The Atchafalaya Basin is the continent’s largest river basin. The
basin is home to beautiful rivers, cypress trees, hyacinths, water lilies
and native animals. Tours and canoe rentals are available.
Scenic Byways are leisurely routes that offer visitors a unique experience
of the Cajun and Creole lifestyle. The byways are selected for their recreational,
scenic, historic, cultural and archeological and natural resources. Breaux
Bridge is listed under two scenic byways – Bayou Teche Scenic Byway
and the Promised Land Scenic Byway.
For more information
about Scenic Byways, call the Visitors’ Center at (888) 565-5939
Downtown Historic District
Walking tours are a perfect way to see Breaux Bridge’s historic
sites. The unique buildings provide a sense of early south Louisiana life.
Lake Martin is the largest nesting area of wading birds in the United
States, and has been listed as one of the top 10 bird watching spots in
the United States by the Audubon Society. Lake Martin also has its share
of nutria, alligators and fishing opportunities.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (Always the first full
weekend in May)
The world famous Crawfish Festival began in 1960 as a spin-off of the
Breaux Bridge Centennial Celebration, and thousands of visitors from across
the globe now flock to Breaux Bridge to be part of the festivities. The
festival provides an authentic depiction of Breaux Bridge’s Cajun
heritage, and is a celebration of life here in south Louisiana. The Crawfish
Festival has also become one of the largest gatherings of world-famous
• Kenneth Delcambre, Breaux Bridge City Historian
• Grover Rees’ A Narrative History of Breaux Bridge
• Jim Bradshaw’s History of Acadiana