Thursday, July 30, 2015

Experience Lincoln Parish Summer Fun!

Provided by Living Well

With students still remaining out of school and families planning vacations or “staycations,” there are plenty of options of things to do in Lincoln Parish to finish out the summer strong.

Marketing Director of the Ruston-Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau Amanda Quimby said Lincoln Parish is one of the top spots to visit in the state.

“Ruston and Lincoln Parish are unique in that we offer an experience for everyone,” she said. “We’re lucky to have such diverse groups here. They all come together to make Lincoln Parish one of the most charming places in the state.”

The Lake at Lincoln Parish Park 
There are several things to do in Lincoln Parish, whether it is outdoors, at night or educational, Quimby said.“You can slow down and take in nature at any of the parks, or walk downtown and spend the day shopping,” she said. “If you enjoy nightlife and live music, there are several restaurants and venues to suit. The arts community is a very active part of the city and offer events for families or individuals.”

One highlight includes The Dog Days of Summer a collaboration between Louisiana Tech University’s Orientation and downtown Ruston, which is set for July 22, Quimby said.

“Dog Days of Summer teams up the university’s orientation and business in the downtown area to welcome incoming freshman to Ruston,” she said. “It’s also a great event for locals to have extended shopping hours and live music in Railroad Park.”

Mitcham Farms Peach Store 
Visiting the Mitcham Farms Orchard is also a must, Quimby said. “Go early and get fresh, hand-picked peaches, tour the orchard and visit the store,” she said. “Do not leave without getting a cup of peach ice cream.” 

For the outdoors type, Lincoln Parish Park is a hidden gem, Quimby said.“Go this summer for the biking and walking trails, beach and fishing,” she said. “James Lake is also beautiful this time of year.”

In Dubach, visitors can pick blueberries, Quimby said. “Pop’s Blueberry Patch in Dubach is quickly growing popular with locals and visitors,” she said. “Go and pick your our blueberries — or purchase some already picked. It’s an fun outing for families, especially with small children.”

Eddie G. Robinson Museum 
For people looking to get educational, Lincoln Parish has several museums to visit, Quimby said. “The Eddie G. Robinson Museum on GSU’s campus will walk you through Coach Robinson’s life and contributions to football,” she said. “The Louisiana Military Museum is the perfect place for history buffs. They have a large collection of weapons, uniforms and artifacts. The IDEA Place and Planetarium is great for children and adults, and gives everyone a chance to explore science and the wonders of the world.” 

Louisiana Military Museum 
Quimby’s personal favorite place to go and relax is Lincoln Parish Park.“I go there several time a week to walk, job or just to read,” she said.  “My niece and nephew love to join me so they can swim in the lake and run around the playground. We pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it. In the evenings I like to go downtown for dinner and live music. There is always a band playing at Ponchatoula’s or Sundown.”

Quimby said there are endless possibilities for visitors and citizens to do when visiting Lincoln Parish, and that the citizens make the parish a thrill to visit.

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