Alexandria Travel Guide

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Alexandria Things to Do

  • Alexandria Amphitheater

    There is a very nice amphitheater in downtown Alexandria with great views of the Red River that serves as a venue for concerts, recitals, and other community activities. Very popular during the summer.

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  • Arna Bontemps African American Museum

    The house where writer, poet and scholar Arna Wendell Bontemps was born on 13 October 1902 has been moved to 3rd Street in downtown Alexandria. Bontemps was a pioneer in children's literature and specialized in stories of the south and especially black culture in the south in the early 1900s. His stories have long been enjoyed by children of all...

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  • TREE Children's Museum

    The TREE Children's Museum also known as kidtreehouse houses a variety of innovative hands-on exhibits designed to stimulate all the senses and let children of all ages learn while having fun. Noted as one of the best children's museums in the country. Hours are 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. Admission is $4 per...

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  • Louisiana History Museum - FREE

    The Louisiana History Museum houses a variety of multimedia displays covering the history of Alexandria and the state of Louisiana. The museum has one of the best collections of artifacts in the state and is well worth a visit. The museum is housed in the old library which was completed in 1907. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday....

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  • River Oaks Square Art Center - FREE

    The history of the River Oaks Square Art Center predates the center by quite a bit. In 1899, James Wade Bolton, a prominent banker, bought this property and built a beautiful home using the Queen Anne Revival style of architecture. In 1979, the Bolton House was donated to the city under the provision that it was used for a community art center....

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  • Alexandria Zoo

    The Alexandria Zoological Park has over 500 animals from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia in some nice habitats. They have a new "Land of the Jaguars" display, a train to ride, snacks and a gift shop. Nice zoo! Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids 4 to 12, $4.50 for senior and FREE for...

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Alexandria Restaurants

  • Inexpensive and Fast

    $12 as of December 2015. If you have neither the time nor the money for the outstanding food at The Cajun Landing, you might want to try the Pitt Grill. The Pitt Grill offers breakfast, sandwiches and soups, burgers, wraps, and some dinner items like fried catfish, red beans and rice with sausage, and country fried steak. Casual atmosphere just a...

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  • Great Cajun Style Seafood

    $23 as of December 2015 with a discount. Cajun Landing has a sign out front declaring it was voted #1 for seafood in Alexandria. Once you go inside you can quickly see why. It looks like a home outside and has a homey atmosphere inside with a touch of extra class. The menu has a widely varied choice of seafood dishes mostly Cajun and Creole in...

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  • Sentry Grill

    There was a coffee shop across the street from the Hotel Bentley which appeared to be part of the Sentry Drug Store. The sign said 'home cooking,' so we went in search of local cuisine. Mighty good, y'all!

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Alexandria Nightlife

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    I can't tell you about...

    by BuickMackane Updated Apr 26, 2003

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    I can't tell you about nightlife in Alexandria because I was traveling with a 4-year-old child and couldn't check anything out for myself. However, I have received e-mail from other VT members that assure me that there are plenty of places to enjoy yourself! I didn't get a chance to visit them, but keep in mind that there are also casinos within reasonable driving distance.

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Alexandria Transportation

  • Former Air Force Base is now the...

    This plane is the Brazilian-produced Embraer RJ145, and serves this airport and Houston IAH several times a day. Here are technical specs of the plane: http://www.continental.com/Travel/inflight/aircraft/erj145.asp

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  • Shreveport

    Shreveport, with nearly 400,000 residents, is the closest large city to Alexandria, and is therefore a transportation hub in the region. Shreveport has a major regional airport and can most easily be reached from Alexandria on Interstate 49.

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  • Inside the Embraer RJ145

    It is small but reasonably comfortable. On the other hand, if you are over 180cm tall, this might not be the case for you.

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Alexandria Shopping

  • Full Figured Shopping

    If you are like me then shopping for plus sizes can be a nightmare. I have composed a list of places I shop in Alexandria adn what they carry. Simply Fashion- my favorite store, carries attire for most situations, including super Plus, Also shoes, jewlery, and ethnic attire Catherines-More upscale clothing, buisness or church, some nice formal...

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  • Shop Till You Drop in Alexandria!

    Once you get fully acquainted with the area, you can shop your heart out. You won't find the stores if you're staying in the downtown area. You really do need to get in the car and cruise until everything becomes crystal clear, but you'll be pleasantly surprised. The Alexandria Mall and its surrounding stores have plenty to offer. Numerous chains...

