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  • Ouachita Parish Courthouse
    Ouachita Parish Courthouse
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  • St Matthews Catholic Church
    St Matthews Catholic Church
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  • Coca Cola Museum
    Coca Cola Museum
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Monroe Things to Do

  • Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife...

    This is another beautiful must see. Cannot imagine Monroe have some many nice Bayou. The existing refuge consists of pristine wetlands associated with a 1600-acre, shallow, cypress-studded lake, riparian areas, and reforested farm fields in the watershed. The area provides excellent habitat for wetland-dependent fish and wildlife such as waterfowl,...

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  • Johnny's Pizza and PeGe's

    When in Monroe, you must eat at Johnny's Pizza and Ray's PeGe's.The best pizza in Louisiana is the "sweep-the-kitchen" pizza. This pizza has everything on it!At Ray's PeGe's. you must order a "po-boy with curly-Q's" and before you leave buy an ice cream. WOW!

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  • Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

    This was the home of Emmy Lou Biedenharn - the daughter (I believe) of the original Biedenharns that first bottled Coca-Cola. Built by Joseph Biedenharn in 1913. The house features unique Coca-Cola memoribilia, and even offers 5 cent bottled cokes in the gardens once the tour is done. Emmy Lou performed in stage acts (opera?) and many of her...

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  • Masur Museum of Art

    The only real art museum in N.E. Louisiana. Has a rotating collection and just check to see what types of exhibitions they have. The Masur family graciously donated their notable home to the City of Monroe in 1963 for the express purpose of creating a permanent art museum. The Tudor style structure, with walls of Indiana limestone and a roof of...

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  • Gutenberg and gardens

    You can learn about the history of bottling coke, read a Gutenberg bible and stroll the gardens..it is THE museum in Monroe, but oddly I have never been there. I even lived 5 blocks from it and never went! What is wrong with me?ELSong Gardens at the Biedenharn Museum is the official name.

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  • Layton Castle

    Layton Castle was built in 1814 around a Louisiana cottage. The grounds include an 18th century building housing a collection of 18th-19th century bottles found on the site. Today it is apartments and supposedly haunted, but I'm not sure what one can do here except for taking a pic or two?

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  • Black Bayou Natlional Wildlife Refuge

    Beautiful 1800 acre cypress-studded lake, nature trail, pier, wildlife observation deck, visitor/education center, arboretum. Fishing and hunting opportunities....but it is a bit full of chiggers, snakes and the like. They don't bother me, but just thought I should mention it. It really is a nice place to take photos.

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  • Layton Castle

    Built in the early 1900s around a cottage that was home to Henry Bry in the 1800s, Layton Castle is open to group tours by appointment only (admission charged).One of the original descendents lives there now, and to help defray the cost of upkeep, rents out portions of it as apartments. One of my friends rented an apartment there for a while, so I...

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  • St. Matthew's

    I've admired St. Matthew's for years and often wondered how something of such beauty could be here under my nose without my ever having been inside it, so when a friend whose grandfather attended St. Matthew's invited me to go with her for a tour, I jumped at the chance.The original St. Matthew's served the original settlers of Monroe, and some of...

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Monroe Restaurants

  • A wee bit of Ameri-Irish

    When I travel, I try my best to eat at local restaurants, because it gives you a taste of the area. Unfortunately, when you get into a town late at night, and do not have any trusted advisors, it is time to get a meal from a chain location. Since we were in restaurant row, we decided to eat at Bennigan's.I had the chicken salad, and Sarah went with...

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  • Southern Food on the river

    A nice spot to eat on the river and have great food. One of the nicer eateries in Monroe. Might need to make a reservation on a weekend because there are not many nice places left...the "Applebies" chains have taken over.... Fried catfish with hush puppies and sweet tea...yeeeah...

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  • Best Bar-B-Q

    Some may disagree, but I love this Texas style Barbeque. It rocks and their potato salad is out of this world. The atmosphere is fast food like and a bit "western". I would suggest getting it to go and find a spot for a picknik. Chanault Park maybe? sandwich with beans and potato salad....yum...

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  • Cajun on the river

    At the foot of the "old bridge" (the one that goes to downtown Monroe) and commonly known as Bayle's Landing, this place is a nice way to spend the evening drinking a beer and soakin' it in. Great views of Ouachita river and downtown Monroe. crawfish balls

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  • Mexican

    Well, this place used to rock the house and I have some of my best Monroe memories from the place, but the last time I went there the food wasn't so great. In spite of that it isn't a chain. It is located in an old house on the edge of Monroe's Garden District area (you ch is very nice). Oh yeah, the service is usually...

