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Attractions in Louisiana's Cajun Coast

Attractions in Louisiana's Cajun Coast

No matter what your interests, you’ll find plenty to do and see on the Cajun Coast. Here are our recommendations for
activities and sightseeing you’re sure to enjoy.

Amelia Belle Casino

With more than 800 slots, finding your favorite game is easy at Amelia Belle. Or try your hand at one of our table games such as Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mississippi Stud and Three Card Poker. Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Cajun Buffet. • Hours: Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 5 to 9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 5 to 10 p.m. New members receive a free buffet.
500 Lake Palourde Rd.
Amelia, LA 70340
(985) 631-1777

Argus Spa

Relax and rejuvenate with luxurious individualized spa treatments. Argus offers massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing as well as physician-supervised services such as peels, microdermabrasion, BotoxTM, LatisseTM and JuvadermTM. Laser facials, photo facials, and Laser hair removal. Full service hair salon. Day packages and gift certificates available. • Hours: Tues. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., by appointment only • Credit Cards: All major • Handicap Accessible
521 Main St..
Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 829-9000
Fax: (337) 829-9065

Arlington Plantation House & Gardens

Come tour this historic home only minutes from downtown Franklin. Stroll the seven acre property with its 400-year-old majestic oak and cypress trees, magnolias, crepe myrtles, pecan and citrus trees. • Admission: Adults: $18, Military & Seniors: $15, Youth: $7.50, Under 7 Free. • Credit Cards: All major • By appointment only
11532 LA 182
Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 907-6418

Atachafalaya Water Heritage Trail 

Water is an abundant natural resource in Louisiana and over time, has shaped many communities.  The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is a vast area with terraces, riverbeds, swamps and marshes.  Water has been the lifeblood and has many stories to tell.  Explore these stores along the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.   

Bayou Teche Scenic Byway

This 125-mile route winds through three parishes: St. Mary, Iberia and St. Martin. The Bayou Teche Scenic Byway is home to two distinct cultures—the French Cajun culture of the upper Teche area and the Anglo-Saxon culture of the lower Teche. It is also home to an incredibly beautiful natural landscape. Traveling the byway, you’ll enjoy everything from moss-draped live oak trees along the banks of the Bayou Teche to over 100 historic properties, many on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Bayou vista recreation park

Take the kids for a full day of fun! Park features The Swamp Skate Park, Noah’s Adventures Mini Golf, baseball field, tennis courts, spray pad, and play park. • Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun, noon to 8 p.m.
1300 South Rd.
Bayou Vista, LA 70380
(985) 395-6552 


Bike throughout St. Mary Parish along Hwy. 182, also known as the Old Spanish Trail and the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway. Along the way you’ll get a glimpse of sugarcane mills, plantation homes, a turn of the century boulevard, Bayou Teche and more. For information on routes, mileage and points of interest visit the

Brownell Memorial Park & Carillon Tower

A 9.5 acre park in a natural setting next to lovely Lake Palourde (a Native American word meaning “shellfish”). The 106-ft.-tall carillon tower contains 61 bronze bells which were cast in Holland. Bells play two selections every 15 minutes. The park is a designated bird sanctuary and a must for naturalists and photography buffs. • Hours: Wed.,10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thurs.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Mon. & Tues. • Admission: Free
3359 Hwy. 70
Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 384-2283

Cajun Experiences R Us, LLC

Overnight stay, swamp tours, frogging, crawfishing, crabbing, catfishing and garfishing. • Hours: 7 days a week • Call for prices
3438 Hwy 70, Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 519-3833

Cajun Houseboat & Rentals Inc.

8 miles north of Morgan City, LA 70380, (985) 385-6621, E-mail:,
Web: • Rents houseboats, bayou-side cabins, day boats, canoes and kayaks. Bird and breakfast tours, evening/night swamp tours. Bird and wildlife watching. Located within a chain of three lakes and miles of bayous. Great fishing off a floating dock.

