Natchitoches, Louisiana’s oldest city, is the perfect weekend getaway for families. With interactive and educational attractions, unique family-friendly dining, and accommodations of all sizes, everyone will enjoy their time together.

Gator Country, Natchitoches’ alligator park, is open seven days a week and offers the chance to feed alligators, goats, deer, guinea pigs, emus, and tortoises; to hold alligators, snakes, and lizards; and to learn more about the state’s reptile.

Other things to do here include panning for gems at Lost Treasure Mining Company, paddling or pedaling down Cane River Lake on kayaks or hydrobikes, or playing putt-putt at Pecan Orchard RV Park and Putt Putt.

Take the family for a home-style lunch at Almost Home, or roast your own s’mores at Mariner’s Restaurant. But you don’t want to leave town without grabbing a Natchitoches meat pie—or two.

Plan your trip around one of the many festivals held in and around Natchitoches. Whether you are enjoying the food at the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival, experiencing the thrill of Dark Woods Haunt, or viewing the hundreds of cars at the Natchitoches Car Show, the entire family will be glad to celebrate in Natchitoches.

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