When you make a list of all the unique things Louisiana has to offer visitors, you quickly see the long-lasting influences of our French, Spanish and African ancestry. Our past is well-preserved in our architecture, music, food and lifestyles—which include our amazing festivals—and of course in our museums of history and fine arts.
It is not an accident that Louisiana clings to the phrase "Laissez les bons temps rouler," meaning "Let the good times roll". Let yourself get lost in the traditions passed down through generations. Come visit us during Mardi Gras when costumed riders parade and magnificent balls are thrown from New Orleans and Baton Rouge to Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Shreveport and beyond. Peek back across the centuries, as you walk under lavish ironwork and through the lush courtyard gardens of a meticulous French Quarter hotel. Touch history with a tour of a plantation where the daily activities of the past are recreated. Let nature's mysteries inspire and awe you via a boat tour through a cypress studded bayou.
Here, in Louisiana, history and lore don't merely live in books on a shelf; they're reflected in our everyday lives.
Abita has been long famed for its artesian waters and for the Abita Brewery that produces both, seven flagship and also seasonal varieties of beer, to suit your taste buds whatever the time of year. This picturesque town is also well known for simply being an incredibly charming main street community. As part of the Northshore, Abita connects to the Tammany Trace so pick up a bike and make it a stop along your route. Right next door to the Trace’s Trailhead, park the cycles and the family at the brand-new Abita Springs playground. Created from sustainable materials, it is designed for the whole child, incorporating both imaginative and physical play. Peddle a few more minutes and you will come to the yes—you guessed it—Abita Brew Pub where not only is the beer on tap delicious, but the solid menu of crawfish cakes, burgers, salads and more is sure to please after such a long day outdoors.