Louisiana Coast Blog

Summer in coastal Louisiana is all about making memories – for friends and families and anyone interested in getting the most out of a day spent in nature.  Tubing, fishing, kayaking and canoeing, all offer hours of fun in and around the water.  Long, sun-kissed days can even segue into cool, come-out-and-play evenings when you just don’t want the fun to stop. Here are just a few suggestions for a memorable summer day in our part of Louisiana:

Vermilion Parish 

Spring is the perfect time of the year to visit Louisiana’s Coast.  For birdwatchers or festival goers – it’s prime time and the opportunities are limitless.  Your challenge will be where to start and limited by the hours in the day.  If you're adventurous, this blog is for you!

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana

Spring is in the air and so is the aroma of spicy, boiling crawfish. All along Louisiana's Coast you'll find restaurants, attractions, and festivals that celebrate this seafood delicacy that is so unique to Louisiana. Whether you want to enjoy them in the great outdoors or around the picnic table with family and friends, there are so many ways to experience crawfish when you visit Louisiana's Coast. 

Lake Charles

What’s unique? What’s popular? 

Mardi Gras is one of those holidays that is a bit quirky since it feels like it should be a national holiday to everyone who lives in Louisiana. We Louisianans have to remind ourselves that not everyone chases chickens, dresses up in regalia and glitter or has the world’s longest tailgate party, waiting on parades – or – puts a baby in King Cake! So, what’s Mardi Gras like along Louisiana’s Coast?

Here are some highlights:

We love fishing in the summertime and festivals in the fall and you're not living until you've seen a Cajun Christmas, but Louisiana is the center of the universe this weekend! We're gonna get dressed up right, we're gonna dance and we're gonna parade our crazy right down the middle of the street. Mardi Gras has begun so grab your mask and hop on the float!

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If you know a thing or two about Louisiana, you might already be aware that we take our cuisine pretty seriously and, if you ask any self-respecting Louisiana Coast cook what makes their Thanksgiving table uniquely delicious, the first thing they're gong to tell you about is Oyster Dressing. Around these parts, our holiday turkeys are served with a heaping helping of deliciousness by way of what is arguably the most enduring Thanksgiving tradition in a region full of culinary treasures.

When you visit us down along the gorgeous Louisiana Coast, you're going to be busy. When you are busy, you get thirsty. When you get thirsty, you get cranky and when you get cranky, you don't act right. When you don't act right, the Rougarou might just come out of the swamp for you. Don't let the Rougarou get you. Stop thirst in its tracks along the Louisiana Brewery Trail, featuring 11 distinct breweries throughout the state, several of which fall along our scenic and beautiful coastline.

Hooooowwwlll! It might sound like a werewolf to you, but in Cajun country, that howling you hear could just be a Rougarou creeping out of the swamps and coming after you! Part of our rich, Louisiana folklore, the Rougarou, with the body of a human and head of a wolf, is said to dwell in the swamps, striking out under cover of night to feast upon the blood of naughty children, wayward Catholics or just about anybody else whose behavior might leave them, shall we say, vulnerable?

The 2014 Shrimp and Petroleum Festival - one of the most celebrated festivals in the Southern United States - is in full swing right now in Morgan City, with all the pageantry, live music, art, crafts and amazing food that you can fit into one weekend, but if you're missing this year's festivities, don't despair!

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