Get together this summer on the Cajun Coast! There’s plenty for the kids (and you!) to do, from fishing to swamp tours, or just splashing by the water’s edge. Go exploring in the Atchafalaya Basin, climb aboard an oil rig, or even rent a houseboat, you’ll have fun and maybe even learn a little something this summer! And, live music is also back – be sure to check the calendar!
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 coast. There are plenty of options stay and enjoy the waterside, from Cypremort Point State Park to Kemper Williams Park to houseboats to stay directly on the water! Lake End Park has also long been a beautiful haven along Lake Palourde with walking trails and fishing spots, and now they are also offering options for renting kayaks and other water equipment, beach chairs and even beach toys. Check our Stay section to make your reservations.
Experience the Atchafalaya Basin through a swamp tour! From outings with Captain Caviar to excursions through Cajun Experiences R Us, you will be amazed at the unique sights within this vast wetland.
The kids will love all the cool “museums” available on the Cajun Coast as well. They will enjoy learning about the oil industry on this retired oil rig 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.
Tour the Chitimacha Museum in Charenton. The Chitimacha were the first settlers to the area and lived in and around the Atchafalaya Basin. The museum documents their history, culture and their efforts in preservation.
Or enjoy the Southwest Reef Lighthouse in Berwick.This iconic symbol in Berwick is one of only 3 lighthouses in Louisiana that are easily accessible, and visitors can see the structure up-close for FREE at the Everett S. Berry Memorial Lighthouse Park.
Then burn off that extra energy with a view! 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.
The beauty of this area is also not-to-be-missed. You can drive the National Bayou Teche Scenic Byway or take a trail to bike, hike or paddle your way through the Cajun Coast The Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge and Boardwalk in Franklin will keep your nature-lover happy as well.
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. Check out our Delis & Bakeries page for updates, but below are a few locations to pick up one of these treats around the Cajun Coast! Tag us on social and let us know your favorite! #cajuncoast
Adams’ Snoballs – 905 Iberia Street, Franklin
Cajun Sneaux Snowballs – 804 Marguerite Street, Morgan City
The Big Chill – 202 Tournament Boulevard Berwick
Regardless how you chill this summer, pack up your crew and have fun in the summer sun on the Cajun Coast!