Cruise into Louisiana's past on a boat tour of Bayou Lafourche with a National Park Service ranger. Locally known as "the longest street in the world" in honor of the towns and homes along its banks, Bayou Lafourche once served as a major thoroughfare in watery south Louisiana.
Boat tours are offered in spring and fall, weather permitting. Cruises cast off from the dock behind the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary Street in Thibodaux. Cruising season begins on Wednesday, March 1, and continues through Wednesday, May 31. Prices below are for spring 2017. Travel to
- historic Madewood Plantation on Mondays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $32.00 plus tax (cash or check only) and include lunch in the formal dining room and a guided tour of house and grounds.
- the E.D. White Plantation Home and Museum, birthplace of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward Douglas White, on Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-noon. Tickets $5 (cash or check only).
Reservations are required; call the center at 985-448-1375. Tours are limited to 20 people (minimum of eight). Tour participants should dress for a day in the sun and arrive by 9:30 a.m. Group boat tours are available by reservation. No tours on federal holidays when the center is closed.