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Bayou Lafourche by Boat

Tours at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

All up and down the Bayou, there is a distinctly unique culture that has thrived for generations. It’s a culture whose stories are rooted deeply in the unspoiled beauty that you can only see when you travel Bayou Lafourche by boat.

The boat tours at the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center cruise you right into the past as you learn about why Cajuns chose to settle in Lafourche Parish and how they made their living using the bounty of the Bayou. You’ll be navigating along just like those first settlers while hearing their stories from your tour guide. Along the way you’ll stop to see birds and wildlife that thrive because of the unspoiled landscape.

Just a short ride up the Bayou is the E.D. White Historic Site. Located right on the bayou, it brings to life the story of how access to Bayou Lafourche allowed for trade, transportation, and easy access to the Gulf. The museum grounds are beaming with centuries old live oak trees towering over the original home of Louisiana’s first Supreme Court justice, Edward Douglass White. Inside the house you'll see how the sugarcane industry played a vital part in the way of life generations ago and still does today. Original furniture and heirloom items are also on display. 

At the end of your museum tour, you’ll enjoy some homemade cornbread and coffee made in the outdoor kitchen. The open-flame style cooking was once the only way to cook and after you’ve tasted the warm cornbread it’s obvious why locals still use the cast iron pots today. Delicious!

As you board the boat for your return and head back down the Bayou, the rich history of Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou’s authentic culture surrounds you. And once you’ve heard our stories, you’ll feel like part of our story, too.

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March in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

 

After a cold winter, spring has arrived in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. And up and down the bayou there are plenty of activities and events to enjoy. Here’s a look at what’s happening around town in March.

 

Choctaw Fireman's Fair

CHOCTAW FIREMAN'S FAIR - March 2-4

This year markets the 35th annual Choctaw Volunteer Firemen’s Fair. Throughout the weekend visitors and residents alike can enjoy rides, food and plenty of music. Friday night you can pull up a chair and listen to music from 6 p.m. to midnight with Will Cooper & Southern Groove, followed by Junior Lacrosse.  Both will be playing a variety of music from swamp pop, old school rock and roll and everything in between.

 

Arts Walk 2017

ARTS WALK DOWNTOWN THIBODAUX - March 16

The annual Downtown Arts Walk is a perfect girlfriend’s night out or couples looking to have a romantic evening on the town.  There’s something about strolling through downtown and visiting the shops, boutiques and restaurants housing some of the area’s most remarkable and celebrated artist.  Throughout the historic district, you’ll find a mix of art styles ranging from watercolors, tapestry, jewelry and prints of local scenic wetlands. And while you enjoy the arts at a several local restaurants, you can order a drink, share an appetizers or a dinner before heading back out to enjoy few more stops tour spots. Finish off the evening by stopping by another of the downtown restaurants or bars for a nightcap, once you picked up a few pieces of art along the way.

 

St. Patrick's Day on the Bayou

ST. PATRICK'S DAY ON THE BAYOU - March 17

Experience a twist on our St. Patrick’s Day celebration with the first ever St. Patrick’s Day on the Bayou. Here, you can combine the holiday and while taking your paddle board, kayak, canoe or pirogue for journey down beautiful Bayou Lafourche. Compete by yourself, with a team and there’s even a place for kids to get in on the action too. For those really adventurous folks, ditch the kayak or canoe for a cardboard boat, created out of only cardboard and tape! After some fun on the water, enjoy the social area with food, drinks and live music. Live music will begin at 5 p.m. with Russ Cheramie Acoustic and The Soul Survivors at 7 p.m.

Best Sunrises and Sunsets of 2017

There's something so beautiful about the natural, unpolished beauty of the Bayou in Lafourche Parish. The sunrises and sunsets are truly unbeatable. We've gathered up some of the best ones in 2017 so you can enjoy them all over again! 

 

1. Sunrise on Bayou Lafourche 

2. Sunset up the Bayou

3. Sunset Among the Bayou Trees

4. Gulf of Mexico Sunset in Lafourche 

5. Pretty in Pink Bayou Sunset

 

 


Fall Obsessions: Boo's, Roux's & Da Rougaroux

Temperatures are beginning to drop, festival season is upon us and ghostly spirits lurk around every corner – it’s officially fall in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou! There are wonderful happenings this season that make fall up and down the Bayou truly incredible. Keep reading to learn why this season is one of our favorites.