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  • Fried Kudzu

    Pronounced "Shinney" by the locals this relatively new place serChves a mean meal. Don't be uptight! The service is sloow and everyone smokes regardless if you have kids or are just "sensitive". They would most likely tell you "don't like it?...you can leave". I agree. Crawfish poboy

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Monroe Nightlife

  • Clubs

    ok so in the past few years we have come a long way .. these are the night clubs in monroe.Static- dancing, lights, younger crowdStatus- on louisville dancing lights and younger crowd, but not as nice as staticHook n Bull- the cowboy bar, with mechanical bullEnochs- on louisvilleShananigans- Pool place next to shipleys donutsCorner Bar - Gay bar ,...

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  • the "rest"

    uhh...there is a hoppin' gay bar in downtown monroe, but last I heard it had moved so I can't give an exact location.......there is a hoppin' alpha male drunk girl frat like I-'m-gonna-kick-your-ass-for-lookin'-at-my-girlfriend dance club near the university on DeSiard called "Cooter Bay". "Cooter" means turtle before somebody freaks out...oh yeah,...

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  • Beer, Gas and a bank

    It is literally in the same building as a gas station (and I think a bank?) which I find very "Monroe". In spite of this oddity, you can really get some decent grub in a nice dark atmosphere. Escape the heat and enjoy some Monroe murals on the walls of this North Monroe hang out. none......

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Monroe Transportation

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    by turnip2000 Written Aug 24, 2006

    You will never ever not be able to find a gas station. I swear there are more gas stations/convenient stores per capita here then anywhere I have ever been. It's a sickness really....

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Monroe Shopping

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    Glen, Kim, Doug and John...siblings on levee W.M.

    by turnip2000 Written Aug 24, 2006

    Mojo is run by the Kennedy family and you will aprreciate their artistic and business savy if you stop by! It is without a doubt one of the best places to go shopping in the Monroe area. I remember when they were just a small stand in the mall...here is a link to some of their clothes, though they have much more in the store: http://www.shopmojo.com/

    Doug Kennedy designs the shirts...

    What to buy: Mojo's retail store is located in the heart of the historic district of West Monroe, Louisiana. Established in 1988, Mojo's has over 2,000 square feet of shopping space. Mojo's carries clothing by Urban Outfitters, Free People, Co-Operative, and a full line of tees by Mojoware.

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Monroe Local Customs

  • Guns

    Lots of people (most) have guns. You will see guns in trucks, Walmart, bank giveaways, belts, etc.....just get over it if you find it strange. I'm sure Monroe would find a "dykes on bikes" parade (here in Seattle) a bit strange too!

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  • Drive-Thru Daquiri

    Louisiana has an open container law (meaning that you can't have an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the front seat of a vehicle) to discourage drinking and driving. Yet scattered throughout Monroe are these drive-through liquor places. They get around the law by leaving the end of the straw covered with paper. Yep. That would certainly...

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Monroe Off The Beaten Path

  • Amphibian Museum

    You will not believe this, but I actually went to this and I doubt most in the parish even know about this: The collection of amphibians and reptiles is one of the largest in the United States. It now contains about 55,000 specimens of approximately 900 species and subspecies. Most specimens are from the central and southeastern United States....

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  • D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge

    This lake is located in the piney hills area of Louisiana and is a place where you can get away from it all...I mean ALL...The water is a bit murky and you might have a bit of mud in your hair after skiing, but nobody cares. Farmerville itself is a pit in all honesty, but they do have a Johnny's pizza! Here is a brief description from the park...

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  • 1730 BC!

    Poverty Point, known for its mound construction, is an archaeological site in northeastern Louisiana (near the town of Epps), overlooking the Mississippi River flood plain. The name derives from the Poverty Point plantation, which included the site's land in modern times. It was constructed c. 1730 BC–1350 BC by American Indians of the archaic...

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Monroe Sports & Outdoors

  • University of Louisiana--Monroe

    Every sporting event you can imagine can be found through the university which has around 10,000 students.http://ulmathletics.cstv.com/

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  • West Monroe Football

    My god...it is out of control, but if you are want to experience what most people are doing on a Friday night, you should head to the W.M.H.S. football stadium....State champs multiple times and still use the rebel flag and rebel mascot proudly and much like cigarettes have managed to avoid the national bandwagon on such things...time warp? Maybe,...

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  • Malone Stadium

    A little history on the stadium that the Indians play at:Named after James Malone, the school's winningest football coach.First game was in Sept. of 78Official capacity: 30,400133 ft. tall

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  • parks

    my favorite things about monroe is the mall and the parks and seeing the pink house i love the pink house when i go to monore i look at the pink house when i ilve away from louisiana i miss the pink house and st francis hospital

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  • Dinner @ Cypress Inn

    Here come highlight of the day... DINNER TIME... when I suck the head & dig the tail of CRAWFISH!!! (^0^) This is the first Whole-Boiled Carwfish I had in Louisiana, and it's Spring... crawfish season! And most memorable, this is my last meal in Monroe, after that, I'll before leaving back home! I miss you guys, and miss the crawfish & Louisiana...

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  • Long Limo

    First time I saw a big/long Limo like this!!! And it was so nice that Dana made it happened that I was able to take this photo!!!

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