The 7 Best Things to Do in Leesville, United States

December 6, 2017 Darleen Reid

Leesville is a city and the parish seat of Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,612 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Fort Polk South Micropolitan Statistical Area and is additionally served by the Leesville Airport. The city is home to the Fort Polk U.S. Army installation. The populations of Fort Polk and Leesville, if combined, would result in a city with a population of more than 20,000. Kolkata, India is the official sister city of Leesville.
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1. Vernon Veterans Memorial Park

304 S 3rd St, Leesville, LA 71446-4312 +1 337-208-1779
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5 based on 4 reviews

Vernon Veterans Memorial Park

Reviewed By brian0910 - Columbia, South Carolina

One of the few places where everything takes place is Main Street in down town Leesville La. I was stationed in Fort Polk for 6 years and we saw lots of events right here at this park. Witch Way to Main Street is the annual Halloween celebration blocking off down town for the kids, Mardi Gras Parades and celebrations, Veterans Day Parades, Martin Luther King Parades, Christmas Parades, Thanksgiving Parades, St Patrick's Day Parade, Carnivals, School Events, Military Events, this is just the one place where you can go to see it all. There is a small little memorial park right in down town that has memorials to all those from the area who served over the years from World war 1 to Korea and World War 2, they added some things for the War on Terror and Vietnam so if it military related from this area you can find a tribute for it here. Right in the heart of downtown next to the Court House and other historic buildings.

2. Museum of the New Llano Colony

211 Stanton St, New Llano, LA 71461-4535 +1 337-238-8121
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Museum of the New Llano Colony

Reviewed By candace m - Leesville, Louisiana

This museum features historic documents and artifacts from the cooperative days of the New Llano Colony in the early 1900s. This progressive Colony was based upon a utopian social concept. The Colony thrived for 20 years and had many citizens who were well known globally. The museum collection is exclusive.
If you live in or visit Vernon Parish, I recommend taking an hour to visit/learn about this interesting experiment in our National history.

3. Fort Polk Museum

7881 Mississippi Avenue, Building 927, Fort Polk, LA 71459 +1 337-531-7905
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Fort Polk Museum

Reviewed By Gary K - Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

This museum has a pretty good history of the area with a particular emphasis on the period of time around the Louisiana Maneuvers and then again around the Vietnam War era. The final area of emphasis would be Fort Polk's contribution as a combat training center. This museum is quite small, just one somewhat large room with a good number of display cases, but it's worth the quick visit.

4. Anderson Farms

400 Slagle Rd, Leesville, LA 71446-2011 +1 337-208-7107
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Anderson Farms

Reviewed By brian0910 - Columbia, South Carolina

We were stationed at Fort Polk for several years and made this farm an annual Holiday Tradition. every year for Halloween we took the kids here for pumpkins and hay rides and they have a small petting zoo and other farm animals and a hay maze for kids and a place to shop and buy cool farm stuff and products. We would come back for thanksgiving and do the same stuff but without the pumpkins. This place was really easy to find and right near down town Leesville. No cost for parking or entry but if you want to purchase a pumpkin than it costs you. You pay for the things you actually want to do. They offer small farm animals in a fence area for kids to look at and sometimes feed. Great for pictures and building memories. You ride a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and the kids get to pick their own pumpkin. This place was really nice for the kids to run around and have fun in the fall and get a chance to get outside and spend the day with the family.

5. Aligator Lake Recreation Area

Artillery Road, Fort Polk, LA 71459 +1 337-531-5350
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Aligator Lake Recreation Area

Reviewed By brian0910 - Columbia, South Carolina

No I never saw any Alligators here, It is just the name. They have several playgrounds, A small pier for canoeing, Tennis courts, Basketball Courts, Party pavilions, Woods and trails and a lake that is a nice size for small boating without an engine. If military they have an MWR rental facility here to get canoes, kyaks, paddle boats and other sports equipment. Many of the units on Fort Polk will use this area for company parties and large gatherings. It is a really family friendly area and has lots to offer.

6. Leesville Art Park

1201 Abe Allen Memorial Dr, Leesville, LA 71446-4159
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Leesville Art Park

Reviewed By Tony M - Leesville, Louisiana

A grass-roots movement a few years ago started this sculpture garden. This is a city park, adopted by a local non-profit art gallery to create an Art Park for the public. It has a walking trail, several sculptures are in place, and there are benches for just sitting and reading. The park is across from an Elementary School and is used as an arts education lab. A great place to visit in West Central Louisiana!

7. Museum of West Louisiana

3rd Street, Leesville, LA
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Museum of West Louisiana

Reviewed By LouAna510 - Randallstown, Maryland

First, let me say that I am originally from Leesville, La but have currently being living in Maryland for over 14 years. As I get older, I have developed a fondness of my hometown. While visiting this past June (19-25), during our family reunion, our family planned a day in downtown Leesville to visit the Museum of West Louisiana. Although the tour is self-guided, the friendly lady that works there was pretty helpful along the way. I think she was excited to see a group of over 15 people at one time. Not to mention, admission is free.
I highly recommend anyone passing thru and even those currently residing near by to visit the Museum for a snippet of West Louisiana and it rich culture. Born and raised an Louisianan!!!

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