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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.
Head to DeRidder for the Beauregard Watermelon Festival.
Experience a Cajun Jam session at the Joie De Vivre Cafe in Breaux Bridge.
Enjoy a Louisiana crafted beverage at the tasting room at Donner-Peltier Distillers in Thibodaux, Louisiana
Cajun Dance session at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.
Fishing in the marshes near Dulac, Louisiana
Explore the Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.
Watch a speeding Ferrari and other sports cars race at the NOLA Motorsports Park.
Shrimp Boats at The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival ©Cajun Coast CVB
Red River Balloon Rally in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Visit the Biedenharn Coke Museum in Monroe, Louisiana
The beautiful Wingate House in the Historic District in Leesville.
Visit New Orleans City Park and the Botanical Gardens.
The Chimes restaurant's large decks overlooking the Bogue Falaya River offer a great spot for happy hour - in Covington Louisiana ©LouisianaNorthshore.com
See the beauty of Delcambre's shrimp boats when you drive along the Cajun Corridor Byway in Louisiana.
Get ready to dance at the Jolly Inn Cajun Dance Hall in Houma.
The festival games are taken seriously at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.
Admire the amazing gardens in the Afton Villa Gardens in St. Francisville, LA
Audubon Insectarium ©Audubon Institute
Stroll through the gardens at Houmas House and enjoy the fountains.
A visitor takes in the sights at the Abita Mystery House.
Gardens at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery
The Strand Theatre in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
The Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans has a variety of cruises such as history tours, and jazz brunches.
SudioBe in New Orleans ©SudioBe, Brandan Odums
Take a ride on one of New Orleans streetcars.
The State Fair of Louisiana's carnival grounds in Shreveport.
Visit the Alexandria Zoo to see Louisiana's native black bears.
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.
Tour Landry Vineyards in Monroe to experience some of Louisiana's wine country.
Live music, delicious foods, competitions and more await festival goers at the International Rice Festival in Crowley.
Jungle Gardens in Iberia Parish ©Jungle Gardens
Go paddling on Lake Kincaid in Kisatchie National Forest.
So much fun and sweet tastes to be had at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival held each spring..
Visit the Alexandria Zoo to have an afternoon of fun with the whole family.
Your taste buds will sing at the Sweet Dough Pie Festival in Grand Coteau, Louisiana
Stop and smell the roses at the American Rose Center in Shreveport. ©Shreveport-Bossier CVB
Visit the Abita Mystery House to see strange collections, inventions and odd memorabilia.
Explore the beauty of Louisiana's pine forests via horseback in the Kisatchie National Forest.
Spend a day enjoying nature on Fontainbleau State Park Beach.
Head to the historic Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley, Louisiana
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building in Thibodaux showcases traditional Cajun boats.
Experience the Cajun version of Mardi Gras at the Courir de Mardi Gras in Eunice, Louisiana.
River Road African American Museum
Festive holiday crowds gather to watch the grand fireworks display over Cane River during the Natchitoches Christmas Festival.
Go tubing in Bogue Chitto State Park Louisiana
Cajun music jam session at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.
Sip craft brews at Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, Louisiana
Take a break and wander through the trees at the Kisatchie National Forest outside Alexandria.
Touch an alligator at the Gator & Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo
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!
Take a safari tour to see zebras and other exotic animals at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana
Experience the Cajun version of Mardi Gras at a Courir De Mardi Gras.
Historic Front Street in Natchitoches
Inmates participate in "convict poker" at the Angola Prison Rodeo.
Take the family to experience the magic of the underwater worlds at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. ©Jeff Strout; Audubon Aquarium of Americas
The grandeur of the stage in the Grand Opera House of the South was restored in the renovation. Located in Crowley, Louisiana.
The amazing fields of sunflowers will brighten your day as you head into Gilliam for the Sunflower Trail and Festival in the spring.
The National WWII Museum's Freedom Pavilion at dusk, located in New Orleans. ©National WWII Museum
Tour San Francisco Plantation along the River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Harrah's Louisiana Downs has many game options including slot machines.
Watch horse racing at the Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino Hotel in Vinton.
Red River Revel Festival in Shreveport
Kids playing at Jackson Square in New Orleans.
San Francisco Plantation recently reopened after more than $1 million in renovations.
Kayak fishing on Cypress Black Bayou in Shreveport. ©Shreveport-Bossier CVB
Bring your dancing shoes to the Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival in Opelousas.
Acadian Cultural Center Exhibit
Feeding Animals at Leaning Oak Farm ©Leaning Oak Farm
Commemorative red stick statue at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Experience Buck and Johnny's Zydeco Breakfast in Breaux Bridge.
Explore the beautiful art at the Shreveport Multicultural Center of the South.
View Mardi Gras floats at Mardi Gras World museum in New Orleans.