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Located at the Heart of Louisiana, the Alexandria/Pineville area offers history, events, food, family, music, arts, shopping, and outdoor adventure!

Happy #FlashbackFriday to this past weekend at Kent Plantation House's Bug Day!

This weekend look for the nametag sign out and about around town and let us know where you are with a picture and a #hellocenla hashtag!!

Post 3 of 3: #BugDay2019 was a blast this year! Find your picture and tag yourself! Thanks Alexandria/Pineville Cvb for letting us participate in the first #hellocenla sign photo op!

We have a variety of activities to choose from this weekend:

Music and dancing🕺👯‍♀️
Brunch and bingo🍳
A zoo 🐘, some brews 🍻 , and wine too🍷
And a little exercise🏊‍♂️🚴‍♀️🏃‍♂️!

#explorecenla #hellocenla #playherecenla #eatherecenla #shopherecenla

Embers, Peas and Cornbread plus Gators Bar and Grill equals Fun !, Flashback Friday 80s and 90s Dance Party at The Mirror Room, Veterans Ride & Benefit, Taboo Harley-Davidson, Zoo Brew & Wine Too presented by Walker Kia, Alexandria Zoological Park Indian Creek Triathlon

Who doesn't love a good Alexandria Zoological Park Day 🐒🦁🐆🦔🦓🐘🐊🦚??

Take the family to Zoo Dollar Day presented by Walker Kia on 6/22 for an affordable fun family outing!

Or if you'd rather some zoo time without kids around get your tickets to Zoo Brew & Wine Too presented by Walker Kia this Saturday, June 8!!

Visit their website for more information:

#explorecenla #playherecenla #hellocenla

Shop Aspen Bleu

Aspen Bleu has the best gifts, especially Louisiana themed, for any summer birthdays, weddings, engagement parties, baby showers or just if you need a little retail therapy 🎁🛍!!

The best part is if you don't like going to the store or want to check out some goods before you go, visit their website

#explorecenla #shopherecenla #hellocenla

Word Of Mouth Cafe is a lunch favorite💖 for locals and visitors alike!

A variety of options and the friendliest service make it an all around awesome 👍 experience! Plus the bread pudding with your meal is a dream come true!!

#explorecenla #eatherecenla

If you're not hiking in Louisiana, here's what you're missing

It's #NationalTrailsDay so here is an old but great article about the Wild Azalea Trail🌺!

If you've never been out there, it's time to get exploring! This article lays out the places to go for short or longer hikes along the route.

#explorecenla #playherecenla Located in the Kisatchie National Forest, the Wild Azalea Trail carries the honor of being the longest hiking trail in Louisiana.

Lots to do this weekend! Check it out 👇!!

Taboo Harley-Davidson, Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will - by Del Shores, CityPark Players, Kevin Galloway, Spirits Food & Friends, Cenla Pride Weekend 2019, Kent Plantation House, Vendor's Village Flea Market of Ball, La, Goat Yoga for BARK, Huckleberry Brewing Company

#explorecenla #eatherecenal #shopherecenla #playherecenla

We've got some fun new signs that will be floating around towns for the next several months! We'll let you know where they'll be and when📸!

Next stops: Kent Plantation House Bug Day, Holiday Inn Alexandria - Downtown, and the Alexandria Farmers Market for their Rural Farmers Market month kick off!

Feel free to take a photo with it and #HelloCenla!! We hope to be seeing you around town😉!!

Come celebrate Rural Farmers Market Month 👩‍🌾👨‍🌾 kickoff at the Alexandria Farmers Market next Tuesday, June 4th and of course get some delicious fresh groceries🍅!!

Visit Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative to learn more about the events happening across Cenla this June!

#explorecenla #shopherecenla #myruralmarket #freshcentral

Summertime means hitting all those lunch spots you can't get to enough during the school year!

Get on over to The Cottage Restaurant soon and enjoy from all their delicious options!

#explorecenla #eatherecenla

Tunk's Cypress Inn & Oyster Bar Pointapalooza festival happening right now on beautiful Kincaid lake. 10 minute drive from Alexandria, Worth the drive. Come relax by the water, listen to the music, and celebrate Memorial Day weekend.

And there off🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏽‍♂️!!

Save the Barn Day has kicked off! Come out and join the festivities 🎉!!

#explorecenla #playherecenla

Traveling around the area this summer☀️?

Make sure to add the Southern Forest Heritage Museum and Research Center to your list of to-dos especially if you like trains🚂!!

Make more travel plans in the area at

#explorecenla #playherecenla

Get your porch all dolled up for your weekend BBQs!

Treasure Chest Too has a fun mix of decorating options!

#explorecenla #shopherecenla

Schools out (or almost out) for summer☀️ and The Diamond Grill Martini Mondays are calling your name🍸!!