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Alexandria Local Customs

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    The Southern dialect spoken...

    by BuickMackane Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Southern dialect spoken in central Louisiana -- they call the region 'Cenla' -- is very pleasant to the ear and quite easy to slip into as you speak with the locals. It's definitely not the same dialect or terminology you hear in New Orleans. Alexandria has its own TV stations -- even one with a livecam -- and one commentator's remark stuck with me. He said 'You've chosen to raise your children in central Louisiana.' This would tend to indicate that families, like my cousins who came from southern California, are gravitating toward this area, perhaps bringing outside accents and influences with them. That's a positive sign for future improvements in this part of the country!

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Alexandria Warnings and Dangers

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    Dangerous? The locals disagree!

    by BuickMackane Updated Apr 26, 2003

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    Alexandria was portrayed to me as a high-crime area. Since I originally reported this, it's only fair to add that VT members who live in Alexandria take great exception to this. I'm just relaying what happened during our visit.

    The cab driver who took us to and from the Alexandria Zoo firmly warned me not to leave the hotel after 5:30 pm. He kept using the expression, 'the town's in lockdown' which made me pretty nervous. My cousins drove us around various neighborhoods and kept pointing out dangerous parts of town and crack houses everywhere. The latter appeared to be squatters occupying deserted shotgun shacks. I noticed a continuous police presence all around, and that security at the hotel was pretty obvious as well.

    On Saturday morning, we did go for a little stroll only to discover that none of the downtown businesses or coffee shops near the hotel were open. In fact, most of the storefronts were closed or had 'for rent' signs in them. The most disconcerting one we saw was the storefront belonging to the local chamber of commerce, which gave us a bad feeling about the local economy.

    Alexandria has been obviously hard-hit since the closure of the Air Force base, which also changed the makeup of the city's population. There is, however, an active plan in place to rebuild the base into an industrial park and to transform the former military residences into private and senior citizen housing. From what I saw, it seems to be working, and hopefully this will turn things around.

    Meanwhile, please use caution and don't venture away from well-lit protected areas!!

    Nathalie loved the Hotel Bentley!

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Alexandria Tourist Traps

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    I didn't get a tourist trap...

    by BuickMackane Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    I didn't get a tourist trap vibe in Alexandria at all. The town seems to be trying to rebuild its fallen economy by appealing to conventioneers more than traditional tourists. I wasn't even able to get any postcards during my stay until I found them at the Pineville Wal-Mart in the next town! Check out this group shot of my daughter with our Louisiana relatives taken in the lobby of the Hotel Bentley; too bad you can't see the spectacular murals on the ceiling!

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Alexandria What to Pack

  • Bring a raincoat

    It rains often and without warning in Louisiana so bring rain boots, a rain coat and an umbrellia. It is normally very warm and humid here so dress in layers, shorts are a must but I also suggest a light jacket because spring and fall are sometimes prone to cold snaps and could also become cool at night. I always suggest comfortable walking shoes...

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  • Packing List

    It depends what the purpose of your trip is. If you're a conventioneer, bring a carry-on for business suits. If you're headed to the bayou, you won't need such formal gear. RUBBER BOOTS!! Central Louisiana is a muddy place, to put it mildly! Hunting and fishing abound, so pack for whatever you like to do. Louisiana is called the 'Sportsman's...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

  • Mardi Gras: Safe, family-oriented...

    With all the negative publicity New Orleans gets about the unrestrained revelry during its Mardi Gras celebrations, many cities in the South strive to provide a safe, family-friendly alternative. Alexandria does a good job with their Mardi Gras offerings. There is a separate parade just for children, followed by the main parade the next day. On Fat...

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  • The locals disagree about this, but...

    I'm told that one does NOT want to go 'off the beaten path' in Alexandria. There are many dangerous neighborhoods and crack houses in certain parts of town. Sorry!

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    Our favorite activity was the...

    by BuickMackane Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Our favorite activity was the Alexandria Zoo. Now I'm not big on schlepping around zoo parks in the hot sun with my 4-year-old, but we arrived a day earlier than our family expected us and we had time on our hands. As it turned out, I enjoyed the Alexandria Zoo every bit as much as my daughter did. Our favorite spot was where we could feed the catfish ourselves by purchasing food from a coin-operated dispenser and throwing it into the water!

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