If you want to see a movie there is only one place on post to do it, The Bayou Theater. Shows start daily at 7:15 pm and a Saturday matinee begins at 4:00. The best thing about The theater is the cost $2.50 for adults and $1.50 kids. They also have some good deals on popcorn and drinks at the consession stand. And yes the movies are fairly new releases.
Check the free Post newspaper THE GARDIAN for a list of whats playing.
If you are looking for a fun cheap thing to do Then take your family to Alligator Lake. There is a great picnic area, a Baseball field, Volleyball pit, Basketball court, and several playgrounds. And yes there really is a lake where you can fish and rent paddle boats. There are clean restroom facilities (Always a plus) and a MWR recreation building on hand. They have built some great little overlooks that have high railings for safety so you can take the little ones out for a look-see or maybe take a little hand in hand stroll with that special someone. What ever outdoor adventure you are looking for, Alligator Lake is a safe bet.
There are two Burger Kings on Post, the largest one is on entrance road and is current closed to dining in for reniovations, the other is in the PX. The Px also houses a Robin Hood sandwhich shop, A pizza place, a coffee and donut place and some other little place I have never eaten.
If you want to enter fort polk be prepared to have you vehical inspected and be registered a visitor pass. You can get them at most gates. You will need registration, proof of insurance,and picture ID of all riders 12 and older. Don't lose you pass you need it for all gates.
If you are moving here then they will get you a perminant sticker when you in process.
Shopping on Fort Polk isn't just limited its practically non-exsistant. The only place to shop here is the main PX or one of the small shoppettes scattered around. But never fear there are Walmarts in both Leesville and De Ridder and Malls in Alexandria and Lake Charles
Signs, signs, every where signs, this is true for Fort Polk as well. They tell you where to turn, when you can turn and how fast to go. They also tell you where things are located, and how far away they are. But most importainly they tell you where not to go for your own safety. Like Red flags mean live fire at fireing ranges and when they say "No trespassing" they mean it
Yes this is listed twice in my tips because it is that importain!
Fort polk MP's are sticklers about speed and stop signs. The posted speed limit is what they mean and not open to interpratation. And trust me when I tell you make complete stops at stop signs or tickets will insue. I know from experiance.
I will advise you not to get off the beaten path, ie paved roads because most of these areas are training areas and there for off limits The army gets a little perturbed about tresspassers,Watch for off limit signs.
My husband say if you are driving down a road hear gunfire and see a red flag you are definately going the wrong way
If you want to find out anything about Fort Polk pick up a copy of our post newspaper The Guardian. This publication is free and features a section called After Hours. This section has listings for all the post happening, phone numbers and movie listings, It also lists all the happenings off post such as festivals, games and concerts for most of the state and even has a small TV guide.
Fondest memory: http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/paoweb/guardian/Guardian.htm