Outdoor Adventures Await in Ascension Parish, Louisiana’s Sweet Spot
Year-round mild temps mean every season is perfect for exploring the outdoor scene in Ascension Parish, LA.
From stunning gardens and historic hot spots, to one-of-a-kind shops, recreational parks, and picturesque golf courses, there’s something for everyone in Louisiana’s Sweet Spot.
Start planning an unforgettable outdoor retreat with the sweet attractions to follow.
Explore Ascension’s Historical Roots
While enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery of Ascension Parish, it’s impossible not to encounter the area’s rich, diverse culture and history.
At every turn, you will find a captivating landmark or attraction that will transport you back in time to the parish’s early days when Native American, Spanish, French, German, Italian, English, African and Acadian cultures melded to create this unique destination.
Houmas House Historic Plantation
One of the most notable sites to experience this vibrant history is at the 18th-century Houmas House Historic Plantation, the Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road.
In addition to guided tours of the stately mansion, visitors can embark on either a guided or self-guided tour of the plantation’s sprawling 38-acre garden, boasting beautiful blooms, a lush landscape, dazzling water features, a number of sitting nooks and even secret pathways.
But don’t get too lost in the beauty of the grand gardens—there are still so many sweet things to see and do!
Sweet Spot Landing
More scenic views and historical sites await just a short distance from Houmas House.
The plantation’s parking lot connects to The Mississippi Riverwalk bridge, which leads to Sweet Spot Landing where you can relax and soak up panoramic views of the mighty Mississippi.
The explorative fun doesn’t end there, though! Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to discover more riveting outdoor attractions and the fascinating history of Louisiana’s Sweet Spot.
Donaldsonville’s Historic Portal to the Past
The Mississippi Riverwalk is just one of seven portals to the past in the historic district of Donaldsonville, Louisiana’s first state capitol. Here you’ll find a portal map to guide you to each gateway.
This scenic route will wind you along 2.5 miles of pathway perfect for walking, biking, as well as driving, as you immerse yourself in more than 500 years of history.
Along the journey, you’ll discover countless historic treasures, including The River Road African American Museum, Ascension Catholic Church and the works of local folk artist Alvin Batiste.
Historic Fort Butler Commemorative Site
If you’ve got a history buff in your group, the Historic Fort Butler Commemorative Site is a must-see.
This pivotal Civil War site was constructed by local African-American Slaves-turned-soldiers to guard the Mississippi River-Bayou Lafourche junction. Guided tours are available, but by appointment only.
Shop the Cajun Village
When you’ve had your fill of local historic sites, set your sights on a true Louisiana shopping experience at the Cajun Village.
Here you’ll find a variety of charming historic Acadian buildings that have been beautifully restored and are now home to exclusive boutiques and specialty shops featuring antiques, Cajun finds, and so much more.
While you stroll the village and peruse the eclectic shops, stop in the on-site Coffee House and indulge in their famous beignet and café au lait to keep the shopping fun going strong.
Before leaving the village, take time to check out the on-site pond that’s home to real, live gators, Big Boy and Nubby!
Golf the Point
The outdoor fun would be amiss without an opportunity to play Ascension Parish’s two championship golf courses at Pelican Point.
The Links Golf Course—Pelican Point’s premiere facility—features 18 challenging holes, beautiful fairways, spacious greens, and four sets of tees that make the course accessible and fun for players of all skill levels.
Pelican Point is also home to a nine-hole, par 35 course, The Lakes Course, that’s especially great for beginning golfers, but also a fun course for more seasoned players to get a quick game in as well.
Before hitting the links, make your way to the on-site practice range and practice greens and give your golf game a boost with a quick warm-up. If you’d love some pro-level tips for playing, Pelican Point has golf professionals on site to offer lessons in chipping, putting, and full swing.
Just for Kids
All the family-friendly outdoor attractions are sure to leave you ready to rest your head at one of our area’s sweet spots to stay, but the kiddos will sleep even more soundly after spending a day playing at Kidz Kove Discovery Park and Jambalaya Park.
As an “all access” playground, Kidz Kove houses engaging equipment and experiences for children, including those with physical and/or sensory developmental challenges, making it a go-to hotspot for locals and visitors alike.
Jambalaya Park is another family-favorite that offers more opportunities for mom and dad to join in the fun. The park is home to a swimming pool and splash park, reflection/meditation pond, playgrounds, picnic areas, an amphitheater, and even a walking/jogging path and fishing spots along Bayou Francois.
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