In September 2003, a magnificent exhibit came to the Alexandria Museum of Art called the Heart of Spain. The city was celebrating its period of Spanish heritage by displaying these amazing works by the Spanish masters. There was a huge media hype because the city of Alexandria seemed an unlikely place for these priceless world-famous treasures to be displayed.
Le Tig Bayou is on the land once occupied by England Air Force Base, and is now a protected area with hundreds of acres of undeveloped pine and oak forest and a nature reserve.
Much of the bayou was cleared for the new England Oakwing Golf Club.
Alexandria's historic plantations include the Kent Plantation House. Kent Plantation was built in 1796 and is one of the oldest standing buildings in Louisiana. The grounds still contain eight outbuildings including the slave quarters, a blacksmith shop, kitchen and sugar mill.
The plantation is located at 3601 Bayou Rapides Road, Alexandria, and admission is $6 for adults.
2006 marked the return of the 4th Alexandria Aces team which plays in the independent United League. Though the current team is relatively new, Alexandria has hosted several teams called the Aces over the years. The original Aces began in 1934 and played until 1957. In 1972 a new AA Aces team was created as a minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres, but this team only played for four seasons. The Alexandria Aces were re-established in 1994 for the inaugural season of the independent Texas-Louisiana League and after two championship seasons, they folded in 2003.
The Aces play at Bringhust Field which was constructed in 1933. The field is relatively small with a capacity of 3,200, small foul territory, and great sight lines. The dugouts are especially deep into the ground enabling the seats at field level to be lower than usual. Most of the seating area is covered by a large roof with fans. One of the worst about this stadium was the annoying auto class sponsor that the announcer had to read off with every foul ball out of the park.
General Admission is $4, Reserved seats are $6, and Wednesday matinée games are just $2.
The Alexandria Zoo is a nice place to visit. There are many animals to see from alligators to zebra. In the center of the zoo is a cafe where you can order cool treats like snow cones, ice cream, or fountain drinks. After seeing all of these wonderfull animals I like to take my son on the train ride around the park to enjoy everything one last time. Aside from all the wildlife there are special events that take place such as singing, dancing, face painting, and educational programs. At the entrance of the zoo there are childrens wagons and strollers you can rent for a small fee. There is also a gift shop so that you can take a piece of the zoo home with you. I always like to get my son a t-shirt when we visit a zoo for the first time. It seems like thats the one they remember the most. So if you have never been, what are you waiting for? The Alexandria Zoological Park is open 7 days a week 9A-5P. Admission is $3 ages 3 and older and they even have group rates. You can contact them at 318-473-1143 or on the web at www.thealexandriazoo.com
Like eggs, no two people like their Mardi Gras done the same way. But if you have children or can't imagin taking on New Orleans then Alexandria just might hold the solution. The City of Alex holds a Mardi Gras blast to remember. Which includes 3 parades, One on Fat Tuesday, A childrens on one day and a huge Parade the next. There are also plays, cook offs and decorated streets.
2005 was my first Mardi Gras in Alex and upon arrival to the route, I found mothers holding Garbage Bags. It didn't take me long to learn why. After only 20 minutes I had so many beads around my neck I couldn't turn my head. My best friend came in from Texas and I have never seen her family so excited. It was like electricity.
But a word of advice, come early to snake the best spot, bring a sack to store goodies and leave your purse at home. It can be pretty close quarters.
One of my familys favorite activities is The Alex Zoo. It is rather small but cozy. It also under construction to provide better homes for the animals that live there. But for the time being you can see real effort has went into creating habitats for thier current collection. One such exibit is the Louisiana habitat, complete with bayou cabin, shrimp boat, alligators and snapping turtles. Another new up and coming exibit is the Africian outback home of both bengel and white tigers as well as a pair of lions and large tourtouises.
The staff is extreamly knowlegable, not to mention friendly. Stopping to chat with tourists, they will awnser any questons you have about the animals, such as sleeping times, diet needs and temperments. There is also a picnic area and playground on the premises, but they ask you not feed any animals other than the fish or bring pets into the park.
Did I mention the best part? The cost of admission is only three dollors for adults and children three and under are free, making this a inexpensive afternoon treat. I should also mention that there is no cost to park. There is also a train ride around the park that costs extra. I will warn you however that it is purely for fun and does not give you good veiws of many of the animals.
On April 28th and 29th 2005 LSU of Alexandria held there Spring renissance Festival. I was most impressed. They had some very excellent demonstrations on Saturday afternoon, (not to say they didn't on friday, I just wasen't there).
A troup of Belly dancers called the Daughters of ( sholom something or other) Sorry I can't remember the name exactly danced at 2pm.. They had very elaborite costumes and wore more than one each. They had a wonderful stage presence and presented themselves well. Next was a sword fight demonstration profromed by costume knights, that later depicted a larger battle scene on the Greene. During the final battle three scottish bag pipers played Amazing Grace in full costume. They were followed by the LSU chorus who had a concert in renissance garb.
To keep the children entertained thre was a play area constructed called sherwood forest. That had carnival games, story time and two blow up jumpers. There was also a short play that my son decided to forgo.
As Grand Fianally there was a presentation of Shakesphere's A Winter Tale on the Greene. I however did not attend because three(my son) is still to young to sit still for Shaksphere. And of course did I mention that all this was free....
And now having read this you are wondering why I would tell you about it if you missed it and cannot possibly attend. Simply this, although you might have missed this festival, there are several others hosted by LSU, ( I founda website) and others all over central Louisiania. And if this one was great there are bound to be others.