Interesting places to visit in Louisiana

Louisiana is famously known for New Orleans Mardi Grass, it’s also home to cotton fields, antebellum houses (pictured), swamps and bayous, riverboat casinos and interesting museums such as the Aviation Historical Museum in Monroe LA, and the Spring Street Historical Museum in Shreveport LA.

Louisiana is one of the most unique vacation spots in southern USA and one of the most colorful destinations in the states because of Louisiana’s interesting blend of influences that include Native American, French, African and English.

To give you an idea of what the state has to offer, I have a list of some of the most interesting places to visit in Louisiana that you'll enjoy exploring:


If you’re traveling to Louisiana for the first time or with the family, Shreveport is one of the best starting points for a vacation in Louisiana.

Shreveport boasts some of the most interesting things to see in Louisiana such as visiting the statues of Martin Luther King Jr. and Elvis Presley.
places to visit in Shreveport LA
A few of my favorite things to do in the city include:

- Riverboat cruise along the Red River
- Walking tour of downtown Shreveport
- Gambling on one of the riverboat casinos
- Visiting the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, 8th Air Force Museum and the Sci-Port Louisiana's Sci Center.

Apart from the many attractions, Shreveport LA is also a great place to base your vacation because of its proximity to Texas. In fact, it’s just a couple of hours drive to Dallas along Interstate 20.

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is one of the best places in the state for a history tour because many of the plantation houses are open for viewing.
If you are interested in history, be sure to add a visit to Baton Rouge LA to the list of interesting places to visit in Louisiana as you'll be able to explore historic monuments and important landmarks such as the Louisiana State Capitol, USS Kidd and the Old Governor's Mansion.

A few other interesting things to see in the city include the Rural Life Museum which contains original structures such as slave quarters and artefacts such as spades.


Hammond is just 30 minutes drive east of Baton Rouge and it’s also on my list of interesting places to visit in Louisiana because of the variety of attractions on offer..

Hammond’s downtown area is filled with historic buildings such as Lucius McGehee Hall located at the Southeastern Louisiana University and the Columbia Theater.

After exploring Hammond’s historic district, you can also visit a nearby wildlife farm and enjoy a turtle tour and seeing interesting alligator-feeding demonstrations.

Also, if you’re traveling to Hammond LA during the fall foliage, you’ll be able to attend the Louisiana Renaissance Festival which is a family-friendly festival that recreates life in 16th century England.

If you’ve never been to a Renaissance fair before, you’ll enjoy strolling through the village and seeing people dressed in period garb and speaking in old English accents.


A visit to Louisiana wouldn’t be complete without visiting Lafayette Louisiana. Located in Cajun Country, Lafayette is one of the best places to learn all about Cajun and Creole life at the Acadian Village where you can see restored period structures such as slave quarters, as well as period artifacts such as a wooden loom.
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Lafayette is also on my list of interesting places to visit in Louisiana because of opportunities for taking swamp tours and exploring the bayous.

New Iberia

New Iberia is another fascinating town you’d want to add to the list of interesting places to visit in Louisiana.

New Iberia is just half-hour drive south of Lafayette so the town makes for a great relaxing day trip, if you need to get away from the Lafayette's crowds.

While here, you can enjoy a tour of Jungle Gardens and taking in the lovely view of the gardens while spotting wildlife.

Also, don't forget taking a walking tour of the downtown area to marvel at Spanish colonial-style architecture such as the Shadows-on-the-Teche antebellum house which is now turned into a museum.

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