At Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo you can see the animals in a way that would be impossible in the wild.
It's situated in Monroe. If you're unfamiliar with that name, it's 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the state capital, Baton Rouge.
Only here for a short visit? Make a reservation at one of the 5 hotels that lie within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. Lots of travelers enjoy the Hampton Inn West Monroe, Comfort Suites and Quality Inn, 2 miles (3 kilometers), 2 miles (3 kilometers) and 2 miles (3 kilometers) away, respectively.
If you'd rather pocket a bit of your hard-earned cash for some of the finer things in life, spend a night at one of the budget-friendly solutions within easy driving distance. Some examples are the Motel 6 Monroe and the Red Roof Inn West Monroe.
When checking out Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo and hunger kicks in, make your way to Original Hollywood Snack Bar (1810 Bernstein Park Rd, Monroe). It's just 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) away. When dinner's done, if you feel like a sociable drink, head over to Other Place Monroe (3107 Burg Jones Lane, Monroe).