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Swamps and plantations are the big draw once you leave New Orleans proper—and you don't have to travel far.
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Edgard, LA 70049, USA
We rented a car and drove out of New Orleans for a day to see some of the plantation Homes. Not being from the South, we wanted to take the opportunity to see a piece of our country's history even with the gloomy knowledge of slavery as part of...
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3645 Louisiana 18, Vacherie, LA 70090, USA
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Standing on the porch of Oak Alley Plantation and looking out at the hundred-year-old oaks, I imagined I saw into the past.
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41490 Crawford Landing Rd, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
Head out to the NOLA suburb of Slidell and go on a swamp tour. I went with Honey Island Tours and saw this big guy lounging in the sun.
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25020 US-190, Lacombe, LA 70445, USA
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It's not every day you can enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch, and then be invited behind the restaurant to visit their pigs. At La Provence, the charming auberge-style restaurant in La Combe, Louisiana, the staff not only encourages it, but will...
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22275 LA-36, Abita Springs, LA 70420, USA
As we stood in front of the UCM, I knew right away that the $3 entry fee would be worth the payout by the sign outside that read FREE POSSUM(poo) WITH EVERY PURCHASE. I love that kind of crap (pun intended) and it did not disappoint. The museum...
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Barataria, LA 70036, USA
Jean Lafitte is a great day trip from New Orleans. See the Jean Lafitte Preserve, eat at Jan's Cajun Restaurant, take an Airboat Adventure or go on a swamp tour. You can even rent a fishing cabin.
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New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
If you're looking for some quiet time while visiting New Orleans (what?), consider heading across the river to Algiers Point—a residential section of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, full of Creole cottages and other...