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Explore the Morgan City Historic Riverfront

Morgan City Main Street is located west of New Orleans in the heart of southern Louisiana. With its ideal location, quaint atmosphere and Cajun influence, this area is a wonderful place to shop, eat and play. There are over 40 antique and specialty shops, restaurants and lodging in the historic district, which is the center of Morgan City. Unlike other towns that have these shops and restaurants located in new buildings, the historic district has them placed in century-old buildings, and the historic district perfectly balances big-city amenities and small-town charm.

The Morgan City Historic District
When visiting the historic district, rest assured that you can tackle the area in one day; although, you probably won’t be able to eat at every Cajun-style restaurant. The 16-block area is surrounded by the riverfront, which offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The certified Main Street spans 9-blocks and includes historic homes and churches in addition to the numerous boutique shops, each one selling something unique and exciting. The City Park is an excellent place to have a picnic, and the Main Street area is home to the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, which is held each summer.

Events at Morgan City Historic District
Even though you may be coming to Morgan City Main Street for some fun, keep in mind that visiting the area is a wonderful way to support the local community. The mission of Morgan City Main Street is to promote the downtown area and its economic development. There have been a variety of events hosted along the riverfront, including Rhythms on the River, the Atchafalaya Culinary Festival, family fun days and car shows. Of course, the area’s most anticipated event is the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, paying tribute to those in the shrimping industry. This year will mark the 76th anniversary and will be held on August 30 to September 3, 2012.

Even though the Morgan City historic district is cute and quaint, the area has had to focus its efforts on building up the historic district over the years. Fortunately, there have been new businesses coming to Main Street, including a clothing and accessories store called Zanadu, a custom t-shirt shop and a fishing specialty store. With the continued efforts put forth by Morgan City, as well as the beautiful riverfront, historic churches and noteworthy homes, Morgan City Main Street continues to grow and serves as a wonderful place to have some fun - Louisiana-style, of course.

Image: Jeffrey Beall

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