Small towns are often amazing hidden gems. What they lack in size they make up for in charm and beauty. New Iberia is just that—a lovely hidden gem filled with charm and natural beauty. Let’s take a look at what makes this town so special, shall we?
Located about 30 miles southeast of Lafayette, New Iberia, nicknamed the Queen City of the Bayou Teche, was founded in 1779.
New Iberia has a rich history of Native American, French, and Spanish influence.
It's an old soul with many stories to tell.
There's a lot to do in this little town.
Follow the Bayou Teche along Main Street's historic district. 71 historical buildings are dotted along the three-quarter-mile-long street. Enjoy beautiful architecture, antique shops, museums, art shops, restaurants and more on this scenic walk.
You can take a stroll through Rip Van Winkle Gardens, located on the banks of Lake Peigneur.
With 20 acres of beautiful gardens to explore, you can also grab a bite to eat at Jefferson Cafe.
New Iberia is also home to the oldest rice mill in the country, the Konrico Rice Mill.
Take a tour through the old rice mill and see how the rice gets packaged, and learn the history of how it all began.
Antique Roseville is another beautiful site.
More than 100 varieties of roses are planted around the home and near the pond. The grounds are so beautiful it's become a popular location to get married.
Shadows on the Teche is a beautiful must-see site.
Built in 1834 for sugar planter David Weeks, you can take a tour the Greek revival style plantation and learn about the history of this antebellum mansion.
You can also tour the grounds of the plantation.
You'll want to stay here forever.
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