Things to Do in Historic Natchitoches
There's no place as unique as historic Natchitoches (pronounced “Nack-a-tish”), Louisiana. Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and it's a favorite destination for visitors from around the world.Located in Northwest Louisiana, Natchitoches is a one-of-a-kind community full of culture, history, recreation, shopping and more! At the heart of Natchitoches lies the National Historic Landmark District, a 33-block area that serves as a shopping and dining paradise and a bed & breakfast lover’s dream. Cane River National Heritage Area and the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission are pleased to announce the creation of a new program offering free guided walking tours of the Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District. Find out more.
Stretched along the banks of the beautiful Cane River, Natchitoches is home to three state historic sites, Creole plantations and museums all within the boundaries of the Cane River National Heritage Area. You can also download a complete parish map with points of interest.
If you're looking for a quiet weekend with the family or a romantic weekend with a loved one, historic Natchitoches offers a dynamic atmosphere for everyone.
Fun Things To Do:
- Shop in the 33-block historic district
- Guided walking tours
- Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum
- Beau Jardin Water Feature & Garden overlooking beautiful Cane River Lake
- Taste the famous Natchitoches Meat Pie
- Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile - the Oldest General Store in Louisiana
- Tour 'Steel Magnolia' filming sites
- Take in a festival from our full Calendar of Events
- Visit the American Cemetery; oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase
- Alligator Park & Show (April-October)
- Oakland Plantation
- Magnolia Plantation Complex
- Melrose Plantation-Home to folk artist Clementine Hunter
- Guided boat tours on Cane River Lake
- Cane River Paddle & Pedal Sports