Great Louisiana Attractions & Getaways
Mar 03, 2016 12:49PM
● By Caitlin Marshall
Louisiana’s history and diverse culture creates a unique opportunity for travelers and locals alike. Great Festivals, Food, Music, Art, Dancing, Cultural Events, Culinary Tours and a whole lot more can be found throughout the Pelican State.
Here are just a few of the attractions and events you’re sure to enjoy:
New Iberia Azalea Trail – www.iberiatravel.com (337) 365-1540
March - April
New Iberia, LA – Delicate Azaleas bloom early each Spring, flooding the landscape with a sea of red, pink, white, purple and salmon. Our easy self guided driving tour offers a glimpse of all the beautiful flowers along the trail from the miniature varieties to the massive.
Avery Island – Iberia Parish, Louisiana
Just a short drive from New Iberia, Avery Island is the birthplace and home of Louisiana’s iconic TABASCO® brand pepper sauce and Jungle Gardens and its Bird City. Experience the natural beauty and tranquility of Jungle Gardens—a 170-acre semitropical garden that stretches along Bayou Petite Anse on Avery Island. Naturalists, bird watchers and visitors from around the world will enjoy the gently rolling landscape, botanical treasures and abundant wildlife. Visit the TABASCO® factory and take a tour, then visit the TABASCO® Country Store.
- For details and admission information contact:
- Jungle Gardens & Bird City – www.junglegardens.org – (337) 369-6243
- TABASCO® Country Store – www.tabasco.com/avery-island – 1-800-634-9599
Scott Boudin Festival – www.scottboudinfestival.com
April 1, 2, & 3
Scott, Louisiana is a community rich in Cajun heritage and this festival celebrates the spirit of that heritage. Boudin is a unique Cajun specialty that combines rice, a special blend of seasonings and traditionally, pork, but you may also find Boudin made with shrimp, crawfish or even alligator, and rolled up in sausage casing. The Scott Boudin Festival invites everyone to come enjoy this fun, social event. From the young to the young at heart, all folks can participate in the activities of the weekend.
Festival International de Louisiane – www.festivalinternational.org
April 20 - 24, 2016
Lafayette, LA: Lafayette’s annual Festival International de Louisiane provides the ideal opportunity to discover what makes Lafayette so unique. The largest free Francophone festival in the country celebrates the connections between Acadiana and the French Speaking world. Hundreds of performing and visual artists from 15 countries, along with local artists, residents and visitors, converge on six stages to enjoy music, dancing, cuisine, theater, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, visual arts, crafts, and more.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – www.nojazzfest.com
April 22, 23, 24 & April 28, 29, 30 & May 1, 2016
Legendary Music, food and culture festival. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, aka Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 400,000 visitors each year. The Louisiana Heritage Fair showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work. The Louisiana Heritage Fair is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course over the course of 2 weekends.
Crawfish Festival – Breaux Bridge – www.bbcrawfest.com
May 6 - 8
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana is known as the Crawfish Capital of the World! At this festival you’ll find crawfish prepared in just about every way possible – boiled crawfish, crawfish bisque, crawfish pie, crawfish étouffée and fried crawfish, to name a few. You’ll also find an array of other Louisiana favorites like great live music, dancing and local crafts.
Louisiana and the Acadiana region have so much to offer people and families who are looking to get outside and play. Visit these sites to learn what’s available!
- Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission – www.lafayettetravel.com
- Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau – www.iberiatravel.com
- St. Martin Parish Tourist Commission – www.cajuncountry.org
- Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission – www.vermilion.org
- St. Landry Parish Visitor Center – www.cajuntravel.com
- Louisiana Office of Tourism – www.louisianatravel.com