Attractions

Top Choice Park in The Bayou

Barataria Preserve

This section of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, south of New Orleans near the town of Marrero (and Crown Point), provides the easiest access to the dense swamplands that ring New Orleans. The…
Nature Center in Cajun Wetlands

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

LUMCON? Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, right? Well, there is science here, but it's all fact, and still fascinating. LUMCON is one of the premier research facilities dedicated to the Gulf of M…
State Park in Cajun Prairie

Chicot State Park

A wonderful place to access the natural beauty of Cajun country. The excellent arboretum is fun for kids and informative for adults, and deserves enormous accolades for its open, airy design. Miles of trails extend …
Cultural Center in Thibodaux

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

This excellent National Park Service site is a comprehensive introduction to Cajun culture. The on-site museum gives an overview of Acadian history, but the real draws are the extensive activities schedule and event…
Bird Sanctuary in Breaux Bridge

Lake Martin

This lake – a mossy green dollop surrounded by thin trees and cypress trunks – serves as a wonderful, easily accessible introduction to bayou landscapes. A few walking paths, as well as a boardwalk, take visitors ov…
Museum in Lafayette

Vermilionville

This tranquil, recreated 19th-century Cajun village wends along the bayou near the airport. Friendly, enthusiastic costumed docents explain Cajun, Creole and Native American history, and local bands perform on Sunda…
Park in New Iberia

Jungle Gardens

In 1890 Tabasco founder EA McIlhenny started this bird sanctuary on the island. At Jungle Gardens you can drive or walk through 250 acres of moss-covered live oaks and subtropical jungle flora. There’s an amazing ar…
Factory in New Iberia

McIlhenny Tabasco Factory

Driving here feels a bit like entering Oz. After stopping and waiting for the gate to lift, you drive onto Avery Island – which isn’t really an island, rather a salt dome that extends 8 miles below the surface. The …
Historic Building in New Iberia

Shadows on the Teche

This grand, gothic Greek Revival plantation house sits on the banks of – you guessed it – Bayou Teche, a geographic location that adds to its eerie, frozen-in-swamp-time atmosphere. More than 17,000 papers describin…
State Park in Cajun Wetlands

Cypremort Point State Park

You can't get more end of the road than Cypremont Point, a lonely, windswept promontory of land buffeted by wind, seagull calls and foam spray off of the Gulf of Mexico. There's a little man-made beach and some picn…