New Iberia Travel Guide

  • Shadows on the Teche
    Shadows on the Teche
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  • Bayou Teche Museum
    Bayou Teche Museum
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  • Iberia Parish Courthouse
    Iberia Parish Courthouse
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New Iberia Things to Do

  • New Iberia Historic Districts

    New Iberia has one of the nicest historic districts in the state. A leisurely walk down West and East Main Street is like a stroll into the past. The downtown section has a number of buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. Gotta love these balconies!I will mention a few specific places in more detail.

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  • Oak Trees

    One of the great things you can see in the Southeast in general, and New Iberia in particular, are majestic oak trees laden with Spanish moss. Admittedly, this one does seem a bit sickly but there are some really nice ones in town.

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  • Veterans Park

    There is a nice Veterans Park located along Main Street that honors those who have served in the nation's military; especially those who paid the ultimate price. I feel it is important to remember our military and the sacrifices they made protecting our freedoms and our way of life.

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  • Shadows on the Teche: Outdoors

    In addition to, or instead of, touring the inside of the plantation you may want to take a troll through the grounds. They have a nice formal garden which would be quite beautiful when the Camellias and Azaleas are in bloom; a dock on the bayou and a small family cemetery.

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  • Shadows on the Teche: Statues

    There are also a number of nice statues throughout the garden area. They may well have been here in the early days of the plantation, they look quite old and weathered.

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  • Shadows on the Teche

    The Shadows on the Teche Plantation house was built 1831 to 1834 for Mr. and Mrs. David Weeks who were rich owners of sugarcane plantations. The home was built using the Greek Revival style of architecture and was in the family until 1958 when the last descendant donated the home to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The home is also...

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  • Enjoy the Bayou Teche

    New Iberia is located along the Bayou Teche and the town has a number of nice spots where you can walk along its banks or sit, relax, and watch the water flow by. Nice spot to take photos too.

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  • See the Bayou Teche Museum

    New Iberia, in some ways, seems to take you a step back into the past. The Bayou Teche Museum shows you that past but in a modern way. The museum has some high-tech interactive displays that educate and entertain visitors of all ages. It is a great way to learn about the history of the area and the New Iberia depicted by local award-winning author...

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  • New Iberia Library

    If you cannot make it to the visitor's center or are nearer the library this is an alternative place to stop for info in the area. The first lady I talked to was new to the area and could not help but the second could and did. While here check out the books on the area and use the free Internet to check in on the latest at VT and your e-mail. Photo...

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  • Stop at the Visitor's Center

    The best place to begin your visit to New Iberia is the Visitor's Center located on Highway 14. Here you can get information on hotels, restaurants, and attractions to help you plan your visit based on your interests and time available. They also have a nice brochure for a walking tour of the historic downtown area, and this is where you arrange...

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  • New Iberia and Iberia Parish

    I like Louisiana, and I like New Iberia. New Iberia is a town of about 31,000 (down 5% since 2000) located along US Highway 90 and a number of Louisiana Highways along the banks of the Bayou Teche in Southern Louisiana. New Iberia was settled in 1779 by immigrants from the Andalusia part of Spain and named for the Iberian Peninsula. The town was...

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  • Spanish Moss in the Live Oak trees.

    When we first saw this stuff hanging from the big trees, I thought it was some sort of moss, lichen, plague, a virus, a parasite killing all the beautiful trees. I think I felt this because I know how destructive vines on some trees can be, and although I new this stuff wasn't a vine, I didn't know what it was, as I had never seen it close up...

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  • The Evangeline Theater (Sliman Theater)

    As we walked along the road, we saw some beautiful old buildings, and some pretty new buildings build to fit in with the old, but The Evangeline Theater was something else. I don't know what it is that was about this building that made you want to just look at it, as I am not normally into buildings and architectural sites. Maybe it was the Art...

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  • A walk along East and West Main Street.

    This was one of the nicest street walks we had while on our road trip, it was stunning. East and West Main Street has some of the most stunning old homes, with some amazing Oak tree's with load of hanging Spanish Moss.We spent hours just taking in the houses and shops, and there was very little litter, or rubbish of any kind, and running along this...

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  • Shadows on the Teche

    We drove towards New Iberia on Louisiana State 182 from Jeanerette, and along the Old Spanish Road with all the big pretty mansions on the bayou side. Eventually we got to Shadows on the Teche and all the signs said to go to the visitor's center across the street first. But there didn't seem to be anything that looked like a visitor's center across...

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New Iberia Hotels

New Iberia Restaurants

  • NOT fancy; Just Good Food and Nice...

    Once again if you insist on fancy décor and a swanky atmosphere DO NOT GO HERE. If you are looking for some good Southern style cooking with a Cajun flavor DO go here. This is a cafeteria and you see what you are getting. The food was well-prepared and I love Cajun food. The ladies serving the food were older and fairly typical sweet Southern...

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  • Good Seafood

    $20. R and M Boiling offers all types of seafood: Fish, shrimp, crabs, crawfish (in season), even alligator. You can get it boiled, fried or grilled. This is NOT the place to go if you are mostly interested in fancy places with trendy décor; but if you want good food and a casual, family atmosphere give this place a try. Friendly staff. Hours are...

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  • Slightly Better Than Fast Food

    El Chile Verde is a small step above some of the Mexican Fast Food you get throughout the United States but was still pretty average. They DO have good Margarita's and the food is more acceptable after a few of those. Decent choice if you are in a hurry or want a place very close to the Super 8.

