Things to Do in Northern Louisiana

Things to Do in North LA

Why let New Orleans have all the fun? All across northern Louisiana, there is an abundance of fun things to do and places to discover. Check out these great things to do in northern LA:


What better way to get a feel for a region’s culture than by visiting the local museums? One of the most impressive collections of north LA’s culture is found at the RW Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport.

If you’re traveling with little ones, you’ll want to check out the hands-on exhibits at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum in Monroe.

Only a short walk from the NLCM, the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens delights both the mind and the eyes with a variety of hands-on exhibits and vibrant displays.

Shoot for par.

Pack your clubs? If so, be sure to hit the greens in northern LA – in Shreveport, Querbes Park Golf Course features an 18-hole course nestled neatly in the heart of the city.

Natchitoches, found just a quick drive south on Interstate 49, is home to Northwestern Hills Golf Course. Operated by Northwestern State University of Louisiana, the course is known for its “Demon Hills” 18-hole course.

To the northeast, Monroe golfers get their swing on a Chennault Park Golf Course, conveniently located next door to Monroe Regional Airport.

Things to Do in Northern Louisiana

Querbes Park Golf Course

Get outdoors.

Explore Bayou Bartholomew and the 500 acres of tall trees at Chemin-A-Haut State Park, set just north of Bastrop on Louisiana Highway 425.

Nearby, in Delhi, Poverty Point State Park offers tons of aquatic adventure and water sports on the Poverty Point Reservoir.

Explore the sparkling waters of Lake D’Arbonne and the crisscrossing hiking trails at Lake D’Arbonne State Park, located in Farmerville.

In Chatham, Jimmie Davis State Park offers up its own recreational fun, including fishing, boating, biking, and more.

Just outside of Minden, Lake Bistineau State Park covers over 7,000 acres – check out the 11-mile canoe trail for even more freshwater fun.

See the sites.

For a little sightseeing, be sure to take a stroll through the Downtown Dehli Historic District, home to a collection of celebrated buildings, many of which hold significance to the American Civil War.

Similarly, the Natchitoches Historic District, which is paralleled by Cane River Lake, features must-sees like the Fort St. Jean Baptiste Historic Site and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Go back to school.

If you’re traveling with a soon-to-be graduate, feel free to take a tour of some of the local campuses – both Southern University at Shreveport and Louisiana State University at Shreveport comes highly recommended.

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Jimmie Davis State Park

South of there, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches features a sizable rural campus, and several noteworthy sites.

Further north, the University of Louisiana at Monroe boasts a more modest-sized campus, but also features campus highlights like the Bayou Desiard.

Discover history.

The state of Louisiana is chock-full of intriguing cultural and historical landmarks. In the north, it’s the Mansfield State Historic Site in Mansfield that dazzles visitors with a slew of Civil War history.

Similarly, the Cane River Creole National Historical Park houses a handful of cultural sites, like the Magnolia and Oakland Plantation, and more.

A more unique landmark, Los Adaes State Historic Site in Robeline preserves Spanish heritage native to the area. Check out the San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes mission.

Explore over 3,000 years of history at Poverty Point National Monument, where earthworks and interpretive museums are spread across 400 acres.

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