Natchitoches, Louisiana

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Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA

Attractions in Natchitoches, Louisiana


  • Bayou Pierre Alligator Park
    380 Old Bayou Pierre Road, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-354-7001, The largest alligator park in Louisiana. Cajun countryside park that features hundreds of alligators and hourly feeding shows where visitors can feed them, touch them,... more info  map

  • Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway
    LA Highway 119 Byway, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    South of Natchitoches, Kisatchie National Forest
    318-352-2568, One of the most scenic drives in Louisiana, this 17 mile scenic byway guides you through some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the Kisatchie National Forest. ... more info  map

  • Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery
    615 Highway 1 South, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-352-5324, Established in 1931, this warm water facility features 16 aquarium tanks filled with native species including catfish, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill that... more info  map

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Badin-Roque House
    Highway 484, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic house is the only surviving example of poteaux-en-terre and bousillage architecture in Louisiana and... more info  map

  • Chamard-Dunahoe House
    120 Rue Amulet, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Unique and historic French Colonial home that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has features including hand hewn cyrpess rafters, bousillage... more info  map

  • Ducournau Square
    No. 8 Ducournau Square, Natchitoches, LAThe Ducournau Building, in which the Town House is located, stands on a portion of an 1818 land grant made to Joseph Tauzin, who came from France in 1776. Walking... more info

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    613 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    The fifth Catholic church built in Natchitoches, this historic church has features including the original crystal chandeliers from France, original stained glass... more info  map

  • Kate Chopin House-Bayou Folk Museum
    243 Highway 495, Cloutierville, LA 71452
    318-379-2233, Home of Kate Chopin, the renowned writer of Creole short stories who is best known for her story "The Awakening." This magnificent home, a National Historic Landmark,... more info  map

  • Magnolia
    Cane River Creole National Park
    318-356-5555, The two and one-half story plantation house is one of the largest in the area, with twenty-seven rooms, including a Catholic Chapel in which Mass is still celebrated. more info

  • Melrose Plantation
    3533 Highway 119, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Located in the Cane River Heritage Area
    318-379-0055, A National Historic Landmark, this plantation consists of three main structures, the circa 1796 Yucca House that was a Colonial residence, the circa 1800 African House... more info  map

  • Metoyer-Brown Town House
    366 Jefferson Street, Natchitoches, LAThis house is located on property that was part of a 1723 land grant made to Frenchman, M. Barbier. This grant, which extended from Bayou Amulet to what is now Touline... more info  map

  • Oakland Plantation
    400 Rapides Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Cane River Creole National Park
    318-356-5555, The most complete Creole plantation in the South, this plantation is situated on the banks of Cane River Lake on 42 beautiful acres. The plantation house was... more info  map

  • Prudhomme Hughes-Johnson Townhouse
    720 Front Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Believed to be the earliest built structure remaining on Front Street, this historic townhouse features lavish ornamental iron lace and Natchitoches' famous "Spiral... more info  map

  • St. Augustine Catholic Church
    Cane River National Heritage Area
    318-356-5555, Thought to be the first Catholic church in the United States built and supported by people of color, St. Augustine was built with funds provided by Cane River Creole... more info  map

  • Tauzin Plantation
    1950 Williams Avenue, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Surrounded by 150 year old live oaks, this plantation features a beautiful three story Creole structure that was built with original handmade bricks, as well as hand... more info  map

  • Trinity Episcopal Church
    533 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    The first non-Roman Catholic church in Natchitoches and the third oldest Episcopal church in Louisiana, this historic church has a Gothic-Norman architecture style and... more info  map

Historic Sites & Monuments

  • Cane River National Heritage Area
    1 Rue Beau Port, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-356-5555, A largely rural area known for its historic Creole-style plantations and unique blend of cultures that include French, African, American Indian, Spanish, and Creole,... more info  map

  • Fort Jesup State Historic Site
    32 Geoghagan Road, Many, LA 71449
    Located Just 30 Minutes from Natchitoches
    318-256-4117, After a territorial boundary was finally fixed at the Sabine River by the Florida Purchase Treaty of 1819, the United States built Fort Jesup in 1822. Lieutenant Colonel... more info  map

  • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
    130 Moreau Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-357-3101, Located along the banks of the Cane River, this historic site features an exact replica of the French fort and offers numerous outdoor exhibits, demonstrations, living... more info  map

  • Juchereau St. Denis Statue
    781 Front Street, Natchitoches, LAThis bronze statue of Natchitoches founder, Chevalier Louis Antoine Juchereau de St.Denis was created by sculptor, Larry Crowder of Fort Worth, Texas. It was sculpted... more info  map

  • Los Adaes State Historic Site
    6354 Highway 485, Robeline, LA 71449
    318-472-9449, "The symbol of New Spain in Louisiana", this 14 acre historic site is located on the El Camino Real and is one of the most intriguing State Historic Sites in Louisiana. ... more info  map

  • Rebel State Historic Site
    1260 Highway 1221, Marthaville, LA 71450
    Located 25 Miles West of Natchitoches
    318-472-6255, The focal point of this historic site is the gravesite of the Unknown Confederate Soldier that was tended by local residents for almost one hundred years and gained... more info  map

Libraries & Research Centers

  • Cammie Henry Archives & Library
    Watson Library, Northwestern State University
    318-357-6361, Houses the Melrose Collection, historic facts, maps and memorabilia from early Natchitoches and from the private collections of Miss Cammie, patron of the arts, mistress... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Bishop Martin Museum, The
    145 Church Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-352-3422, Situated in the circa 1885 bishop’s house and circa 1855 seminary, the Bishop Martin Museum contains early Immaculate Conception Catholic Church records, dating from... more info  map

  • Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
    Prather Coliseum, Northwestern State University
    318-357-6467, Display of portraits and memorabilia of Louisiana's most accomplished athletes. The Hall of Fame has been located in Natchitoches since 1972.  more info  map

  • Natchitoches Heritage Art Gallery
    584 Front Street, Suite 102, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-352-1626, Local artists work and promote art within this historic community. All types of medium are represented in the gallery from painting to pottery, sculpture and jewelry. ... more info  map

  • Old Courthouse Museum
    600 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Located in the Historic District
    318-357-2270, An excellent example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, this historic and imposing building has many unique features including heavily arched doors and window... more info  map

  • Williamson Museum
    Keyser Hall, Northwestern State University
    318-357-4364, Dedicated to the preservation of cultures - concentrates on Louisiana Indians and on the archeology of post European cultures in the state. The museum holds over half a... more info  map

National Parks & Natural Wonders

  • Kisatchie Hills Wilderness
    106 Old Highway 6 West, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    318-352-2568, This 8,700-acre wilderness area is home to the alligator and the long legged birds plus features some of the most unique topography in Louisiana including unusually... more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Briarwood, Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve
    216 Caroline Dormon Road, Natchitoches, LA 71070
    19 Miles North of Campti in Natchitoches Parish
    318-576-3379, Open for guided tours every weekend in March, April, May, August and November. Caroline Dormon was the first woman employed in forestry in the United States. Almost... more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • Historic District Tours
    100 Rue Beauport, Natchitoches, LA 71457
    Downtown Riverbank
    318-356-8687, "Serving Natchitoches since the turn of the century", this company offers 45 minute daily guided tours of the beautiful, original French Colony in Louisiana where you... more info

  • Tour Natchitoches With Barbara
    435 Robert LaCaze Road, Natchitoches, LA 71456
    318-352-5469, Guided interpretive tours of historic sites in Natchitoches including plantation tours, step on bus tours, walking/driving tours in historic district, "Steel Magnolias"... more info


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