At the heArt of fAmily fun Central Louisiana has become the go-to destination for a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration. Boasting three parades and over 24 floats, all are invited to enjoy the music, food, and of course, the beads! More fun can be had at Gone Wild Safari, the award-winning Alexandria Zoo, or while treasure hunting in our specialty boutiques, antique markets and auction houses.

At the heArt of food Food is a way of life in the Alexandria/Pineville area. Whether fine dining downtown or fried oysters on the lake, come enjoy our locally-owned and operated restaurants for authentic shrimp po-boys, fried catfish, red beans and rice or falloff-the-bone barbeque. In addition, throughout the year there are tons of festivals serving up our unique local specialties.

At the heArt of Art And music Spend time in Alexandria’s Cultural Arts District exploring the diverse selections of museums, galleries and theatres; and be sure to learn about Central Louisiana’s musical past. The Delta Music Museum in Ferriday tells the stories of Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart, while bars buzz with tunes for every taste.

At the heArt of history Central Louisiana is rich in many areas of history. From the Civil War’s Red River Campaign to the Louisiana Maneuvers in preparation for World War II, thousands upon thousands of soldiers have marched through this area. Visit the Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum, take time to view the architecture of the historic churches, and enjoy the Kent Plantation House, a working sugar plantation and Central Louisiana’s oldest standing structure.

At the heArt of outdoors The Alexandria/Pineville Area has several lakes, rivers and bayous for fishing and boating, five recreation areas for fun in the sun and four wildlife management areas for hunting. Hike or bike Louisiana’s longest hiking trail, the Azalea Trail in Kisatchie National Forest, or get moving with horseback riding or disc golf