The Sportsman’s Paradise State of Louisiana is most famous for the lovely French Quarter, the raucous annual Mardi Gras festival and historic Creole and Cajun cultures. The largest city in the Pelican State, New Orleans is renowned for all the colonial-age and wartime artifacts and edifices. Canadian, African, American and especially French cultures are in abundance in the state lying on the Gulf of Mexico.
Colorful Louisiana is home to some of the best pieces of historical works on the bayous. Highlights include cathedrals, memorial parks, arts centers, and of course the astonishing Capitol building.
From the lively Baton Rouge to New Orleans, here are 12 attractions that will make you wish for that ticket fast as you can.
The 211-year old home and sugarcane plantation in Vacherie features detailed memoirs of Laura Locoul Gore. It also documents the conclusive account of the cross-generational farmland’s history and progress over the years. The family home of Laura is still beautifully furnished in the interiors and is bordered by equally historic outbuildings throughout the famous grounds. Most importantly, the plantation is richly Creole-themed and you therefore immerse yourself straight in the center of the exciting Creole lifestyle. The best way to explore the 180-year-old sugarcane plantation is via a local-guided tour around the premises. Visit and explore the big house, the slave cabin and the extensive ancient grounds.
The Acadian settlers of the 19th century left behind some of the best heritage and culture in Vermilionvile. Their artistry, skills and costumes have as such been beautifully recreated and preserved perfectly. Vermilionvile Museum similarly prides itself on incredible exhibits, artworks and live performances along with much more. All these are demonstrated by costumed craftsmen and historians for an insight into the past. It’s no overstatement, therefore, that the Vermilion historic center describes itself as a Living History Museum. Don’t also forget to leave with a small unique Lafayette Museum gift from the Vermilionvile gift shop.
Sci-Port Discovery Center
Innovators wishing for new scientific ideas better head to the Sci-Port Discovery Center. The educational center features entertainment components highlighted by science, math and aerospace exhibits. An IMAX Dome Theater and a Laser Space Dome Planetarium both open the world of scientific possibilities to you. What if there exists life in the other planetary bodies? What would laser beams really contribute in aerospace communications? These and many more questions are handled in an entertaining youth-friendly manner.
USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial
Head to Louisiana’s Capital – Baton Rouge – and get aboard a massive destroyer vessel that was active during WWII. The USS Kidd – named after veteran Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd Sr. – now contains useful communication, nautical items and recreated memorabilia. It is now a renowned film and TV casting location. Take time and explore this World War II Vessel that now acts as a war Museum and also pay homage to the war veterans including the great Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd Sr. himself.
Rosedown Plantation and Gardens
Louisiana is known for pomp and color, right? Well then the immaculate Rosedown Plantation doesn’t disappoint. The State Historic Site is the best decorated, most beautifully preserved domestic plantation in the South. Ages and ages of cultural changes resulted in one of the most diverse flower and shrub plantation from the 19th Century. Azaleas, camellias and rare shrubs alongside trees form the refreshing cover of the grounds. While at it, you will also be privileged to wade through the lustrous lifestyle of the Turnbull family that owned and occupied the gorgeous mansion for 120 years.
St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church
The beautifully cream-colored Catholic Church in St. Martinville was originally constructed in 1765. The presently standing structure was, however, dedicated in 1844. A statue of Emmeline Labichesits in the beautiful Churchyard. Yes, that Emmeline, believed to be the heroine in Henry Wadsworth’s poem “Evangeline.” You also get to tour Emmeline’s graveyard in the left wing of the colorful church.
DeQuincy Railroad Museum
Built in 1923, the DeQuincy Railroad Museum is a grand old building in the old Kansas City Southern Depot. It stores all the various kinds of rail equipment alongside historic memorabilia. It also features interesting locomotive designs, including the 1913 steam locomotive and the 1947 passenger coach. This amazing history-rich Museum is now a proud member of the National Historic Sites. Your tour of the expansive building must not end before you see the artifacts from the Missouri Pacific and the Pacific Railroads. Video coverage of the early locomotives treading the Railroads is another obvious draw.
Louisiana Old State Capitol
The double-towered Gothic-Revival Style Old State Capitol makes for an equally dramatic view to the passers-by as to inside tourists. Lying on a hilltop in North Boulevard, the Louisiana Capitol building housed the state legislature and currently stands as a political museum. This exquisite Gothic-architecture edifice was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974 owing to its unmatched design. The Baton Rogue-based fort-like erection was the beneficiary of a shift of the capital from Louisiana’s largest City – New Orleans. The geniuses behind the astonishing piece of work were James H. Dakin and William Alfred Freret Jr.
RW Norton Art Gallery
Located in Shreveport, RW Norton Art Gallery features artworks of American and European origin stretching back to the 17th century. From decorations to sculptures and paintings, interesting art possibilities are opened to the visitors. The colorful azaleas in the grounds bloom beautifully during spring, thus offering further enchantment to the guests. Also worth mentioning is the rare books and art collections in the historical Creswell Avenue art center.
The historical Melrose Plantation was previously owned by two freed slaves – Marie Therese and Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer. It is now a showcase of all the best of the Creole culture with Greek Revival architectural hints all over the Big House. The now well-preserved mansion and plantation has served as host of writers and artists over the 220-year history. Melrose Plantation now – obviously – appears in the National Historic Sites prestigious list. There are a total of nine historical buildings in the entirety of the lushly-forested plantation. The must-see edifices include the Yucca House, African House, Weaving Cabin, Bindery House and the Big House. Some hints of the Civil War impact additionally serve for welcome complements.
Also called Shrove Tuesday, the color-filled annual festival is a huge New Orleans undertaking that precedes the Christians’ Ash Wednesday. The weekend-long affair culminating in Fat Tuesday involves parades, street celebrations and balls like none else. Fans of the Vampires Diaries and the Originals filming will have absolutely no trouble relating with this New Orleans party. Indulge while you can ahead of the fasting month of Lent. Sing, dance and rave through the streets as you are covered in the colors of the good old Louisiana.
New Orleans French Quarter
The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. It is also the most-famous and consequently most-visited area in the Bayou City. The mix of commercial and residential neighborhoods in the old square proves a perfect draw for the adventuresome. This tourist, music and mystic district is best known for the calming jazz rhythms. Visitors get to tour the best restaurants, stores, museums, and entertainment venues in the French Quarter. Historical buildings with wrought iron balconies line the Quarter.
The Best way to explore the French Quarter is atop bikes or just a relaxed walk as the parking costs for cars are expensive even for the locals. Bourbon Streets, Bourbons, Royal Antique Shops, Dauphine Street, Esplanade Avenue, and Decatur can all be readily accessed via a thrilling bike ride across the Louisiana town.
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Originally posted 2017-05-19 07:22:37.