Looking for Louisiana adventures OTHER than Mardi Gras? You’re in the right place! I assembled this post with them from two Real Live Cajuns and lifelong Louisianians. These are Louisiana travel tips you won’t find elsewhere!
Must Do Louisiana Adventures
Wednesday Night Cajun Jam – The Blue Moon Saloon
The Blue Moon is one of those bars that immediately makes you feel like a clever, super cool insider. Aren’t you the hip one – finding this fantastic little local place, packed to the gills with great music, good beer and grinning locals?
The Cajun Jam is a particularly joyful night, though you’d have fun there on any given day. And if you’re brave enough to ask, just about any local would love to teach you how to Cajun dance.
Antebellum House Tour – Shadows on The Teche
A widow who scandalously remarried a judge and refused to leave her home when it was occupied by soldiers during the civil war? A smoking, drinking, dog-obsessed, Henry Miller-befriending artist bachelor for a final owner? Plus beautiful wallpaper, original furnishings and crazy gorgeous gardens? Yes, please!
Swamp Tour – Cajun Country Swamp Tours
If you’ve seen The Notebook then you know the bayou can be breathtakingly beautiful. All that open water, the dreamy Spanish moss, Egrets in the grass. Also: alligators. (I took the above photo. Without a zoom.)
These tours are interesting, your guide will have a sexy Cajun accent and they only cost $20 for 2 hours! Gogogo! (P.S. Yes, I realize that The Notebook was actually set in South Carolina. But what you’ll see in the Louisiana bayou looks very similar to that scene – I promise!)
Zydeco Brunch – Buck & Johnny’s
Southern breakfast is pretty hard to beat – grits, eggs begnaud, crab cakes, beignets. Add a side of I-have-to-finish-my-food-so-I-can-dance Zydeco music and you’ve got the perfect Saturday morning. So.much.fun. Get there by 7:00 or 8:00 to get a table and make sure you try one of their world famous Bloody Marys!
Un Boucherie – a local friend you know
A boucherie isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart; it’s the celebration that surrounds the slaughtering of a hog. If you’re tender-hearted like me, skip the part where they actually kill the pig and show up later for the cooking, wine drinking, telling of stories and dancing.
Boucheries are usually thrown by large, extended families, but if you’re lucky, you can find community-sponsored ones in small town Louisiana.
Stay in a historic home
Louisiana has very specific architecture – columns, deep porches, outdoor ceiling fans. Bask in it by staying some place gorgeous and historic! This garden apartment in NOLA sleeps 4 and this historic renovation was featured on HGTV! This historic ‘double shot gun’ house is just $68 a night.
And if you’ve never used Airbnb before, here’s $55 towards your first booking!
Louisiana natives, what else would you add to this list?