A weekend getaway in Louisiana will be a weekend full of fun and great food. You can feed your mind with the history of Cajun country at museums and feed your stomach with uniquely delicious Cajun flavors at local restaurants. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy local music at one of the many festivals throughout the year. For the wildest party this side of the Mississippi head for the rowdy celebrations of Mardi Gras.
Cajun culture, fantastic local festivals, and Mardi Gras magic
Although it's changed since the time of the Acadian French colonists you can still get a taste of real Cajun culture on your weekend getaway in Louisiana. At the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center there are exhibits and artifacts that detail the history of Cajuns in the area. There are many restaurants throughout the state that serve up the delicious flavors of Cajun cuisine, like K-Paul's Lousiana Kitchen in New Orleans and Marilynn's Place in Shreveport.
There are countless weekend getaways in Louisiana that you could spend at the many music and food festivals held every year. Held over two weekends every spring, one of the most well-known jazz festivals in the world is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, known as Jazz Fest. In the fall, Lafayette hosts the Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, an eclectic celebration of Creole culture with live music, fantastic dancing, and delicious food.
Some of the best weekend getaways in Louisiana happen during Mardi Gras season. New Orleans is one of the tops destinations around the world to celebrate Carnival. With crazy costumes, eye-popping parades and parties that are unforgettable if you can remember them, Mardi Gras in New Orleans makes for a magical weekend getaway in Louisiana. Although the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans are the most well known, there are also family friendly celebrations throughout Cajun country, in Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma and Morgan City.