6 Things You Can Only Do In Bayou Country
In addition to outstanding Louisiana food, music and outdoor activities, there are some truly unique experiences that you can only have in the Houma area. Take a look below and choose your Bayou Country adventure.
Take a Ride on Louisiana’s First Swamp Tour
Did you know that swamp tours started in Louisiana with a woman known as Alligator Annie Miller in Houma? Annie grew up hunting, fishing and living off of the land including catching snakes for local zoos. She began her business, Annie Miller's Swamp and Marsh Tours, in 1979 and famously stated, “I’d fit the world in my boat if I could and show ‘em this place. I’ve got a pretty good start on it.”
Explore the Bayou’s with Louisiana’s Only GeoTour
Geocaching is a GPS-based scavenger hunt that will take you to beautiful places searching for hidden boxes. In Houma, we have placed over fifty hidden boxes, known as caches, in places such as plantation homes, cultural centers, restaurants and bayou overlooks on our official GeoTour. Find all the hidden boxes and you’ll receive a commemorative prize at the Houma Area Visitors Center.
Walk Through the Mind of Artist Kenny Hill
The Chauvin Sculpture Garden in Chauvin, Louisiana is considered one of the top 20 sculpture gardens in the world and one of the top 5 examples of folk art in the world. Inspiration struck artist Kenny Hill and what resulted is a densely packed collection of concrete sculptures depicting seemingly weightless angels, spiritual representations and a 45-foot-tall lighthouse.
Learn from a Collection of Marine Scientists
The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is a statewide academic facility that uses the Houma area’s unique location to study marine science. Enjoy the boardwalks in our coastal marshes for beautiful birdwatching. Browse the exhibits and aquariums to meet the marine life that call our marshes home. Get a bird’s eye view of Louisiana’s landscape by climbing the observation tower.
This Selfie is in Color
Public art is a staple of many city’s downtown areas. In Houma, the public art is Wild. Sculptures of wildlife anchor the downtown area including bronze pelicans and fish. The newest addition to downtown Houma is this amazingly pink roseate spoonbill near the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. Be sure to come out for a selfie with her, as she’s always photo ready.
Celebrate the Quirky Side of Louisiana Culture
Rougarou Fest is a family-friendly festival with a spooky flair that celebrates Louisiana’s unique folklore, with a flare for the quirky. Named one of the top 10 costume parties in the US by USA Today and one of the top 20 events in October by the Southeast Tourism Society, this event includes a costume contest, children’s games, unique Louisiana merchandise and food, local bands and a parade anchored by the Rougarou himself, a werewolf character famous amongst Louisiana storytellers.
There are plenty more unique places to find in and around the Houma Area. Explore our website, HoumaTravel.com, to find more and be sure to tell us about your favorite Bayou Country experiences.