchitoches offers incredible and unique tour choices! Whether your interest is historical, educational, emotional, physical, or just plain fun, Natchitoches has it all. From the one-of-a-kind shops in the Downtown Historic District to the unique Creole plantations downriver the area is like no other. The city offers 12 restaurants in the Downtown Historic District, with many more scattered around town, plus 10 hotels and 37 bed and breakfasts to suit any lifestyle or eating fancy. Make plans to experience Natchitoches through a unique and professional guided tour by land or water. You’ll be glad you did!

Grand Ecore Visitors Center: 

Open Daily 10AM-4PM except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days.
106 Tauzin Island Road, Natchitoches, LA. 71457
Toll-Free: (800) 874-9431
Tel: (318) 354-8770

Alligator Park

April - Mid-August Open Daily, Mid-August - October, Open Weekends Only Park Hours 10AM - 5PM
380 Old Bayou Pierre Road
Toll-Free: (877) 354-7001
Tel: (318) 354-0001
http://www.alligatorpark.net 

Explore the unique, mysterious, and exciting world of the American Alligator. This five-acre park is the largest of its kind in Louisiana, complete with Cajun music, Cajun cuisine, and LOTS of hungry alligators. From covered, protected walkways and platforms you’ll see hundreds of alligators in their natural environment. The whole family will enjoy watching and feeding these big gators. Children also love the Feeding Zoo, the Bird Sanctuary, the Reptile Habitat, the Jungle, Turtle Town, Rocky Raccoon Resort and much more. You can have your picture made with a gator, enjoy tasty dishes of all kinds at our Gator Bites Snack Shop, and shop for the unusual in our Gift Shop. One thing is certain, it will be an adventure your family won’t soon forget – a real Louisiana experience at the Alligator Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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