When you have friends or family in town visiting and you want somewhere unique to take them to, consider one of these places. There are so many hidden treasures in our great state, and I’m sure if you went to one of these places you would completely impress your guests. Here are some of the most underrated places in Louisiana:
1. Hodges Gardens, Florien, LA
Found in West Central Louisiana, Hodges Gardens is known as the “Garden in the Forest”. The botanical gardens include beautiful landscape and water features and has become the perfect place for a wonderful picnic or a walk with someone you love.
The gardens include a beautiful (albeit, man made)waterfall—one of the most beautiful in the state!
2. Savoy Music Center, Eunice, LA
This special store is the self-proclaimed home of the Acadian Accordion. Established in 1960, the Savoy Music Center sponsors a weekly Saturday morning jam session as well as a full selection of handmade accordions and specialty items.
3. Gardens of the American Rose Center, Shreveport, LA
These beautiful gardens are where the official registry of the world’s named roses is maintained for access by horticulturalists, nurseries, and gardeners from around the world. Rose lovers can check out the most beautiful rose species while exploring the 60 acre grounds.
4. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Natchitoches, LA
This unique museum offers a window into the rich athletic history of Louisiana, including seven Louisiana natives that have been starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl and numerous other stars like Shaquille O’Neal.
Plus, the architecture of the new building is simply breathtaking and a sight to see on its own.
5. Grosse Savanne Lodge, Lake Charles, LA
Experience the hunting or fishing weekend of your dreams with one of the amazing packages offered at this luxurious and secluded lodge. The meals here alone are worth the trip!
6. Whitney Plantation, Wallace, LA
This plantation recently opened a slavery museum and memorial on its grounds, making it the only museum of its kind in the United States. Through exhibits, artwork, building restorations and first person accounts, the museum gives visitors a unique window into the lives of Louisiana’s enslaved peoples.
Pictured: A French Creole Barn, the only known barn of its kind still standing in the United States.
7. Antique Alley, West Monroe, LA
Downtown West Monroe, LA features a unique array of antique shops, cafes and novelty stores. The district features more than 40 places to shop with items ranging from glassware, furniture, dinnerware, jewelry and vintage clothing.
8. Poverty Point Unesco World Heritage Site, Pioneer, LA
Dated between 1650 and 1100 B.C., this site of more than 400 acres is unique among archaeological sites on this continent. The site features five mounds and six rows of ridges that probably took more than 500 million hours of labor to build.
9. Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA
This amazing piece of history, one of the most beautiful examples of the Gothic Revival style in the nation, was completed in 1852. It remained the state capitol building until the new building was completed in 1932. The site is now home to the Museum of Political History, which highlights many exciting events in Louisiana’s political life.
Beautiful stained glass is found throughout the building.
10. Lake Martin, Breaux Bridge, LA
Just between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge, there’s a wonderful piece of nature that you shouldn’t miss. Rent a canoe or kayak and spend a day on Lake Martin—you’ll see some beautiful sights and get all the relaxation you need.
11. Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, LA
Louis J. Dufilho, Jr., the first licensed pharmacist in America, housed his apothecary at this French Quarter site, and today they have transformed his space into a museum displaying the earliest concoctions and medicines used in the 19th-century.
What’s your favorite place to bring visitors when they come to see you? What did we leave off of this list? Please let us know in the comments below! We love to hear from you.