LaPlace is located in south Louisiana between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, on the East Bank of the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish.
Located on U.S. Highway 61 and Interstate Highway I-10, its population is about 28,000.
Nearby towns include Norco, Reserve, Garyville, Lutcher, Taft and Luling.
A number of swamp tours are available, as are a number of other area attractions.
It is known as the "Andouille Capital of the World," with the annual Andouille Festival held in LaPlace each October.
Featuring music, good times and of course great food cooked with Andouille, the delectable sausage for which the festival was named. Thousands of people merge upon the festival grounds for a fun filled weekend, highlighted by a gumbo cooking contest.
The Andouille Festival was started by the LaPlace Volunteer Fire Department as a fund raiser in 1972 at the LaPlace Dragway. It is now held in October at the Highway 51 Park next to the St. John Community Center in LaPlace.
The St. John Center is a 42,000 square foot facility that is owned by St. John the Baptist Parish and managed by the River Parishes Tourist Commission. The center features a beautiful 4,000 square-foot Atrium that connects to the 16,497 square-feet Main Soundstage and the 8,680 square-feet Secondary Soundstage.
The Center is the ideal facility for hosting weddings, reunions, carnival balls and a variety of other events and functions, and the two soundstages are perfect for the production of theatrical film-making and television productions. The ample parking lot can accommodate vehicles of all types, ranging from automobiles to tractor-trailers.
Several historic homes are located in the area, including San Francisco, Whitney and Evergreen.
One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps!
In the greater New Orleans area, there are many swamp tour options in communities such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and Laplace.
Swamp tour operators offer a variety of options, boats, tour length and cost. Some use flat bottom boats, others operate airboats. Kayak and canoe tours are also available.
If you are visiting the greater New Orleans area, many of the tour operators offer pickups at French Quarter and downtown hotels.
While some operators offer online reservations, others require phone reservations. Some accept credit cards and others require cash, so plan accordingly.
Read more about Swamp Tours in the Greater New Orleans Area.
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