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Fun Things To Do In Iberia Parish

Located in the heart of Cajun Country, Iberia Parish is a great place to call home. Iberia Parish is a dynamic place to live, work or play. The parish includes 34 public, private and parochial schools, two hospitals, cultural activities and sports teams for children. There are gardens to enjoy, a nearby zoo to visit and plenty of bike and hiking trails to explore. This area also has museums for history buffs, restaurants that serve up Cajun dishes and land-based casinos. Iberia Parish also has wonderful festivals. With such great events as the Sugarcane Festival and World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off, you’ll never be bored in Iberia Parish.

Let’s take a look at some of the most fun things you can do when visiting - or living in - Iberia Parish.

Avery Island:
Home of “Tabasco Sauce,” this island has Jungle Gardens and Bird Island, which are perfect for those who enjoy flower gardens and bird watching. You can also see photos of the old Tabasco factory.

World Championship Gumbo Cook-off:
Come to the cook-off to enjoy a variety of local favorites such as boudin and jambalaya. You won’t find the gumbo until the very last day of the festival. The best, after all, is saved for last.

Louisiana Sugarcane Festival:
Music, dancing, festival food and arts and crafts can all be found at the Sugarcane Festival. This is one fest that is dedicated to sweet treats and celebrates how the sugar refining industry has helped shape Louisiana.

Jeanerette Ole Country Fair:
If you’re in the mood for good ole fashioned fun, this Country Fair has carnival rides, live music, food, drinks, arts and crafts and a cabbage ball tournament. It’s hosted by the Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce.

Rip Van Winkle Gardens:
With 25 acres of landscaped greenery, you can enjoy scenic gardens, sculptures and flower beds. Professionally trained tour guides will walk you through the gardens; this place is also ideal for private functions, weddings, conferences and retreats.

Live Oak Gardens:
This wholesale nursery has a wonderful assortment of plants, trees, groundcovers and palms. It’s an excellent place to come when looking to update your yard or learn more about plants native to Louisiana and beyond.

Shadows on the Teche:
This historic house museum is on the property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Enjoy moss-covered trees and the Louisiana bayous as you take in a slice of Louisiana history that spans over 150 years.

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