Whether you are five years old or 55, world-class zoos, nature exhibits and wildlife experiences are easily found around Louisiana and they are worth your time. The experience of seeing unusual and exotic animals up-close is one a person never forgets.
In the New Orleans area, pay a visit to any of the properties of the Audubon Institute, including the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, or the fascinating Audubon Insectarium.
Take a jaunt across Lake Pontchartrain to the NorthShore area discover the wonders of a safari-style tour at the Global Wildlife Center. Visit the beautiful, high-quality zoo in Baton Rouge or, in north Louisiana, spend some time at Shreveport's exciting Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo. You might even consider looking in at Chimp Haven, a national chimpanzee sanctuary, or Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary.
The City of Natchitoches is the heart of Natchitoches Parish. Founded in 1714 the site was established near a village of Natchitoches Indians. As the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory, its history is also a story of the development of our nation.
The City’s Historic Landmark District, which fronts Cane River Lake and encompasses a 33-block area, includes many historic homes, churches and commercial structures. A mixture of Queen Anne and Victorian architecture, along with Creole style cottages can be seen throughout the district.
People settled in the Natchitoches area in large numbers after the Louisiana Purchase. Eventually, however, the river changed its course, bypassing Natchitoches. What was once known as the Red River is now Cane River Lake.
Nationally recognized as a Preserve America Community, a Distinctive Destination and a Great American Main Street, Natchitoches is a genuine heritage destination.