Louisiana September 04, 2019
These 6 Towns In Louisiana May Be Small But They’re Loaded With Unique Attractions
Sure, big cities are great, but small towns are the bloodline of Louisiana. Small towns capture the charm and southern hospitality that Louisiana is known for. They are filled with restaurants where you feel like family, unique boutiques filled with treasures you wouldn’t find anywhere else, and incredible hidden gems peppered along the way. These six towns in Louisiana may be small, but they’re full of surprises and worthy of a road trip. Let’s check it out.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Abita Springs
Located in St. Tammany Parish, Abita Springs is a small town of less than 2,500. Tiny but mighty, this little town is home to several local restaurants and charming boutiques. The Tammany Trace also runs through Abita Springs and is more than 30 miles of paved rail-trail that’s great for biking, rollerblading, or just a casual stroll. A visit to Abita Springs isn’t complete without stopping off at the Mystery House, a weird, wacky and wonderful museum chock-full of thousands of found objects and homemade inventions. For more information about the Abita Mystery House, click
2. Grand Isle
For anyone looking for some fun in the sun, Grand Isle is just the ticket. Located down at the tip of the boot, Grand Isle is a fisherman’s paradise. Whether you’re looking to do some deep sea fishing or just cast a line from the 100-foot pier, Grand Isle has got your back. There’s also seven miles of beautiful beaches to sink your toes into, and a beautiful state park. At Grand Isle State Park, you can camp right on the beach. Bring your tent and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore while gazing up at the stars for a truly memorable weekend. For more information about Grand Isle, click
You’ll find Greenwood about 15 miles southwest of Shreveport. With a population of roughly 3,200, it’s one of the larger small towns on the list, but for good reason. One hidden gem in Greenwood is Gators & Friends, an exotic petting zoo, adventure park, and alligator park. Challenge your friends to an epic race on go-karts, pet and feed exotic animals, and don’t forget to watch their feeding show in the alligator pond. For the truly adventurous, you can ride their 7-part zip line which will have you soaring over the entire park, including the final 750-feet where you’ll be flying right over their live alligator pond. Learn more
Henderson is a small town over in St. Martin Parish that’s home to about 1500 people. This little town in the middle of Cajun Country is ideal for anyone looking to spend some time outdoors, since it’s right next to the Atchafalaya River Basin. If you’re traveling with kids, a visit to Prehistoric Park is a no-brainer. This hidden gem is full of larger-than-life prehistoric beasts that kids of all ages will simply love. For more information about Prehistoric Park, click
You may have never heard of this small West Carroll Parish village, but that’s about to change. The village may be tiny, but it is home to one of the most incredible historical sites in the entire country, and that’s Poverty Point. Poverty Point is a collection of prehistoric earthworks that were built by the Poverty Point culture nearly 3,000 years ago. While archaeologists and historians are still piecing together their daily lives, in its heyday, Poverty Point was a massive community, trading center, and ceremonial site. Learn more about Poverty Point
6. St. Francisville
Just north of Baton Rouge lies St. Francisville, a sleepy little town in West Feliciana Parish. Their downtown district is peppered with delightful shops, historic buildings, and amazing restaurants all worthy of an afternoon adventure. St. Francisville is most known as being the home of the Myrtles Plantation, one of the most haunted plantations in the country. Stop by and take a tour, or if you’re really feeling adventurous, book a room and spend the night! For more information about the Myrtles Plantation, click
Have you visited any of these small towns? Let us know in the comments below!