Wednesday, June 29, 2016

5 Things to Do in Ruston This Summer

By Tori Ward, Marketing/PR Assistant

When the peaches are in season and temperatures are in the upper 90s, you know it's summertime in Ruston, Louisiana. Summers in Ruston are a great time to slow down, relax, and enjoy the charm of this small college town. While the summer months bring in a more relaxed atmosphere, there are still plenty of fun things to do and enjoy in the area! 

Here are 5 things you absolutely must do if you find yourself in Ruston this summer:

1. Try peach ice cream from the Peach Store
One of the best parts about summertime in Ruston is that local peaches are in season, which means fresh, homemade peach ice cream is available at the Mitcham Farms Peach Store! Not only is the Peach Store famous for their creamy and delicious peach ice cream, but they also carry a huge variety of peachy items from jellies to candles to dessert mixes and more. Fresh peach ice cream is only carried through August, so make sure you visit the Peach Store soon for this cool treat! Get more info on the Peach Store here

Peach ice cream from Mitcham Farms Peach Store

2. Shop the Ruston Farmers Market
The Ruston Farmers Market will be open every Saturday through August 13th for the summer season in a brand new, covered building! Come shop a great variety of fresh produce, locally-made products, homemade goodies and more! Get a meal out of the trip by enjoying breakfast tacos from Tacos the Guero and locally-roasted coffee from Railway Coffee. Find more info on the market here

Fresh produce at the Ruston Farmers Market 

3. Spend an afternoon on the beach at Lincoln Parish Park
Lincoln Parish Park is one of the most popular and highly-rated attractions in the area. While the park is well-known for its challenging bike trails and nice camping grounds, it also offers a spacious and clean beach area where anyone is welcome to swim and play. Take a dip in the lake to cool down on a hot summer day!

The beach at Lincoln Parish Park

4. Get a history lesson at a local museum
Lincoln Parish is home to three great museums, all of which are open weekdays and offer free admission! Enjoy learning about military history at the Louisiana Military Museum, local history at the Lincoln Parish Museum, or football history at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum. Get out of the house and escape the heat with a visit to any one of these wonderful, local museums!

The Louisiana Military Museum, the Lincoln Parish Museum, and the Eddie G. Robinson Museum offer a ton of history

5. Enjoy some live entertainment
Ruston is a great place to find live music and entertainment in the summertime. Sundown Tavern, Ponchatoulas, and Portico Bar & Grill are all local spots where you can regularly find live music. We add live music to our calendar of events weekly, so be sure to check frequently to see who's playing live in Ruston! 

Local favorite Chief and the Hounds performing at Sundown Tavern
Photo by Devin Dronett

We hope you give these fun summer activities a shot next time you're in the area! What's your favorite thing to do in Ruston in the summertime? Let us know in the comments section below!

Tori is a proud Louisiana native and social media nerd. She has a passion for travel, food, and all things related to tourism promotions. Tori is an avid movie watcher, coffee fanatic, and lover of the outdoors. Still want to know more? Head over to her website

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