Daytime Activities Around Houma
Houma and the surrounding countryside have plenty to offer visitors whether they’ve come for Mardi Gras or are just passing through at any other time of the year.
A Cajun Man’s Swamp Cruise
Join legendary Cajun Ron ”Black” Guidry for a covered boat tour of Bayou Black. Guidry not only captains the boat, but drives the conversation as he narrates his way around the cypress swamp he calls home. During the 90-minute to two hour cruise, passengers can expect to encounter numerous alligators (which Guidry may attempt to feed from the boat), bald eagles, nutria, and other bayou creatures.
Off of Highway 182 on Marina Dr. 15mi west of Houma and 5mi. east of Gibson
Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum
This intriguing museum on the banks of Bayou Terrebonne takes visitors through the diverse aquatic habitats and ecosystems of the area. During the summer months the museum also serves up live music on the front porch. Contact the museum for details.
7910 . Park Ave.; 985 580-7200
Chauvin Sculpture Gardens
More than 100 sculptures fill this enigmatic garden south of Houma on Bayou Petit Caillou. Created by artists Kenny Hill, the haunting religious icons and scenes of daily life are only one part of the story. The artist mysteriously deserted Chauvin and his unfinished masterpiece, and has not been heard from since.
5337 Bayouside Dr., in Chauvin; (985) 594-2546
Southdown Plantation House
Located on a 19th century sugar plantation, Southdown is an intriguing collection of local history and culture. In addition to exhibits on Mardi Gras in Houma, the plantation itself, and Bayou Terrbonne, the museum includes a recreation of the Washington D.C. office of Allen J. Ellender (U.S. Senator 1937-1972).
1208 Museum Dr.; 985-851-0154
Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center
Centrally located in downtown Houma, the folklife center is one part interactive museum/archive, and one part school (offering history exhibits, Cajun dance lessons, arts & crafts classes, and live demonstrations).
317 Goode St., Houma, LA; 985-873-6545
Whether walking the marked trails through the swamp to see the adult alligators in their pens, peeking in on the baby alligator pen, playing hide and seek with the peacocks running free on the grounds, or moving into one of the swamp cabins for the night, Wildlife Gardens offers a unique lodging and wildlife viewing experience.
5306 N. Bayou Black Dr., in Gibson, LA; 985-575-3676