5 Unmissable Louisiana Adventures

Looking for Louisiana adventures? Or things to do in Louisiana OTHER than Mardi Gras? Click through for 5 Louisiana travel ideas you won't find elsewhere!

 Looking for Louisiana adventures OTHER than Mardi Gras? You’re in the right place! I assembled this post with them from two Real Live Cajuns and lifelong Louisianians. These are Louisiana travel tips you won’t find elsewhere!

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Must Do Louisiana Adventures

Wednesday Night Cajun Jam – The Blue Moon Saloon

The Blue Moon is one of those bars that immediately makes you feel like a clever, super cool insider. Aren’t you the hip one – finding this fantastic little local place, packed to the gills with great music, good beer and grinning locals?

The Cajun Jam is a particularly joyful night, though you’d have fun there on any given day. And if you’re brave enough to ask, just about any local would love to teach you how to Cajun dance.

Visit an old historic home in Louisiana
things to do in Louisana

Antebellum House Tour – Shadows on The Teche

A widow who scandalously remarried a judge and refused to leave her home when it was occupied by soldiers during the civil war? A smoking, drinking, dog-obsessed, Henry Miller-befriending artist bachelor for a final owner? Plus beautiful wallpaper, original furnishings and crazy gorgeous gardens? Yes, please!

Must see while in Louisiana
the things you need to do while visiting Louisiana

Swamp Tour – Cajun Country Swamp Tours

If you’ve seen The Notebook then you know the bayou can be breathtakingly beautiful. All that open water, the dreamy Spanish moss, Egrets in the grass. Also: alligators. (I took the above photo. Without a zoom.)

These tours are interesting, your guide will have a sexy Cajun accent and they only cost $20 for 2 hours! Gogogo! (P.S. Yes, I realize that The Notebook was actually set in South Carolina. But what you’ll see in the Louisiana bayou looks very similar to that scene – I promise!)

Zydeco brunch in Louisana

Zydeco Brunch – Buck & Johnny’s 

Southern breakfast is pretty hard to beat – grits, eggs begnaud, crab cakes, beignets. Add a side of I-have-to-finish-my-food-so-I-can-dance Zydeco music and you’ve got the perfect Saturday morning. So.much.fun. Get there by 7:00 or 8:00 to get a table and make sure you try one of their world famous Bloody Marys!

Bouchiere in Louisiana
Bouchiere in Louisiana

Un Boucherie – a local friend you know

A boucherie isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart; it’s the celebration that surrounds the slaughtering of a hog. If you’re tender-hearted like me, skip the part where they actually kill the pig and show up later for the cooking, wine drinking, telling of stories and dancing.

Boucheries are usually thrown by large, extended families, but if you’re lucky, you can find community-sponsored ones in small town Louisiana.

Louisiana natives, what else would you add to this list? 

P.S. How to live out of a suitcase – glamorously

photos by finchlake 2000 // gsloan //  Ashley Knedler on Unsplash


Ilsan Adrienne

The bayou is an awesome place, but The Notebook was filmed on the South Carolina coast in the lowcountry 🙂 Which is another awesome place that you should visit if you get the chance!

Amanda @ Click. The Good News

Very cool- I need to get back to NOLA & do some real exploring. Most people only want to party on Bourbon street 🙁 My last real trip there was for Jazz Fest, so we didn't do much sightseeing. Thanks for sharing all these great places


This makes me a little homesick, but I'm so glad you enjoyed Louisiana. And yes, alligators. I have a bizarre love for them. I'm happy that you went and saw the more everyday aspects of the state rather than just the drunk college kids on Bourbon Street. Mwah!

Carolina Bari

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I'm going to read about it

Thanks 🙂


Hope that after being "faint-hearted" at the butchering of the pig you didn't go back and eat it later. The posting of that photo = unfollow.

Sarah Von Bargen


I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, but I respect everyone's right to make their own choices about the food they eat. And I think it's much more admirable to kill an animal yourself, acknowledge the fact that you've ended an animal's life so you can eat it and then cook every last part of it, rather than just buying boneless, skinless chicken breast and not thinking about the fact that they used to be on a living, breathing animal.


I'd love to tour the deep American South one day, for all of the above reasons! The music, the food, the landscape. Maybe not so much the alligators… :o)


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