Louisiana has everything from big-city pleasures like gaming and gallery tours to remarkable natural attractions ranging from pristine Gulf beaches to mysterious swamps and bayous alive with ’gators and all kinds of birds.
Plus spring is the perfect time to visit as plantation gardens bloom with bright azaleas and myriad festivals celebrate birding, crawfish, music, and the Cajun and Creole traditions that set this state apart. You’ll also find unique places to stay—historic hotels in New Orleans’ French Quarter, luxurious casino resorts on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain, quaint bed-and-breakfasts in small towns, and camping areas in the midst of spectacular natural scenery. Don’t wait too long to plan one of your best trips ever.
St. Martin Parish
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge
Louisiana is famous for throwing fabulous parties with fabulous food, and both these traditions are at their best when the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival gets under way. Held during the first full weekend in May (May 3-5) in the town of Breaux Bridge, this lavish celebration of the crayfish—l’écrevisse in French—offers crawfish cooked every way imaginable, including fried, boiled, in spicy étouffée, and in creamy bisque. The festivities include crawfish cooking demonstrations, a crawfish-eating contest with 45 minutes to devour the most boiled crawfish, a Crawfish Étouffée Cook-Off