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Camping in Louisiana

You may not believe it, but there IS more to Louisiana travel than Bourbon Street (that said, don’t skip it - the beignets are worth it!). With year-round hunting, fishing, golf and countless other opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is easy to see why the Bayou State’s other nickname is "Sportsman's Paradise”.

What is the best season for camping in Louisiana?

Because of Louisiana’s subtropical climate, camping and outdoor activities are enjoyed throughout the year. Areas in central and North Louisiana are generally slightly cooler than South Louisiana. Remember that the weather can change quickly, and that you should plan carefully during the months of September - November (hurricane season!!).

What are some must-do outdoor activities in Louisiana?

We can’t talk about outdoor activities in Louisiana without first mentioning swamp tours! By far the most-loved outdoor adventure in Louisiana, swamp tours are something that everyone should try. The flatlands of Louisiana are filled with swamps all across the State. However, to have the best experience (and your safety), we highly recommend choosing guided tours. And don’t miss the Pepper Plantation Salt Dome on Avery Island - the birthplace of Tobasco and let’s be real, the entire US pepper sauce market. Last but not least, and because it’s so unbelievably true, go hatch an alligator in the palm of your hands. You read that right! The Insta-Gator Ranch at the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain offers an alligator hatching opportunity to the visitors, where during the hatching season from mid-August through early September, you can hold a gator egg in your bare hands and let it naturally hatch. Mind…blown!

What are the top events and festivals in Louisiana?

When Louisiana hosts more than 400 hundred festivals each year, it’s no easy task to whittle that list down. For lovers of local cuisine, get a taste of hot, crispy catfish at the Louisiana Catfish Festival, founded in 1975, or the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival where you can eat your weight in mudbugs, and shimmy your way to victory in the zydeco dance contest. The Red River Revel is recognized as the largest outdoor arts festival in North Louisiana. Shop beautiful works from more than 140 visual artists and hear live entertainment on three stages. Lastly, the “Strawberry Capital of the World” celebrates the sweet berry with the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. The family-friendly event offers old-fashioned fun, from strawberry eating contests to sack races. Be sure to sample the many strawberry-flavored treats, including the shortcake.

What are the best state and national parks to visit in Louisiana?

Chicot State Park is 6400 acres of pure beauty. Located near Ville Platte, Louisiana on Lake Chicot, the rolling hills and beautiful water make this one of the best state parks in Louisiana. The 2,800-acre Fountainebleau State Park is located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, and is the perfect spot to watch the sunset or relax on the beautiful sandy beach and watch the sailboats float by.

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