Visitors to Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, can experience swamp tours, charter fishing and historic plantations. A major center of Cajun culture and cuisine, Terrebonne Parish contains more than 2500 miles of wetlands and hosts one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in Louisiana every year.
The Ardoyne Plantation House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open for tours. The house was the center of operations for Sugarcane Plantation, a post-Civil War operation that employed migrant workers instead of slaves. Workers were paid with plantation tokens. The home features 21 rooms and 12 fireplaces, and has 16-foot-high ceilings. It is lit with Victorian-era chandeliers and gas fixtures.
The Greenwood Gator Farm offers guided tours of their operation, which raises more than 5000 alligators per year. Visitors can see live alligators in all stages of growth and learn about alligator hunting. Swamp tours introduce visitors to wildlife, native plants, and water creatures such as otters, turtles and seabirds. Visitors can explore the swamps by canoe, airboat, or pontoon boat, as of 2015.
Charter fishing trips are available year-round in the Gulf of Mexico and in inland waters. Typical species caught in the Terrebonne Parish vicinity include Amberjack, Bass, Catfish, Flounder, Grouper, Redfish, Red Snapper, Speckled Trout, Tuna and Yellowtail.