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Paddling on the Cajun Coast
When temperatures rise, we naturally flock to the water’s edge, and luckily, the Cajun Coast has a lot of water to enjoy! And with an abundance of water comes an abundance of diverse water activities. We have organized them into the top ten favorites.1. Freshwater Fishing – Fishing spots are... read more
If you are a motorcycle enthusiast or BBQ aficionado, you will want to set your course for the Cajun Coast in July!In honor of the 50th anniversary of the movie, Easy Rider, filmed on the Cajun Coast, the Bikers on the Bayou event is hosting some Easy-themed activities as part of their annual event... read more
Paddling on the Cajun Coast
When, “Hurray, school is out for the summer,” turns into “I’m bored,” the Cajun Coast has got you covered! Not only are there plenty of outdoor places to roam, we even have some sneaky educational options that are so much fun, they won’t even notice they are learning!Summer is great for... read more
Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail Cajun Coast
The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation's largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of the nation's most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps and bayous. The Cajun Coast has many options to explore this vast wilderness along with even more waterways to explore!The Atchafalaya Water... read more
Live Music on the Cajun Coast
When you think “Cajun” you automatically think food and music, and the Cajun Coast has its fill of both, but music takes the stage, literally this spring.Not only is there so much live music on the Cajun Coast that a live music calendar is published each week, but the Bayou Songwriter’s Festival... read more
Bayou birding on the Cajun Coast
While we celebrate the Eagle during Eagle Expo in February, birding and wildlife viewing is amazing on the Cajun Coast throughout the spring. Located along the Mississippi Flyway, the Cajun Coast is home to some of the most awe-inspiring birdwatching opportunities in the country. More than 300... read more
Mardi Gras Dancer Cajun Coast
Traditionally, the Mardi Gras season begins on January 6, the Epiphany, or Three Kings’ Day when the Wise Men visited the Christ child, and continues through Mardi Gras Day, always 40 days before Easter which is set based on the spring equinox. Mardi Gras includes not only the “Throw Me Something,... read more
Christmas on the Cajun Coast
Christmas is a magical time of year, but when you Christmas on the Cajun Coast, that magic becomes even more magical, when holiday events are coupled with exploring the beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin, feasting on Cajun fare, and meeting locals whose holiday hospitality is practiced all year long.... read more
Family reunion on the Cajun Coast
“How’s Your Mom-and-Dem”? As the greeting goes, and with Thanksgiving the fourth week in November, thoughts turn this time of year to family. Family is very important on the Cajun Coast where generations have made their living along its waterways. And we have everything you need to plan the perfect... read more
Harvest Moon Festival on the Cajun Coast
From Harvests to Historic Exploration - there's plenty to do on the Cajun Coast this fall!1) Fall, like in many parts of the country, means harvest festivals. At the end of October, both Franklin and Patterson have fall festivals.And Arlington Plantation has added a Ghost Tour! Franklin Merchant’s... read more
As summer slowly begins to give way to fall, everyone wants to be outside, including the animals along the Cajun Coast. Alligator spotting becomes more frequent on swamp tours and birds traveling along our flyway to warmer climates fill the skies and skim along the water’s edge.People long to be... read more
Shrimp & Petroleum - (and Other Unique Things on the Cajun Coast!)Shrimp and petroleum are generally not uttered in the same sentence, but the Cajuns of South Louisiana are used to doing things a little differently than the rest of the world. Beginning more than 80 years ago as a blessing of... read more
Laid back foodies, you have found your vacation paradise on the Cajun Coast! Louisiana is known far and wide for its cuisine, and for those who have a food obsession, or at least let their tastebuds choose the next travel destination, the Cajun Coast should be on your list. Some areas are... read more
Ah, Summer, and the Livin’ Is Easy. Being on the water, whether on a peaceful inlet bayou or the deep blue seas of the Gulf, is a perennial summer pastime. With the sunlight reflecting off the water, the cares of normal 9-to-5 living slip into the rhythm of the lapping waves.And, it only makes... read more
