Our holiday travel saw us up in the small town of Ruston, LA to spend some time with family. But surprise, surprise, one morning we headed to explore some parks and burn off some “bug juice”! On the way back we hit up a new (to me) coffee shop that is a welcome addition to Ruston’s downtown!
We first headed to Huckleberry Park, which has a small, fun, cute play area with lots of picnic tables. The best part in everyone’s opinion, however, were the wooded trails to be explored every which way around it. There were probably several miles of trails, very toddler-friendly (mostly stroller friendly if it was a jogging sort of stroller). We played and walked there for a bit before we hopped in the car to head to another park.
Our next stop was Cook Park, which is much bigger and more open, with diverse areas, plus a walking trail (no wooded trails, which was definitely the fun of Huckleberry Park!). The kids enjoyed the slides and play equipment. After everyone was thoroughly chilled, we left just as the rain started (success!), and headed to Railway Coffee (the part of the trip some of us were being very patient about).
The vibe at Railway Coffee is hip and cozy, and their coffee was very good; definitely a place to which we’ll return! Their website is more geared toward ordering beans, so check our their Instagram page for schedule updates and current menu offerings. (Hot off the press! They’re moving their original location and opening a second one at the very beginning of 2019, so definitely check out their pages before you visit.)
If you’re looking for more places to play, you can find a complete list of Ruston parks and recreation areas over here.
Additionally, if it’s a rainy day, we head to the Lincoln Parish Library’s children’s area that provides an hour’s diversion or so.
We didn’t get a chance to go, but if you’re looking for lunch we got a solid recommendation from a trusted source for Rosemary’s Kitchen. It looks like it has a kid-friendly porch to eat on, weather permitting. (Again with ye old Instagram, their page will make you hungry.)
USE TO BE: (202 W. Mississippi Ave. Ruston, LA 71270)
400 S. Bonner St