While we have had a lot of togetherness lately, getting together on the Cajun Coast will provide plenty of room to roam, so bring your wild ones to see ours! We have a variety of outdoor experiences for the entire family. See our list, from paddling trails to tours, and come enjoy your summer on the Cajun Coast!
We have put together a Family-friendly itinerary, and a list of things to do with the kids this summer on the Cajun Coast!
Outdoors on the Cajun Coast
With characters both on the boat and in the water, swamp tours and deep sea charters are favorite highlights of a trip to the Cajun Coast. From Captain Caviar’s adventures to Blu Dog Charters to renting a houseboat, you’ll have great time whether or not you see an alligator or land the huge catch!
With a self-guided driving trail, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area will take you on an adventure, showcasing the dramatic affect water has had on this area.
Byway drives along with biking, paddling and hiking trails, along with the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge and Boardwalk in Franklin will keep your nature-lover happy as well.
Walk the “Great Wall,” a 21-foot seawall. Built for flood protection, visitors can climb up for a bird’s eye view of the traffic in the Atchafalaya River, one of the busiest rivers in the state.
Let Them Explore
These FREE tours will make it easy for you to take the whole family exploring! (Only you have to know there is learning wrapped in all that fun!)
The only place in the world where the public can walk aboard an oil rig, kids will enjoy learning about the oil industry and the many ways oil is used at the International Petroleum Museum & Exposition, the “Mr. Charlie.”
Visit the Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum (A Louisiana State Museum). Their imaginations will soar with all of the aviation exploration, and a Louisiana shrimping exhibit will teach them about this thriving, local (and yummy) industry.
The Southwest Reef Lighthouse in Berwick is an iconic symbol and one of only 3 lighthouses in Louisiana that are easily accessible. Visitors can see the structure up-close for FREE at the Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park. A Fresnel lens and fog bell similar to what would have been used in the lighthouse are displayed in the lobby of Berwick Town Hall, located 2 blocks west of the park on Third Street. If you have a Lighthouse Passport (available from https://uslhs.org/products/items/lighthouse-passport), bring it by the Berwick Town Hall during regular business hours for a stamp!
Get in the Water
Summer on the Cajun Coast also means basking in the sunshine along with ways to beat the heat! Spending time on the water is easy on the Cajun Coast. Check out a few locations to play!
Lake End Park in Morgan City, 985-380-4623 (beach, fishing)
Cypremort Point State Park, 337-867-4510 (beach, fishing)
If your adventurer likes to skate, we have a few skate parks as well
Morgan City Skate Park, 985-380-4600
Swamp Skate Park in Bayou Vista, 985-395-6552
Franklin Skate Park, 337-828-3631
Cooling off with a good old fashioned snowball is also a delicious solution! These shaved ice concoctions of sugary syrup and any number of add-ins, from condensed milk to fruits and candies, are a prized commodity on a summer afternoon. Below are a few locations to pick up one of these treats around the Cajun Coast!
- Adams’ Snoball – 905 Iberia Street, Franklin, 337-471-1082
- Cajun Sneaux Snowballs – 804 Marguerite Street, Morgan City
- The Big Chill – 202 Tournament Boulevard Berwick, 985-329-2525
So, pack up your crew and find fun in the summer sun on the Cajun Coast!