If you’re looking for southern experiences, Louisiana is the perfect place to find them. Here are 6 super southern things to do in Louisiana!
1. VISIT A PLANTATION
There are historic sugar and cotton plantations all over Louisiana. I toured Evergreen Plantation, which I was super excited about as it was used as a filming location for some of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The tour was run by a lively woman who had a vast knowledge of the plantation’s history. I definitely recommend it.
The famous Oak Alley Plantation is also a popular choice for tourists mainly due to the photogenic oak trees lining the path to the main house. If you want to go inside then you can also tour the property.Where to stay: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
2. DRIVE THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN BRIDGE
The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge stretches for 18.2 miles between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, making it the 3rd longest bridge in the US. The structure is actually 2 parallel bridges (1 for each direction of traffic) which merge into a single bridge over 2 river crossings. This is a truly interesting feat of human engineering that passes through a very scenic area – definitely a novelty to drive across!
3. SEE THE STATE CAPITOL IN BATON ROUGE
The Louisiana State Capitol Building is located in downtown Baton Rouge. This building is 450 feet tall, making it the tallest state capitol in the United States.
Fun fact: Louisiana actually has 2 state capitol buildings. The one pictured above is the new state capitol which was completed in 1932. The old state capitol (which is considered one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the south) stands just down the road.Where to stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
4. TOUR THE BAYOU AND SWAMPS
Bayou is a term coined in Louisiana, meaning a marshy outlet of a lake or river. These swampy wetlands are very common in Louisiana and one of the best ways to see them is to take a tour.
The tour will allow you to get up close to alligators, snakes, birds, and other local wildlife while you cruise slowly through the eerie but beautiful swamp. It will definitely be an experience to remember!
5. SPEND SOME TIME IN NEW ORLEANS
No trip to Louisiana would be complete without a visit to New Orleans. The French Quarter is the tourist center of the city, where you’ll find Bourbon Street (a party hotspot), Jackson Square (the site of the Louisiana purchase in 1803), and St. Louis Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in the United States).
Some other things to do in New Orleans are to eat a Po’Boy and Beignets, listen to music at a jazz/blues or piano bar, explore the historic Garden District, and visit a cemetery featuring above-ground tombs.City guide: 9 bucket list things to do in New Orleans
6. SAMPLE CREOLE AND CAJUN CUISINES
Creoles are the descendants of the original French and Spanish Louisianans, and their European/Southern fusion of flavours is truly unique to this area. Creole cuisine is often spicy with citrus flavours and includes rice. Cajun cuisine is similar to Creole, but instead it originates from the descendants of French colonists who were deported from Acadia (now Eastern Canada) to Louisiana in the 1700s.
Creole and Cajun food can be found all over Louisiana. Possibly the most well-known dish is jambalaya, which is a rice dish with sausage and vegetables.