According to historians, Marksville was actually founded by accident when a peddler’s wagon broke down, and then he decided to stay. A community grew up around him, and today, Marksville is a beautiful town that cherishes the history of the Native Americans who lived there long before the peddler who settled the land. In fact, the Tunica-Biloxi tribe owns the Paragon Casino & Resort, a major source of revenue for the town.
1. Learn about Native American history at the Marksville State Historic Site
Curious about the people who lived in Marksville long before the town was named? You’ll learn about the town’s rich history of Native American culture and more at the Marksville State Historic Site. The site includes restored Indian burial mounds as well as an educational museum to fill you in on the history of the tribes that inhabited the area in the past. Presently, the Tunica-Biloxi tribe is still flourishing on a local reservation.
You can choose to walk through the historic site on your own or be guided by a tour guide. Keep in mind that the site is only open by appointment, so you’ll have to call ahead to schedule a visit. However, this is a free and educational attraction, so don’t miss it! From time to time, the visitor’s center also hosts fun classes such as basket weaving.
Marksville State Historic Site
Address: 837 Martin Luther King Dr, Marksville, LA 71351
Website: Marksville State Historic Site
2. Tour the pioneer Hypolite Bordelon House
The Hypolite Bordelon House, once a Creole pioneer’s home, now serves as a museum and a historical attraction. Learn how early pioneers of Marksville lived, worked, and flourished in the area. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides an interesting look into the lives of Louisiana settlers, in the 1800s.
When the house transferred in ownership to the city of Marksville in 1979, it was moved to its present location and restored. Admission is 2 USD and includes a tour of the house, outbuildings, and the small chapel in the backyard. In the house, you’ll see furnishings typical of the period.
Hypolite Bordelon House
Address: 242 Tunica Dr W, Marksville, LA 71351
3. Play a round at the Tamahka Trails Golf Course
The Tamahka Trails Golf Course is a quiet, green retreat in the middle of Marksville and is part of the Audubon Golf Trail. On a nice day, playing a round of golf at the course is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise in. Connected to the Paragon Casino & Resort, Tamahka is an 18-hole, par 71 course.
Golfers praise the course for being meticulously cared for and having friendly, helpful staff. Fans of the course have shared that it is challenging but well built. The course is also part of a country club which offers lunch and dinner. Starting at 47 USD for a round of golf, it’s also affordable.
Even if you’re not a golfing enthusiast, the country club offers a variety of menu options, so you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy the beautiful scenery. After playing a round of golf, walk over to the Paragon Casino & Resort (if you’re over 21), and try your hand at the slots.
Tamahka Trails Golf Course
Address: 222 Slim Lemoine Rd, Marksville, LA 71351-6005
Website: Tamahka Trails Golf Course
4. Purchase handmade items at the Tanglewood Soap Company
NEW....in our Louisiana line, Bayou Blanc is on the shelf! Sun-warmed figs, italian bergamot and white tea leaves with notes of jasmine & sandalwood.....a walk in the woods!Posted by Tanglewood Soap Company on Thursday, 30 March 2017
The Tanglewood Soap Company is a newer store (established in 2014), located in Marksville and is known for its natural and handmade items, including handcrafted soaps, lotions, bath salts, bath bombs, and body butter. If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift, a romantic present, or just want to treat yourself, be sure to stop by.
The items at Tanglewood Soap Company are only made with natural ingredients, including coconut oil, shea butter, goat’s milk, coconut milk, and plant infusions. When you step into the store, you’ll notice it smells divine! Tanglewood’s products are especially helpful for people with sensitive skin or breakouts. Even if you’re just window shopping, everything at Tanglewood Soap Company is a delight to look at, from the swirled designs on the soap bars to the beautifully packaged bath bombs.
Open from Tuesday-Friday 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM - 3 PM, the store is closed Sunday and Monday.
