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Extending into 14 parishes, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area serves to preserve and interpret significant landmarks found along the Atchafalaya Basin – from as far north as Ferriday to the Gulf of Mexico.
The heritage area features a collection of individual sites split into three sections – the Between Two Rivers Area, Bayou Teche Corridor Area, and Coastal Zone Area – spread throughout Louisiana’s Plantation Country.
Cities with heritage sites include Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Morgan City, Alexandria, and many more. Each site has its own hours and visitation regulations, so you’ll benefit from verifying this information before your visit.
Perhaps the best way to begin your journey through Cajun Country is by stopping one of the Atchafalaya, Capitol Park, or U.S. 84 State Welcome Centers. Here you’ll find pertinent information, including maps and associated literature.
An excellent way to explore the region is by embarking on one of 15 Heritage Area Tours. In Baton Rouge, a multitude of guided tours explore some of the best arts, culture, and nature in and around the capitol. Stop by the Capitol Welcome Center for more information on your Baton Rouge tour.
In the Bayou Teche Corridor Area, the Festivals Acadians and Historic Breaux Bridge Tours are comprehensive to say the least. To the south, the Cajun Coast Family Tour will take you through historic sites in Morgan City, Franklin, and the Shadowlawn Plantation.
Outdoor adventure comes readily available any time of year throughout the Heritage Area. In fact, several of the sites associated with the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park are found in the area. Likewise, state parks like Lake Fausee Pointe and Cypremort Point boast great fishing, boating, canoeing, and other aquatic activities.
History is alive and well in the Atchafalaya Basin as well. In St. Martinville, the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site provides over 200 years of history. Likewise, the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site represents hydraulic engineering from the early 1900s.
Another heavily visited historic site is the Louisiana State Museum – uniquely made-up of nine separate museums, including the Presbytere, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the Capitol Park Museum.
Clearly, there is much to see and much do throughout the Heritage Area. Make your plans today and see this culturally rich land for yourself!