Some mamas love the outdoors - especially Mama Cayenne. With approximately as much waterways as land, the Cajun Coast is home to remarkable eco-systems not found in any other state. With 14 paddling trails, 3 designated wildlife areas, birding trails, biking routes, swamp tours, and several parks... read more
Unusual Spring Festivals - You’ve got to admit, an area that celebrates shrimp & petroleum in the same festival, has some work to do to top the distinctive festival list, but we have some interesting festivals in the spring that you’ll want celebrate a little differently. See our calendar for... read more
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on the Cajun Coast feature more than just parades in an area known historically for the Civil War Battle of Irish Bend and settlers of many different cultures, including Irish, English, Italian, French, German, Danish, and Native American. Check the history and... read more
Ahh - romance! Your eyes adjust to the soft, morning light filtering in through billowing curtains, as you pick up the faint aroma of bacon and coffee wafting in from beyond your suite door. You turn on your side in the sumptuous covers and just take in your beautiful spouse, still dreaming, no... read more
Snow birds eager to escape clouds, miserable weather and frigid temperatures often think of Florida for the winter months unless they have family and friends to visit in Louisiana.But, Louisiana is a great option for all snow birds, and the Cajun Coast is a perfect sampler of the state. From bayous... read more
Doug Larson said “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.”On the Cajun Coast, we agree. Everyone can have a fishing pole in their hands year ‘round here. It’s just a matter of choosing where you want to cast your line.All manner of fish... read more
By Roger Emile StouffAwakening to thunder from a late afternoon nap, flashes of brilliant lightning lanced through the windows, burning my eyes with white magic.There were massive black storm clouds outside the window when I peeked through the curtains. Though there was no place I needed to go, I... read more
Ancient Grecians surely watched with anticipation as their favorite contestants competed in early Olympic events like boxing, archery, chariot races and discus throwing.The discus was similar in form to a modern quiot - metal, rope or rubber rings – but not in size or weight. Originally, it was a... read more
Located on the western bank of the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, Louisiana, the Southwest Reef Lighthouse is the centerpiece of the Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park.  In 1987, the lighthouse was lifted from the screw piling - where it sat since before the Civil War - in an attempt to... read more
For a step back in time to the days of wandering the hometown Main Street to shop for your wares, one only needs exit U.S. 90 at the picturesque town of Franklin, LA.You’ll find eclectic collections, antiques, local souvenirs, gifts for every taste on your list and more tucked into the shops that... read more
The 81st edition of the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival kicks off today with a ribbon cutting and carnival before getting into full swing this weekend. Want to know what to expect? Take a look back at the 2015 edition of the oldest chartered harvest festival in the state through the eyes... read more
Crisp air, crunchy leaves tumbling to the ground and tons of festivals – It’s fall on the Cajun Coast, y’all. The fun doesn’t stop. Here’s the festival lineup from September until the holidays:Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival | September 2 - 5, 2016 |Morgan City, LATap your... read more
National Aviation Week is celebrated this year August 15-21. It’s always during week of Orville Wright’s birthday - August 19.National Aviation Day is observed each year on August 19th.  This day is dedicated by Presidential Proclamation to those who helped pioneer aviation in the United... read more
The Cajun Coast is coordinating with Livingston Parish Tourism Assistant Director JT Taylor (whose father is a minister at Life Church in Walker) to get supplies to the 100-150 evacuees their church is housing. Additionally, the church is feeding about 200 people per day as flood victims in... read more
Any chef worth his salt will tell you ingredients are best when they are fresh - and shrimp don’t get any fresher than when they’re bought straight from fishermen themselves at the dock.Buyers visiting the boats docked on the Atchafalaya River in Morgan City and Berwick can buy by the pound. Bring... read more
The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival is the state’s oldest chartered harvest festival, held every Labor Day weekend in Morgan City.It’s been repeatedly hailed as a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society and the Louisiana Office of Culture Recreation and Tourism as well as being awarded... read more

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