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Ultimate List of Louisiana Products to Serve with Holiday Meals Ultimate List of Louisiana Products to Serve with Holiday Meals
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 Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area
Experience extraordinary plants and wildlife in the state’s official tree conservancy.
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    City: Ville Platte
    3469 Chicot Park Rd. Ville Platte, LA 70586
    State park facility containing day-use activities and overnight accommodations. Rolling woodlands with 2,000 acre lake. Camping, cabins, lodges, group camp, meeting rooms, picnicking, boat ramps,...
    City: Ville Platte
    1300 Sudie Lawton Ln. Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Located within Chicot State Park. The only State Park preservation area, with plants marked throughout the six miles of trails. New Visitor Center, Caroline Dormon Lodge, exhibits, tours, programs,...
    City: Ville Platte
    306 W. Main St. Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Along the Cajun Prairie in the southern part of Louisiana exists a tiny piece of heaven where neighbors still visit, call each other "Chere" and stand up fiercely for their God, their flag and...
    City: Ville Platte
    1300 Sandy Beach Dr. Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Camping, fishing, boating, swimming, skiing & sailing. 400-acre clear lake & sandy beaches.
    City: Ville Platte
    1919 E Main St. Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Discover the Best Western Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish. Enjoy the temperate climate throughout the year, enhancing the allure of the area's many recreational and cultural activities. Free high...
    City: Ville Platte
    205 NW Railroad Ave Ville Platte, LA 70586
    Swamp pop's rich history lives again at the new museum, filled with stage costumes, photos, records, a wall of fame of autographs and more rare memorabilia. Large charts and maps outline swamp...

The thunder of hooves heard in Ville Platte each October would presumably warm the heart of Marcellin Garand, a former cavalry officer in Napoleon's army who is credited with founding this city in the northern reaches of modern day Cajun country. Here, his equestrian legacy is remembered during the Louisiana Tournoi, a one-of-a-kind horseback tournament, where riders wearing capes and costume armor vie to lance the most gold rings while racing along a rustic track. The event is held in conjunction with the Louisiana Cotton Festival, which honors the area's agricultural bounty with a downtown parade, a ball and visits by festival queens. Throughout the year, visitors find Cajun food and swamp pop music galore, a historic district straddling El Camino Real, the Spanish colonial-era trail connecting New Orleans to Natchitoches and easy access to Chicot State Park with its many acres of wooded, rolling hills and meandering, cypress-studded waterways.

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