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.
Westwego’s historic district including Sala Avenue offers a captivating look into the area documenting the major events of this charming city. You will step back in time at the Westwego Historical Museum. This museum houses an early twentieth-century hardware store and living quarters with period furnishings. You’ll find entertainment at Teatro Wego Dinner Theatre, where guests can dine and enjoy a performance by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. The Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market offers an open market featuring fresh local produce, seafood, an outdoor amphitheater and arts and crafts. Nearby Bayou Segnette State Park, a 600 acre site, offers outdoor adventure including camping, nature trails and a wave pool.