NOLA's stunning architecture becomes even more impressive during the holidays. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate the visual delights on display at these holiday home tours taking place around New Orleans homes for sale.
This December, our real estate agents are excited to welcome back Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights! There's simply no better way to kick off the holiday season.
If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, you'll definitely want to make time to experience all the festivities. Read on to learn more about this year's Festival of Lights celebration!
Festival of Lights 2022
Every year, the Festival of Lights transforms the night sky above baton rouge into a sparkly winter wonderland. The 2022 Festival of Lights takes place on Friday, December 2nd, beginning at 4 pm. The event is open to the public free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.
The festivities take place at North Boulevard Town Square. This spectacular green space lies between North Boulevard and River Road in the heart of Baton Rouge and is a year-round setting for events and festivals just minutes from many Baton Rouge homes for sale.
What to Expect
The Festival of Lights is a little different every year, but each occurrence marks the official start of the holiday season in Baton Rouge. There's always a good time to be had! Here's what you can look forward to:
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Whether you fancy becoming the next Van Gogh or you're simply looking for an exciting way to engage your creativity, visiting a paint studio is a fun way to spend a day. Baton Rouge offers a wide range of classes for all experience levels and artistic tastes. Our Realtors® have the details on 5 Baton Rouge paint studios that offer fun, creative experiences for you to enjoy.
Fantastic studios are just the start of the many ways that you can exercise your creativity when you call Baton Rouge home, and our local team is here to help with everything from Baton Rouge open houses to closing on your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Louisiana offers endless possibilities for anyone with a taste for adventure and a love of the outdoors. Here in the Alexandria area, our Realtors® are proud to live in a region with such a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
From lakes and bayous to parks and trails, there are countless ways to spend time in the great outdoors in and around Alexandria. If you're in town checking out Alexandria open houses, be sure to also visit some of these great outdoor attractions!
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If you're moving your family to the area, our Realtors® know educational opportunities are around every corner in Baton Rouge.
After a full day of looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale or attending Baton Rouge open houses, your little ones may be hankering for a break. Around here, you'll have plenty of options for an educational outing full of fun and excitement. Some of America's leading kids' museums are just minutes away.
Let's visit just a few of the Baton Rouge museums kids are sure to love:
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After the school and work days are done, it's time to head out for some quality time together. Luckily, the Baton Rouge area offers a calendar full of fun events that the whole family will enjoy. Our Realtors® and their families love these entertaining events and activities around Baton Rouge homes for sale.
The Alexandria Zoological Park (also known as the Alexandria Zoo) has been one of the city's top attractions since it first opened in 1986. Its popularity hasn't waned in the more than 30 years that have passed.
Let's take a closer look at this zoo to discover what makes it so special.
Animals and Exhibits
The Alexandria Zoo showcases a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians for the city's residents. Animals are grouped according to habitat in spacious walkthrough exhibits decorated with themed objects to complete the guest experience.
You'll find most of the classic zoo animals here, including lions, kangaroos, and small monkeys. However, it's the unusual animals like the maned wolf, capybara, and Brazilian tapir that many guests fall in love with during their visit. Visit the zoo's world-class Brazilian jungle habitat to see all three!
The zoo's birds are arguably the highlight of their animal exhibits. Their enclosures contain elegant herons, striking cranes, and rosy pink flamingos, among many others. The zoo also keeps flocks of parrots of every color, including endangered species like the yellow-headed amazon and the umbrella cockatoo.
Finally, the zoo also contains an impressive collection of frogs and fish, including the eye-catching red-eyed tree frog and the distinctive blue tang and clown anemonefish. It may be hard to spot some of these creatures up close in the zoo's massive naturalistic habitats, but that makes the thrill of spotting one all the more enjoyable.
Beyond its amazing animal exhibits, the Alexandria Zoo is also equipped to provide guests with everything they need during their day of fun.
If you get hungry during your visit, you can stop by the zoo's restaurant for a bite to eat. This small casual eatery serves staple foods like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fries, as well as snack-friendly favorites like soft pretzels, ice cream, and lemonade.
Events and Education
The Alexandria Zoo takes pride in its role as an educational resource and conservation leader in the state of Louisiana.
Each animal has its own profile on the zoo's website, where guests can learn about the animals they are observing, what makes each of their habitats unique, and what is being done to help preserve their populations in the wild. The zoo also distributes useful information on how to implement conservation efforts within your own home.
If you visit the zoo on certain days, you may also get to take part in some of the institution's special events. Their yearly events include an Earth Day celebration, a Mardi Gras Party, the Zoo Boo Halloween event, and the Holiday Light Safari. They also host a special after-hours party for members of their FOTAZ (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo) program once a year, usually in the late spring.
The Animals Await
The Alexandria Zoo's wholesome educational activities offer fun for the whole family, and it's far from the only exciting attraction in the area. Contact us today to learn more about the area or visit one of these Alexandria open houses.
Are you ready for an outdoor adventure you won't forget? Our real estate agents have a suggestion!
One of the many reasons Alexandria homes for sale are so in demand is because of their proximity to the Kisatchie National Forest. Kisatchie is the only designated national forest in the state of Louisiana. It sprawls across 604,000 acres, with forested pine hills set across seven different parishes.
