Winter doesn’t mean quite the same thing in Cajun Country as it does in much of the rest of the country – but that’s not to say the landscape isn’t a wonderland. This season, mild weather means fun outdoors never stops and communities from Abbeville to Eunice to Galliano invite visitors to join them in celebrating the season, hosting a variety of special events, festivals, and family-friendly activities.
Beautiful weather means golfers can tee off all season long, and Cajun Country is home to countless first-rate golf courses. Golfers visiting Vinton and Lake Charles aren’t far from Frasch Park Golf Course in Sulphur. To the east, players in Lafayette can get a round in at the Wetlands Golf Course.
Of course, New Orleans is best known for its epic annual Mardi Gras celebration, but Fat Tuesday fun can be found all over the state in early February. Take the Krewe of Amani Mardi Gras Parade in Patterson, for instance. Franklin visitors are just minutes away from the procession, which traverses downtown Patterson beginning at 2 p.m.
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Delight in the charm of Plantation Country. Taste some mouthwatering gumbo, jambalaya, or a shrimp po’ boy. Soak up the wonder of the St. John Parish Andouille Festival. Get to the Cajundome and see a football game where the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette take the field. Pack up the wagon and hit the road—there’s plenty of fun to be had.
Soak up the Cajun culture by visiting some of southern Louisiana’s prominent historic sites. Tour notable plantations all around Cajun Country and check out the Civil War grounds and the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville – just outside of Baton Rouge.
Catch up on your Mardi Gras history and visit the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu or head to Lafayette to stop in at the stunning Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.