Gators & Gardens Tour

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Stop #1 - Beau Jardin

Stop #2 - Alligator Park & Show
Open weekends only from 10-5 from April to October. See hundreds of alligators up close and personal. Feeding show hourly. See, hold and feed them. Gift shop and snack shop. Admission. Group rates for 20+. Located 9 miles from downtown Natchitoches. Highway 1 North. Call (318) 354-0001 or (877) 354-7001 – www.alligatorpark.net
Time req: 2-3 hours

Stop #3 - Briarwood: The Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve
45 minutes from Natchitoches in Saline, LA. Home of Caroline Dormon, first woman employed in forestry in the United States and leader in the designation of Kisatchie as a National Forest. Briarwood is a wild garden of native plants. Admission. Open weekends, March, April, May, August and November. Saturday 9-5, Sunday Noon-5 or by appointment. Call for dates and directions (318) 576-3379. Time req: 2-4 hours.

Stop #4 - Oakland Plantation: Bottle Garden

Stop #5 Hodges Gardens