Explore the history of Coca-Cola at Biedenharn Museum and Gardens or view restored aircraft at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. Stop by the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, which houses more than 500 animals. Home to the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Delta Community College, River Oaks School, and Ouachita Christian Academy, Monroe is a perfect location to send kids to school minus the long commute. Likewise, residents can easily get to Herringstone's Boutique, Pecanland Mall, Magic Grill, and The Warehouse Restaurant for easy shopping and dining. Each year, Monroe hosts the Louisiana Folklife Festival, featuring a colorful celebration of music, local cuisines, and the city’s culture and arts.