Things to Do in Kisatchie National Forest
With so much space to explore, just about any outdoor activity you can name is provided for within the bountiful nature of Kisatchie. It has a blend of developed and backcountry areas for you to choose from. You could spend weeks there and only see a small fraction of what there is to experience.
Let's take a closer look at what you can expect in and around the forest:
There are no cabins anywhere within the Kisatchie National Forest. However, camping is welcome and encouraged. There are campsites for RVs and tent camping. Some tent camping sites are designed for groups of 10 or more. Finding the right campground for you may take some planning!
The area is divided into five ranger districts, and each one has its own campgrounds. There are dozens of different areas where camping support is provided. Bear in mind that some are intended for daytime use only. Before you visit, find the district closest to your entry point and decide on a site.
Because there are so many campgrounds available, reservations are not taken for the majority of sites in Kisatchie National Forest. However, you can call ahead to the ranger station to inquire about RV camping since RV hookups are in limited supply.
Kisatchie Bayou fishing is one of the biggest attractions and draws anglers from all around the region in the spring and summer. Kisatchie Bayou stands out for its white sandbars, its rocky outcroppings, and even a number of pristine waterfalls. Fish you can encounter include bream and bass.
Other bodies of water throughout the Kisatchie are home to catfish and crappie. The most popular of all fishing spots within the forest is Saline Bayou, which crosses 20 miles of hardwood bottomland. You may also find dozens of other ponds and streams, many of them undisturbed throughout most of the year.
129-mile long Dugdemona River is a great starting point for most anglers. A popular place to gather is Beaver Dam, which you'll find along the upper shore of Caney Lake. No matter what you choose, it is sure to be exciting.
Other Water Sports
Various ponds and rivers throughout the National Forest support kayaking. Beware that not all channels are navigable. Watch out for posted signage about entry points and proper equipment before you begin.
Hiking and Trail Riding
There are many different trails winding their way through the Kisatchie, such as the 36-mile Sandstone Trail winding through the Kisatchie Hills. You'll find hundreds of miles of marked trails. Markers include information on trail length, terrain, difficulty, and estimated time of completion.
Altogether, there are trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, all-terrain vehicles, and horse riding. Be advised that the ranger station has designated some trails as "sunrise to sunset" only, so it is crucial to plan out your journey to return before nightfall.
There is so much to see and do throughout Louisiana. Contact us to learn more or get started with Louisiana real estate.
Reading can take you so many places! Thanks to Little Free Libraries, there are worlds waiting to be discovered through a variety of books just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.
What Is a Little Free Libary?
Simply put, Little Free Library is exactly what it sounds like. These book-sharing boxes promote reading and literacy by providing convenient and cost-free access across a range of neighborhoods and communities.
Little Free Libraries operate on the honor system. Anyone may take a book, and while borrowers are not required to return that same book, they are encouraged to drop off a book or two for others to enjoy.
The libraries are generally maintained by the person who installed them. Known as stewards, these people keep the libraries clean and in good repair, but they depend on patrons to provide the books.
The Little Free Library Network
In 2019, Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library on his front lawn in Hudson, WI. Designed to resemble a one-room schoolhouse, the library was intended to be a tribute to his late mother, a schoolteacher and life-long reader.
Sadly, Todd himself later passed away from pancreatic cancer, but his legacy continues with the Little Free Library organization, also based in Hudson. Founded in 2012, the non-profit organization has seen growth that goes far beyond Todd's original goal of 2,510 free libraries, which would surpass the number of libraries established by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Today there are upwards of 125,000 Little Free Libraries located in more than 100 countries around the world. An estimated 42 million books are shared each year, with an average of one book per library per day. The inspiring work of Todd Bol and the Little Free Library has been recognized by the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, and Library Journal.
Little Free Libraries Around New Orleans
Libraries purchased through Little Free Library are automatically registered with the organization. "Independent" libraries may also register to receive the organization's support and benefits, including listing on their worldwide map. Here are just a few of the registered Little Free Libraries you can stop at and pick up your next favorite read.
Fall is here! Our real estate agents are looking forward to it. Are you?
Crisp weather, colorful foliage, and hot cocoa are just a few of the reasons to enjoy fall. When you're in the Lafayette area, there are plenty more to discover. Lafayette is known for a busy social calendar that combines Cajun cuisine and family-friendly entertainment into a fall you won't soon forget! And it's not just about Halloween – in Lafayette, folks get creative with their events.
There's so much to see and do, let's dive in and take a look at some of Lafayette's top fall festivals:
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Alexandria is a city where history awaits you around every corner, and local organizations place a high priority on historic preservation. Many of the city's most fascinating historic sites have also been repurposed as museums that showcase the art, history, and culture of Alexandria, along with the stories of prominent residents who helped shape the city into such an amazing place in the present day. Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know the city, starting with our guide for a historic walking tour of Alexandria.
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New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.
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Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale.
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There comes a point in every summer when the fun starts to wind down, and the return to school is just around the corner. Fortunately, we're not quite there yet! There's still a lot of adventure waiting in the Lafayette area.
If you're looking for fun ways to spend time with your kids in Louisiana this summer, our real estate agents have more than a few ideas. These are our favorite places for family fun and excitement in Lafayette!
Lafayette and the surrounding communities offer limitless potential for summer fun and adventure. Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your Louisiana dream home!