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Rainy Days on Cane River

St. Augustine Catholic Church along Cane River

Don’t let a rainy day dampen your spirits! Embrace the opportunity to explore Natchitoches' indoor attractions and discover the hidden gems that await you. From shopping in the Historic Landmark District to immersing yourself in art and culture, here are some exciting activities to make the most of your rainy day in Natchitoches.

Shop (or just window shop!) in Historic Downtown Natchitoches
Historic Downtown Natchitoches is a shopper's paradise, featuring an array of unique boutiques, antique stores, and specialty shops. When raindrops fall, take shelter in these charming establishments and browse through an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry, home decor, and local crafts. From fashionable finds to one-of-a-kind treasures, you're sure to discover something special while supporting local businesses!

Admire the Beauty of the Minor Basilica
Step into a world of architectural splendor by visiting the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. This stunning church is adorned with towering spires, intricate details, and breathtaking stained glass windows. Spend a peaceful afternoon admiring the basilica's grandeur, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere, and appreciating the spiritual and historical significance of this remarkable place of worship.

Visit the Grand Ecore Visitor Center
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and rich history of the region by visiting the Grand Ecore Visitor Center. Located just a short drive from Downtown Natchitoches, this center offers interactive exhibits, educational displays, and panoramic views of the Red River. Learn about the area's diverse flora and fauna, the significance of the Red River, and the role it played in shaping the region's history. Despite the rain outside, you can still experience the wonders of Louisiana's natural heritage.

Explore the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum
Sports enthusiasts and history buffs alike will find delight in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. Explore the achievements of Louisiana's renowned athletes, delve into the state's sports history, and learn about the cultural heritage of Northwest Louisiana. From interactive exhibits to captivating memorabilia, this museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the region's sporting and historical legacy.

Peruse the Natchitoches Art Guild Gallery
Escape the rain and immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of Natchitoches by visiting the Natchitoches Art Guild Gallery. This gallery showcases the works of talented local artists, featuring a variety of mediums and styles. Admire paintings, sculptures, and other artistic expressions that beautifully capture the essence of Natchitoches and its surrounding landscapes. Take a moment to appreciate the creativity and talent on display.

Relax at StoryBrew Coffee Cafe
Cozy up with a good book or catch up with friends over a warm cup of coffee at StoryBrew Coffee Cafe. This inviting café offers a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and a delicious selection of coffees, teas, and pastries. Whether you're seeking refuge from the rain or simply looking for a place to unwind, StoryBrew provides the perfect setting to relax, indulge, and enjoy the company of fellow coffee lovers.

Indulge in Local Cuisine
Rainy days provide the perfect opportunity to savor the delectable flavors of the Cane River area. Visit local restaurants and cafes that specialize in Louisiana cuisines, such as gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, and of course, Natchitoches meat pies. Treat yourself to a warm and satisfying meal while immersing yourself in the region's culinary traditions. All local restaurants can be found in the GoNatchitoches app, free to download in the app store!

When the rain falls, don't fret—instead, seize the opportunity to explore the captivating indoor gems that await you in Natchitoches!