A blue heron coasts over the backwaters
Handling a small friend at Greenwood Gator Farm and Tours
Fresh beignets and coffee, a sweet sampling of the local Cajun food offerings
Moss-draped cypress trees in the bayou
Taking a spin on the Jolly Inn’s dance floor
The LSU float at Mardi Gras
Learning about Cajun history from a guide
The pretty pink exterior of Southdown Museum
Taking in the scenery on a swamp tour
Getting to know some turtles at Wildlife Gardens
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Cajun hospitality in Louisiana’s Bayou Country
Where to start? Why not experience some Cajunicity. Houma is authentic Cajun culture, not a made-for-TV imitation. Discover our colourful way of life, unique dialect, lively music, world-famous cooking and a history that’s rich in heritage and hospitality. Bayou Country is all about discovering the joie de vivre, or love of life that’s ingrained into every aspect of this centuries-old culture. You’ll experience it at the two-week long Cajun Mardi Gras celebration. You’ll see it in many annual festivals. You’ll hear it resonate within the colourful Cajun language and distinctive music; and you’ll taste its rich flavour in the renowned Cajun cooking. In Houma, you’ll find an unbridled love of life, music, food and camaraderie that’s woven itself into a rich, robust and sometimes unexpected tapestry of life found nowhere else on earth.
Climb aboard a swamp tour and come face to face with the unusual, the exotic and the ferocious. For those who enjoy photographing exotic flowers, wildlife and birds, the wetlands is the place to bring your camera. From the comforts of a guided tour boat, you can snap photos of 4.5-meter alligators. You’ll enter an amazing world full of wildlife parks and refuges, birding sanctuaries and nature preserves – many with elevated boardwalks and viewing decks – teeming with some of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife. Cocodrie, just 48 kilometers south of Houma, is an Ultimate Fishing Town. Don’t take our word for it; the experts at World Fishing Network said so, placing this South Louisiana fishing village among the world’s top three fishing destinations. The Houma area’s unique location allows for a diverse combination of fishing that makes it a true fisherman’s paradise.
For a more relaxed visit, uncover timeless historic sites, take one of many unique cultural tours, spend time in interactive museums, and tour the nation’s only folk art sculpture garden.
Come experience all the exotic, the mysterious and flavourful excitement that’s found only in Houma.
The film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was inspired by the culture of the Houma area.
The word “Houma” means “red” in the native language of the United Houma Nation, a local Native American tribe, and is said to be a reference to their war emblem, a red crawfish.
Houma was the setting for the "Swamp Thing" comic books.