The unofficial slogan for Louisiana tourism is “The Sportsman’s Paradise,” and it should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list for a vacation or road trip. South Louisiana, in particular, is a treasure trove of culturally unique food, music, festivals, outdoor activities, and fun-loving people. Simply put, Cajun people want you to have a good time with them, and they are always eager to share their joy for life. We have put together a list of our favorite things to do in south central Louisiana to help you plan your next trip here.
1. Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
South Louisiana is known for both its hospitality and its unique architecture, making it a quarry of some of the best bed and breakfast experiences in the south. Visit The Lodge at Butte La Rose, Playin’ Possum in Henderson, Bayou Cabins in Breaux Bridge, or The Mouton Plantation in Lafayette. If you are in the mood for a spookier stay, check out Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia.
2. Suck Some Heads
Crawfish season in South Louisiana is typically from January to June, depending on the weather, but the sweet spot is late spring for the best size and the easiest peel. This delicacy is such a Cajun tradition that many families celebrate Mother’s Day, Easter, and Mardi Gras with their own home boils. Hawk’s Restaurant in Robert’s Cove is world famous for their proprietary seasoning blend and select (large) crawfish tails. Other local favorites are Crawfish Town U.S.A. in Henderson, Crawfish Time in Lafayette, and Cajun Claws in Abbeville.
3. Cut a Rug at a Festival
Music and Food festivals are a year-round draw in South Louisiana. There’s a festival that celebrates every type of food and music that you can imagine. From the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge to the Po-Boy Festival in Lafayette to the Cracklin’ Festival in Port Barre, you could plan a festival every single weekend of the year and still not hit them all. New favorites such as the Sno-Ball festival in Lafayette and the Fried Chicken Festival in New Orleans drew record breaking crowds on their inaugural year. For a full list of festivals, visit: https://bit.ly/2Z5Nt0D.
4. Drop a Line
Fishing is a favorite pastime during our hot, lazy summers and our mild, pleasant winters. With a few turkey necks and a string, you can catch the state limit of 4 dozen blue point crabs down in Rockefeller, LA. Fish for bream and catfish off of the levees in Henderson, LA, or visit a locally stocked pond such as Poche’s RV Park for a small daily fee.
5. Take an Airboat Swamp Tour
To truly see South Louisiana at her finest, take a late afternoon cruise deep into the ancient woods of the Atchafalaya Basin. Our tour guides at Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours will provide you with an hour and a half of entertaining stories and education about the plants, wildlife, and people of the swamp. Call 337.228.7880 to ask about the best times of year to see specific wildlife or conditions.