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