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Best things to do in Natchitoches Parish

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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“Walk down front street for incredible sightseeing, shopping, historic places, drinks and nightlife, entertainment and activities. You can even ride a horse-drawn carriage. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are beautiful Christmas lights all over downtown and parades during Christmas festival (first weekend in December)”
1 local recommends
Bar
2 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“I love Lasyone's Famous Meat Pies, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, but my husband's favorite is Lasyone's Famous Red Beans, Rice and Sausage. It's a Foodies Heaven! ”
2 locals recommend
History Museum
“Historic home and grounds, where folk artist Clementine Hunter lived and painted. Guided tours. Look for occasional festivals.”
3 locals recommend
Cemetery
“The American Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. Covered with old live oak trees, this iconic, picturesque cemetery is worth the visit! The character Shelby was buried in this cemetery in the movie Steel Magnolias.”
1 local recommends
Church
“Only one of two Basilicas in the state of Louisiana. There are less than 30 in the nation. A beautiful, serene place to visit.”
1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“The best Old Fashioned Bread Pudding in town! And, delicious Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, too! My bff loves their Chicken Salad on Croissant. ”
3 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“Some of the best seafood and steaks around, overlooking beautiful Sibley Lake.”
1 local recommends
Restaurant
“I've been eating at Grayson's since I was a little girl. They have the best barbeque I've ever tasted. It definitely has a local feel and smells out-of-this-world good. Highly recommended. Try the chip sandwich on a homemade bun and the chocolate cookies. The best time to go is lunchtime.”
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Museum
“Located in historic downtown Natchitoches, LA, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring its sports legends!”
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School
“Ranked the best public high school in Louisiana, LSMSA's residential program offers top-ranked faculty and superior academics for the state's best students.”
1 local recommends
Clothing Store
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Aquarium
“Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery is one of 69 Federal fish hatcheries located across the United States, and is the only Federal fish hatchery located in Louisiana. The fish hatchery and aquarium is a great excursion for families with kids and nature lovers.”
1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Haunted woods. Just go see it. It will scare the daylight out of you. An exciting twist on the typical haunted house. Open in September and October.”
1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Natchitoches is known as the city of lights. Definitely worth the trip to downtown to see the Christmas Festival between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fireworks on Saturdays and the entire downtown is decked with lights. So beautiful right on the river bank.”
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Movie Theater
1 local recommends