Attractions - Tour Ascension

Featured Attractions

River Road Plantations

Explore Houmas House Plantation & Gardens. Beneath 200-year-old live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, hear wonderful stories of life on a sugar plantation. Drive by Ashland Bell-Helene. Dignity personified. Visit the newly opened Bocage Plantation which has been restored to its original grandeur. Click for more info

Outdoor Adventures

Pelican Point Golf CoursePlay a round or two at Pelican Point Golf Course on the former site of a sugar cane plantation. At the Palo Alto Gun & Rod Club, hunt to your heart’s content, then relax in our rustic log cabin lodge. Click for more info

Historic Sites & Museums

downtown donaldsonvilleIn Ascension Parish, history isn’t relegated to the past. Come explore it! Find out how pirate Jean Lafitte, one of the heroes of the Battle of New Orleans, sold his booty from a plantation house here. Learn about the Spanish, French, Native Americans, African-Americans and exiled Acadians who made their homes in this area. At The River Road African American Museum, celebrate African American history, art, music, dance, storytelling, cooking and crafts. Click for more info


There’s no shortage of fun to be had in Ascension Parish. Come “just because” or come for a special event like the Jambalaya Festival, the Swamp Pop Music Festival, the Boucherie Festival, or the Sunshine Festival, or the Awesome Art and Autumn Garden Arts Cultural Festival at the Houmas House Plantation. Click for more info

Art & Culture

Artwork By Alvin Batiste

Stroll down Railroad Avenue in Historic Donaldsonville and see the critically acclaimed primitive artist Alvin Batiste at work. Wander through a charming collection of restored Acadian buildings, housing unique specialty shops with original works of Louisiana artists at the Cajun Village in Sorrento. Find art that stirs the soul at the River Region Art Gallery located in the gift shop at the Houmas House Plantation. Click for more info

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