Tanglewood Soap Company
Address: 410 N Main St, Marksville, Louisiana
Facebook: Tanglewood Soap Company
5. View the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Education Center Museum
Tunica language classes resume this week for ages 5 - 10 on Tuesdays; and ages 11 - 17 on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the...Posted by The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana on Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Visiting the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Education Center Museum is a great way to immerse yourself in the Native American culture of the area. The Tunica-Biloxi tribe resides on a nearby reservation and operates one of Marksville’s most popular attractions, the Paragon Casino & Resort.
At the museum, you’ll learn about how the tribe interacted with Louisiana’s first settlers, through trade. Through a number of artifacts (known as the “Tunica Treasure”) and rotating educational exhibits, you’ll get a first-hand look at how the tribe played a huge part in the history of the area. The museum includes an exhibit hall, conservation and restoration lab, gift shop, library, and classrooms as well as tribal government offices.
The education center is open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM and 12:30 PM to 4 PM. Tickets are just 5 USD for adults and 3 USD for children.
Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Education Center Museum
Address: 150 Melacon Road, Marksville, LA 71351
Go hiking and fishing in the Spring Bayou State Wildlife Management Area
Spring Bayou State Wildlife Management Area is a beautiful natural area. It consists of lakes, bays, sloughs and bayous. The area is forested, with overup oak, nuttall, swamp privet, bitter pecan and buttonbush trees. A variety of other plants are found in the area, including pepper vine, dewberry, verbena, trumpet creeper, water primrose and more. Among the activities available here are hunting and trapping species such as rabbit, deer, waterfowl, woodcock and squirrel. With the water coverage in the area, fishing is excellent in the spring and summer months, where triploid carp, largemouth bass, catfish and panfish are available for catching. Other water activities include boating and waterskiing. Spring Bayou State Wildlife Management Area is also perfect for hiking, birding and photography. For those who want to stay over, there are campgrounds with electricity hookups available.
Spring Bayou State Wildlife Management Area
Address: 2628 Spring Bayou Rd, Marksville, Louisiana, United States
Appreciate Marksville's history
Without the Tunica-Biloxi tribe, Marksville would not be the vibrant community it is today. Learn about the tribe through the Marksville State Historic Center and the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Educational Center and Museum, while you’re in Marksville. The area has much to appreciate, including its interesting history, rich golfing greens, and small, local shops.
Enjoy a meal and a brew at Broken Wheel Brewery at Fresh Catch Bistreaux
Broken Wheel Brewery at Fresh Catch Bistreaux was started by two college friends in the late 1990s. The brewery offers a range of beer to choose from, and each has a story behind its name. The brewery is famous for its seasonal brews, which are well worth sampling. What makes this brewery different is that, unlike other brewpubs where food is a snack, the Fresh Catch Bistreaux serves an excellent menu of Cajun fare to go with the brews. Among the dishes to choose from are delicious appetizers, entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, including Spicy Tuna and Avocado Stack, Pecan Crusted Crab Cakes, Roasted Garlic Hummus, Spring Roll Shrimp, Broken Wings and Spinach and Artichoke Dip.
Broken Wheel Brewery at Fresh Catch Bistreaux
Address: 109 Tunica Dr E, Marksville, Louisiana, United States
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm (closed on Sun)
Taste international cuisine at Brown Bag Gourmet
Brown Bag Gourmet has been open since May 2010 and is a locally owned restaurant serving international cuisine, but with a Louisiana flair. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu includes fresh salads, sandwiches and desserts for lunch, including such choices as South West Grilled Chicken Salad, Blackened Tuna Salad or Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Avocado. The dinner menu includes steaks and fresh Gulf seafood, including Redfish Picatta, Shrimp, Tasso and Grits, Sauteed Chicken Breast, Grilled Salmon, Shrimp and Angel Hair and Mediterranean Noodle Bowl, as well as a choice of side dishes. All meals are accompanied by a range of craft cocktails, craft beers and selected wines.
