Bayou Teche Byway

Length: 183 miles

Time to Allow: Half-day to two days for self-guided tour

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Bayou Teche-St. Martin Parish
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Bayou Teche-Iberia Parish
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Bayou Teche-St. Mary Parish
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Atchafalaya National Heritage Area-St. Mary Parish
Tel: 
337-228-1094
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Atchafalaya National Heritage Area-Iberia Parish
Tel: 
337-228-1094
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Atchafalaya National Heritage Area-St. Mary Parish
Tel: 
337-228-1094
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Breaux Bridge National Historic District
Tel: 
337-332-8500
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Evangeline Oak
122 Evangeline Street
Tel: 
337-394-2230
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St. Martinville National Historic District
St. Martinville Central Business beginning at 214 S. Main St. moving northerly to 101 N. Main St; thence easterly beginning at 101 E. Bridge St. to 225 E. Bridge St. thence southerly at the Church Green including the St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, St. Martin of Tours Catholic and the St. Martin of Tours Rectory; thence to 201 S. Main St. ending at 219 S. Main St.
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St. Martinville Cultural and Heritage Center
123 South New Market Street
Tel: 
337-394-2233
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Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
1299 North Main Street
Tel: 
337-394-3754 or 1-888-677-2900
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Downtown Historic District
14
Shadows-on-the-Teche
317 East Main Street
Tel: 
337-369-6446
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Konrico Rice Mill
307 Ann Street
Tel: 
1-800-551-3245 or 337-364-7242
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LeJeune's Bakery
1510 Main Street
Tel: 
337-276-5690
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Franklin National Historic District
Main Street east to Clark Street, west to Iberia Street, and south to Anderson Street.
Tel: 
337-828-2555 or 1-800-256-2931
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Grevemberg House Museum
407 Sterling Road
Tel: 
337-828-2092
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Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Museum
118 Cotton Road
Tel: 
504-395-7067
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International Petroleum Museum and Exposition
111 1st Street
Tel: 
985-384-3744
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Cypress Sawmill Museum
394 Airport Circle
Tel: 
985-399-1268
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African-American Museum
125 South New Market Street
Tel: 
337-394-2230
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Evangeline Oak Park
Corner of Evangeline Blvd/New Market Street, 122 Evangeline Street
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Chitimacha Indian Reservation and Museum
3289 Chitimacha Trail
Tel: 
337-923-4830
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St. Martinville Tourist Information Center
125 South New Market Street
Tel: 
337-394-2233
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Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau
2513 Hiway 14
Tel: 
337-365-1540 or 888-942-3742
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Breaux Bridge Tourism Office/Bayou Teche Visitors Center
314 East Bridge Street
Tel: 
337-332-8500
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Morgan City Historic District
Riverfront, Front Street to Federal Avenue and Greenwood Street to Railroad Avenue
Tel: 
985-380-4639 or 985-385-1770 ext. 112 or 1-800-256-2931
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The Great Wall
Front Street overlooking the Atchafalaya River
Tel: 
985-380-4639 or 985-395-4905
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Bayou Teche Museum
131 East Main Street
Tel: 
337-606-5977
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Tabasco Factory Tours and Country Store
Hiway 329, Avery Island
Tel: 
337-373-6129
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Avery Island Jungle Gardens
Hiway 329, Avery Island
Tel: 
337-373-6129
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Jefferson Island Rip's Rookery at Rip Van Winkle Gardens
5505 Rip Van Winkle Road
Tel: 
337-359-8525
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Harry B. Hewes House
1617 Main Street
Tel: 
c/o Jeanerette Landmark Society 337-276-5004
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Morgan City Visitors and Convention Bureau
900 Dr. M.L.K.Jr. Blvd
Tel: 
985-395-4905

Overview

Looping along the path of a former channel of the Mississippi River, Bayou Teche Byway winds through south Louisiana’s lush swamps and moss-draped bayous. From its southernmost point in Morgan City to its northern end in Arnaudville, the byway crosses beautiful marshes and fields of sugar cane, connecting lovely towns that have well-preserved historic districts. Sample Acadian culture in cafés and dance halls that serve up Cajun and zydeco music along with boiled crawfish and étouffée. Tour stately mansions along the bayou for a look at the lifestyles of sugar barons from the past. The cuisine, customs and architecture here reflect influences of Native American, European, African, Caribbean and other peoples who settled the area. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

Morgan City to Franklin

Stroll Morgan City’s historic district, where you can browse antique shops or view the Atchafalaya River from a wharf-side pavilion. For a closer look at the Great Atchafalaya Basin (and maybe a ’gator or two), take a guided swamp tour in nearby Patterson. There you’ll also find a branch of the Louisiana State Museum, noted for its displays on aviation and the cypress industry. Next stop: Franklin, whose more than 400 historic properties include the Grevemberg House Museum, a gracious antebellum townhouse filled with Civil War artifacts and antique toys. Pause for a hamburger or po-boy at Iberia Cash Groceries; then, visit Charenton, where the Chitimacha Museum reveals the history of Bayou Teche’s early inhabitants.

Franklin to New Iberia

In the town of Jeanerette, be sure to sample the French bread and ginger cakes at LeJeune’s Bakery, whose owners still use the bakery’s original 19th-century recipes. Farther along the byway, in New Iberia, stands Shadows-on-the-Teche. The antebellum home built by a wealthy sugar planter now is a museum, surrounded by graceful live oaks. Near New Iberia, tour the Avery Island factory where world-famous Tabasco® pepper sauce is made. The plant’s founder also created a 250-acre garden and bird sanctuary here. Stroll through azaleas and camellias, glimpse a deer in the garden and step onto a boardwalk for a view of resident alligators.

New Iberia to Arnaudville

As you make your way toward Arnaudville, stop in St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge. The Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville recalls the chilling expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia, as told by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in “Evangeline.” In Breaux Bridge, visit Café des Amis, where the menu includes beignets, couche-couche (battered cornmeal cooked in a hot skillet and topped with milk or syrup), andouille or cheese grits, and crawfish étouffée – and that’s just for breakfast. About 10 minutes from here is Lafayette, considered the unofficial capital of Cajun country.

A trip along Bayou Teche is a good way to sample Louisiana hospitality, hear toe-tapping music and, as the locals say, “pass a good time.”

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  • Stroll through the Rip Van Winkle Gardens outside New Iberia.