To many, Louisiana is the birthplace of jazz, over-stuffed po’ boys, and the grandest Mardi Gras celebrations. But the state's unique culture and spirit inspire a wide variety of wildly creative events and attractions. Here you'll find Spain’s running of the bulls recreated by folks on rollerblades with helmets–complete with horns–chasing each other as “rollerbulls.” Only in Louisiana will you see frog shows instead of dog shows. And name one other place where a city celebrates as pirates attempt to invade! Always ready to have fun and be merry, the people of Louisiana are some of the most hospitable in the country. So pack your bags and your imagination, because a pet friendly trip to Louisiana is sure to be memorable.
Best Time To Visit
As a pet friendly destination, Louisiana is best in fall and winter. From October through early November the state is at its driest, and the lower humidity makes outdoor activities more enjoyable. Winters are mild, if somewhat wet, and the least popular time to visit the state. That's good news for you because you'll find good deals on hotels. Of course, the annual Mardi Gras celebration draws massive crowds in February--a good time to avoid a trip with your pets. And August and September mark hurricane season, which increases the risk of inclement weather.
Things Not To Miss
Stroll the pet friendly, paved paths through the grounds at the Louisiana Capitol in Baton Rouge, the tallest state capitol building in the United States.
Tour the mansion and explore the gardens at the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Pass through marshlands and coastline while you explore the heart of Cajun culture on the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.
Take a walk in the Garden District, visit Louis Armstrong Park, try the beignets at Café du Monde, explore City Park, and hop the Canal Street Ferry to check out the Algiers Point neighborhood in New Orleans.
Drive part of the Great River Road as it follows the Mississippi River north from New Orleans to Minneapolis, Minnesota.