Culture in Many Louisiana
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.
Welcome to Toledo Bend Country! At the heart of Toledo Bend Country is Toledo Bend Lake, which at 186,000 acres is the largest man-made lake in the southern United States. Toledo Bend offers some of the best fishing in the country, as well as endless water-related activities.
And so much more... Beyond the shores of Toledo Bend is an area filled with rich and unique history and culture, along with an offering of diverse outdoor activities from hiking and biking to sightseeing and enjoyable day trips.
Want more information on where to stay and things to do around Toledo Bend? Visit these nearby city pages.