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Things to Do in Alexandria This Weekend

Being the 9th largest city in Lousiana, Alexandria is home to a slew of fun activities for friends and family to do on the weekends! Take a stroll through the zoo and learn about the many creatives native to the bayous and swamps. Or you can visit the Alexandria Museum of Art to tour their vast collection of priceless art and artifacts.

After a day cruising through shops and small businesses, you can grab a bite to eat at one of our favorite restaurants! At Pecan Grove, you are no more than 10 minutes away from the action of the city! Take a look at our top 10 places to visit while you're in the area and see why Alexandria is the best place to spend a day or maybe even a weekend! 


Top 5 Things To Do In Alexandria 


1. Alexandria Zoological Park 

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Spanning over 33 acres in Alexandria’s historic Bringhurst City Park, Alexandria Zoological Park features more than 500 animals across dozens of species. The Zoo is home to four themed habitat areas including the African Experience, Louisiana Habitat, Land of the Jaguar and Asia, featuring a wide variety of native and exotic fauna. From humble beginnings in 1926, the AZA-accredited Park continues to expand and has become a regional treasure.


Throughout the year, the Zoo hosts community events such as an annual Mardi Gras party, Zoo Brew, Zoo Boo, Holiday Light Safari, and Party for the Planet. Park facilities are also available to rent for birthday parties and other private gatherings. Elsewhere in Bringhurst Park, hone your short game at the oldest par 3 golf course in the United States, serve up an ace at Alexandria Tennis Complex, or watch the kids play at the playground and splash pad!

3016 Masonic Dr
Alexandria, LA 71301


2. Kent Plantation House

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Erected in the year 1800, Kent House Plantation is the oldest surviving structure in the Central Louisiana region. The beautifully-restored bousillage French Colonial house and 4-acre grounds now provide insight into plantation life from the late 18th century up to the Civil War period. Visitors are invited to tour the home and a number of fascinating out buildings including a milk house, kitchen, blacksmith shop, slave quarters, sugar cane syrup-making facility, and much more!


In historic downtown Alexandria near the Red River, the Louisiana History Museum features exhibits and artifacts showcasing the history of Alexandria, Rapides Parish, and the Central Louisiana region. Built in 1907, the Museum is housed in the former Alexandria Public Library. From Native American roots, through Spanish, French, and English colonial periods, the Civil War, and in to the modern day, the Museum’s exhibits touch on geography, art, agriculture, politics, war, and much more.

3601 Bayou Rapides Rd
Alexandria, LA 71303


3. Alexandria Museum of Art 

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Located in the circa-19th century Rapides Bank & Trust Building, the Alexandria Museum of Art features permanent collections of paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and much more. Throughout the year, rotating traveling exhibits visit the museum and the AMOA also hosts art workshops, LSU-Alexandria classes, and other community events. The Museum opened in 1977 and has since expanded to include the Grand Foyer overlooking the Red River.


Just down the road, River Oaks Square Arts Center serves as a cultural hub for the Central Louisiana region, offering a wide range of educational programs, and studio and gallery space for local artists to create and display their works. For younger artists, the nearby T.R.E.E. house children’s museum fosters appreciation of the arts in Alexandria’s next generation, with the Summer Art Program and spaces to display their budding talents!

933 2nd St
Alexandria, LA 71301


4. Rapides Parish Coliseum 

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With a capacity of up to 10,000, Rapides Parish Coliseum on the western outskirts of town has been hosting concerts, sporting contests, tradeshows, conventions, and other events since 1965. Over the years, the Coliseum has hosted WWE wrestling matches, monster truck rallies, concerts from the likes of Elvis Presley, and speakers such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Ronald Reagan. An adjacent 23,000 square-foot exhibition hall frequently hosts trade shows.


Cenla Events Center, Alexandria Riverfront Amphitheater, Couglin Saunders Performing Arts Center, and Randolph Riverfront Center play host to concerts and other community events and entertainment. Live music is also available at a number of bars and restaurants throughout the city. For sports fans, the Louisiana State University – Alexandria Generals compete in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and tennis, with contests held at venues across the city.

5600 Coliseum Blvd
Alexandria, LA 71303


5. Indian Creek Lake and Recreation Area

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Spanning more than 2,600 acres in Alexander State Forest, Indian Creek Reservoir and Recreation area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking to commune with nature.  Boating, jet skiing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking and paddle boarding are available for water sports enthusiasts, while a network of hiking trails, beaches, and campgrounds are available for the land lovers. The lake also features excellent fishing for catfish, bluegill, crappie and bass.


Within a short distance from the city, Catahoula Lake, Saline Lake, Kincaid Reservoir, Cotile Lake, Lake Rodemacher, Lake Iatt, and the Red River provide additional opportunities for excellent fishing and outdoor recreation. Closer to home, a number of parks and recreation facilities throughout the city offer Alexandrians an escape from the pavement with walking trails, picnic shelters, soccer and baseball fields, concert venues, and much more!


100 Camp Ground Rd
Woodworth, LA 71485


Top 5 Amazing Places To Eat In Alexandria 


Pamela's Bayou in a Bowl

Best Cajun Food 

From their unpretentious, laid-back location in western Alexandria, Pamela’s Bayou in a Bowl has quickly become a local favorite for Cajun and creole southern comfort cuisine served in generous portions. Pamela’s menu rotates daily, featuring classics like crawfish etouffee, black eyed peas, shrimp po boys, red beans and rice with andouille sausage, and a wide variety of soulful sides!

33 Macarthur Dr
Alexandria, LA 71303

Spirits Food and Friends

Best Brewpub

Maison Lacour opened its doors in 1989 and has been serving the area classic French food ever since. Maison Lacour is one of the few restaurants in the city that is traditional French and not French Cajun. Locals love the crabmeat soup, homemade French bread, and lemon soufflé. Chef Michael Jetty ensures that the food is held to a high standard.

1200 Texas Ave
Alexandria, LA 71301


Verona Italian Restorante 

Best Italian Food

Located off Macarthur Mall near the Alexandria Mall, Verona Italian Restorante serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Whet your appetite with an order of calamari or stuffed mushrooms, then choose from classics like chicken parmigiana, housemade pastas, and shrimp scampi. Don’t forget to save room for Italian cheesecake, tiramisu, limoncello, or chocolate chip cannoli.

3805 Halsey St
Alexandria, LA 71301



Best Barbecue 

Outlaw’s Barbecue turns out mouth-watering pit-smoked barbecue that is sure to impress the most exacting carnivore. From brisket, chicken, sausage, pulled pork, and ribs, to their signature chop bakers, po boys, fried catfish, and classic sides like barbecue beans, coleslaw, potato salad, fried okra and mac & cheese, Outlaw’s has something to please all palettes!

818 Macarthur Dr
Alexandria, LA 71301


Sombrero's Mexican Restaurant 

Best Mexican Restaurant 

From their bright, airy digs near the Masonic Circle Sombrero’s Mexican Restaurant crafts traditional Mexican and southwestern cuisine. Kick things off with an order of queso or guacamole with housemade tortilla chips, then take your pick from a variety of staples like tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, and carne asada. For dessert, indulge in fried ice cream, flan, sopapillas, or a cheesecake chimichanga!

1730 Metro Dr
Alexandria, LA 71301