One facet of Louisiana that makes it such an appealing visitor destination is its deep and colorful history. European explorers found their way to the region and inhabited the area very early relative to settlement of much of the rest of the continent. As a result, some communities in Louisiana are among the oldest in the United States. Before those explorers arrived, of course, people we now know as Native Americans populated the region. Reaching still farther back in time, ancient peoples left their mark on the area thousands of years ago. The state of Louisiana offers many ways to explore the region’s rich history, in hundreds of museums, historic structures, landmarks, artifacts and works of art. The careful preservation and restoration of these sites and artifacts has created many rare opportunities for visitors to experience Louisiana’s history and gain insights into the diverse cultures that continue to influence the state today.
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.