Louisiana is so much more than just New Orleans and Bourbon Street!
Come join us as we explore everything from the rich vibrant history of Cajun Country during the Civil War to how Tabasco Sauce is made.
Vicksburg National Battlefield
The scene of a bloody 47 day battle waged from May 18th to July 4th, 1863, this American Civil War Battle Site includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, over ten miles of walking trails, two renovated antebellum plantations, 144 cannons and even a restored gunboat, the USS Cairo. The park offers a choice of a guided tour or purchase a CD and tour book and stroll at your leisure.
This Living History Museum and Folklife Park is located on an over 20 acre village complete with meticulously recreated period homes all staffed with guides in period costumes demonstrating activities popular during that era. The museum focuses on the 18th century Acadian’s who settled the area. Pick up a guide booklet to use on the easy to follow walking tour. Often there is live Cajun or Zydeco music. And plan on coming hungry so you can fully enjoy the amazing buffet full of Cajun delicacies.
Cajun Swamp Tour
You’ll explore a beautiful Louisiana cypress swamp guided by an experienced swamp tour guide. See alligators lounging among Spanish moss draped trees, watch herons and egrets take flight and search for turtles climbing onto the rocks and submerged logs all while hearing facts and figures relating to the wildlife and natural beauty of the area.
Beautiful Natchez, Mississippi has so much to do and see! Take a horse drawn carriage tour of the historic downtown area and all the spectacularly restored mansions. Or try your luck at one of the numerous casinos! There are plenty of unique art galleries, shops offering locally made crafts, coffee shops and wonderful bakeries featuring traditional beignets. Restaurants abound and include Southern BBQ and Cajun cuisine.
The River Road
Follow the Mississippi River and explore such great attractions like the Old Ferry Landing in Port Allen, the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge and the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
Taking over a year to complete, construction began on Rosedown in 1834 and was finished in May of the following year. Originally owned by the Turnbull family the property was sold in the 1950’s and in 1956 the new owner, Catherine Fondren Underwood began an eight-year historic restoration of the both the home and the formal gardens. Now on the National Listing of Historic Landmarks, the main residence, historic gardens, 13 outbuildings and over 350 additional acres are owned and maintained by the Office of Louisiana State Parks.
This island is actually a massive salt dome; 3 miles long by 2.5 miles wide and is also home to the Tabasco Factory. The other major attraction is the 170 acre Jungle Gardens, full of blooming native and exotic flora and fauna along with indigenous wildlife including alligators, deer and snowy egrets. Centuries old oaks draped with Spanish moss lead the way to an ancient statute of Buddha given to the original owner and founder of Jungle Gardens and the creator of Tabasco Pepper Sauce, E.A. McIhenney, back in 1936. Stroll through the Bird Sanctuary where herons and egrets return each year by the thousands to the Rookery.
Tabasco Factory Tour
Located on Avery Island, the peppers used to make Tabasco Pepper Sauce are still grown in the same fields planted originally back in 1868. Continually owned and family operating, Tabasco has been made basically the same way for the past 140 years…aged for up to three years in white oak barrels. Sold in over 165 countries, you’ll enjoy a tour of the plant, enjoy lots of samples including Tabasco ice cream and explore the gift shop featuring a wide range of sauces and products, including pepper Christmas lights! And everyone says a jar of Tabasco Hot and Sweet pickles is a must buy!