Louisiana April 12, 2018
7 Underrated Attractions In Louisiana That Deserve A Second Look
There are plenty of popular places to go to around Louisiana where you could have a wonderful time, no doubt about it. But the underrated, off the beaten path places are the ones that don’t get as much attention, and that’s a shame! These seven places are the underdogs, but worth every bit of your time to explore.
1. The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
The Beidenharn Museum is filled with tons of antiques and artifacts, including a Coca-Cola museum room filled with memorabilia of the popular beverage. The English Gardens are truly spectacular and a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Address: 2000 Riverside Dr., Monroe, LA 71201.
2. USS Orleck
It’s a bit off the beaten path, but worth your while. This Gearing-class destroyer was in use from 1945-1982 and is one of the most decorated US Navy Ships since WWII. Come take a tour and learn about the history of this amazing ship, and you can even play a game of laser tag! Address: 604 N Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601.
3. LSU Rural Life Museum
Located in the heart of Baton Rouge, the LSU Rural Life Museum is a living history museum that gives visitors the opportunity to explore what life was like in rural Louisiana during the 18th and 19th century. Address: 4560 Essen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70809.
4. Steel Magnolia House
If you’re a fan of the classic 1989 movie
, then you simply have to pay a visit to the Steel Magnolia House in Natchitoches. Today it’s a
bed & breakfast
, so spend a few days here while you wander around Natchitoches. The historic downtown area is filled with amazing shopping and delicious restaurants. Address: 320 Jefferson St., Natchitoches, LA 71457.
5. Chauvin Sculpture Garden
Located on Bayou Petit Caillou, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden is a collection of works by artist Kenny Hill. What was once his private residence is now an amazing sculpture series that’s free to the public. Address: 5337 Bayouside Dr., Chauvin, LA 70344.
6. Briarwood Nature Preserve
Briarwood was once the home of Caroline Dorman, a renowned botanist, author, and conservationist. She gifted her home to the public after her death in 1971, and it’s open to the public during March, April, May, October, and November for viewing. Address: 216 Caroline Dorman Rd., Saline, LA 71070.
7. Holly Beach
Known as the "Cajun Riviera," this coastal area is perfect for spending a day with your toes in the sand. Soak up the sun as you search for seashells, and you can set up camp right on the beach! Bring a tent and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing against the shores. There are several beach access points along the Gulf Beach Highway south of Lake Charles.
How many of these places have you been to? Are there other underrated spots in Louisiana that you think deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments below!