#explorecenla #eatherecenla #appyhour

We're getting closer to the end of this crawfish season... if you haven't yet, head over to Rosie Jo's to get your fill!! #eatherecenla #explorecenla

It's time to get a fun summer top or four! Head over to Addie's Closet Boutique or visit their website and get ready for a fun-filled weekend! #shopherecenla #explorecenla

Sometimes you need to spice up your evening routine with a little Viet Thai Bistro deliciousness!
#eatherecenla #explorecenla

It's been raining. It's been pouring but the deals at Hoity Toity Boutique are soaring! Nothing brings sunshine to a rainy day like discounts at a favorite shop!! #shopherecenla #explorecenla

Rain doesn't limit your dining options anymore! WaitrApp can bring all the best Alexandria/Pineville area restaurants meals right to your doorstep!

#eatherecenla #explorecenla

**restaurants in image say closed because this image was taken at 10am they will be open shortly for lunch and dinner :).

Thank you to all those that came to our Tourism Awareness Luncheon Yesterday. Congratulations to all those deserving folks who won awards! We are so lucky to be in such a wonderful community with the best partners! #NTTW19 #explorecenla

Stay up to date on what's happening this weekend!! #explorecenla #playherecenla #shopherecenla #eatherecenla

Revised Schedule for the Weekend!

The Festival Goes On, Rain💦 or Shine ☀️

Come on down and enjoy the ArtWalk - Downtown Alexandria, #LiveMusic (2 stages - City Hall Stage and Randolph Riverfront Center), #festivalfood, #kidszone and so much more!

#RedRiverFestival #Alexandria

Dinner on the Bricks is still happening folks so make sure to head downtown tonight and find a nice dry spot in Convention Hall!

❗Dinner on the Bricks has been MOVED inside the Convention Hall❗

Free admission, but menu prices will vary! Check out who will be serving up some goodies🤤🤤 Starts at 6 PM. Who's coming??

#DinnerOnTheBricks #Dinner #FoodVendors #Food #Alexandria #RedRiverFestival #TogetherAlexandria #FestivalPeople #Cenla #GoodEats #OnlyLouisiana

Trying to figure out your Cinco de Mayo plans? Well look no further The Alexandria Red River Festival has you covered!! Get your crew and head downtown for Cinco de Mayo fun!!

Still need plans for Cinco de Mayo??🎊
We gotcha covered!

Head downtown this Sunday and get festive with our awesome live music from DJ Briant Garcia, Nora Toledo and more!! #FREE #Nocosttoattend

#CincoDeMayo #CincoDeMayoAlexandria #Fiesta #Party #Festival #Alexandria #RedRiverFestival #TogetherAlexandria #FestivalPeople

Forecast for this weekend is your choice of activity with some sunshine☀️ sprinkled in there!!!
#explorecenla #playherecenla #shopherecenla #eatherecenla

Relay On The Red - Alexandria, La, Louisiana Forest Festival, St. Mary School Super Hero 5K, Indian Creek Recreation Area - Campground, Holi Fest 2019, Alexandria Zoological Park, Taboo Harley-Davidson, Kiwanis Club Alexandria, Ms. LSUA Pageant, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Bayou Haven Weddings and Events, POA - The Pentecostals of Alexandria, Broken Child Broken Woman

Who's excited to start brunchin' at Spirits!
#eatherecenla #explorecenla

We FINALLY get to announce that Spirits will be OPENING OUR DOORS ON SUNDAYS, for the first time ever, for an OVER-THE-TOP BRUNCH experience. Our family has always loved Sunday Brunch, and we finally get to share that love with all of you.

Starting in May, from 10:30 to 2, we will be serving a chef-inspired brunch featuring Brioche French Toast, Smoked Salmon Scramble, Shrimp and Grits, Fried Chicken Biscuits, Fresh Fruit Parfaits with Housemade Granola, Shareable Mimosa and Sangria Pitchers....and so much more. PLUS, all the favorites you love at breakfast.

We truly are thankful for all the years of support from our guests. And we are honored to share our Sundays with you.


The Original Holi Fest Cenla

This weekend is Holi Fest 2019 y'all!! It's going to be jam-packed with fun so make sure and get registered today because proceeds go to the Children's Advocacy Network. #explorecenla #playherecenla

Holi, Festival of Colors in India, brings Unity Harmony & Peace among all Colors and Creeds. Through it, we celebrate "Unity in Diversity" in Cenla.

Fun things still happening this holiday weekend!
#explorecenla #playherecenla #shopherecenla #eatherecenla

Taboo Harley-Davidson, The Esler Pentecostal Church, Spirits Food & Friends, Indian Creek Recreation Area - Campground, Arna Wendell Bontemps House, Arts Council of Central Louisiana

[04/18/19]   Easter weekend means cute Easter outfits for those little ones in your life!! Lainey B's Boutique, Kids B'Dazzled, LLC, and Too Cute Kids have plenty of options to choose from for that special outfit! #shopherecenla #explorecenla

The Absolute Best Hike in Every State

Where does Outside Magazine think the best hike in Louisiana is you might ask? It's right here in Rapides Parish at Kisatchie National Forest's Backbone Trail!
#explorecenla #playherecenla Alpine scrambles and beach-front strolls; multi-day singletrack adventures and quick urban escapes; soaring trees and rolling sand dunes—every state in the country has something to offer intrepid hikers. So we rounded up a bucket-list-worthy, best-of-the-best guide.

