Louisiana Destinations ... Travel Across the Bayou State

Gonzales Louisiana

Tee Joe Gonzales Museum
Tee Joe Gonzales Museum

Gonzales is located a short distance from Baton Rouge on Interstate Highway I-10 in Ascension Parish. Many people who work in Baton Rouge live in the many new subdivisions and developments around Gonzales.

Gonzales is one of the fastest growing communities in the State of Louisiana and has become a major economic factor in the Greater Baton Rouge Capital Region. Gonzales is now the commercial hub of Ascension Parish as well as the largest municipality in the parish. Gonzales enjoys a prime location near the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast with strong rail and highway connections linking it to the world.

Gonzales Today

Gonzales is the main hub of "Louisiana’s Sweet Spot"! Located right off interstate-10, visitors find plenty opportunities for entertainment, shopping, dining, and a multitude of brand name accommodations. With over 60 designer and manufacturer outlet stores Tanger Outlets and Cabela’s offer a premium shopping experience for visitors.

This popular exit off of I-10 is also boasting with signature restaurants like Mike Anderson’s and Don’s Seafood, brand name accommodations like Holiday Inn and Springhill Suites by Marriot.

Nearby communities include Prairieville, St. Gabriel, Duplessis, St. Amant, Sorrento, Burnside, Galvez, French Settlement, Port Vincent, Carville, Convent, and Head of Island.


Gonzales, Louisiana ... The Jambalaya Capital of the World!


Gonzales Attractions

  • Fresh, hot Jambalaya in Gonzales!
    Fresh, hot Jambalaya in Gonzales!
    Tanger Outlet Center operates a large mall here at the intersection of I-10 and La Highway 30, at 2410 Tanger Blvd., phone 225.647.9383. Dozens of outlet stores are available, such as Lane Bryant, Bass, Old Navy, Chico's, Nine West, Guess, Reebok, Levi's, Dress Barn and Gap. For more information, visit the website of the Tanger Outlet Center in Gonzales.

    Also at the outlet center are a variety of dining options, including Chili's, Cracker Barrel, Wendy's, and Starbuck's Coffee.
  • Gonzales is known as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World" and the site of the Jambalaya Festival each Memorial Day weekend.

    The Jambalaya Festival Association, chartered in 1967, each year celebrates the annual Jambalaya Festival. In addition to world champion jambalaya served daily, the festival is a showcase of food, fun, music and activities for the entire family.
  • A popular destination is the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Ascension Parish’s premiere event venue. This expansive property hosts the majority of our area’s events like The Ascension Hot Air Balloons & Boucherie Festival, indoor and outdoor live music concerts, holiday markets, sporting and equestrian events, and much more.
  • Cabela's Outfitters also operates a large retail store in Gonzales. The 165,000-square-foot retail showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats.

    Cabela's, Gonzales, Louisiana (photo courtesy of Cabela's Outfitters)
    Cabela's, Gonzales, Louisiana (photo courtesy of Cabela's Outfitters)
    Cabela's is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate Highway I-10 and Louisiana Highway 30. Phone 225.743.3400 for details and information on the calendar and special events.
  • The Tee Joe Gonzales Museum offers visitors a chance to the home of the founding father of Gonzales. Joseph Stonewall "Tee Joe" Gonzales was an politician and American businessman who served as the first Mayor of current day Gonzales, Louisiana, in 1922.

    The city was called "Gonzales" in his honor. Tour the home of the founding father of Gonzales. The home sits on the original site along New River and features furniture, pictures, clothing and much more. It focuses on the life and struggles of the early settlers. The museum is located at 217 West Main Street in Gonzales.

For more information about Gonzales and the surrounding area, visit the website of the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission


Jambalaya Festival Video ... from Louisiana Travel


Swamp Tours in the Gonzales Area

Take a boat tour of the many swamps in South Louisiana

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps!

The lush growth in a Louisiana swamp is indescribable. You have to see it to believe it.

The most impressive objects in the swamp are the cypress trees which are very graceful in their structure, with their reddish bark, exquisitely bent branches, and delicately fine leaves.

Swamp tours are available starting at a number of area communities such as Houma, Thibodaux, Gibson, Kraemer, Patterson, Napoleonville and Theriot.

Gonzales, Louisiana area map, courtesy of Google Maps

More Gonzales Area Information & Resources

Ascension Parish Tourism Commission

Gonzales at LouisianaTravel.com
The Official Travel Website of the State of Louisiana

City of Gonzales

Ascension Parish Government

Gonzales Travel Guide at TripAdvisor


More Louisiana Travel Information
Louisiana hotels, motels, vacation rentals and other lodging options Festivals and large events in Louisiana Visit Baton Rouge, the "Red Stick" and Louisiana State Capitol
Explore the Acadiana Region and Cajun Country in South Louisiana Explore Louisiana museums, from New Orleans in the south, to Shreveport in the north Louisiana food, chefs and culinary traditions
Tour the towering Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge Take a boat tour of the many swamps all across Louisiana Maps of the state of Louisiana, maps of large cities, lowlands, and more