Side Trips from New Orleans

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  • 1. Nottoway


    The South's largest plantation house is a dramatic monument to antebellum grandeur. Built in 1859, the mansion is Italianate in style, with...Read More

  • 2. Rosedown Plantation and Gardens


    The opulent, beautifully restored house at Rosedown dates from 1835. The original owners, Martha and Daniel Turnbull, spent their honeymoon...Read More

  • 3. Savoy Music Center and Accordion Factory


    Part music store, part Cajun accordion workshop, proprietor Marc Savoy's factory turns out about five specialty accordions a month for people...Read More

  • 4. Abita Brewing Company


    Head out to Abita Springs to see where this popular beer is made—the area has long been known for its artesian spring water, which is used in...Read More

  • 5. Abita Mystery House


    Artist John Preble's strange vision—sort of a Louisiana version of the Watts Towers of Los Angeles—is an obsessive collection of found objects...Read More

  • 6. Academy and Convent of the Sacred Heart

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A magnificent avenue of pines and moss-laden oaks leads to the entrance of the first international branch of Sacred Heart schools (founded in...Read More

  • 7. Acadian Cultural Center


    A unit of the National Park Service, the center traces the history of the area through numerous audiovisual exhibits on food, music, and folklore...Read More

  • 8. Acadian Memorial


    A video introduction, a wall of names of Acadian Louisiana refugees, and a huge mural relate the odyssey of the Acadians. Behind the small heritage...Read More

  • 9. Acadian Museum


    The Acadian Museum is filled to the rafters with memorabilia donated by local folks—antique radios, butter churns, patchwork quilts, and yellowed...Read More

  • 10. Acadian Village

    Museum Village

    Most of the structures at this re-creation of an early-19th-century bayou settlement were moved here to construct a representative "village...Read More

  • 11. Acadiana Center for the Arts

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This multicultural arts center hosts exhibits, musical performances, lectures, and children's programs. Film screenings are occasionally held...Read More

  • 12. Acadiana Park Nature Station

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Naturalists are on hand in the interpretive center at this three-story cypress structure, which overlooks a 42-acre park of natural forest....Read More

  • 13. African American Museum


    This museum traces the African and African American experience in southern Louisiana. Videos, artifacts, and text panels combine to create a...Read More

  • 14. Alexandre Mouton House and Lafayette Museum


    Built in 1800 as the maison dimanche, or "Sunday house" (a townhouse used when attending church services) of town founder Jean Mouton, this...Read More

  • 15. Angola Museum


    The 18,000 acres that make up the notorious Angola prison are a half-hour drive from St. Francisville, at the dead end of Highway 66. With a...Read More

  • 16. Audubon State Historic Site and Oakley Plantation House

    Historic District/Site

    John James Audubon did a major portion of his Birds of America studies in this 100-acre park, and the three-story Oakley Plantation House...Read More

  • 17. Bayou Teche Museum


    The story of New Iberia's Spanish colonial roots and the role of Bayou Teche in helping nurture Cajun culture are on display in this small,...Read More

  • 18. Bird City

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The bird sanctuary on the southeast edge of Jungle Gardens is sometimes so thick with egrets that it appears to be blanketed with snow. The...Read More

  • 19. Chamber of Commerce

    Information Center

    You can pick up a city map and information at the Chamber of Commerce, at the foot of the bridge that gives Breaux Bridge its name, about ½...Read More

  • 20. Children's Museum of Acadiana


    Good on a rainy day or to burn off extra energy in the kids, this museum is basically a large indoor playground, with educational games and...Read More

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