Things to do in Louisiana
Alexandria - spend a day at the Louisiana History Museum
The Louisiana History Museum covers events that have shaped the state, right back to prehistoric times and includes interesting displays on life under French, Spanish and English Rule, the Louisiana Purchase as well as items and documents of the Civil War. There is so much to see that you could easily spend the whole day here. Upstairs is home to one of the largest collections of genealogical materials in the Untied States. This is an excellent location choice for those that wish to trace their family history.
Baton Rouge - explore the Louisiana Old State Capitol
As a result of a power play, way back in 1846, the State Capital moved from New Orleans to Barton Rouge, near to the Mississippi River. The result was the building of one of the most exotic, state capital buildings in the United States. The building is reminiscent of a medieval, gothic castle, complete with stained glass windows and a stunning glass dome in the roof. It was renovated and restored in the 1990s and is now home to the Museum of Political History, which contains some fascinating, historical exhibits.
Baton Rouge - have a splashing time at the Blue Bayou Water Park
Possibly the most popular family attraction in the state, is the Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge. It has 80 acres of rides and activities, some of which are the largest in the world. There are slides and flumes of all kinds and levels, that are suitable for all ages. There is also an amazing laser show in the evening held during the week, that is well worth staying on for to watch and enjoy.
Bossier City - wander along the Louisiana Boardwalk
Located in Bossier City is the Louisiana Boardwalk, a lifestyle area that consists of shops, restaurant, leisure activities and even a casino. This makes it an ideal location to have a day out with the family or to enjoy a romantic meal out at one of the many different calibre and cusine restaurants or to maybe tyr your luck at the casino. The centre is continuously being extended and updated, making it a great place to keep going back to.
Lafayette - learn traditional arts at the Acadiana Center for the Arts
The Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette offers the local community access to all avenues of art, including painting, music and film, many of which are by or about local residents or about the region. The center offers summer camps to children of all ages, and holds a series of workshops throughout the year, giving everyone the opportunity to develop their own skills or learn about traditional arts.
Lafayette - take a tour around the Tabasco factory
Learn how one of the world’s most famous condiments is made by taking a tour around the Tabasco Factory, on Avery Island, in Lafayette. See how it is aged in oak barrels, just like wine and then exported worldwide. The whole tour takes about an hour and once it is over then try to spend time on the island, exploring the Jungle Garden and its extensive flora and fauna.
Metairie - take a drive on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
Stretching for 29 miles across Lake Pontchartrain, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest highway bridge over water in the world. It even surpassing its more famous cousin in the Florida Keys. Opened in 1956, the original bridge was made up of two lanes in each direction, but a second causeway had to be built in 1969 due to the volume of traffic using it. The two bridges are 80 metres apart and make for spectacular viewing whilst driving on them. They can be frequently be affected by adverse weather, that will require drivers to travel in convoy.
New Orleans - experience the city with a streetcar trip
Made famous around the world by the Marlon Brando movie “A Streetcar Named Desire” the streetcars of New Orleans have been running since the 19th century, transporting local people to and from their place of work as well as to their assignations. A number of the cars have been renovated. They offer a novel travel experience and are a great, fun way to get around and see parts of the city, especially the city canals and the French Quarter.
New Orleans - view and try on exotic costumes at the Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
One of the most famous parties in the world is the Mardi Gras celebrations, held in New Orleans, every year since 1837. A central part of the party are the exotic costumes and elaborate floats. Visitors to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World have an opportunity to view many of the floats made in recent years as well as try on some of the costumes.
Shreveport - see varieties of roses at the Gardens of the American Rose Center
A haven of tranquillity in the bustling town of Shreveport, the Gardens of the American Rose Center offer a chance to explore 65 different rose gardens containing over 20,000 different bushes and hundreds of varieties. Some of which have been developed and created within the gardens. The best time to visit the centre, is when the roses are in full bloom between April and October. The centre is open from 9am to 5pm.
Introduction to Louisiana
Louisiana is a cultural diverse state in the south of the US and has many attractions for visitors. One of the most popular cities to visit is New Orleans for its rich colonial architecture that has been influenced over the years by the French and Spanish. Many of the hotels in Louisiana have this style that transports you back to a time long ago. Much of the state is made up from nature reserves and wildlife reserves that give excellent opportunities to see how this state once looked. You can choose to stay in Louisiana hotels that are close to these environmentally places and explore the wonders of nature. The coastal areas do offer hotels in Louisiana, and are geared towards people that will be taking fishing and boating trips. Louisiana is the capital of southern hospitality and wherever you travel to in the state you can be sure of a warm welcome and a cosy room.