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  • Don't Miss out on Great BBQ

    Great food at Freddie's Not Yet Famous BBQ Restaurant. The homemade BBQ and sauce made my tripgreat in New Iberia, La. They have inside Dining as well as outside dinning. The atmosphere is casual and cool looking. Feels like a one of a kind experience. BBQ Ribs or BBQ Brisket Sandwitch is awsome.

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  • Buffet Chain

    I was unaware of this chain (I thought it was a local place) until after we ate at this one in New Iberia. It is apparently like the Golden Coral, the difference being that you can get the meat on the buffet in addition to at the counter. The restaurants are from PA to GA and from Iowa to the eastern part of TX but the only one in MD is in...

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  • It's one of my favorite.

    I don't know why I like this new reatuarant, but I do. It's a nice atmosphere small, but cute. The food is really nice, great location, and good prices. The Uncle's BBQ burger. Uncle's BBQ sauce is a local sauce with a unique flavor, try it, it's kind of spicy.

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  • On Main Street

    We did not eat here because it was not open, and I am not sure if that was because of the hour/day (it was Saturday close to 4 pm) or if it is permanently closed. The stores on either side were for sale and I do not know if they were a part of this restaurant or not. It is known for its Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Seafood Gumbo, Corn and Crab...

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  • Cajan Style

    We had dinner at Duffy's Diner. This is something like Bert's (diner) in Mechanicsville MD except with Tabasco sauce and red beans and rice. A family run operation which is very cheap and good. They have drive in service too, but they are not open on Sunday. They advertise as being a place to get sandwiches, but it is more than that. They said...

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  • Ordinary Cooking

    On Sunday I wanted to go back to Duffy's but they weren't open so we ended up here.Restaurant HoursSunday 06:00 AM – 10:00 PMMonday 06:00 AM – 10:00 PMTuesday 06:00 AM – 10:00 PMWednesday 06:00 AM – 10:00 PMThursday 06:00 AM – 10:00 PMFriday 06:00 AM – 11:00 PMSaturday 06:00 AM – 11:00 PM We had a somewhat unsatisfactory dinner at Shoneys. Bob...

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New Iberia Nightlife

  • This is the Fancy Place

    Clementine's offers "fine dining and spirits" along with entertainment. The place is pretty fancy and the prices reflect that. Luckily the cute local I came here with had already eaten so we just had a few drinks at the overcrowded bar. The people were friendly enough; but then I was with a local so. . . My new local friend did not like eating here...

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  • Drink and Dance

    If you want to dance to live music while drinking (I have to drink a lot before I will dance) and are staying at the Super 8; The Camp Lounge is very convenient. The drinks were pretty good but not many were dancing while I was there and I didn't make any new friends. Casual is fine.

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  • In the Evangeline Theatre

    I haven't actually been to this theatre. I think it closed during the time we were in the area in 1960. The walking tour website says: "First opened as a movie theatre in 1930 by the Sliman family, the theatre closed in 1960 and stayed dormant and unoccupied until 1994, when a total restoration began following its donation to the City by the Sliman...

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New Iberia Shopping

  • Connected With Shadows on the Teche

    There is a gift shop at the Shadows visitor's center, but they don't have any on-line purchasing. I didn't buy anything there, so I can't give you any other information about it. If you see or know of a book that you want, you might try phoning them. They do have other items than books, but I don't remember what they were.

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  • Tattoos?

    I took this picture because the tattoo parlour was one of the places that were open on Saturday approaching 4 pm. I have been completely unable to find anything about this place or the stained glass place next to it on the internet. So if anyone recognizes it - please let me know.

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New Iberia Off The Beaten Path

  • The Bayou Teche Scenic Byway

    There are little signs with red antique cars on them all over Louisiana marking Scenic Byways. The New Iberia website says:"The Bayou Teche Scenic Byway follows a meandering moss-draped, oak tree-lined course through lush vegetation into the geographical heart of Acadiana. Following closely along the banks of the region’s most popular waterway,...

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  • Bayou Teche "Boardwalk"

    The boardwalk runs along Bayou Teche beginning at the end of Weeks Street, behind Shadows-on-the-Teche, and continuing to Duperier Street Bridge. This short boardwalk has informational signs along its length that talk about the use of the Teche to float logs to market, and about the steamship history of New Iberia (last photo)The Lafayette paper...

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  • St. Martinsville

    A friend of mine and her sister-in-law and I visited St. Martinsville one afternoon. Bob didn't go so the first time he went was in 2004 when we re-visited New Iberia

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New Iberia Favorites

  • gator country

    Although you won't see any gator's in New Iberia's Bayou Teche - you'll see them on the menu.Here'a picture of our totally cool groomscake we had at our wedding in New Iberia. Truly a new thing for this West Coast boy. Getting married!

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  • Bayou Teche

    This picture is from the upstairs of the Gougenheim building in New Iberia. A big hall downstairs, and beautiful accomidations upstairs. I think 9-10 suites.Across the street past the parking lot is the Bayou Teche. Not the best pic of it, but gives you an idea how close it is to downtown.To the right about a 1/2 mile are some beautiful homes.

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  • Downhome cooking and home of Tabasco!

    Shadows on the Teche Plantation house The people at Kimberly's. Small shop owners found out my fiancee and I were getting married in town and next thing you know we and 5 locals were toasting glasses of wine. Wonderful people.

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