Side Trips from New Orleans

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  • 1. Nottoway

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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

    Store/Shop/Mall

    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

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Jail

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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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