Attractions May 31, 2021
The Fairytale Road Trip That’ll Lead You To Some Of Louisiana’s Most Magical Places
There are plenty of awesome attractions in Louisiana and many of them are close enough that you can make a day trip out of it, hitting up as many as you can in one single day. This fairytale road trip will take you about six hours from point to point, but you’ll want to stop off and enjoy the sights along the way. For a detailed map with driving directions to each location,
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Gas up the car and grab your favorite adventure pal, because this road trip is one you'll want to share the experience with.
You may be surprised as to what we find "magical." Magical can mean a lot of different things, and we've mixed up popular attractions with a few hidden gems that we think showcase some of the most magical places in Louisiana. Yes, there will be a castle, but we'll get to that in a minute!
1. Rip Van Winkle Gardens
We begin our journey at the Rip Van Winkle Gardens, a scenic little oasis in New Iberia. History lovers will enjoy taking a tour of the plantation, and nature lovers will be on cloud nine strolling through the 15 acres of semi-tropical gardens. There's also a cafe on site, which is a great place to fuel up before your journey.
2. Jungle Gardens
Our next stop takes us to another garden, but we promise it's worth the back-to-back garden stops. Located on Tabasco's Avery Island, the Jungle Gardens are quite the sight to see. The gardens cover about 170 acres that stretch along Bayou Petite Anse, with each step more beautiful than the next. If you have the time, take a tour of the Tabasco plant! You'll learn all about the process of making this iconic bottle. And don't forget to peep the gift shop for some spicy treats to snack on as we continue onward.
3. Lake Martin
Next up: Lake Martin. Wildlife lovers, this one's for you. The lake is home to one of the largest rookeries in the state, so keep your eyes peeled for herons, egrets, anhingas, and other beauties. Since you've already strolled a combined 200+ acres of gardens in the previous two stops, you may not feel like getting out of the car. No problem! There are plenty of ways to experience the lake. There's a nature trail that will take you around the lake, but you can also just stay in your car and drive down Rookery Road and see the lake from the comfort of your car. For a truly magical experience, rent a canoe or a kayak from Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours.
Our next magical spot takes us on a journey to the past at Lafayette's historic Vermilionville. This living history museum showcases what life was like for early Acadians. You'll wander through several buildings, both authentic and a few replicas, that date back to the 1800s. You'll learn all about what life was like for these early settlers and come away with a better understanding of the Cajun culture.
5. Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe
By this point, you may be wanting a little pick-me-up, and what better way than to indulge in a scoop or two of delicious ice cream? You've probably heard of the Borden's brand before, but you may be surprised to learn that this one is the only retail Borden's ice cream shop in the country, and it's right here in Lafayette. Get yourself a milkshake for the road and get ready to journey eastward for more enchanting attractions.
6. Prehistoric Park
Even if you don't have kids with you, a visit to Prehistoric Park will delight you. The 12 acre park is filled with life-sized replicas of your favorite prehistoric predators, and boy are they lifelike!
7. Barn Hill Preserve
Trading fiberglass for fur, our next stop is an animal lover's paradise. Barn Hill is an animal sanctuary in Ethel that's home to over 50 different species, including Eurasian lynx, reticulated giraffes, and two-toed sloths. They often have awesome events like sipping wine with sloths and otter swims, so be sure to check their
before you head over.
8. Cou-yon’s Cajun Bar-B-Q
Ok, by this time, you've got to be hungry, and boy do we have the spot for you! Road trips were meant for BBQ, and Cou-yon's Cajun BBQ is the perfect spot. They're known for their overstuffed spuds, so get yourself one and chow down.
9. The Louisiana Castle
You didn't think we would have a fairytale road trip without including a castle, did you? The Louisiana Castle is a stunning hidden gem in Franklinton that's a popular venue for weddings and events. While you can't stay the night, you can drive by and snag a photo-op. While the castle may look like it's over a hundred years old, it was actually built in 1989 and has quite the enchanting
fairytale love story
10. Berry Creek Cabins
We've come to the end of our journey, and you may be yearning for a bed to crash on by this time. Berry Creek Cabins are great for a relaxing night or two spent surrounded by lush greenery and the peace and quiet you need to reset before doing the entire road trip in reverse the next day!
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Address: Rip Van Winkle Gardens, 5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd, New Iberia, LA 70560, USA Address: Jungle Gardens, Louisiana 329 &, Main Rd, Avery Island, LA 70513, USA Address: Vermilionville Historic Village, 300 Fisher Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508, USA Address: Borden's Ice Cream Shoppe, 1103 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA Address: Prehistoric Park, 1135 North Barn Road Breaux Bridge, Henderson, LA 70517, USA Address: Barn Hill Preserve, 11342 LA-955, Ethel, LA 70730, USA Address: Cou-yon's Cajun Bar-B-Q, 470 N Alexander Ave, Port Allen, LA 70767, USA Address: The Louisiana Castle, 47168 LA-10, Franklinton, LA 70438, USA Address: Berry Creek Cabins, 12101 George Jenkins Rd E, Bogalusa, LA 70427, USA