Jena Choctaw Pines Casino is a casino in Dry Prong, Louisiana. It’s a great place to frequent when you’re in the mood for some fun casino gaming given its plethora of slot machines and intense poker room. However, it’s not the only attraction in the area.
Today’s post will give you a few exciting places to visit around Jena Choctaw Pines Casino. Keep in mind that this is a small area, so you’re getting a few attractions. However, if you’ve traveled and are here for an extended stay, the locations below will make your trip more interesting.
Also, since Dry Prong is such a small town, you will travel up to 25 miles to each destination.
Are you ready to add a few cool locations to your getaway itinerary? Keep reading for more information.
1) Gone Wild Safari Park – Pineville
Head over to 805 Hooper Road in Pineville and you’ll discover Gone Wild Safari Park. This is a fantastic place to get up close and personal with some regional and exotic animals. So, if you’re someone who loves hands-on experiences, place Gone Wild atop your vacation itinerary to the area.
Along with the safari, they also have walkabout and petting zoo areas, which are great for kids.
Also, if you’re not interested in traveling too far, you’re in luck. Per TripAdvisor, Gone Wild Safari Park is about 1.5 miles from Jena Choctaw Pines Casino, so it’s a rather quick drive and given its vastness, an easy attraction to find.
Reviewers have praised the diverse selection of animals here, the family-friendly atmosphere, plus the knowledgeable staff. You’ll also find cost-effective admission prices, with one reviewer commenting they paid just over $50 for 4 people, plus a bag of feed.
2) Forts Randolph and Buhlow – Pineville
You’ll stumble across Forts Randolph and Buhlow at 135 Riverfront Street at the East Bank of the Red River. Expect to spend at least one, if not two hours at the location, and it’s a great place to visit when you plan on checking out Old Rapides Cemetery, Alexandria Museum of Art, and River Oaks Square Arts Center.
A historical site, reviewers on TripAdvisor have praised the location given its displays of artifacts, informative movies regarding the location, plus the wooden boardwalk that allows breathtaking panoramic views of the Louisiana countryside.
You’re getting a few cool pathways here that you can walk when you’re in the mood to entwine yourself with Louisiana’s natural beauty.
They built the forts following the Battle of Mansfield back in 1864 to defend the river from Union attacks. However, if any fighting occurred here, it was sparse. And the Confederates surrendered the fort to the Union when the war ended.
3) Old Rapides Cemetery – Pineville
If you head out to the forts, you will find Old Rapides Cemetery about a quarter mile away, so it’s more than worth checking out when you explore the area. Just across the river from nearby Alexandria, Louisiana, it’s also a great place to stop at when you visit the Alexandria Museum of Art.
Here, you’ll find more than just headstones, some of which date back over a century ago. You’ll find plenty of statues commemorating those who had made significant contributions to the area, along with plenty of shade to relax in when you’re here on a hot day.
Also, one reviewer stated you will find markers throughout the property, which tell the tales of those who had lived in the area over the past 200 years. If you’re more into local history, Old Rapides Cemetery is quite the visit.
4) Alexandria Museum of Art – Alexandria
Right across the river from Pineville, Alexandria Museum of Art is at 933 2nd Street in Alexandria. If you plan on hanging out in the area, other cool nearby attractions include River Oaks Square and Arts Center and the Louisiana History Museum.
Once again, this museum will give you quite a cool history lesson, but as the name implies, it leans toward the arts. It’s also a great family-friendly location where both you and your kids will have a blast.
So, if you’re looking to entertain them while others in your travel group are rocking it out on the gaming floor at Jena Choctaw Pines Casino, this is an ideal location.
Like many local museums, it’s smaller in scope, but they offer an eclectic selection of exhibits that have awed both the local and tourist crowds. You’ll find a Louisiana permanent collection on the third floor, a juried show on the first, plus collections that feature the area’s local artists, both past and present.
Many have stumbled upon the museum by walking Alexandria’s historic downtown area. That said, this art and history museum is just one of perhaps several interesting places to visit during your trip to Alexandria.
5) Kent House – Alexandria
Set aside at least an hour if you plan on visiting the Kent House. This home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, traces its origins to 1796, when Louisiana was still part of France.
The Kent House is also in proximity to the Alexandria Museum of Art, so it makes for a great complement when you’re in the area. Head over to 3601 Bayou Rapides Road in Alexandria, and you will run right into what might just be the region’s most historic building and property.
6) Louisiana History Museum – Alexandria
Set aside another one to two hours when you visit the Louisiana History Museum at 503 Washington Street in Alexandria. Like the Alexandra Museum of Art, this is a small museum, but it features a diverse collection of artifacts, so it’s more than worth the trip. Especially if you’re looking for a tale in local history.
If you’re local, the top floor may pique your interest since it holds a genealogical library. It’s a great way to discover who you are and your family’s history, so I highly recommend it even if you’ve spent the last 20 years driving past the place.
The museum also contains a vast collection of Native American artifacts, along with hundreds of letters, articles, and other printed sources from the 19th and 20th centuries. You will also discover several historical photographs of those who have played a significant role in the region’s history.
Best yet, many reviewers on TripAdvisor have praised the location for its lack of admission fee. So odds are, you’re getting a free ride here, or at most, a cost-effective one.
Also, make sure you take the time to meet with and talk to the curators. They’re knowledge regarding the area’s history provides an excellent supplement to the displays that you will come across. They will also give you a crash course on a few of the people that the museum recognizes.
7) River Oaks Square Arts Center – Alexandria
River Oaks Square Arts Center is another great place to visit if you or someone in your travel group identifies as an art enthusiast. You’re getting both contemporary and classical visual displays here at 1130 2nd Street in Alexandria.
And given its quarter-mile proximity to both the Louisiana History Museum and the Alexandria Museum of Art, why not complete the trifecta when you venture out into town?
Head over to the John Bolton House, and you’ll find a cool shop featuring these local works for sale. If you’re interested, or if you’re looking for an interesting way to spend the money you won at Jena Choctaw Pines Casino, the John Bolton House is worth stopping by after your tour at River Oaks.
Our Thoughts on the Dry Prong, Louisiana Area
Jena Choctaw Pines Casino is in the tiny town of Dry Prong, Louisiana, so you won’t find too many hot attractions in and around it. But it’s not a problem, considering the solid number of attractions that you will find in nearby Pineville and Alexandria, Louisiana.
If you’re in the area for an extended stay and you’re interested in discovering more of what the region offers besides the casino, the seven items listed here are great ways to begin your vacation to the region.
Oh, and don’t limit yourself to just the above attractions. Or just the Jena Choctaw Pines Casino, but consider checking out the other Louisiana Casinos not to far away.
Odds are, especially in Alexandria, you will find a few more hot spots to frequent.
Have you visited Jena Choctaw Pines Casino and did you visit the above attractions? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments and we are looking forward to reading your stories.