For a historic and scenic road trip, use this guide to Louisiana’s Bayou Teche Byway. Along 125 miles through the southern portion of LA, this drive is filled with everything from crawfish and blackberry farms, to historic sites and parks, and the best Cajun restaurants with live music.
If you’re looking for a scenic drive that combines a bit of history with a lot of culture and beauty, look no further than Louisiana’s Bayou Teche Scenic Byway. Winding its way along 125 miles through the southern portion of the state, this drive takes you through three parishes from Arnaudville to Morgan City. Along the drive, you experience distinct French Cajun and Anglo-Saxon cultures, pine forests, moss-draped giant oaks, crawfish and blackberry farms, and plenty of colorful towns. Buckle up and enjoy some of these points of interest along this Louisiana scenic bayou byway.
Buck and Johnny’s
Start your journey with a combination of zydeco music and Cajun food at Buck and Johnny’s restaurant. This Breaux Bridge establishment clears the dance floor every Saturday morning for its famous Zydeco Breakfast, which combines Cajun eats like crawfish etouffee and Cajun boudin with a live band that provides a foot-stomping good time. Not sure how to dance? The restaurant also offers zydeco dance lessons to help you learn how to move like a local in no time.
Cypremort Point State Park
This Louisiana scenic bayou byway conveniently runs near Cypremort Point State Park, a waterfront locale that’s just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Stop and take advantage of the sand launch for windsurfing, try your luck at crabbing, or enjoy water skiing, sailing, or fishing. The sandy beach area offers a perfect spot for relaxing near the water or picnicking on the sands. If you’re more interested in your surroundings, this state park’s 185-acres sits in the heart of a marsh that’s home to an abundance of wildlife and natural beauty. Spend a quiet afternoon exploring the surroundings, and maybe even spend the night at one of the park’s campsites.
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
Get a dose of history as you learn about Bayou Teche’s Creole and Acadian settlers at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site. See what life was like during the early settlement days as you view an original 1850 Creole plantation and tour a reconstructed Acadian farmstead, complete with artifacts and costumed interpreters. Before heading back to the car, take a stroll along one of the site’s walking paths and maybe spot some wildlife — if you’re lucky.
Bayou Teche Museum
As you drive through the city of New Iberia, stop at Bayou Teche Museum, a state-of-the-art facility that explores the Cajun history and influences of the area. Its many exhibits focus on the relevance of the sugar industry’s influence on the area. You can experience the interactive salt mine display, see colorful Mardi Gras costumes, and view artwork from the popular artist George Rodrigue.
Grevemberg House Museum
Stop and enjoy some classic Southern architecture in the city of Franklin with a visit to the Grevemberg House Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this fully-restored 1851 Greek-Revival style house stuns from the outside, with large Corinthian columns flanking the front. Inside, find authentic period furniture like a mahogany dining table and a C. Lee bed. A tour through the rooms completes the feeling that you’ve stepped back in time with authentic wallpaper, antique toys, and fascinating Civil War artifacts displayed throughout the home.
Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum
Learn about the region’s culture, history, politics, geography, industry, and more at Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum. Built in 1902, this museum is a smorgasbord of memorabilia and exhibits, many focusing on Jeanerette’s 200-year history in the sugar cane industry. The museum also includes several interesting themed rooms, including the Swamp Room with more than 40 native specimens set in a natural wildlife setting, the Cypress Room with hand-made cypress patterns, and the Mardi Gras Room.
You don’t often find a bakery located on the National Register of Historic Places, but LeJeune’s Bakery in Jeanerette is no ordinary bakery. Founded in 1884, it still uses its original 19th-century recipe to make its famous French bread and ginger cakes. This fifth-generation family bakery also specializes in garlic bread. When you arrive, look for the red light in the bakery storefront. If it’s turned on, it means hot bread is fresh out of the oven.
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