Louisiana is a state filled to the brim with culture and history, and it’s without-a-doubt a place everyone should visit at least once in their life. A melting pot of French, African, and American culture, you can find a bit of history around every corner. It’s safe to say that you’ll never be bored in Louisiana. Below, we are sharing 8 things every person should add to their Louisiana bucket list.
Learn Louisiana history in a spooky way – with a ghost tour, of course! Between African slaves, invasions from pirates, and plenty of battles, New Orleans is the most haunted place in the States (if you believe in that kind of thing). Whether you prefer a quirky tour or a more formal one, make sure to set an evening aside to get the inside scoop and a hefty dose of a melting pot of culture.
Located in Vacherie, Louisiana, this plantation is named for the double row of southern live oak trees that create a canopy that run between the home and Mississippi River. The property was designated a National Historical Landmark because of its architecture and landscaping and is a sight to see on anyone’s Louisiana bucket list.
Eat Po Boys
According to history, the Po-boy was invented by two brothers, Benny and Clovis Martin, in order to feed the streetcar drivers in New Orleans in 1929. The Po-by is a sandwich that consists of roast beef or fried seafood (like shrimp, crawfish, oysters, or crab). Make sure to head to Killer Po Boys to grab this Louisiana classic.
A free music festival in Lafayette, the Festival International de Louisiane is the largest non-ticketed outdoor Francophone festival in the country. This five day festival includes hundreds of performing and visual artists from up to 15 different countries,
Ride the Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River
This two hour boat cruise on the Mississippi River showcases New Orlean’s beauty and French Quarter architecture. Make it a lunch date, and add on the optional Creole lunch for a true New Orleans experience. It’s a great way to see a different side of New Orleans and is perfect to add to your Louisiana bucket list.
See the Saints Play in the Superdome
A must-do if the Louisiana Saints are playing a home game, the superdome is the sports and concert arena of New Orleans. Cheer and chant alongside fellow fans, and don’t forget to deck out in black and gold.
Eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde
Beignets, a square piece of dough, fried and then covered with powdered sugar, are a french delicacy that made its way to Louisiana and stayed, forever embedding itself in the culture (and stomachs) of fellow Louisianians. Ask anyone, and they’ll point you to Cafe Du Monde for the best beignets around. Experiencing the music, the outdoor dining, and the fried goodness of beignets at Cafe Du Monde is something everyone must add to their Louisiana bucket list.
Ride the St. Charles Streetcar line
In operation since 1835, the St. Charles Streetcar is the oldest continually operating streetcar line in the world. Aside from being doused in history, the streetcar line is also an exceptionally easy way to navigate the city. They run late, so you can take you time perusing the streets and taking in the sights.
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