Downtown Monroe, which sits on the opposite side of the Ouachita River from West Monroe
Looking out over the water at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
A helicopter exhibit outside the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum
Delicious seafood gumbo served in a cast iron pot
Two men fishing at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
A woman shows off vintage Coca Cola bottles at the Biedenharn Museum
Something Special Antiques and Fine Gifts, one of many shops in Antique Alley
Wine tasting at Landry Vineyards
- Major Airports:
- Monroe (MLU)
All the smells, tastes and sights of the South in one place
Follow the Beards around town with the Duck Commander Hometown Tour, and visit the locations featured on the show. The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens showcases the family home of Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola, as well as beautiful gardens, the Bible Museum, and Coke Museum. High-flying adventure can be found at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum as you discover the world famous General Claire Chennault, his Flying Tigers, how Delta Airlines got its start, and more. Discover natural beauty at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge with a walk over the bayou, a visit to the wildlife photo blind, or a trip around the lake in a canoe. Relax and enjoy the picturesque views of Landry Vineyards in West Monroe. Sample their wines in the tasting room or dance the afternoon away at one of their popular outdoor concerts on the hillside.
Hungry? Monroe's food is full of traditional Southern comfort that is good for the soul. There are over 100 distinct, locally owned restaurants, each offering a mouth-watering taste of true North Louisiana cuisine. Choose from menus offering fried chicken, smothered pork chops, black-eyed peas, Catfish DeSiard, gumbo, po-boys, sweet potatoes, hot water cornbread, homemade cakes, pies and more. Whether dining on the water or at a plate lunch diner, you are sure to be satisfied.
Need a bit of retail therapy? Take a stroll through Antique Alley, “a shopaholic’s delight.” You’ll find blocks of unique antique stores and trendy boutiques in beautiful downtown West Monroe, offering home decor, jewelry, clothing, antiques, art and more.
Continue your shopping adventure at Pecanland Mall, North Louisiana’s largest shopping mall, or one of the many chic boutiques located throughout Monroe-West Monroe offering the latest in clothing, accessories, home décor and more.
In 1925, the world’s first aerial crop dusting organization, Huff Daland Dusters, was formed in Monroe. That company later became Delta Airlines.