615-seat state-of-the-art theater.
The Arts Center is the location of concerts, plays, recitals, ballets, dramas, musicals, Rapides Symphony Orchestra performances and a wide variety of cultural events and performing arts.
Rapides Parish Coliseum (RPC) hosts may types of events.
The Rapides Parish Coliseum boasts the ability to host as many as 10,000 people. Meeting space is available for lease. The Rapides Parish Coliseum has 4 meeting rooms (700+ sq. ft.) and 2 multi-purpose rooms (2100+ sq. ft.)
Kent House is a classic example of French Colonial architecture.
Kent Plantation House is the oldest standing structure in Central Louisiana. Listed since 1971 in the National Register of Historic Places. The plantation house is a presentation of southern plantation life between 1795 and 1855. The main structure was erected in 1800.
The Alexandria Zoological Park is a 33-acre zoo.
First opened to the public in 1926, it is owned by the City of Alexandria and operated by the Division of Public Works. It is home to about 500 animals.
The zoo was started in 1926 in Bringhurst Park. In the 1960s the city created the committee that is now Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ), the support organization for the zoo.
The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and takes part in about 20 Species Survival Plans (SSP).
Louisiana College is a private institution of higher education located in Pineville, La.
Louisiana College, known as “LC”, was founded on October 3, 1906, in Pineville. The college began in tents with four professors and nineteen students. Louisiana College serves approximately 1,300 students. The college operates on a semester system along with two shorter summer terms.
The school colors are orange and blue, and their athletics teams are known as the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. Louisiana College is situated on an 81-acre campus. The school has twenty-five academic and residential buildings.
LSUA is located in Alexandria, La.
The university is a unit of the LSU System and operates under the auspices of the Louisiana Board of Regents. The institution is located on the grounds of the former Oakland Plantation some eight miles south of downtown Alexandria. The campus boasts many majestic oaks dating from the nineteenth century.
The Rapides Parish School Board (RPSB) is a school district headquartered in Alexandria, Louisiana. It serves Rapides Parish.
27 Elementary Schools
11 Middle Schools
11 High Schools and K-12 Schools
Rapides Academy for Advanced Academics and Virtual Learning is a face-to-face academic magnet program for students in grades 6-8 and a virtual learning program for students in grades 9-12.
The Rapides Positive Program for Students, better known as R.A.P.P.S.