Things To Do in Louisiana
Types of Girl about the Globe – Cuisine GatG, Cultural GatG
Louisiana lies in the Southeast of the USA, bordering Texas and Mississippi. Think of Louisiana, and you'll probably think of New Orleans, the largest city in the state, but New Orleans isn't the only cultural city in the Deep South. Exploring the state can be a great experience when you're solo and can choose your own adventures. Plus there are plenty of things to do in Louisiana whatever activity you enjoy. With recommendations from our solo travel community, I've listed 16 of the best things to do in Louisiana below after a brief introduction to each place in Louisiana.
Known for having a rich and historic heritage, Louisiana has influences of African, French, and Spanish, with a laid-back vibe. Not only will you be singing the blues, but you can enjoy a few beaches or two along the Gulf Coast during your visit.
If you love nature, you'll love Louisiana with its 150 lakes and many opportunities for outdoor adventures. Although famed for the Mississippi River, Louisiana has many other rivers, as well as swamplands and islands in the southern part of the state. Visiting Louisiana is great for nature lovers, with its national parks, as well as history buffs, with historic sites dating back hundreds of years.
If you're set on visiting Louisiana's most famous city, head south for the Mississippi River and the New Orleans.
The French Quarter with its pastel-coloured buildings is a great place to stay when you are looking for New Orleans hotels. Frenchmen Street is where you'll find live jazz clubs to while away your solo evenings, but make sure to visit Woldenberg Park first for the sunset. During the day, enjoy some solitude in one of the city's historic gardens, admire the centuries-old architecture, wander around St. Louis Cemetery, or explore the churches. Instead of walking, you can take one of the city's trams or explore Jackson Square on a horse and carriage.
There's so much to do here as a solo traveller. You can learn how to cook Creole-style or find out more about the legends on a ghostly evening tour. Learn about the ecology of the area on a riverboat tour or swamp tour, discover the history and wildlife of the region, or spend a day visiting old sugar plantations.
If you’re an arty & museum GatG, pay a visit to the 360 degree Van Gogh Immersive Experience. Step into the interactive art exhibition and learn more about this famous Dutch artist in a one of a kind VR experience.
New Orleans holds many festivals, from Jazz in the Park to the New Orleans Film Festival. Visit in February, and you'll be there in time for the famous Mardi Gras, with its colourful parade and celebrations featuring mask-wearing celebrants.
Other Places in Louisiana
Although overshadowed by New Orleans, Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and also sits along the Mississippi River. Here you'll find the Blue Bayou Water Park, the largest amusement park in the area. One of the things to do in Baton Rouge Louisiana is to take a swamp tour or explore the LSU Lakes. The climate here is perfect for spending time outdoors.
Head to Lafayette for spicy Cajun cuisine and places of importance, such as the Acadiana Centre for the Arts and the Alexandre Mouton House Museum, where you'll find antiques and vintage Mardi Gras costumes. With the strong Cajun influence in the region, the Acadian Village is a prime example of a Cajun Bayou community and is one of the things to do in Lafayette LA.
Shreveport is the third-largest city in Louisiana. This is the cultural centre of Ark-La-Tex, the region where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma intersect, and here you'll find a network of waterways, wetlands, and pine forests. One of the fun things to do in Louisiana is to see the Mardi Gras that is held here every February, making it a good alternative for those who aren't in New Orleans.
Other places to visit here for your solo adventures are Lake Charles, which offers small-town charm, and Kinder, which is home to the largest casino in Louisiana.
