Quality of Life

Biedenharn Museum & Gardens...

features the elegant home of Joseph Biedenharn, first bottler of Coca-Cola. Walk through the beautiful Elsong Gardens behind the home. The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens is located at 2006 Riverside Drive, Monroe. Call (318) 387-528. Open 10 am to 5 pm Tue-Sat. www.bmuseum.org

The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum...

highlights three historical chapters in the nation’s and Monroe’s history: the Navigation School that trained over 15,000 navigators during the World War II years; the birth of Delta Airlines from a regional crop dusting service; and Louisiana native General Claire Lee Chennault’s Flying Tigers fighter squadron. 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe (318) 362-5540 Open: 9 am to 4:30 pm Mon-Fri, 11 am to 5 pm Sat, closed Sun. www.chennaultmuseum.org

The Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo...

is a fun filled family outing with animals, many in naturalistic habitats. The attraction features over 450 kinds of animals from all over the world. Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo is located at 1405 Bernstein Park Drive, Monroe. Call (318) 329-2400. Open: 10 am to 5 pm daily; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. www.monroezoo.org

The NELA Children’s Museum...

is a splendid place where adults and kids can learn and grow together. The NELA Children’s Museum is located at 323 Walnut Street, Monroe. Call (318) 361-9611Open: 9 am to 2 pm Tue-Fri; 10 am to 5 pm Sat www.nelcm.org

The Masur Museum...

set in a 1920s Tudor-style home features a permanent collection of paintings, prints and sculpture, as well as six to eight annual art exhibitions of work from museums and artists nationwide. Masur Museum is located at 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe. Call (318) 329-2237. Tuesday - Friday from 9-5 and Saturday 12:00- 5. We are closed on Sunday and Monday. www.masurmuseum.org

NELA Delta African American Heritage Museum...

features an array of artifacts from Northeast Louisiana. Also on display are life-like models of famous African American leaders as well as an archival section featuring local African American leaders. The museum also features changing art exhibits featuring local and regional African American artists. The NELA Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is located in the Chennault Park at 8477 Millhaven Road. Call for appointment (318) 323-1167 www.nldaahm.com

The Ouachita River Art Gallery...

is a great find if you’re looking for original, unique art created by local and regional artisans in an exciting variety of mediums! An annual art extravaganza is held each November. The gallery is located at 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe. Call (318) 322-2380 Open: 10 am to 5 pm Tue-Sat www.ouachitariverartgallery.com

Landry Vineyards...

is a family owned and operated winery located in the hill country of Ouachita Parish. Visitors can sample wines with cheese and bread, while enjoying the picturesque views. Don’t miss their concert series with live music on the beautiful grounds. Landry Vineyards is located at 5699 New Natchitoches Road, West Monroe. Call (318) 557-9050 Open: Tasting Room is open 11 am to 5 pm every Saturday. www.landryvineyards.com

Revolution Park...

is a concrete oval at the 55-acre, 4,000-seat complex at Revolution Park is the only NASCAR-affiliated track in Louisiana. The park also schedules concerts and other events on non-racing weekends or weeknights. The park is located at 8850 Frontage Road in Monroe. Call (318) 812-7223. www.revolutionparkentertainment.com

The Cooley House...

is a rare example of residential Prairie School architecture in the south. The home was designed and built for entrepreneur Gilbert Brian “Captain” Cooley by internationally acclaimed architect Walter Burley Griffin in 1925. Griffin worked with architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright who defined the Prairie School of American Architecture style. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Top 10 Most Endangered Sites by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation. It is open for tours by appointment. Contact the Masur Museum at (318) 329-2237 for an appointment.

Forsythe Park...

is a 53-acre neighborhood park with picnic areas, a 9-hole golf course, beach volleyball courts and a jogging path. A public boat launch is located just over the levee along the Ouachita River. Forsythe Park is located at the Corner of Riverside Drive & Forsythe Avenue, Monroe. Call (318) 329-2440.

Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge...

is a 4,500 acre refuge is a majestic expanse of hardwood bottomland and mixed pine and hardwood uplands, a 1,600-acre lake and swamplands. The wildlife refuge is home to all manner of creatures, including alligators, turtles, deer and a wide variety of fowl.  The refuge is located on Highway 165 North in Monroe. Call (318) 387-1114.

Charles Johnson Children’s Park...

is located adjacent to the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo. The park features a paved walking trail, picnic tables and a children’s playground that allows you to let your child play while you are getting an excellent workout.  The park is located on Bernstein Road in Monroe.

Chennault Park...

is 500 acres laced with full-grown oaks, 18-hole golf course, frisbee golf, a softball field, picnic areas, a paved walking trail and the CenturyLink Northeast Louisiana Soccer Complex. Chennault Park is located at 8475 Millhaven Road, Monroe. Call (318) 329-2454.

Kiroli Park...

is a 160-acre park with forested areas as well as large playing areas, Jogging and nature trails, a fishing pond, beautiful gardens, covered picnic areas, and a theatre stage for performances. Kiroli Park is located at 820 Kiroli Road, West Monroe. Call (318) 396-4016.

Restoration Park...

features seventy acres of beautiful urban forest and wetlands. The park features a 1.2 mile stone walking trail, five scenic overlooks, restrooms and two bridges. The park surrounds a scenic lake with native cypress trees. Restoration Park is located at 601 Constitution Drive in West Monroe.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site...

is a Historic Landmark and one of the most important archaeological sites and the largest prehistoric earth works in North America. Estimated to have taken 5 million hours of labor to construct, the site has been dated to between 1650 and 700 B.C. The park is approximately 60 miles from Monroe located at 6859 Highway 577, Pioneer, Louisiana 71266. Call 888-926-5492 Email: povertypoint@crt.la.gov

Lake D’Arbonne State Park...

includes a 15,250-acre lake with five fishing piers, a visitor’s center, a swimming pool, tennis complex, campsites and vacation cabins. The 655-acre park is approximately 28 miles from Monroe and located at 3628 Evergreen Road in Farmerville, Louisiana 71241. Call 888-677-5200 Email: lakedarbonne@crt.state.la.us

Jimmie Davis State Park...

offers two boat launches, a fishing pier, waterskiing, a playground, biking treks and cabins along with a dining hall. The area is a haven for bird watching and photographers. The park is approximately 32 miles from Monroe located at 1209 State Park Road, Chatham, LA 71226. Call 888-677-2263 Email: jimmiedavis@crt.la.gov

Please review the Ouachita Parish Community & Relocation Guide for more information.

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