Louisiana May 01, 2018
These 9 Attractions Will Make You Fall In Love With Louisiana All Over Again
From historical landmarks to scenic swamps and bayous, Louisiana is filled with tons of hidden and not-so-hidden gems that will renew your love for this wonderful state. Here are nine attractions that will make you fall in love with Louisiana all over again.
Take a step back in time at this living history museum and folklife park. The 23-acre site focuses on life from 1765-1890 and includes 19 attractions that’ll give you an idea of what rural life was like in that time period.
Address: 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508.
2. Poverty Point
Located in the northeastern part of the state, Poverty Point State Historic Site is a series of earthworks that are over 3,000 years old. While historians and archaeologists are still piecing the timeline together, Poverty Point was used as a trading hub, a community, a ceremonial center, and much more. You can walk the grounds and see all of the artifacts that have been uncovered during your visit. Learn more about Poverty Point in our previous feature article
Address: 6859 LA Hwy. 577, Pioneer, LA, 71266.
3. Lake Martin
This wildlife preserve in St. Martin Parish will certainly renew your love for Louisiana’s wetlands. The swamplands are home to scores of wildlife including alligators, nutria, egrets, herons, snakes, and many more. There are a few trails you can explore, plus several tour companies that would love to take you out on the water. Learn more about Lake Martin in our previous feature article
4. The French Quarter
Whether you’re looking to go shopping, antiquing, eating, drinking, or just admire the architecture, New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood is the perfect spot. From Jackson Square to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, there’s so much to see, you might need the whole weekend (or more) to see it all.
5. Oak Alley
Named for its distinguishing tunnel of 28 oak trees, this photo has become quite iconic of southeastern Louisiana. Take a tour to learn more about the history of this Greek Revival-style plantation home that was built in 1837 and tour the beautiful grounds. Address: 3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090.
6. Avery Island
Home of Tabasco, you can take a tour and learn how that famous little bottle is made and purchase some spicy treats from the country store. There’s so much more to Avery Island, and while you’re there be sure to explore the Jungle Gardens and Bird City for some spectacular views. You can find more information about Avery Island in our previous feature article
7. Atchafalaya Basin
The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the country, and there are several tour companies that will take you out on the water so you can get an up close and personal view of this spectacular swamp. Learn more about the swamp and the cool attractions you'll find there in our previous feature article
8. Barataria Preserve
Come walk through the boardwalk and gravel trails that will lead you through parts of the bayous and swamps you just couldn’t get to any other way. You’ll see tons of wildlife and some of the prettiest views Louisiana has to offer. Learn more about the swamp in our previous feature article
9. Kisatchie National Forest
Louisiana’s only national forest spans over 604,000 acres that are spread across five Ranger Districts throughout seven parishes in central to north Louisiana. Whether you’re looking to go camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, swimming, or even horseback riding—Kisatchie National Forest is the spot for you.
How many of these attractions have you been to? Are there other epic spots that should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share photos from your epic adventures on our
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