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Things to Do in LaPlace, LA

Swamp tours, Cajun meals, Mardi Gras floats add to quality of life.

By Kevin Litwin on December 27, 2017

Courtesy of Jyri Engestrom under a CC 4.0 license.

Along the east bank of the mighty Mississippi River is LaPlace, a municipality that primarily serves as a bedroom community for New Orleans. Residents enjoy a good quality of life and have things to do such as:

View Alligators

You’re almost guaranteed to see alligators, snakes, cypress trees and hanging Spanish moss during a trip with Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. The company takes passengers on two-hour narrated boat trips through a private Louisiana bayou swamp refuge and guarantees that other boats won’t disturb the journey.

Eat Authentic Cajun

It’s well worth the drive to LaPlace to sample authentic Cajun and Creole dishes served at many of the community’s restaurants. Some of the popular eating spots are Crab Trap, Frenier Landing Restaurant & Oyster Bar, New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Company, Off The Dock and Pier 51.

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Paddle Away

Book a two-hour padding excursion with Manchac Mystic Wildlife Kayak Tours to enjoy the outdoors among dense cypress forest and expansive wetlands. Tour guides know the best places with the calmest and most pristine waters that provide an ideal setting for all levels of kayakers.

Check Out the Floats

For an unusual experience, spend a couple hours touring Mardi Gras World, a popular attraction that showcases where large floats are made for annual Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. Some of the floats on display are available for visitors to climb aboard.

Dance at Debbie’s

A hotspot hangout for millennials is Debbie’s Lounge, a social bar and nightclub on East Airline Highway. Good choices of pub food are available for lunch and dinner, while dancing and nightclub activities go full force once the moon comes out.

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Go ATVing

Feel like getting dirty for fun? ATV Swamp Tours is a LaPlace company that organizes guided four-wheeler excursions through Louisiana swampland, with patrons riding individual ATVs. Participants watch a video, get fitted with a helmet, then head to an open swamp area for adventure and sight-seeing for alligators, wild birds and other swamp creatures.

Tour the San Francisco

Go back in time with a tour of San Francisco Plantation House, located on Louisiana Highway 44 in Garyville just minutes from LaPlace. Built in 1849, the house features Gothic architecture and is billed as having one of the finest antique collections in the United States.

Attend the Andouille

Since 1972, LaPlace has hosted a three-day Andouille Festival every October to celebrate the popular smoked Cajun pork sausage that originated in France. Ever since the 1970s, LaPlace is designated as the “Official Andouille Capital of the World.”

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