Pensacola, Florida


The region’s central location within Louisiana means residents have access to a variety of day or weekend adventures. There’s something in almost every direction capable of suiting diverse interests, including big city shopping, large museums, festivals, concerts, professional and collegiate sports, boating, historic sites and inviting beaches.

Less than four hours away, Houston and New Orleans provide city destinations for Central Louisianans. These cities host popular art and music performances including events at the modern Dallas City Performance Hall and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Between the large performing arts venues across the region and the number of events and festivals across Louisiana, residents will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy a day immersed in the arts. Professional and collegiate sports are also within a short drive. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is only two hours away with popular sporting and cultural events year-round.

Central Louisiana’s rivers and lakes provide space for outdoor lovers to enjoy fishing and water sports. Moderate hiking trails and pristine natural areas offer birding, walking and nature photography. Residents will find plenty of outdoor opportunities from the sandy beaches along the coasts in Alabama and Florida to the rolling hills in Kisatchie National Forest to the All American Road in Southwestern Louisiana.