IT’S GUMBO WEATHER Y’ALL

Say goodbye to the relentless humidity! Fall weather means temperatures are cooler and every Cajun cook in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou is feelin’ that first pot of gumbo in the air. It’s time to make a roux! Just like a Cajun alarm clock, fall means huge pots of gumbo! Our restaurants up and down the Bayou have you covered. Gumbo is always on the menu!

FESTIVALS EVERYWHERE

There are seriously so many festivals to choose from this fall in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. What better way to experience our unapologetic culture. Cajun cuisine, music, art, history and traditions all come together during this season on the Bayou. The Louisiana Gumbo Festival, French Food Festival, Acadia Music Festival, Thibodeauxville Fall Festival, just to name a few! Up and down the Bayou, they provide you with everything you need to eat and dance your way through fall!

OYSTERS

Months that end in an “R” marks the glorious period that is oyster season. Oysters are at their peak during the cooler months, they are big, briny, sweet, and full of flavor. Char-grilled, fried, stewed, roasted, Rockefellered, Bienvilled or eaten raw on the half shell (is your mouth watering yet); our restaurants up and down the Bayou are ready to serve up some type of oyster specialty. Traditionally, some of us have been waiting all year for this season to arrive! It’s that serious!

HALLOWEEN & HAUNTINGS

We are pretty big on Halloween, so much so that we have our own spooky Bayou mascot named the ROUGAROUX. It’s the perfect time to experience our haunted, ghostly, winding Bayou roads, or our spooky, moss covered oak trees by taking our Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Boo on the Bayou Halloween Tour. Kids can also get in on the action and celebrate with the Bayou Country Children’s Museum for the 9th Annual Night at the Boo-seum!

SEASONAL BREWS & SPIRITS

Dat Rougaroux y’all! We love our brews and spirits! Fall is the perfect time to visit Mudbug Brewery for some Oktoberfest, and Donner-Peltier Distillers will be happy to take you on a tour to explain that mysterious creature and pour you some rum! It’s the perfect fall adventure!


Experience the Cajun Lifestyle at Fall Festivals

All up and down the Bayou you’ll find the best in Cajun food, music, and traditions at our fall festivals. There’s really something special about each one you visit and we want you to our authentic Cajun celebrations for yourself. Whether it’s the dozens of local food vendors serving up samples of our famous cuisine or swinging your dance partner around on the floor to the sounds of a Cajun beat, you won’t soon forget your festival experience in Cajun Bayou.

Here is a full list of the fun happening this fall! Check out our Calendar of Events page for detailed info!

TaWaSi Collectable and Antiques Show
September 8-10

Cajun Hawg Bassmasters
September 10

Cut Off Youth Center Hurricane Festival
September 22-24

La Fete Des Vieux Temps
October 6-8

Bayou Music Festival
October 7

Louisiana Gumbo Festival
October 13-15

Laurel Valley Plantation Festival
October 15

French Food Festival
October 26-29

 Acadia Music Festival
October 28

Louisiana Swamp Stomp
November 4

Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off
November 10

Thibodeauxville Fall Festival
November 11


Find Your Inner Cajun in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

Cajun. It’s a word that encompasses so many things in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou. Cajun is a lifestyle that defines families, traditions, and experiences. And at its heart, Cajun is about people- not just the folks who live here, but also our visitors, who we welcome like family and encourage embracing our authentic way of life. Once you begin you adventure up and down the Bayou, we think you’ll find you’ve always had a little piece of Cajun in you, too. These are some great ways to find your inner Cajun here in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou!

Take A Swamp Tour

One of the best ways to dive right in to the Cajun atmosphere is on a swamp tour. Choose a fast-paced airboat tour or a meandering pontoon boat… either way, you’ll come back feeling (and maybe speaking) a little more Cajun. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or looking for some relaxation, our swamp tours will take you on a journey that you’ll never forget. Our tour guides are storytellers who know how to weave a tale … and make you feel like you’ve jumped right into a great book full of Cajun culture and tradition. And you won’t be just listening to the story; you’ll become part of it as you interact with wildlife, feel warm breezes, and listen to the sounds of the swamp. 

