Top Louisiana Attractions for Snowbirds
Known for creole cuisine, plantations and scenic beauty, Louisiana makes a great destination for snowbirds looking to escape northern winters. There are many appealing reasons why snowbirds choose to retreat to “Cajun Country” in addition to the world-famous Mardi Gras celebrations and the delectable fare.
Finding a memorable meal is not hard in Louisiana. One stop snowbirds should definitely add to their must-try list for fresh seafood is the Lighthouse Restaurant. Located in Louisiana’s Grand Isle, chefs serve up fresh, local ingredients including Gulf seafood. Dishes like grilled snapper and charbroiled oysters top the come-back-for-more list.
For unique dishes served by attentive staff, stop by Surfside Grill, also in Grand Isle. There’s nothing pretentious about this island dive, but the food will leave you wanting more. Start off with the homemade chips and guacamole followed by the flounder zucchini with dill cream sauce.
After you’ve enjoyed the good eats in Grand Isle, check out the Grand Isle Birding Trail and Nature Trail. The trail provides a great way to spend a day outdoors in Louisiana’s optimal winter weather. The trail features five bird-watching locations, including tracts of oak-hackberry forests, some of the last remaining ones on the island. The birding trail is about two miles, round trip. Watch for trail markers, educational kiosks and parking areas. Don’t forget your binoculars!
While you’re in the Grand Isle area, spend some time at Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is more than 1,100 acres and features saltwater marsh, coastal dunes and beaches. You can enjoy fishing, birding and sightseeing at the refuge.
Louisiana Road Trip
Beyond the great cuisine in Louisiana, the rich and fascinating history attracts visitors from all over the country. Louisiana can offer fascinating and memorable experiences with plantation home tours. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, or even an overnight trip, during your Louisiana snowbird vacation, put a plantation tour on your itinerary.
Baton Rouge and surrounding communities are popular destinations for Snowbirds who want to visit the delicately maintained plantation homes of Plantation Country. Many of Louisiana’s amazing antebellum homes are still accurately preserved. Several of the plantation homes once produced sugar cane, cotton or rice which provided their owners with the vast means it took to build these extravagant estates. Two must-see plantations include the Oak Alley Plantation and Evergreen Plantation.
- Oak Alley Plantation is considered the Grand Dame of the Great River Road and possibly the most photographed plantation in Louisiana. Built in 1839, Oak Alley gets its name from the quarter-mile drive lined with 28 giant live oak trees.
- The south’s most intact plantation complex is Evergreen Plantation. With 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the Evergreen Plantation offers a 90-minute tour and is considered a historic landmark for the agricultural acreage.
Historic Natchitoches is a one-of-a-kind community and the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Located on the picturesque Cane River, Natchitoches is a favorite destination for snowbirds to visit. A few historic destinations include the oldest General Store in Louisiana, Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile, and the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase, The American Cemetery. Something unique to do in Natchitoches is to tour the sites where ‘Steel Magnolia’ was filmed.
Louisiana is a remarkable destination for snowbirds and winter guests to enjoy everything the great state has to offer. No matter your destination or your interest, there are great winter vacation rentals throughout. Make the most of your winter getaway in Louisiana.