Well now that we’ve shown you the two fake gators, we’ve finally got to the real ones!! Just a little walk from the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is a fenced pond with at least four adult gators along with turtles and other natural wildlife.
The area makes it super easy to see everything in the enclosure while still keeping a safe distance. We really enjoyed watching the gators sun without worrying about disturbing them.
This is a great little adventure for those of you who’ve never seen a gator in real life as well as the seasoned gator hunters out there.
Well we had an absolute blast at the SWLA CVB! Not only did we learn a lot about SWLA but we found so many places to visit and tell y’all about. Please take a day or afternoon to stop by and check it out for yourself so you can plan your own Cajun adventure!!
Just next to the large Louisiana state cutout is a familiar sight if you’ve been following our blog or have done any traveling around the backroads of Southwest Louisiana: a Creole Nature Trail marker!
The Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is the perfect place to start a trip down the Creole Nature Trail with a virtual tour! They have handheld devices you can rent that will give you an audio tour of the trail. By using GPS, the devices know where you are and guide you along the trail. There is also a free phone app to download which works in the same way! The devices can be found inside the SWLA CVB, and they have a drop-off box outside for when you’re done.
The SWLA CVB is such a great jumping off point because it can lead you in so many fun directions!
Be ready for our 6th and final stop at SWLA CVB coming up next. Also, keep a lookout for more about the Creole Nature Trail as we explore it!
Just past Gumbeaux Gator stands this large cutout of Louisiana that we, of course, had to take pictures in front of! We were just planning on including them in the post about the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau until I stumbled upon this picture of my mom while looking through a box of old photographs, and I couldn’t believe it looked like the same statue!
Before her freshman year of high school, my mom took a road trip to Colorado, and they took a picture at each state welcome sign. The 1980 picture was taken on the side of road entering Louisiana, but mom is unsure of the exact location.
Does anyone know if this is the original and/or if these were spread across the state at various state lines?
Also, do any of y’all have a picture posing with Louisiana, past or present? We’d love to see them!
Keep a lookout for Stop #5 at the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau: the Creole Nature Trail Virtual Tour!