Go On A Fishing Trip

There’s something about being on the water in Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou that’s so peaceful, yet so exhilarating. With so many types of fish and seafood – shrimp, crabs, oysters -- to be caught in our bountiful waters, hopping on a charter fishing trip is a satisfying and memorable way to spend the day. Cajuns love to fish. It’s a pastime shared with friends and family and an experience our charter captains are eager to share with visitors, too. They’ll teach you how to cast a line, explain how Cajuns make their living on the water, and take you to favorite spots where you’re guaranteed to reel in the big one. A beautiful day on a boat with an ice chest full of fish (and probably some beers from our local brewery, Mudbug) will have you feeling as proud as a Cajun bringing in their daily catch. 

Explore Our Museums 

Visit our many museums –for adults and kids alike, and truly immerse yourself in the Cajun experience, learning how we work hard but also know how to truly enjoy life. Live the life of a real Cajun as you touch handcrafted boats more than 400 hundreds years old, hear the sounds of the French Acadian language still spoken today, take kids on an interactive drive through sugarcane fields, or use your own hands to make shrimping nets. Just like those nets, the Cajun lifestyle is beautifully woven into the history of Lafourche Parish, all up and down the Bayou. The first Cajuns didn’t just live here; they worked and made a living from every natural element available to them, just as they do today. 

Eat Our Food

Cajuns live to eat! With so much flavor and history behind every bite, our world-famous cuisine is one more experience we love to share with our guests. Learning how to crack open crabs and peel shrimp and crawfish are rites of passage for visitors seeking to become honorary Cajuns. And if you don’t know what you’re doing at the Cajun table, don’t worry: there’s always a local expert around to teach you. A Cajun’s motto is, “The best way to a person’s heart is through the stomach,” and that’s a promise delivered. Once you’ve had the crash course in boiled seafood, don’t forget to try the home-cooked meals and overstuffed poboys you’ll find at any of our restaurants up and down the Bayou. You won’t leave Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou hungry, that’s for sure. You’ll learn to eat – and maybe even cook – just like a Cajun.

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish is a place with an authentic Cajun lifestyle unlike any other. Is your inner Cajun ready to explore “Where Cajun Runs Deep?” Come see the unpolished, unspoiled beauty of the Bayou. Plan your trip today


Meet Louisiana's Cajun Bayou

There's a destination just 35 miles south of New Orleans you haven't met yet, but once you do, you will understand why Louisiana's Cajun Bayou in the coastal destination of Lafourche Parish is worth meeting. 

Louisiana's Cajun Bayou is all about the experiences you'll have as you travel up and down the Bayou. As the Bayou stretches for over 100 miles, you will know you have arrived at the right place when you ask for directions and our friendly locals say, you've got to go "up the Bayou" or "down the Bayou." It's a little different, but so are we. 

We don't claim to be the most polished of places to visit and that's really part of our charm. Here we celebrate a Cajun lifestyle like no other. This unapologetic culture is all up and down the Bayou and is filled with outdoor experiences like fishing and swamp tours, along with regular celebrations such as food, music and festivals. 

Once you visit us on the Bayou, you will learn why our stories and experiences define living life on the Bayou. From fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to enjoying a big bowl of Gumbo, from spotting an alligator on a swamp tour to learning how to blend cocktails with our locally made rum, Cajun runs deep here on the Bayou.

Come for a proper introduction and see the unpolished, unspoiled beauty of the Bayou when you visit Louisiana's Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish. 


Four Reasons to Love Fall Festivals

Let’s be honest, fall in south Louisiana makes us swoon. After a hot summer, we look forward to cooler air, falling leaves, and the aroma of hot gumbo. Festival season along Bayou Lafourche is another reason we are excited about the fall. It’s the best time of year to truly experience the Cajun lifestyle and friendly folks that love to host a great party. Throughout the fall, you’ll find many of our unique festivals as you travel up and down the bayou.  These are our favorite reasons to love fall festival season! 

