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Taking it easy in Monroe, Louisiana…
We recently spent two weeks visiting Louisiana. We were pleasantly surprised by how much there was to do there. We spent a few days in Shreveport, where we stayed in a Louisiana state park, went bowling, visited a local nature center and a great science museum, and we found a yummy Cajun restaurant and even got to hold a gator!
Next we took I-20 over to Monroe, where we found a few more fabulous stops!
Monroe is home to the the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. This free museum covers military history from WWI through Vietnam and specializes in covering aviation-related service members. The museum features displays on individual service members, including their story and memorabilia from their lives. The museum is small, but there is so much history packed into it! When we visited, there were two gentlemen there who acted as guides. They were very knowledgeable and had a passion for their topic! We spent about an hour and a half there but didn’t even visit all the exhibits and could have spent a couple more hours. If you would like to learn more about the CAMM, you can visit their website, or read the post about our personal visit.
And of course, Monroe (or West Monroe, right next door), is home to the incredibly popular Duck Commander/Duck Dynasty family. They have a salesroom off their warehouse that offers all sorts of Duck Commander memorabilia, and there are several DC props outside that make for great photo ops. And you just might even run into one of the show’s cast! While we were there, we were able to get the kids’ picture taken with Godwin! :)
Near Poverty Point Reservoir, is the Poverty Point Historic Monument. This is currently a US National Monument, but it has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (it is expected to receive that honor at any time). The 910 acre site is the location of extensive earthen mounds build between 1650 and 700 BC, by Native Americans. The site is a National Historic Site, but it is managed by the state of Louisiana; there is a nominal entrance fee ($4 for ages 13 to 61), a visitor’s center, and miles of well maintianed walking paths.
You can find even more Monroe destinations on their visitor’s bureau page.