Natchitoches Travel Guide

  • Natchitoches Parish Courthouse
    Natchitoches Parish Courthouse
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    Inside
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    The Landing
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Natchitoches Things to Do

  • Natchitoches and Natchitoches Parish

    Natchitoches has a fairly stable population of about 18,000 located near Interstate 49 in West Central Louisiana. Both the city and the parish are named after the Natchitoches Indian Tribe. Coincidentally, the town of Nacogdoches, Texas is named after the same Indian tribe; the difference is Natchitoches shows the French influence and Nacogdoches...

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  • Fort St. Jean Baptiste Historic Site

    This is a reconstructed stockade style fort, built in the methods believed to have been used in the original, but the Northwestern State University college students that roleplay the original barefooted soldiers do a good job of informing visitors about life at the original French settlement. The French fort was established in 1714 to check the...

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  • Oakland Plantation

    Give yourself a short walk in the heat and find out what a working farm looks like today from the old days 100 years ago. It is fairly well maintained by the State which owns and controls the tours. Inside the home is rudimentary, and the outhouses are like they were long time ago.

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  • Melrose Plantation

    It was started in late 1700's by land grant to son of Marie Terese, the mother of 14 children and slave to St. Denis, a land barron in his time. They were sold to a guy named Metoyer and he may be the father of all? He freed them and as a result the blacks got land.In 1898, Miss Cammie Henry-a bit wacky-bought the plantation and eventually...

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  • Magnolia Plantation

    Named for the huge Magnolias on the main house property, the large main house is still the residence of an elderly descendent of the original family. Tours a done on a personal basis, but the rest of the property has been given over to the National Park, and the out buildings are of some interest. I like the landscape setting of the red brick...

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  • Oakland Plantation

    The Oakland Plantation is part of the new National Park system of historical plantations in the Natchitoches area. The old house was still under restoration at the time we visited, but we still had a chance to peer inside. The Prudhomme family lives in the area, and a family member lived in the mansion until recently. The main house has been...

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  • Cherokee Plantation

    The Cherokee Plantation is still occupied and not yet part of the new plantation national park, but a stop by is worth the photo through the gates. The name is relatively new and refers to the Cherokee roses on the property. Occasionally it's open for tours apparently. It's one of the first plantations found along the Cane River scene route south...

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  • Melrose Plantation

    Along the Cane River scenic route are several plantations, a few of which are open for public tour. Melrose is one of the better ones in asmuch as it has a variety of original architecture found in the area. A large pecan orchard is next to the plantation grounds. More complete description of the plantation is available at the website link below....

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  • Check out the old businesses

    We stopped at a grocery and heard the thick Creole accents of the Natchitoches area. I could hardly understand what was said. Then, I noticed the interesting combination of things advertised for sale on the old store front.

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Natchitoches Hotels

  • Hampton Inn Natchitoches

    5300 University Parkway, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71457, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Best Western Natchitoches Inn

    5131 University Parkway, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71457-7169, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites...

    5137 University Parkway, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71457, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Natchitoches Restaurants

  • Great Seafood and Steaks

    A good alternative to The Landing, especially if you do not want to go downtown, is The Mariner's. It has a widely varied menu with chicken, pasta, seafood and great steaks using the best Angus Beef. Sit on the patio and look out on Lake Sibley.

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  • A Natchitoches Tradition

    The Landing is a bar and grill located on Front Street looking out on the Cane River. This is considered THE place by locals and those who visit frequently. The atmosphere is comfortable/down home with dark wood and ceiling fans. The service was efficient and friendly. Highly recommended. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM Tuesday through Sunday; closed on...

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  • Live and Love at the Landing!

    During our annual trip to visit Sarah's family in Louisiana, we decided to stop and have Christmas Eve dinner in old town Natchitoches. The traditional place to have this dinner is The Landing, which is a beautiful little brick restaurant right over looking the river.I tried the famous Natchitoches Meat Pies, which were delicious, and Sarah had a...

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  • Natchitoches Back-up plan B

    Surprisingly, during holidays, the old town of Natchitoches has restaurants that are closed. So, we found ourselves cruising the main streets of the new town looking for something that wasn't fast food. At one point, we even go desperate and checked the menu of the Popeye's thinking maybe the advertisement for crawdads could be true. Eventually, we...

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  • HOME COOKIN'!!

    The food is mostly Southern Style Cooking. almost Home over looks Sibley Lake off the North bypass. The reason is so good is that the food is the old southern rib stickin kind. Very relaxed, family atmosphere. The owners are thier everyday. She's in the Kitchen Cookin and Bill is working the counter. It really almost like eating at my grandparents...

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  • Amazing Sunday Brunch

    I lived in natchitochs for four wonderful years. I have been to 26 states and 5 countries and know of no other town this size with as much culture, character and fantastic cuisine. Not to mention, the people are simply amazing. The Landing is on Front Street, overlooking the Cane River (actually a lake now). The Sunday brunch is the best. Alittle...

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Natchitoches Nightlife

  • Enjoy a bottle of Vino!