Captain Caviar Swamp Tours

Sit back, relax, and let Captain Caviar guide your exploration of the untouched natural beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin.  Learn about the Cajun culture of the swamplands- fur trapping, crabbing and crawfishing. 1.5 & 3-hour tours available• Call for tour times and prices.  Reservations recommended • Credit cards accepted
118 Main St., Patterson, LA 70392,
(985) 395-7420

Chitimacha Museum

The Chitimacha (Sitimaxa—People
of the many waters) were the first inhabitants of the region. The tribe is known for their basket weaving skills. Take a trip back in time through the history of the Chitimacha. View exhibits and brief videos. • Hours: Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Closed Sat & Sun. • Admission: Free • Handicap Accessible
3289 Chitimacha Trail
P.O. Box 661
Charenton, LA 70523
(337) 923-4830

Cypremort Point State Park

A great spot for sailing, swimming, fishing and
pic-nicking along a man-made beach on the shore of Vermilion Bay. Six cabins available for overnight accommodations.
306 Beach Lane
Cypremort Point, LA 70538
(337) 867-4510

Cypress Bayou Casino • Hotel

Louisiana’s first land-based casino is located 50 miles southeast of Lafayette on the Chitimacha Indian Reservation in Charenton. Inside you’ll find over 1000 slot machines and over 35 table games including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, let it Ride, Double Deck Black Jack, Mississippi Stud, Fortune Pai Gow, Three and Four Card Poker. Five restaurants including Mr. Lester’s Steakhouse, Loco Mexican Grill & Cantina, Mabel’s Kitchen, Cafe Delphine and Fresh. Rox, an upscale nightclub, features live entertainment every weekend plus national acts. • Hours: 24/7 • Admission: Free. Must be 21 to enter the gaming floor • Handicap Accessible
832 Martin Luther King Rd.
Charenton, LA 70523
(800) 284-4386

Diving & ROV Historical Preservation

Tour Hours: Mon. –Sat., 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Admission: Free • Diving and ROV equipment on display showing the preservation and history of diving and ROV from South Louisiana.  Come see and touch this history in the only museum of this type in the world. Attached to the Mr. Charlie Rig Museum
1011 First Street
Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 518-1000

Everett Street Gallery

Art gallery displaying works of local artists • Hours: Wed.–Fri., 1 to 4 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Admission: Free
201 Everett St.
P.O. Box 1624
Morgan City, LA 70381
(985) 385-9945

Franklin Historic District

The Franklin Historic District boasts more than 420 noteworthy structures. Stunning antebellum homes under a live oak arcade, charming Victorian cottages and a late 19th century downtown shopping district all contribute to the romance and elegance of this jewel of the Bayou Teche. A walking tour is a must for lovers of historic architecture and those looking for the authentic Old South.

Great Wall

Located along the Atchafalaya River in Morgan City and Berwick, the “Great Wall” stands 21 feet tall and overlooks the mighty Atchafalaya River. Visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of water traffic from the walkway which tops the concrete floodwall and visit the Atchafalaya Water Trails kiosk • Hours: Open to the public daily • Admission: Free
Front St., Riverside
Morgan City, LA 70380
(800) 256-2931

Grevemberg House Museum

On the National Register of Historic Places, this 1851 Greek Revival style townhouse is authentically restored. Four “Temple of the Winds” Corin-thian columns grace the home, which contains fine antiques, documented wallpapers and early artifacts from St. Mary Parish. Available for rental. Tour takes approximately 45 minutes. • Hours: Mon.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Senior Citizens & Students 13–18; $5 Children 12 & under; Groups of 20 or more: $8 per person • Handicap Accessible
407 Sterling Rd., P.O. Box 400
Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 828-2092
Fax: (337) 828-2028

International Petroleum Museum & Exposition

The only place in the world where the general public can walk aboard an authentic offshore drilling rig. The renowned and historic drilling rig “Mr. Charlie” is the centerpiece of this unique facility as well as a training facility for the offshore oil industry. Visitors learn about the oil industry, past and present, the functions of the oil rig and tales about the industry’s beginnings. Guided tour takes approximately 1 hour. • Hours: Mon.– Sat. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting. Closed New Year’s day, Thanksgiving day, Christmas eve and Christmas day• Admission: Students and group rate – $5 per person; Seniors – $7 per person; Adults – $8 per person
Riverfront, 111 First St.
P.O. Box 1988
Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 384-3744

