11 Best Things To Do In New Iberia, Louisiana

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New Iberia, Louisiana has such a rich history, it being a melting pot of African-American, Creole, Spanish, and French heritage. It is home to Pulitzer Prize winner James Lee Burke and world-renowned Tabasco hot pepper sauce. Through the efforts of the city government to preserve its cultural history, New Iberia has safe-kept a collection of artifacts and other objects at Shadows-on-the-Teche and Bayou Teche Museum.

It comes with little to no surprise if most tourists regard the city’s traditions and the locals’ culinary skills, highly influenced by the French culture as they occupied it after the Spaniards had founded and fled from it. Truly, this small city has a lot to offer: food, festivals, history, and so much more. To get you started, here are the 11 best things to do in New Iberia, Louisiana.

1. Shadows-on-the-Teche

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Nestled on the banks of Bayou Teche in the Main Street District, the Shadow-on-the-Teche was an antebellum home of the Union soldiers before the Civil War broke out. Built in 1894 for a sugar planter named David Weeks, the historic residence has been passed on to four generations already but is now owned by the National Trust the Historic Preservation.


Address: 317 East Main St., New Iberia, Louisiana

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contact: +1337-3696446

Website: Shadows-on-the-Teche

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2. New Iberia City Park

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Parks abound in New Iberia—14 of them are scattered along the city streets which are all managed by the New Iberia Park and Recreation Department. The New Iberia City Park has many amenities including a swimming pool, fields, courts, and gazebo, garden, horseshoe pit, and public boat launch.

New Iberia City Park

Address: 300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia, Louisiana

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.

Contact: +1337-3692337

Website: New Iberia City Park

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3. Bayou Teche Museum

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Bayou Teche Museum is limited as it does not open on Sundays through Wednesdays so please be sure to take note of that to avoid wasting your time. This state-of-the-art museum showcases the rich cultural history of New Iberia through a wide collection of artifacts and memorabilia. It is located on the Main Street where New Iberia native James Lee Burke set his Pulitzer award-winning novels about the notable detective Dave Robicheaux.

Bayou Teche Museum

Address: 131 East Main St., New Iberia, Louisiana

Opening Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contact: +1337-6065977

Website: Bayou Teche Museum

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4. Conrad Rice Museum

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Operating since 1912, the Conrad Rice Mill has become a major business in the entire state of Louisiana. As a 105-year-old business, the company has morphed into an attraction in New Iberia, thus the Conrad Rice Museum. Today, it now offers a wide variety of products such as Cajun crafts and food.

Conrad Rice Museum

Address: 307 Ann St., New Iberia, Louisiana

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact: +1337-3647242

Website: Conrad Rice Museum

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5. Evangeline Theater

Evangeline Theatre, New Iberia, Louisiana
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Evangeline Theater is a 600-seat art deco-style movie house that opened in 1930 and closed in 1960. The Slimans of New Iberia donated it to the city government in 1994 and was subjected to renovations afterward. Today, the National Register of Historic Places manages it as the Sliman Theater for the Performing Arts where live performances are staged.

Evangeline Theater

Address: 129 East Main St., New Iberia, Louisiana

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact: +1337-3647242

Website: Evangeline Theater

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6. Atchafalaya National Heritage Area: Bayou Teche Corridor

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Encompassing a few cities in Louisiana, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area’s welcome center along the Bayou Teche Corridor is a 55-minute drive from New Iberia. There are so many fun things to do there. In the Bayou Teche Corridor, where the Cajun culture proves rich and robust, you get to listen to the native music of Cajun and eat some boudin, etouffee, and gumbo in time-tested restaurants. And of course, you can go canoeing or fishing.

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Address: West Atchafalaya Basic Spillway Levee, Franklin, Louisiana

Contact: +1337-2281094

Website: Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

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7. Bayou Boards and Kajun Kites

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If you are looking for strenuous adventures or wanting to learn new skills, Bayou Boards and Kajun Kites has local Acadians who can teach you the ropes of kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding. They also offer tours to Louisiana’s marshes, lakes, swamps, and bayous.

Bayou Boards and Kajun Kites

Address: New Iberia, Louisiana

Price: from 25 USD

Contact: +1337-5194420

Website: Bayou Boards and Kajun Kites

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8. World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off

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An annual event happening every second Saturday of October, the World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off this year takes place at Bouligny Plaza on October 14, 2017. Apart from the food, you will enjoy good music here and a fun run.

World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off

Address: 102 West Main St., New Iberia, Louisiana

Contact: +1337-3641836

Website: World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off

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9. Rosary House

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For the Roman Catholic followers, the Rosary House has handcrafted authentic silver rosaries for sale. But over the years since 1946, it has grown as a manufacturer, importer, and wholesaler of religious trinkets and some beautifully handmade valuable goods.

Rosary House

Address: 200 Ann St., New Iberia, Louisiana

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Contact: +1337-3645401

Website: Rosary House

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10. Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival

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As agriculturally rich as New Iberia is, sugar cane is one of its major crops that it produces more than 1 billion USD, according to its government. In celebration of the harvest season, the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival was born. A five-day event, the festival brings a carnival-style fair, food market, live music performances, an evening boat parade, street dance, artistic exhibits, fireworks display, and so much more.

Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Office

Address: 600 Parkview Dr, New Iberia, Louisiana

Contact: +1337-3670708

Website: Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Office

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11. Visit the home to world famous Tabasco sauce at Avery Island

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When visiting the southern state of Louisiana, make your way to Avery Island, home to the factory and museum of world-famous and 150-year-old McIlhenny Tabasco sauce. The thriving family business since 1868 has managed to build a hot sauce empire for what made Avery Island an attraction to come see. Throughout the years, the McIlhenny Company also managed to establish a museum, country store, and restaurant to showcase their renowned product. Get a few good souvenirs for friends and families and find out first hand how Edward McIlhenny’s Tabasco sauce was reproduced and maintained its original flavor throughout the years.

Avery Island Tabasco Museum and Factory

Address: 32 Wisteria Rd, Avery Island, LA 70513, United States

Website: Tabasco Museum and Factory

Opening hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays to Mondays

Price: 5.49 USD

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Amazing New Iberia

New Iberia, Louisiana, 2011
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New Iberia may be a geographically small city but it proves that size in itself does not matter. It is booming in terms of income, its history is amazing, the community is great, and there are just so many things tourists can do. If you are planning to visit New Iberia, Louisiana, please know that the city goes beyond this list.

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