Home to several swamp-tour experiences, you will find the Houma, LA hotels below to have the perfect antidote to an amazing getaway. Make sure that you check out all the Cajun and bayou-related attractions, including:
Meet up with Jimmy at the Bayou Delight Restaurant for Annie Miller’s Son’s Swamp and Marsh Tours, a two-hour excursion that is consistently rated the best activity in the area. Jimmy grew up here—he is in fact the late locally famous Annie Miller’s son—and has a plethora of stories to tell both about the nature and culture of Houma’s swampland and about the environmental challenges it is facing.
You may want to spend a little time indoors after two hours in the sun, so head over to the Southdown Museum, located on an old sugar plantation. The Southdown mill was the last of Louisiana’s 86 sugar mills. Here is an opportunity to explore the lives of generations of owners, managers, mill and field workers for whom this plantation was home. Exhibits include a Mardi Gras room (your children will appreciate this), a Native People’s exhibit, the Southdown Plantation and the sugarcane industry exhibit, an oral history, photograph and artifact collection and restored workers’ cabins.
If you did not get enough excitement calling alligators before, then take A Cajun Man’s Swamp Cruise, this time in a canopied boat offering and a guide singing Cajun songs with an accordion and guitar in tow. And yes, you get to feed an alligator as well.
For more information about the swamps you have been visiting, check out the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum where you can see what a bayou looks like—from under the waterline. Learn about the area’s natural resources, industries, wildlife and people, as well as its ecology, culture and industry.
Terrebonne Parish is the overall area (Louisiana is divided into “parishes”) in which Houma is located—Terrebonne means “good land” in Cajun French—and so this is just a general invitation to explore. The food is unique and fantastic, the music will set your toes tapping, and if you like to fish, you will find yourself in heaven. Listen to the Swamp Pop singers like Waylon Thibodeaux, taste the gumbo and étouffée that are hallmarks of typical Cajun cuisine, and explore the bayous.
You have probably noticed that life slows down in Louisiana, so take it slow as you cross the Pedestrian Bridge that links Veterans Park to Southdown Plantation. Stop and observe the bayou below, and enjoy the chance to catch your breath.
It is a city that is growing and becoming more modernized every day, but you can still experience the past—and a slower time of life—when you stay at one of the Houma hotels below. Book with Choice Hotels today!
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