Lake End Park, cabins and Campground

With everything from lake house rentals to RV and tent spots, this park is sure to have accommodations that make everyone feel at home. Relaxed surroundings accented by towering cypress trees and stately oaks laden with moss create a beautiful destination to build treasured memories. Situated on Lake Palourde, the park features a sand beach, bank or pier fishing, a boat launch and a marina with 47 slips. Play volleyball with friends or walk the 1-mile walking trail, barbecue or picnic with family, lounge on the beach or fish from the pier—whatever you do, relaxing is top priority. Admission to the park is $5, auto; $2 motorcycle, boat launch and walk-in over age 5.
2300 Hwy. 70
Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 380-4623

Morgan City Historic District Riverfront

Entering its 21st year in the National Main Street program, Morgan City’s historic downtown has undergone terrific revitalization, including unique shops and restaurants within the historic district. Mor-gan City’s historic district is also home to splendid churches built from the 1870s to the early 1900s.
Front St. to Federal Ave., and Greenwood to Railroad
P.O. Box 1218
Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 380-4639
Fax: (985) 384-7519

Morgan City Petting Zoo

Hours: Summer – Thurs., Fri., & Sun., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Fall – Sat., 8:30 a.m. to noon, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission $2 & children under 2 are free, Feed available for $1 per cup, party packages, field trips, and family passes.  We also do animal adoptions.
725 Myrtle St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 384-3343

Oaklawn Manor

This 1837 Greek Revival plantation manor is the residence of Louisiana’s former governor, Murphy J. (Mike) Foster. Built by Alexander Porter, an Irishman, the walls are 20 inches thick. The home is furnished with European antiques, lovely bird carvings and an extensive Audubon collection. Tour takes approximately 1 hour. • Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Admission: $15 Adults; $10 Children & Students; Group rates available for 10 or more.
3296 Oaklawn Dr., off Irish Bend Rd.
Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 828-0434


This striking Greek temple was built circa 1850 chiefly of northern pine by Siemeon Smith. The rear of his home was attached to a smaller 1807 Greek Revival building, which was originally a tavern operated by Barnet Hulick. Shadowlawn remained in the Smith-Berwick-Snowden family for a century and a half. The home was meticulously restored by the late Dr. Mildred Christian, and in 2011 it was donated to the St. Mary Landmarks Society by Dr. Alan Hoberman. • Hours: By appointment only • Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors & Students 13–18; $5 Children. Groups of 20 or more, $8 per person. • Handicap Accessible
906 Main St.
Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 828-2092 

Silver wolf comics and games

Spacious gaming area with over 50 seats for playing your favorite trading card, role-playing and mini war games. Table top and board games welcome. Gaming is free except during tournaments and for in-store game rentals. Snacks available. • Hours: Sun., Mon., Tues., 1 to 9 p.m.; Closed Wed.; Thurs., 3 to 9 p.m.; Fri., 3 to midnight; Sat., 1 p.m. to midnight • Credit Cards: Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover
7716 Hwy. 182 E,
Morgan City, LA 70380 
(985) 255-4129

Southwest Reef Lighthouse

After a vigil of over 130 years on the Atchafalaya Bay, Southwest Reef Lighthouse now rests on the banks of Berwick Bay. Southwest Reef was built in 1858 to replace Point Defer (Point Au Fer) Light Station below Eugene Island and was lit for the first time on September 1, 1859. It has been located at the Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park since April 1990. • Hours: Open to the
public daily • Admission: Free
Riverfront, Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park,
Berwick, LA 70342,
(985) 384-8858

Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill museum (A Louisiana State Museum)

Named after Louisiana’s aviation pioneers, the official state aviation museum exhibits numerous aircraft, 1930s air race trophies and memorabilia, plus ex-hibits of Louisiana achievements in aviation. Cypress Sawmill Museum exhibits include a variety of artifacts, photographs and film of this early regional industry from 1812–1930. • Hours: Tues.–Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Admission: Free • Handicap Accessible.
118 Cotten Rd.
Patterson, LA 70392
985) 399-1268
Fax: (985) 399-9910

Young-Sanders Center

Young-Sanders Center for the study of the War Between the States in Louisi-ana. Research library museum. • Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Admission: Free • Handicap Accessible
104 Commercial St.
P.O. Box 595
Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 413-1861
Fax: (337) 413-0101

The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau does not independently verify information contained within this visitors guide and does not warrant the quality or reputation of the services or products offered.

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900 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd
Morgan City, LA 70381
Cajun Coast
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