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.
Kenner, Jefferson Parish’s largest incorporated city, is the home of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center, located on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, hosts events year round. You’ll also find casino gaming, outdoor parks and the historic district of Rivertown. Rivertown is a sixteen block historic district along the bank of the Mississippi River in the city of Kenner. This quaint locale includes the Mardi Gras Museum, the Children’s Castle, Cannes Brulee Native American Village, the Louis J. Roussel Jr. Planetarium & MegaDome Cinema, the Louisiana Toy Train Museum and more. Treat yourself to boutique shopping, fine dining and don’t miss the view of the Mississippi from LaSalle’s Landing.