Louisiana Ultimate Bucket List
1. Visit The Lovely State of Oak Alley Plantation
Step back in time as you visit the enchanting Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana. With its stunning oak-lined pathway leading to the antebellum mansion, you'll be transported to the era of Southern charm and grandeur. Take a guided tour, stroll through the picturesque gardens, and learn about the rich history of this captivating estate. – History solos * Check dates & availability: Oak Alley Plantation
2. Discover The National WWII Museum
History buffs cannot miss a visit to The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Immerse yourself in the compelling exhibits and artefacts that chronicle the events of World War II. From interactive displays to personal stories, this museum offers a comprehensive and moving tribute to the brave individuals who fought for freedom.- History solos * Check prices & availability: National WWII Museum
3. Check Out The Musical Legends Park
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Musical Legends Park is a must-visit for music lovers. This vibrant outdoor space celebrates the musical heritage of New Orleans with statues and memorials dedicated to jazz, blues, and R&B legends. Enjoy live performances, soak in the lively atmosphere, and experience the soulful rhythms that define the city. – Music solos
4. Hike at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park
Nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike will find solace in the picturesque landscapes of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Embark on a hike through lush marshes, swamps, and forests, and discover the region's rich cultural and ecological history. Keep an eye out for alligators, birds, and other wildlife along the way. – Active & Nature solos
5. Take Colourful Photos at The French Quarter
Known for its vibrant atmosphere and distinctive architecture, the French Quarter is a photographer's paradise. Wander through the narrow, colourful streets, capturing the essence of New Orleans. From the iconic balconies adorned with flower-filled wrought iron to the lively street performers and hidden courtyards, every corner of the French Quarter offers a unique and picturesque sight. – City & Sightseeing solo * Check prices & availability: New Orleans City Tour
6. Contemplate Art at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery
Delve into the world of art at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport. This impressive museum showcases a diverse collection of European and American art spanning various periods and styles. Explore the galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, and gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and creativity of human expression. – Arty & Museum solo
7. Enjoy Scenic Landscapes at the Creole Nature Trail
Nature enthusiasts seeking scenic landscapes should venture out to the Creole Nature Trail. This 180-mile-long scenic byway winds through marshes, prairies, and beaches, offering breathtaking views of Louisiana's diverse wildlife and ecosystems. Spot alligators, migratory birds, and other native species while immersing yourself in the untouched beauty of the Louisiana coast. – Nature solo
8. Visit the TABASCO Factory and Museum
For a unique culinary experience, visit the TABASCO Factory and Museum on Avery Island. Discover the rich history of this iconic hot sauce, learn about the production process, and explore the fascinating artefacts and memorabilia. Don't forget to sample the various flavours and spices that make TABASCO a staple in kitchens worldwide. – Cuisine solo
9. Marvel at The Views From The Louisiana State Capitol Building
Ascend to the observation deck of the Louisiana State Capitol Building for awe-inspiring views of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River. Marvel at the architectural beauty of this historic landmark, stroll through the surrounding gardens, and gain a new perspective on the capital city's skyline. – City & sightseeing solo
10. Learn About The Dark Side of New Orleans on a Cemetery Tour
Delve into the haunted side of New Orleans by taking a ghost, voodoo and vampire tour. Explore the atmospheric graveyards and learn about the city's unique burial practices and ghostly legends. Walk among the ornate tombs and mausoleums, and hear chilling stories that bring the supernatural history of New Orleans to life. – Dark tourism GatG * Check dates & availability: New Orleans Ghost Tour
11. Discover the Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Expand your horizons at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge. This multidisciplinary museum offers a diverse range of exhibits and programs that delve into art, science, and history. From captivating art collections to interactive science exhibits, there's something for everyone to enjoy and learn from. – Arty & Museum solo
12. Spot Wildlife on a Swamp Tour
Embark on a thrilling adventure through the Louisiana swamps on a guided swamp tour. Cruise through the winding waterways, surrounded by cypress trees and abundant wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, turtles, and exotic bird species as you navigate the mysterious and enchanting swamp ecosystem. – Wildlife solo * Check dates & availability: Louisiana swamp tour
13. Visit the Mardi Gras World
Experience the magic of Mardi Gras year-round at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Step behind the scenes and witness the intricate process of float design and construction. Admire the elaborate costumes, learn about the history and traditions of this iconic celebration, and even try on some colourful masks and accessories. – Festival solo
14. Learn About The Oldest Cathedral in North America
Discover the architectural gem that is St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. As the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic cathedral in North America, it holds significant historical and cultural importance. Step inside to admire the stunning stained glass windows, ornate decorations, and serene atmosphere that make this cathedral a true masterpiece. – History solo
15. Delve into History at The Whitney Plantation
Gain a deeper understanding of the history of slavery at the Whitney Plantation. This historic site and museum near New Orleans tells the story of enslaved people through immersive exhibits and preserved structures. Explore the plantation grounds, visit slave cabins, and reflect on the painful legacy of slavery while honouring the resilience of those who endured. – History solo
16. Immerse Yourself in Culture and Music at Frenchmen Street
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and music scene of New Orleans at Frenchmen Street. This lively thoroughfare is lined with jazz clubs, bars, and restaurants, offering a wide array of live performances every night. Experience the soulful rhythms of the city, dance to the tunes of talented musicians, and soak up the energetic ambiance that makes Frenchmen Street a local favourite. – Cultural & music solo * Check prices & availability: New Orleans City Tour
Accommodation in Louisiana
In Louisiana, you’ll find a range of accommodation from chain and boutique hotels in the cities to resorts and historic B&Bs. For the budget-conscious solo, there are hostels such as the India House Hostel in New Orleans, as well as motels, inns and RV parks too.