Food

Food is the main attraction at any festival you visit. The smell of delicious dishes will hit you long before you arrive at the entry gate. Fairs and festivals are the best place to experience many different types of Cajun cuisine. From gumbo and spicy jambalaya to fresh seafood and crispy cracklins, the variety of culinary delights is endless. 

Music

Music is at the heart of festival life in Lafourche. Dozens of live bands will take the stage to showcase the sounds of Cajun heritage. Musicians jam on instruments like the washboard and accordion and you can even catch big-name headliners at evening shows. Dancing is part of the tradition, too. If you get close to the dance floor, be ready to join in the fun. Learning the zydeco two-step is easy with the help of seasoned dancers ready to show you our famous footwork. 

Culture

Festivals have their own unique theme and focus on the diversity that makes Lafourche like no other place in the world. Many feature arts and crafts shows that are a perfect place to buy authentic gifts so you can carry our traditions home with you. Food and music are a big part Cajun culture but you can also experience our way of life through festival events such as pirogue races, boat building, fishing, duck calling contests, and storytelling.  

People

You will feel a sense of welcoming throughout your entire festival experience. It’s the spirit of our people and the pride they have for culture and heritage that make Lafourche festivals so enjoyable. Their passion for celebration and tradition is contagious. Everyone you meet is rooted in southern, Cajun hospitality. By the time you head home, you’ll be beaming with Cajun pride and ready to come back for more.

We love fall festival season in Lafourche and it’s not hard to see why. Come live the bayou festival life and join in our celebration. Check out the full list of upcoming fair and festivals. We can’t wait to see you in the fall!


Favorite After Five Cocktail Spots

It’s no secret that Lafourche Parish is a great place to “pass a good time” and with all our cocktail hot spots, happy hour has never been tastier. Enjoy some downtime on the bayou as our bartenders mix up some of the most unique drinks you’ll find in Lafourche. These are our top picks for the best places to grab a drink after five. 

Cinclare

Cinclare, a new addition to Downtown Thibodaux and has been wowing both food and drink lovers with their eclectic cocktails and rustic menu. Every week features a new cocktail like the Waterlily; mixed with Plymouth Gin, Creme de Violet, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice. You’ll want to try out their fresh, contemporary southern cuisine while you’re there. 
Open nightly Wednesday-Saturday. 

Mudbug Brewery

Mudbug is brewing up great local beers bursting with distinct flavors that center on our Cajun culture. Sample unique brews like the King Cake Ale, White Boot Louisiana Blonde Ale, and Intracoastal IPA. Eight beers are always on tap in the tasting room open Thursday-Saturday evenings. Hint: Grab your favorite brews to share back home at our local grocery stores.

Donner-Peltier Distillery

Our favorite mixed drinks are made with liquor from Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux. Taste the Oryza Chiller made with their signature vodka or the mojito mixed with Rougaroux Rum made from sugarcane right here in Lafourche. You’ll find their spirits at most area bars including specialty drinks at Spahr’s Seafood, Fremin’s, and Alumni Grill. Learn about the distilling process on a guided tours and tastings Monday- Saturday.

Flanagan's 

Flanagan’s Restaurant Bar is great for gathering with friends and family and known for its refreshing Long Island Ice Tea. Dine on weekly specials featuring Cajun cuisine while you sip your cocktail.
Open daily Tuesday-Sunday.

Beck's

Head down the bayou to the back porch of Beck’s for beautiful view of Bayou Lafourche. Enjoy live music from local musicians while dining on steaks, burgers, and Cajun cuisine. Happy hour is from 3-7 pm every Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Frank's Lounge

For the “World’s Best” Blood Mary stop by Frank’s Lounge in Des Allemandes where the friendly, laid back atmosphere will have you feeling like a true Cajun. You won’t meet a stranger at this stop! Cold beer and margaritas are also popular.

Cher'Amie's

A tasty seafood restaurant, Cher'Amie's, is just down the bayou and has a variety of drink specials every week. Martini Monday, Tequila Tuesday, Wine Down Wednesday…the list goes on! You’re sure to have a cool, refreshing beverage any day.

These are just some of the great places along the Cajun Bayou to grab a cocktail. Be sure to view our full list of restaurants and bars up and down the bayou. There’s always something to see and do on the bayou! Get your Guide to the Bayou Life and plan your trip today. 


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