Louisiana is known globally as a fun, accessible, affordable travel destination with a variety of activities for tourists of all ages. According to the Louisiana Travel Association, 53 million visitors pumped $18.9 billion dollars into our economy in 2019, making tourism one of the largest contributors to our state’s well being. Our wildlife, nature, fishing, parks, tours, and resorts draw people in from around the world. Our music, food and culture keep them coming back for seconds. We have put together a list of fun things to do when you are in the Pelican state, starting with the Crescent City.
Things to do in New Orleans
New Orleans is the #1 travel destination in Louisiana. With it’s brand spanking new, world-class Louis Armstrong International airport, the port city serves as the travel hub for our state. Famous worldwide for Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the “city that care forgot” is also the birthplace of creole food, jazz music, and the second line, a Mardi Gras bred tradition where a jazz band plays joyful music after the floats (the first line) passes by. New Orleans isn’t just gumbo and parades anymore. Thanks to a revitalization period since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city is also home to the nation’s largest WWII museum, exceptional fine dining, beautiful cathedrals of all faiths, and an active theatre scene.
Things to do in Cajun Country
120 miles west of New Orleans lies the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest tract of swamp land in the United States, nestled in the heart of Cajun country. The Cajun people brought their unique culture to south Louisiana after being exiled from Canada in the late 17th century. Cajuns still make up a large portion of the population in South Louisiana, and with their tradition comes food, dancing, and music of a distinctly different flavor. For a little Cajun dancing, you can visit one of the region’s many restaurants and dancehalls, like Pont Breaux in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Vermilionville in Lafayette typically has weekly Cajun jams and a walking tour of old Acadian homes, and the recently opened Hideaway on Lee has live music and food several nights a week.
Visit Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours in Henderson, and spend an afternoon with the Friedman family. Proprietors of “Basin Landing” for over 20 years, Captain Tucker Friedman and his family are helpful hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the wildlife, plants, and history of the Atchafalaya Swamp and surrounding bayous. They offer 1.5 hour guided airboat tours that take you deep into the swamp 7 days a week. Call 337.228.7880 to book your tour today!
Casinos and Resorts in Louisiana
If you want to make a wager, Louisiana has some of the South’s finest casinos and resorts. Lake Charles, the westernmost metropolitan city in Louisiana, boasts an MGM Resort property in it’s Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino. Houston Rockets and Landry’s Restaurant Group owner Tillman Fertitta has the luxurious Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino on the same block. Both hotels offer live music, resort quality swimming pools, small sand beaches along the lake, and 24 hour gaming.
Bossier City, Louisiana, is located near Shreveport, Louisiana’s third largest city behind Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Bossier also offers world class gaming and entertainment at Caesar’s Palace Horseshoe Casino, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Hotel & Casino, and Boomtown Casino. Their casinos feature 4 star dining, views of the river, and high end shopping for jet setters from all over the world.
Visit the Capitol City
Baton Rouge, home of the state’s flagship Louisiana State University, is an always-bustling tourist destination with Class A golf courses, reigning NCAA Football National Champion LSU Tiger Stadium, the state’s only Top Golf franchise, and beautiful art deco buildings across its downtown. A city steeped in history, Baton Rouge is also a great spot for museum lovers, including the U.S.S. Kidd, the LSU Museum of Arts, the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, the Capitol Park museum, and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.
What are you waiting for, cher? Come on down to Louisiana and laissez le bon temps rouler with us!