    If you are out for a hot toddy or something to warm you up on a winter night, try out the Landing on Front Street. They have moderately priced drinks, and also some wonderful bottles of wine.Although we did not drink on this trip because we were driving, we did notice a few people enjoying the spirits. They even put wine right on the table, so you...

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  • Walk along the Cane River at Christmas

    A good place to stroll and see lovers romancing on park benches at night is the Natchitoches Cane River waterfront. At Christmas the lights glow and the fountain continues. Concessions sell waffle cones, a powered sugar covered confection that's serve hot. Lattes and hot chocolate are also sold, and in the summer snow cones and soft drinks are...

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  • Right Down Santa Claus Lane

    This truly is a festival of lights. As I mentioned in my introduction, i would highly recommend taking a few minutes out of your busy travel schedule to stop in and enjoy the festival on the water in Natchitoches. As you drive down Front Street, you will see all the time and preparation that is the festival.Enjoy it!

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Natchitoches Transportation

  • Getting There

    By Air : Natchitoches Parish Airport is just an hour away at the Alexandria-Esler Regional Airport (50 miles south) and the Shreveport Regional Airport (65 miles north). Both airports are served by American, Continental and Northwest. Shreveport is also served by Delta, TWA and U.S. Air. By Car : Natchitoches is within easy reach by car via...

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  • Natchitoches and Cane River Road Maps

    The photos of the maps are probably hard to read, but it gives an idea of the size of the historic quarter and lay-out relative to the Cane River. Also, the Cane River Map shows the Cane River Tour for the plantations described elsewhere in the tips. As a matter of background information, the Cane River is the former flow of the Red River prior to...

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Natchitoches Shopping

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    by atufft Written Jan 10, 2006

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    Natchitoches bookstore was closed during our visit, so I was worried that I might not be able to shop for good documented history books, a passion wherever I travel. Luckily, the Oakland Plantation Giftshop, managed by the National Parks Service, has a good supply of books, music CDs, and even souvenirs. Sometime prior to 1994 National Park creation, the old store apparently had served the locals gas and groceries from the roadside entrance.

    What to buy: There's a number of wonder coffee table photo books, as well as books devoted to the history of the indians, creoles, and African-American slavery in the area. I bought books for each topic and a couple of CDs that had traditional zydeco and local Louisiana music.

    What to pay: Nothing was overpriced here, but I easily spent $150- on books and CDs.

    Oakland Store once served as company store Oakland Store now serves as National Park shop
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Natchitoches Local Customs

  • Annual Events

    JANUARY - Creole Heritage Festival. Demonstrations, exhibitions and performances of traditional Creole music, dance, food ways, folk, crafts, art and religious traditions are included in the day\'s activities. APRIL – Jazz R & B Festival. Lots of sounds of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Cajun and Zydeco musicians from across the South. Over 20 bands...

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  • Climate

    Natchitoches sits 130 feet above sea level and therefore has more semi-tropical climate. Winter months are usually mild with short cold spell. Summer months are quite hot and humid.

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Natchitoches Warnings and Dangers

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    by keeweechic Updated Sep 9, 2006

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    It is illegal to drive a watercraft on Cane River Lake without successfully completing a boating safety course which is certified by either the Board of Commissioners of the Cane River Waterway District or the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the State of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. If you do not meet the requirements, fines can be from $50 to $150.

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Natchitoches Off The Beaten Path

  • Kate Chopin House

    At the end of the Natchitoches-Cane River Plantation Tour route is the historic home of Kate Chopin, a favorite American novelist and short story writer among English teachers. She was a feminist before the word was even coined, having been raised in New Orleans, she remained in norther Louisiana after her husband had dies. Her home includes a...

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  • Natchitoches Parish

    Outside of Natchitoches you see the very rural side of the Parish.Natchitoches, the oldest enduring community in the Louisiana Purchase Territory and has the largest collection of Creole architecture in the Mississippi Valley.

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  • Pecan Orchards in Natchitoches Area

    I'm familiar with English walnuts from my own childhood in California, so I know a little about Pecans. These are large beautiful trees that drop their leaves in winter, but they are in fact a native American nut contribution and a step up on the nut I know better. In fall, the pecans are shaken off the tree by mechanically and captured in a canvas...

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Natchitoches Favorites

  • Red River Museum

    After much crazy shopping, we drove to the Grand Ecore Visitor's Center & Red River Museum. Well... scenery was nice, but not too fantastic, and the museum... the staff was trying hard to explain work they've done to protech the red river, blablabla... but seriously, I didn't understand. And I could have read from internet even if I didn't visit...

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  • Romantic Cast Iron Grillwork

    The reconstructed Ft. St.Jean Baptiste symbolizes colonial days in Natchitoches, while the mercantile buildings and houses with the cast iron grillwork galleries overlooking Cane River Lake are reminiscent of the days of the Cotton Kingdom and Natchitoches' old river port. This staircase, hided behind a shop house, was shipped from France at...

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  • Shopping: Historic Old Town

    Highlight of this trip: Shopping!!! After few days of whirldwind trip, finally, I got some relaxing moment to wonder around this lovely old town! The Historic District of Natchitoches, which includes more than fifty centuries-old buildings, and many antique shops. Really a pleasant place to shop around. But instead of something antique, I bought...

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