Brown Bag Gourmet
Address: 310 Acton Rd B, Marksville, Louisiana, United States
Website: Brown Bag Gourmet
Opening hours: Tue - Wed: 10:30am - 2pm; Thu - Fri: 10:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm; Sat: 5pm - 9pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Choose from 100 flavors at Daiquiri Island
Daiquiri Island has three locations – one in Marksville, another in Bunkie and a third in Fifth Ward/Echo. The bar serves an amazing 100 daiquiri flavors to choose from. These can be enjoyed inside the venue, plus there is a drive-thru option where you can order and pick up your favorite flavor to take home. Daiquiri Island is a casual venue – no need to dress up – but patrons must be 21 years or age or over to enter. Anyone looking very young will be asked to produce their ID to get in. The cocktail bar has flat-screen TVs where patrons can watch their favorite sports while relaxing with a cool and delicious daiquiri.
Address: 349 Acton Rd, Marksville, Louisiana, United States
Website: Daiquiri Island
Opening hours: 11am - 2am (daily)
Visit the wildlife at Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge
For those who love exploring nature and viewing wildlife, Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge is the place to go. The wildlife refuge was first established on the Mississippi/Red River floodplain in 1989 as a much-needed waterfowl habitat. Due to the location, a diversity of waterfowl species come in from both the Central Flyways and the Mississippi. Birders will love the range of species in the wildlife refuge, including northern pintails, wood ducks, mallards, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, gadwall, northern shovelers and American wigeon. Snow and white-fronted geese are known to winter in the wildlife refuge, while many migratory songbirds arrive in the bayous during the spring and summer months. Visitors will also see a number of native mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects and fishes.
Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge
Address: Marksville, Louisiana, United States
Website: Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge
Stroll across the Sarto Old Iron Bridge
The Sarto Old Iron Bridge is a historical landmark in Louisiana and spans the Bayou de Glaises. Constructed in 1916, the steel-truss swing bridge is used for vehicular and boat traffic. The bridge pivots to swing open to allow boats to pass underneath. The bridge was also used by the railroad in the past until other bridges were built. These days, however, the bridge is only for pedestrian traffic. The Sarto Old Iron Bridge has also become an important evacuation route for residents of Big Bend in the event or flooding or high water. This bridge is a rare surviving example of this type of bridge and became the first bridge in Louisiana to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Sarto Old Iron Bridge
Address: Iron Bridge Crossing, Moreauville, Louisiana, United States
Website: Sarto Old Iron Bridge
Win the game at Four Seasons Bowling Center
Located in Alexandria, Louisiana, Four Seasons Bowling Center offers 40 lanes of bowling fun. Besides trying to beat your family and friends by knocking down the pins, there are other attractions in the bowling alley. Patrons can have fun playing laser tag on the property or hold a birthday party or other event at the center. The bowling center is also ideal for those rainy days when you don’t feel like being stuck at home. The on-site Alley Grille is the perfect place for a snack between games. It offers a range of appetizers, such as cheese sticks, fried pickles and chili cheer fries or nachos. Traditional or boneless chicken wings are served with a range of sauces. Patrons can also tuck into a house salad. Sandwiches include a range of burgers, chicken and Philly cheesesteak, or shrimp po'boy and fried fish po'boy for those who prefer fish. The Alley Grille also serves a children’s menu, including chicken tenders, fried fish or a hot dog basket. All meals are washed down with a range of drinks, including cocktails and margaritas.
Four Seasons Bowling Center
Address: 3510 North Blvd, Alexandria, Louisiana, United States
Website: Four Seasons Bowling Center
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm
Zoom around on your roller skates at Skateville
Skateville is a roller skating rink in Pineville, Louisiana. The venue is fun for the whole family, although children must be accompanied by an adult. The skating rink hosts private parties and takes school and church groups at special rates. Please note, when private parties are held at the roller skating rink, the venue is closed to the general public. Besides showing off your skills on the skating rink, a variety of snacks is available for 1 USD per item. These include a range of beef hotdogs, Frito pie, pickle, candy and chips. A choice of drinks is also available at Skateville.
Address: 5410 LA-28, Pineville, Louisiana, United States
Opening hours: Fri: 7pm - 10pm; Sat: 1pm - 3pm, 3:30pm 0 5:30pm; 7pm - 10pm (closed on Sun - Thu)
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