A Cajun Experience Tour Company will plan, or assist Tour Operators in planning their visit to Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana’s Bayou Country, sitting in the middle, of the Cajun Country of South Louisiana. We offer Inbound day, several days, or week plans. A Cajun Experience Tour Company is a Receptive Operator. If you plan to tour Louisiana’s Cajun Country, remember to add a meal at Twelve Oaks Plantation; lunch or dinner with entertainment. Below are areas of interest with ‘bits’ of history, for your convenience.
Swamp Boat Tour –
Pass by several sugar cane fields, learn about the sugar cane industry in South Louisiana from its beginnings in 1795, through the years when sugar was ‘white gold,’ to the present day. Discover how the sugar cane is planted, harvested and processed for preparation to the refinery. Sugar still plays a vital role in the economy of Louisiana.
Arrive at the Boat –
As the boat travels along the waterways, the boat captain will explain the history of the Cypress trees, along with other vegetation. The bayou is home to reptiles, animals, waterfowl and other ‘critters.’ While migrating through the water, listen to the sounds of the bayou and remember to watch for Eagles.
Gator Farm –
As you wind through the Gator Farm, learn how the alligator eggs are harvested in the wild, hatched and released to mature, and become a profitable industry and agri-business. The alligator in South Louisiana were once an endangered species and because of sound management practices the alligator population has now become abundant. On our tour, discover how the alligator population is managed and harvested for leather and food. For those who want to handle an alligator, the opportunity to see, feel and touch the alligator from the hatching stage to the increasing size as the alligator matures will be available. In the alligator pens, photograph alligators as large as 13 ft. in length.
Mardi Gras Den –
Tour one of Houma’s local Mardi Gras Dens where a guide will give a short history of Mardi Gras and the Den. Visitors view the floats and hear how the Mardi Gras club operates year round to have one of the biggest shows on earth, and how it affects our local economy. In South Louisiana, Mardi Gras is different in each community. Visitors will be given the opportunity to board a float, and may take group photos.
Art Guild –
The Guild was organized in 1963 to promote art and art culture in Terrebonne Parish. Guild members serve as hostesses to keep the Gallery open. Members will give the visitors an overview of their work to promote knowledge and participation in the visual arts through exhibitions, art instructions, and to encourage art in the schools by exhibiting students’ work in a parish–wide competition. The Gallery will have souvenir items for purchase.
Regional Military Museum -
The museum is dedicated to the brave men and women throughout our country's history who have defended our great nation, at home and abroad, so that we may live in freedom. The goal of the Regional Military Museum is to commemorate their sacrifices made in behalf of all Americans - past , present, and future. The museum is not a static, but a living history. The vehicles really run, the weapons really fire, the library acts as a place of research for both family military history as well as educational instruction. There are veteran volunteers that offer first-hand accounts of what it was really like to lay one's life on the line to protect our loved ones and our way of life. The museum is constantly updating and expanding their collections and hope that you return often to browse through the museum, the library, and the website.
Water-Life Museum - An eye catching display and interactive panels introduce visitors to the industries, traditions, and personal stories that collectively comprise our unique culture.
Bayou Communities –
Travel into the Cajun Bayou communities for an exposure to the eco and rural tourism. Visitors have an opportunity to meet the ‘real’ Cajun people. The ‘Cajuns’ are always happy to greet visitors and share their lifestyle with the travelers.
View oil platforms, hear the importance of the oil industry to the local people, and how it has changed their lifestyle. Your guide explains the equipment and discusses what changes the oil industry brought to this area.
Jim Sotharn’s Camp –
Jim is a local author of the book, 'Last Island'. He is a retired college professor of Geology. Jim talks to visitors about the loss of land, Cajun cabins, his dictionary, and his life.
Shrimp Processing Plant -
Hear how shrimp are harvested and turned into delectable products. Visitors will view how modern mechanization turns 50-60 thousand pounds of raw shrimp per day into packaged products ready for your personal table.
Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) –
Founded in 1979, visitors will learn about LUMCON’s research and education programs directly relevant to Louisiana’s needs in marine science and coastal resources. Also serving as a facility for all Louisiana schools with an interest in marine research and education. Visitors will have an opportunity to visit the Museum on site.
Blue Crab Business –
Are you ready to learn how a ‘hard’ shell crab backs out of its shell and becomes a ‘soft’ shell crab, how crabs are caught, processed, and tour the factory to see how a local family earns their living.
The Sportsman’s Paradise –
View several camps while the guide explains why South Louisiana is ‘The Sportsman’s Paradise’ one of the top fishing destinations among the coastal areas.
As our journey of discovery continues, notice burials are above ground because of the high water level.
Art Sculpture Garden –
View and hear the history of the ‘hand-made’ concrete sculptures, shaped by hand, by using cement and iron bars. Spanning a decade, Kenny Hill produced over 100 of the sculptures. They are mostly religious sculptures. Angels, God, and even Hill himself are seen in the artwork as he is riding a horse, carrying Christ’s cross, and standing as his heart bleeds. His work has captured attention across the globe. The garden is maintained by Nicholls State University’s Art Studio, a gift of the Kohler Foundation. This is the only sculpture garden in Louisiana.
History and Culture of Bayou Lafourche -
Visit the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park & Preserve Wetlands Acadian Culture Center. Enjoy the stories of the Acadians who settled along the bayous, swamps, and wetlands of southeastern Louisiana. Park Rangers will give you a guided tour through the center where you will see exhibits on the area's industry and culture. A video will explain how the Acadians came to settle in the area of the country.
This distillery makes rum, vodka, and whiskey using only Louisiana products. This is winding down time with a tour, tastings, and cocktails. Home of Rougaroux Rum, your guide will entertain you with legends of the Rougaroux…Louisiana’s version of the ‘Boogie Man’ or ‘Werewolf,’ as you enjoy samplings of various products as well as a cocktail.
Tour the beautiful E.D. White Historic Site, a landmark on Bayou Lafourche. This Louisiana State Museum Property was the boyhood plantation home of Louisiana's only United States Supreme Court Chief Justice, Edward Douglas White who also served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The circa 1790's home was extensively remodeled in the 1840's and features high ceilings, wide shaded galleries, and a raised block cellar. The home is set amid beautiful centuries old live oak trees. An authentic open hearth kitchen is located behind the home.
Laurel Valley Plantation is the largest surviving 19th and 20th century sugar cane plantation complex in the U.S. with nearly sixty original structures. The general store contains many tools and farm implements originally used in the cultivation of sugar cane. Locally made arts and crafts available in the general store. This was also the movie location for A Gathering of Old Men, Interview with a Vampire, and Ray, the life story of Ray Charles.
Plantations Along the Mississippi River –
A Creole Plantation where Louisiana is a world apart! Enter the fascinating world of the Creoles who, at this historic site, lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years. Based upon detailed memoirs of life on the 1805 Creole plantation, hear the stories of family and the people who lived and worked on this plantation. See the largest collection of family artifacts original to a Louisiana Plantation. Explore the harshness of 200 years of daily life, along with the sobering experience of slavery happening on this sugarcane plantation. Visit the 160-year-old slave cabins.
Take a walk through time as you enjoy a fascinating glimpse into the lives of many interesting people who have called this plantation ‘home.’ This large manor house was built by Louisiana Creoles of French descent-circa 1830. This 1000-acre plantation is the birthplace of H.H. Richardson, one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. A working Creole sugar plantation offering authentic stories about early plantation life from descendants of Joseph Waguespack who acquired the property in 1877.
Petroleum Museum & Exposition –
The offshore industry was born in Morgan City, and ‘Mr. Charlie’ (rig) carried it into the Gulf of Mexico and shipped it around the globe.
Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum -
The focus of this museum is to highlight two very distinct and compelling aspect of Louisiana's rich history. The Wedell-Williams Aviation Collection highlights the legacy of Louisiana aviation pioneers Jimmie Wedell and Harry P. Williams, who formed an air service together in 1928 in Patterson, LA. State-of-the-art displays include numerous aircraft, such as the famous Miss Patterson #44 and the Gilmore #121. The Cypress Sawmill Collection documents the history of the cypress lumber industry in Louisiana. As a result, cypress lumber harvested and milled in Louisiana was shipped in mass quantities throughout the U.S. Patterson was once home to the largest cypress sawmill in the world, owned by Frank B. Williams. In 1997, the Louisiana State Legislature designated Patterson as the cypress capital of Louisiana. The exhibit features a variety of artifacts, photographs, and film that tell the story of this important regional industry. The museum also hosts changing exhibits that highlight other aspects of Louisiana's culture and history.
Oaklawn Manor -
In 1985, Mike Foster Jr. surprised his wife, Alice, with the keys to what would become their new most beloved home just outside Franklin, Louisiana, Foster's hometown. Oaklawn Manor, with its 35 sprawling acres of oak-filled terrain, was home at first sight for the soon-to-be state senator (and, years later, Louisiana governor)and his wife. Complete with many of its original furnishings, the plantation was well preserved. Less than a decade later, Oaklawn served as both a home and haven for Foster during his governor race. Governor and Alice Foster divided their time between their beloved home and the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge. Owklawn's welcoming presence greets an average of twenty-some visitor's each day. The antique, wrought iron gates remain open, leading guests past the 24-hour guard house down the path past the main house. Although the governor cherishes his privacy, he and Alice agree that the beauty of Oaklawn deserves to be seen and enjoyed by the public. "After all," says Governor Foster, "it isn't any fun to own anything if you can't share it." He enjoys talking with visitors from all over the world and sharing the beauty and quietude of his antebellum home.
Tabasco Factory –
Hear how Tabasco is made, and see the bottling operation during a guided tour of the factory. A gift shop on site, and be sure to sample the tabasco flavored, fire and ice, ice-cream!
New Iberia Cafeteria –
This dining establishment has been in New Iberia for many years and is known for its delicious food. The Main Street that James Lee Burke, Louisiana author, describes as the most beautiful in the country is just part of the attraction of New Iberia, a city having "southern manners", and at the same time is a first-name kind of place. In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead, another novel by Burke, was recently filmed in New Iberia and the surrounding areas. Many locals were cast in the movie, which starred Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen and Ned Beatty.
Rice Mill, New Iberia –
Hear about the process of milling rice. A gift shop on site with several samples of their products which you may choose to purchase.
St. Martinville –
Arrive on the banks of the Bayou Teche, and the present-day St. Martinville settlement originally established around 1765. The French settlers found an untamed land and called it ‘Acadiana.’ This is the land of Evangeline, the story of two lovers, by author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Enjoy the guided tour as you view the oldest church of the Acadians and their Memorial.
New Tour Now Available
Experience the fun as a float rider -
Ride one of the local Mardi Gras floats, be a part of the activities, not just a bystander calling out "Mister throw me something!’ Ride with the Mardi Gras Crew in an ‘open air’ bus through Houma as you are having fun, you will enjoy traditional pre-parade activities. When the parade is ready to begin, you will be on board the float with the members of the crew or even some members from your tour as you throw beads along the parade route. Complete information may be obtained from A Cajun Experience owner Barbara Cenac if you are interested in an experience of a lifetime!
Watch for Our Upcoming Tours
Agricultural Tour -
Learn about the importance of the sugar cane industry to South Louisiana; as well as soy beans and the experimental station.
Churches and Cemeteries
Remember to ADD, Twelve Oaks Plantation, to your 2016 Cajun Country Tour Schedule; for a delicious Box Lunch and/or an Evening Dinner with delicious cuisine, a short plantation history, a lot of fun, and an outstandingly memorable experience!
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3650 Southdown Mandalay Rd. Houma, LA 70360
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