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The parish seat of the growing Bossier Parish, Benton offers small-town charms with the conveniences of Shreveport and Bossier City nearby. The city is home to several historic buildings and Cypress Black Bayou Park & Recreation Area.
So much fun and sweet tastes to be had at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival held each spring..
Experience the Cajun version of Mardi Gras at a Courir De Mardi Gras.
Visit New Orleans City Park and the Botanical Gardens.
Take a safari tour to see zebras and other exotic animals at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana
Explore the Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.
Sip craft brews at Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, Louisiana
Visit the Biedenharn Coke Museum in Monroe, Louisiana
Audubon Insectarium ©Audubon Institute
Head to the historic Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley, Louisiana
Get ready to dance at the Jolly Inn Cajun Dance Hall in Houma.
Experience the Cajun version of Mardi Gras at the Courir de Mardi Gras in Eunice, Louisiana.
Stop and smell the roses at the American Rose Center in Shreveport. ©Shreveport-Bossier CVB
Bring your dancing shoes to the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in Opelousas.
A visitor takes in the sights at the Abita Mystery House.
Harrah's Louisiana Downs has many game options including slot machines.
Head to DeRidder for the Beauregard Watermelon Festival.
Admire the amazing gardens in the Afton Villa Gardens in St. Francisville, LA
The festival games are taken seriously at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.
The Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans has a variety of cruises such as history tours, and jazz brunches.
Enjoy a Louisiana crafted beverage at the tasting room at Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Cajun Dance session at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.
Visit the Abita Mystery House to see strange collections, inventions and odd memorabilia.
Cajun music jam session at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.
Visit the Alexandria Zoo to have an afternoon of fun with the whole family.
Explore the beauty of Louisiana's pine forests via horseback in the Kisatchie National Forest.
Live music, delicious foods, competitions and more await festival goers at the International Rice Festival in Crowley.
The National WWII Museum's Freedom Pavilion at dusk, located in New Orleans. ©National WWII Museum
Feeding Animals at Leaning Oak Farm ©Leaning Oak Farm
San Francisco Plantation recently reopened after more than $1 million in renovations.
Take a ride on one of New Orleans streetcars.
Kayak fishing on Cypress Black Bayou in Shreveport. ©Shreveport-Bossier CVB
Gardens at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery
Acadian Cultural Center Exhibit
Red River Balloon Rally in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Chimes restaurant's large decks overlooking the Bogue Falaya River offer a great spot for happy hour - in Covington Louisiana ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Explore the beautiful art at the Shreveport Multicultural Center of the South.
Shrimp Boats at The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival ©Cajun Coast CVB
Fishing in the marshes near Dulac, Louisiana
Commemorative red stick statue at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Take a break and wander through the trees at the Kisatchie National Forest outside Alexandria.
View Mardi Gras floats at Mardi Gras World museum in New Orleans.
Jungle Gardens in Iberia Parish ©Jungle Gardens
See the beauty of Delcambre's shrimp boats when you drive along the Cajun Corridor Byway in Louisiana.
The amazing fields of sunflowers will brighten your day as you head into Gilliam for the Sunflower Trail and Festival in the spring.
Touch an alligator at the Gator & Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo
Tour Landry Vineyards in Monroe to experience some of Louisiana's wine country.
The beautiful Wingate House in the Historic District in Leesville.
Watch a speeding Ferrari and other sports cars race at the NOLA Motorsports Park.
Kids playing at Jackson Square in New Orleans.
Spend a day enjoying nature on Fontainbleau State Park Beach.
The grandeur of the stage in the Grand Opera House of the South was restored in the renovation. Located in Crowley, Louisiana.
Visit the Alexandria Zoo to see Louisiana's native black bears.
Festive holiday crowds gather to watch the grand fireworks display over Cane River during the Natchitoches Christmas Festival.
Get lost in the gems, sequins and feathers that make these Mardi Gras costumes so incredible at Mardi Gras Museum Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles.
Inmates participate in "convict poker" at the Angola Prison Rodeo.
Stroll through the gardens at Houmas House and enjoy the fountains.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
The State Fair of Louisiana's carnival grounds in Shreveport.
River Road African American Museum
Historic Front Street in Natchitoches
Go paddling on Lake Kincaid in Kisatchie National Forest.
Your taste buds will sing at the Sweet Dough Pie Festival in Grand Coteau, Louisiana
Take the family to experience the magic of the underwater worlds at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. ©Jeff Strout; Audubon Aquarium of Americas
Don't miss the annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans - it's one of the largest (and most fun) free festivals in the South!
Experience Buck and Johnny's Zydeco Breakfast in Breaux Bridge.
Red River Revel Festival in Shreveport
Tour San Francisco Plantation along the River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
SudioBe in New Orleans ©SudioBe, Brandan Odums
Experience a Cajun Jam session at the Joie De Vivre Cafe in Breaux Bridge.
The Strand Theatre in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Watch horse racing at the Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino Hotel in Vinton.
Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building in Thibodaux showcases traditional Cajun boats.
Go tubing in Bogue Chitto State Park Louisiana