Formed by the Mississippi River Delta and the Gulf of Mexico, Houma is truly Louisiana’s Bayou Country. More than 65% of Terrebonne Parish consists of wetlands and open water. In case you didn't know, a parish is what other states refer to as a county.
Houma offers an experience blended with rich history, breathtaking landscape, and a flourishing culture that contributes to the distinctive fabric of Louisiana. From world-class fishing, birding and hunting, to swamp tours, museums and festivals, Houma promises every visitor will experience the flavor, spirit and wild nature that inhabit Louisiana’s wetlands. The wetlands and its denizens are are immeasurable. It is a distinctive way of life, home to a blend of cultures and traditions, where diversity is a strength. It is a place where the land, its people and its culture connect.
Terrebonne has always depended on Mother Nature for its livelihood. For many years, Houma was described as the “little oil and fishing” village. The village turned city is one of the top producers in Louisiana for crude oil, natural gas and seafood industries. Hospitality and tourism is the third largest revenue generating industry in the parish. The draw of authentic Cajun culture, diverse environment and wildlife, historical sites, excellent food and close proximity to New Orleans and Lafayette make Houma a central location for the visitor who wishes to experience the culture of South Louisiana.
From mild winters to warm summers, Houma’s weather is ideal for year-round travel. With lows in the forties, our coldest month is January. If you're looking to spend time in warmer climates, July is our hottest month, with temperatures reaching 91 degrees.
Houma's marshland continues to inspire writers, artist, and musicians. The enchanting scenery, the relaxing atmosphere, the music of the wildlife, and the thriving culture are perhaps some of the reasons why creativity is born here. Houma and the surrounding area are the setting for the fictional Swamp Thing comic books, the 1994 V.C. Andrews book Ruby, and the 2005 film The Skeleton Key (which was not filmed in Houma or Terrebonne Parish). The 1996 film The Apostle was partially filmed in Terrebonne Parish. The 1999 films Crazy in Alabama, Fight Club and A Lesson Before Dying were partially filmed in Houma.