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Alexandria is a small town in Louisiana, the parish seat for Rapides Parish, lying on the south bank of the Red River and being home to a population of exactly 47.723 people. Alexandria-Louisiana was settled sometimes in the 1790's by Alexander Fulton and received its name in honor of him. In 1819, Alexandria received the status of a town and in 1832 of a city.
The city has an area of 70 squared kilometers from which 2.15% is water and the rest is land. The economy of Alexandria is based on the cultivation of cotton, sugar, alfalfa and vegetables. If you plan to visit Alexandria you should go in the Mardi Gras period. Because Alexandria-Louisiana celebrates the Cajun culture, as this is an important time of the year for locals.
Top attractions within Alexandria
Alexandria Museum of Art was opened in 1977, years later being closed, restored and reopened in 1998. The museum is the house of the largest folk art collection in the state of Louisiana and also has a large permanent exhibition based on the Cajun culture, so important in the heritage of Alexandria and all the state.
Kent Plantation House was built in 1776 on Spanish land and is the oldest building in Alexandria and also in the state. The house was moved at some point from the original location and is now a tourist attraction offering great tours with costumed guides taking the curious in all the furnished room and telling the story of this wonderful building.
Alexandria Zoological Park opened to the public in 1926 and since then it became the home of more than 500 animals. This exotic place from Alexandria also has several exhibitions where you can learn about the life of the animals that live in the zoo. This attraction is perfect for kids and also adults.