Tunk's Cypress Inn & Oyster Bar

Sounds like a good deal for the family 🦞... we'll see you there!! #eatherecenla #explorecenla

Tunk's Cypress Inn & Oyster Bar

TONIGHT ONLY: Order 2, 4 lbs. specials for only $35.95 (includes corn, potatoes and unlimited salad bar)

Another busy (i.e., fun) weekend in Cenla! Where will we see you? #explorecenla #playherecenla #shopherecenla #eatherecenla

Make sure to check up on some of these events as weather may be a factor!

City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Community Services Division, Holy Savior Menard Central High School, CityPark Players, Spirits Food & Friends, Inglewood Harvest Barn Market, Inglewood Farm, Kisatchie National ForestCentral Louisiana Local Foods Initiative, Trinkets & Treasures, Southern Chic, Taboo Harley-Davidson, Los Pinos Wedding and Special Events Venue

Snapshots: Down But Not Out in Alexandria

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what we love about the area!! #explorecenla #GreatPeopleMakeGreatPlaces Coming into Alexandria, Louisiana up Route 1 from the south was a difficult ride. Buildings were crumbling, houses were obviously lived in but shouldn’t have been and the road itself was terrible. And then, before I knew it, I was in the heart of downtown, and at first glance it was more of the sa...

We 👀 some exciting renovations happening at the Baymont Inn & Suites-Alexandria!!! We can’t wait to see the finished product!! #stayherecenla #explorecenla

Just seeing this OUTLAW'S BBQ but we couldn't agree more. Sometimes we need to let other people do the cookin' and I think we know just the place😉!! #eatherecenla #explorecenla #gatheryourpeoplehere

Running around here and there, long to-do lists... sometimes you need to slow down!

That means letting someone else take care of dinner!

We're ready for you and your people - gather them around the table at Outlaw's!

This looks fun! Giveaways + Toffee 😍😍!!! #shopherecenla #explorecenla

Join @southernchichome for our Spring Open House! 🌸 Come sip-n-shop with us this Saturday, April 13th from 10 to 6 PM! 🌸 New arrivals, in-store discounts, giveaways, mimosas + sweet tea! 🌸 Every $20 spent earns an entry to win a $100 Southern Chic gift card! 🌸 We love our customers and can’t wait to shop with you this Saturday!!!

😎 Look at all the fun things we have to do this weekend!! Saturday morning is JAM PACKED with fun!

#explorecenla #playherecenla #shopherecenla #eatherecenla

City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Community Services Division, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Spirits Food & Friends, CityPark Players, Today's Dental - Dr. Jonas Gauthier, General Dentist, Kent Plantation House, Taboo Harley-Davidson, Alexandria Mall, The Rapides Parish Coliseum, Cenla Shrine Club, Empty Space Players

Shining a Light on Red River Art - Deep South Magazine

Central Louisiana has so much to offer, including a vibrant art scene!! #explorecenla With a world-class art museum, city ArtWalk and visual arts and fine crafts center, Alexandria, Louisiana, is an unexpected artsy city.

So many fun things to do this weekend in Cenla! Find your perfect activity/ies!! #explorecenla #playherecenla #stayherecenla #shopherecenla

City of Alexandria, Louisiana - Community Services Division, Spring Stampede 2019, 5th Saturday Market On Main, Cotile Trade Days, Fit Families for Cenla, Inc., The Rapides Parish Coliseum, Taboo Harley-Davidson

[03/27/19]   Another fun event happening this weekend, the Fifth Saturday Market!! We can't wait to see what the first, fifth Saturday of the year has to offer🤩!!

#shopherecenla #explorecenla #playherecenla City of Pineville, La

Gone Wild Safari had a new arrival today! Look at this adorable baby giraffe!

Just arrived!! Gone Wild Safari!!!

Spring is here Cenla and good news... River Paddle Rentals is getting ready to open back up for #paddleseason!! We can't wait!!

#shopherecenla #playherecenla #explorecenla

El Paso Mexican Grill & Bar Alexandria LA. has a happy hour that cures any case of the Mondays... or any day of the week for that matter! Plus a full delicious menu to go with it!! #eatherecenla #explorecenla #2forone #2forme

[03/19/19]   Did you know Alexandria/Pineville has an AWESOME bicycle shop with friendly, knowledgeable folks?? Visit Red River Cyclery and work out all your cycling needs!!

AND... go before Saturday to get your bike ready for the KBC Spring Metric Century!!

#playherecenla #explorecenla

It's one of our favorite days of the year😍!! What are you celebrating this 318 Day🎉🥳??? #iheart318 #explorecenla #eatherecenla #shopherecenla #playherecenla

Today is 318 DAY!! 🎉🤩

We'll be going through some of our favorite things about Cenla but obviously not everything because there is too much love for just one day!!

Make sure to post about your favorites too!! #iheart318 #explorecenla #eatherecenla #shopherecenla #playherecenla

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