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The parish seat of the growing Bossier Parish, Benton offers small-town charms with the conveniences of Shreveport and Bossier City nearby. The city is home to several historic buildings and Cypress Black Bayou Park & Recreation Area.
Touch an alligator at the Gator & Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo
Take a safari tour to see zebras and other exotic animals at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana
See the beauty of Delcambre's shrimp boats when you drive along the Cajun Corridor Byway in Louisiana.
Cajun Dance session at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.
The Strand Theatre in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
Historic Front Street in Natchitoches
Experience Buck and Johnny's Zydeco Breakfast in Breaux Bridge.
Shrimp Boats at The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival ©Cajun Coast CVB
Visit the Abita Mystery House to see strange collections, inventions and odd memorabilia.
Tour San Francisco Plantation along the River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Take a ride on one of New Orleans streetcars.
Head to the historic Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley, Louisiana
Audubon Insectarium ©Audubon Institute
Head to DeRidder for the Beauregard Watermelon Festival.
Acadian Cultural Center Exhibit
The festival games are taken seriously at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.
The Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans has a variety of cruises such as history tours, and jazz brunches.
River Road African American Museum
San Francisco Plantation recently reopened after more than $1 million in renovations.
Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building in Thibodaux showcases traditional Cajun boats.
Inmates participate in "convict poker" at the Angola Prison Rodeo.
Explore the beautiful art at the Shreveport Multicultural Center of the South.
Gardens at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery
Tour Landry Vineyards in Monroe to experience some of Louisiana's wine country.
Bring your dancing shoes to the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in Opelousas.
A visitor takes in the sights at the Abita Mystery House.
Admire the amazing gardens in the Afton Villa Gardens in St. Francisville, LA
Feeding Animals at Leaning Oak Farm ©Leaning Oak Farm
Harrah's Louisiana Downs has many game options including slot machines.
The beautiful Wingate House in the Historic District in Leesville.
Kayak fishing on Cypress Black Bayou in Shreveport. ©Shreveport-Bossier CVB
Take the family to experience the magic of the underwater worlds at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. ©Jeff Strout; Audubon Aquarium of Americas
Jungle Gardens in Iberia Parish ©Jungle Gardens
Experience the Cajun version of Mardi Gras at a Courir De Mardi Gras.
Watch horse racing at the Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino Hotel in Vinton.
Live music, delicious foods, competitions and more await festival goers at the International Rice Festival in Crowley.
Your taste buds will sing at the Sweet Dough Pie Festival in Grand Coteau, Louisiana
The grandeur of the stage in the Grand Opera House of the South was restored in the renovation. Located in Crowley, Louisiana.
Don't miss the annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans - it's one of the largest (and most fun) free festivals in the South!
Visit the Biedenharn Coke Museum in Monroe, Louisiana
Experience the Cajun version of Mardi Gras at the Courir de Mardi Gras in Eunice, Louisiana.
Watch a speeding Ferrari and other sports cars race at the NOLA Motorsports Park.
Cajun music jam session at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.
SudioBe in New Orleans ©SudioBe, Brandan Odums
Enjoy a Louisiana crafted beverage at the tasting room at Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Go tubing in Bogue Chitto State Park Louisiana
Experience a Cajun Jam session at the Joie De Vivre Cafe in Breaux Bridge.
The amazing fields of sunflowers will brighten your day as you head into Gilliam for the Sunflower Trail and Festival in the spring.
So much fun and sweet tastes to be had at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival held each spring..
Commemorative red stick statue at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
The Chimes restaurant's large decks overlooking the Bogue Falaya River offer a great spot for happy hour - in Covington Louisiana ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
Stroll through the gardens at Houmas House and enjoy the fountains.
Sip craft brews at Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, Louisiana
Explore the beauty of Louisiana's pine forests via horseback in the Kisatchie National Forest.
Get ready to dance at the Jolly Inn Cajun Dance Hall in Houma.
Get lost in the gems, sequins and feathers that make these Mardi Gras costumes so incredible at Mardi Gras Museum Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
The National WWII Museum's Freedom Pavilion at dusk, located in New Orleans. ©National WWII Museum
Red River Revel Festival in Shreveport
Kids playing at Jackson Square in New Orleans.
The State Fair of Louisiana's carnival grounds in Shreveport.
View Mardi Gras floats at Mardi Gras World museum in New Orleans.