Plus there’s Airbnb which offers rooms with a local and rental accommodation in cities such as New Orleans on a short-term basis. You can stay in a private room in a local's house or rent their whole apartment.
All of the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement.
Hire an RV
For those who prefer the freedom of the open road consider hiring an RV and driving yourself around the USA stopping in Louisiana on the way. As a solo traveller, you’ll have plenty of space for your accommodation, your own transport and possibly a kitchenette too. RVshare allows you to compare RV rates from different brands and find local owners near you. In most cases, they deliver to a specific location or park, so the home-away-from-home will be ready and waiting for you on arrival. Plus, you can bring your pet! Prices start from $75 a night. * Book a campervan with RVshare
Baton Rouge – Watermark Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
If staying in a historic skyscraper is more your style, this 4-star hotel in Baton Rouge is stunning. This former bank has been transformed into a chic-looking hotel with a 24-hour front desk, and an onsite deli and restaurant. Located in the historic downtown and close to the landmarks, the Watermark Baton has a nice welcoming vibe for those of us travelling solo. Choose from a double queen room, a king room or a junior suite.
- Prices from £133/$188 USD per night for a European petite queen
- To book, check prices or availability for Watermark Baton Rouge
Lafayette – Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette
This 3-star Louisiana hotel is a great choice for solos with true Louisiana hospitality. You can swim in the outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, work out at the fitness centre and mingle with the other guests every evening at the cocktail bar held in the lobby. The rooms are clean and comfortable and there is always fresh coffee available plus a hot breakfast is included in your room rate. Choose from a deluxe or superior queen room, a deluxe or superior king room, or a suite.
- Prices from £83/$117 USD per night for a European petite queen
- To book, check prices or availability for Drury Inn & Suites Lafayette
New Orleans – Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Located in the French Quarter, this award-winning 4-star hotel is in a fantastic location in New Orleans with everything you need within walking distance. The staff are helpful and the hotel has a charm to it, with a restaurant and bar onsite. There’s an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace with a bar where you can while away the hours after sightseeing. Choose from a European petite queen, a queen room with a courtyard view, a deluxe queen, or a premier king with a jacuzzi. There are plenty of room types to choose from.
- Prices from £126/$179 USD per night for a European petite queen
- To book, check prices or availability for Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated day tours and activities in Louisiana. Choose from a day or evening jazz cruise on the steamboat Natchez, a swamp tour of New Orleans by airboat, or a French Quarter walking and storytelling tour. There are several to choose from including a ghosts, vampires, voodoo tour, and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my Get Your Guide review or click the link below for all their tours.
Viator – Viator is similar to Get Your Guide. They are an American company and a tour platform with more than 345,000 tours and worldwide activities. They also offer a New Orleans steamboat harbour cruise, a three-hour city tour of New Orleans, and a chance to experience Cajun country on a plantation and swamp boat adventure. Read my Viator review or click the link for all their tours.
Intrepid Travel – If you’re searching for some company to explore the USA with, Intrepid Travel is a responsible travel company that offers a Southern Comfort USA tour. Over 12 days experience the real Southern hospitality of the country’s Deep South from New Orleans to Charleston. Intrepid operate a flexible booking policy so you can change your travel plans up to 21 days before departure. Read our Intrepid Review here or click on the link below for the itinerary.
Planning a Trip to Louisiana
If you are planning a trip to Louisiana, I've included useful links and information below such as airlines that go there, local costs and events and festivals.
Budget – $100 USD + a day
Capital – Baton Rouge
Population – 4.65 million
Language spoken – Louisiana Creole, French, English
Local Currency – US Dollar
The Best Time to Go – April and May
Where can I go from here?
- Miami – 1 hour 45 mins
- Orlando – 1 hour 45 mins
- Chicago – 2.5 hrs
(* All from New Orleans)
Frequently Asked Questions About Louisiana
- What is the most famous thing in Louisiana? Louisiana is known for New Orleans (the largest city in Louisiana), jazz, the Mardi Gras festival, swamps and alligators, and plantations.
- Is there alot to do in Louisiana? Yes, Louisiana has many things to do for all types of travellers, including solo female travellers.
- Is Louisiana safe to visit? Yes, Louisiana is fairly safe for travellers.