Morgan City, Louisiana, is much more than the “Jumbo Shrimp Capital of the World.” This picturesque riverfront town has tons of Cajun restaurants and beautiful waterways where you can fish, go crabbing, or explore the biodiverse swamplands– home to egrets, otters, bald eagles and alligators.
Just 70 miles from New Orleans, this unassuming town has plenty of interesting attractions and things to do for people of all ages. Here is a round-up of our top five.
Explore the Atchafalaya River
Experience the natural beauty of the Atchafalaya River and Basin Swamp, where ancient oaks and cypress trees abound. Get up close and personal with local wildlife while learning about this important ecosystem. You can explore on canoe or kayak and have several Cajun Coast paddling trails to choose from.
Tour Mr. Charlie – A Real Offshore Drilling Rig
Ever wonder what it’s like to be on an offshore drilling rig? Take a walk down to the International Petroleum Museum & Exposition, and tour “Mr. Charlie,” a rig that drilled hundreds of wells off the shores of Morgan City from 1954 to 1986. This one-of-a-kind structure was the very first submersible and portable drilling rig that helped to launch modern offshore oil drilling technology. A tour of Mr. Charlie can help you appreciate the importance of the petroleum industry and how it changed the landscape of Morgan City.
Songs on the Bayou Festival
If six days of music, entertainment, and culture sound enticing, mark your calendars for the Songs on the Bayou Festival in Morgan City. The event will take place March 25th – March 29th, 2020 and promises an authentic Bayou experience. The songwriter’s festival will highlight the local music scene, including rising talent in the genres of Zydeco, Outlaw Country, Cajun and more. More than 100 performers are scheduled at this family-friendly festival, which includes workshops, sunset “pickin” parties and songwriter shows.
Shopping on Main Street
Morgan City’s historic district is a haven for unique finds! You can easily spend hours on Main Street, where locally-owned boutiques sit next to cozy cafes and beautiful churches. There are wonderful home accessories and gift options at Sherry’s Intuitions, and it’s also a great spot for watching boats on the Atchafalaya River.
Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Cajun country at Morgan City’s famous Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival. This family-friendly event will take place Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd, and has more than 100 vendors selling handmade items, a Children’s Village with fun activities, street parades, food, an art show, fireworks and music in the park. Entrance is free!
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