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Lose yourself with a long hike at the Louisiana State Arboretum. However, if you don’t want to get lost in the woods, see about attending an event that teaches how not to get lost in the woods, which is always good to know.
The Arboretum has tons of events throughout the year like plenty of nature programs for kids and adults. Your little ones will also enjoy the event, Become a Jr. Ranger. Coast the waters of the area with a guided canoe tour.
When you find yourself on St Charles Avenue, part of the Mardi Gras parade route, you’ll find an eclectic mix of mansions and single-story cottages. These are worth your visit because of the gorgeous gardens these houses maintain. The only true way to describe them is to see them for yourself. Don’t get run over by the parade, though. You’ll find quaint shops and stores all along the route. So, prepare to be amazed as the mansions alone will leave you mesmerized.
Sitting on 600 acres, the Louisiana State Arboretum in Ville Platte protects over 150 plant species native to central Louisiana. The park is nestled within Chicot State Park, giving way to awesome sightseeing and recreation.
Be sure to have your camera ready – the arboretum is filled to the brim with Beech-Magnolia forest, colorful ferns, vibrant hickories, and sycamores, as well as tons of wildlife. Stop in the visitor center for more information on specific plant life and recreation at Lake Chicot.