Louisiana has so many attractions, it’s hard to keep track. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you can go to a different city and discover a whole new world of culture, museums, and wildlife. Below we’ve listed some of the lesser known attractions around the state, but just because they’re possibly lesser known doesn’t mean they’re not worth a visit! All of these places are a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
1. Holly Beach
Nicknamed "The Cajun Riviera", the beach is perfect for camping, swimming, fishing, and crabbing. You can drive your car right on the beach and spend an afternoon listening to the crashing waves and searching for the perfect seashell.
2. River Road African American Museum
Nestled in the downtown historic district of Donaldsonville, this museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting artifacts and educating visitors about the history and culture of African Americans. Founded in 1994 by Kathe Hambrick, it was one of the first museums in Louisiana to tell the story of both enslaved and free African Americans. Located at 406 Charles Street Donaldsonville, LA 70346
3. Driskill Mountain
It may be more like a big hill than a mountain, but it's still Louisiana's highest natural summit, with an elevation of 535 feet. Located just southeast of Bryceland in Bienville Parish, it's certainly worth the trip to the summit for the view (and to sign the guestbook!)
4. Jordan Mountain
Mount Driskill's little brother clocks in at 493 feet, making it the 2nd highest point in the state. They're relatively close to each other (the picture above was taken from Driskill mountain's summit), so you could knock out both hikes in one day! Jordan Mountain is in Bienville parish, slightly southwest of Driskill Mountain
5. Caney Lake
This beautiful lake is tucked away in North Louisiana, just south of Ruston. It's part of the Jimmie Davis State park, and it offers two boat launches, and a fishing pier. It's perfect for swimming or water skiing, and it's a fantastic spot to do some freshwater fishing.
6. The Creole Nature Trail
The Creole Nature Trail is 180 miles of highway that includes seven National Wildlife Refuges and nature preserves. World-class bird and alligator populations made this scenic byway a must-see if you're in the southwestern part of the state.
7. Prehistoric Park
Wander around the park and encounter a wide variety of these realistic replicas, including a few animated dinosaurs! With 12 acres to explore, this park is fun for all ages. Located at 1135 N Barn Rd, Henderson, Louisiana 70517
8. Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Enjoy the scenic landscape of this beautiful New Iberia Garden. 25 acres of semi-tropical flowers, gorgeous oak trees, and water features. Located at 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd New Iberia, LA 70560
9. Robinson Film Center
Much more than just your typical movie theater, the Robinson Film Center shows independent and international films as well as cinema classics you won't find in other theaters. There's also a full-service bistro on the second floor, where you can enjoy a delicious meal on Shreveport's only public dining balcony. Located at 17 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
10. Rosedown Plantation
The Myrtles gets all the glory when to comes to St. Francisville plantation homes, but trust me, Rosedown Planatation is just as beautiful and worth a visit. Built in 1834, Rosedown has 28 acres of gardens to explore, including an orchard with peaches, plums, pears and apples. Located at 12501 LA Highway 10 St. Francisville, LA 70775.
11. Teague Parkway
The parkway runs along the Red River in Bossier City and it's a lovely spot for hiking, biking, and picnics.