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Rich in culture, Central Louisiana is home to an array of attractions, with everything from educational museums to entertaining theatrical productions. This thriving region certainly has it all. And what’s more, Central Louisiana affords visitors a number of lodging options, with full-service hotels and motels, beautiful bed and breakfasts and sites for camping.

The area boasts several diverse museums, including the Alexandria Museum of Art, the Arna Bontemps African-American Museum and Cultural Arts Center, the Delta Music Museum, the Louisiana Maneuver and Military Museum, the Southern Forest Heritage Museum and the Tree House Children’s Museum.

Collections of fine art line the walls of the Alexandra Museum of Art, ranging from early classical works to modern pieces; Arna Wendell Bontemps, an author/poet, scholar and librarian, is honored at the African-American Museum and Cultural Arts Center in Alexandria’s historic downtown district; music legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, Jimmy Swaggert, Conway Twitty and many others are recognized at the Delta Music Museum; a tribute to those involved in Louisiana Maneuvers, this museum features arms, uniforms, equipment and a collection of artifacts, all located at Camp Beauregard; situated in Long Leaf, the Southern Forest Heritage Museum offers exhibits, theater and gift shops, coupled with a guided walking tour of historic buildings in the 57-acre town.

For the younger generation, the Tree House Children’s Museum is filled with hands-on exhibits for the whole family to enjoy.

Visit the Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center for a night of entertainment, offering up live theater, dance and music performances throughout the year. And for great live theatre, the City Park Players, providing 60 years of continuously running theatrical productions in Central Louisiana, and the Family Playhouse is the ticket.

Further must-see sites include the Alexandria Zoo, home to more than 500 animals from all over the world; Buhlow Fun Park, equipped with go-karts, batting cages, miniature golf and arcade games; the area’s oldest structure, the Kent Plantation House; the Paragon Casino Resort, affording guests 2,300 slot machines, table games and more; and River Oaks Square, comprised of two facilities with more than 30 individual studios, galleries and a gift shop.

After a full day of seeing the sites of Central Louisiana, finding a comfortable place to stay is easy. The area offers its visitors a wealth of hotels and motels, ranging from economic rooms to luxury suites.

Hotels and motels include the Alexandria Inn, Clarion Hotel-Alexandria, Days Inn-Alexandria and Sleep Inn and Suites-Pineville, as well as the larger options at the Baymont Inn and Suites-Sai Convention Center, the Best Western Inn and Suites and Conference Center and the Holiday Inn-Conference Center. Other fine hotels located within the area include Days Inn - Pineville, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Qualtiy Inn, Ramada Inn Limited, Southerner Motel and Super 8 Motel.

For a more private lodging experience, check out The Palmoire Bed and Breakfast, which was built in 1906 and restored in 2006. Outdoor campgrounds and RV parks are also available at Sutton’s RV and Mobile Home Park in Pineville.

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