Riverbank Natchitoches

Go Natchitoches


We are open.

Louisiana is currently in Phase 3 of reopening, based on a plan set forth by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. While our current priority is still on safety for our community and our visitors, we are open for business – it just may look a little different for a little while longer.

As we continue to welcome more visitors back to our community, we ask that you comply with current social distancing recommendations, the active State mandates, and request you wear a mask to protect yourself. Masks are currently mandated by the governor's order.

What you can expect.

Hotels are operating with increased cleaning and safety precautions. Our bed and breakfasts have reopened and are now booking. 

Our restaurants are open with takeout service and interior limited capacity seating for guests. And several have patio/deck seating as well. Our recommendation is to call your restaurant of choice ahead of time to determine the best option for your dining experience and make reservations if you can. A list of restaurants with contact information can be found here

Here are a few things to do while you are visiting Natchitoches:

  • Shop Front Street and Historic District shops
  • Explore Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
  • Explore the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum
  • Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Cane River Paddle & Pedal Sports
  • Take a tour of the Historic District with Cane River Carriage Company, tours offered Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday-Saturday 3-8 p.m.
  • Explore Beau Jardin and the Riverbank
  • Take a ride on the Cane River Queen on Wednesdays through Sundays (Reservations are required.)
  • Explore the Natchitoches Film Trail
  • Explore the grounds of Oakland Plantation and Magnolia Plantation Complex with self-guided tours via cell phone tour and brochure. 
  • Tour Melrose Plantation, tours offered Thursday-Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Reservations strongly recommended. Reserve your tour here: https://aphn.ticketspice.com/guided-tour. (Melrose is still closed following Hurricane Laura, but expects to open very soon!)
  • Schedule a customized tour of Natchitoches with one of our local guides. Find a list here: https://www.natchitoches.com/tours
  • Explore the grounds of Los Adaes State Historic Site. (Please note there is no public access to the Visitors Center or bathroom facilities.)
  • Discover the Louisiana Country  Music Museum at Rebel State Historic Site, now open Fridays and Saturdays in Marthaville
  • Explore Kisatchie National Forest - check for open trails. Many of the trails were devastated by Hurricane Laura.
  • Explore Parc Natchitoches
  • Hike or bike the trails at Grady Erwin Nature Preserve
  • Golf at Demon Hills – NSU Recreation Complex
  • Bowl at Country Lanes Bowling Center
  • Watch a movie at Parkway Cinema (indoor or drive-in style!)
  • Mine for gems and fossils at Lost Treasure Mining Company
  • Play a round of putt-putt at Pecan Orchard RV Park and Putt-Putt

Visit our Things to Do page for details and contact information for these activities. 

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*Video produced by Zack Breaux