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10 Family Fun Things to Do in Natchitoches


1.      Paddle or pedal your way to a new adventure onboard a Kayak, SUP (Standup Paddleboard), or Hydrobike from Cane River Paddle & Pedal Sports on Cane River Lake.

2.      Mine for crystals, gemstones, fossils and shark’s teeth from around the world at Natchitoches’ newest attraction – Lost Treasure Mining Company.

3.      Take a hike (or bike) on one of three trails through the Grady Erwin Nature Preserve, featuring a forest setting and appropriate for all skill levels.

4.      Take a leisurely cruise aboard the Cane River Queen River Boat on the still waters of Cane River Lake.

5.      Step back in time and experience French Colonial life at Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site. From the visitor center to the replication of the original Fort, this site is great for the young and the young at heart.

6.      Uncover Louisiana’s sports history at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Kids love the sports memorabilia including a race car while also learning about Natchitoches and Northwest Louisiana history.

7.      Take a horse-guided tour of the National Landmark Historic District with the Cane River Carriage Company.

8.      Go crazy in the Cane River Candy Company choosing from a variety of candies, chocolates, sodas, and specialty shakes!

9.      Shop Louisiana’s oldest general store – Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile. Shoppers will find classic toys, kitchen gadgets, plants, hardware, and so much more. Make sure to check out the old toys and trucks over the front doors on the interior of the store.

10.    Tee off at Pecan Orchard Putt Putt.