Driving Tour

Enjoy a stroll on our Wetlands Boardwalk in the swamp at the Welcome Center and you may catch a glimpse of an alligator or two. St. James Parish also offers a driving tour of the parish, which takes you from I-10 south to the Veterans Memorial Bridge westward to the Sunshine Bridge. 

Tour Attractions

Places you will visit on this tour include:

  • On the East Bank of the river (I-10 Exit 194, heading south): 
    • Blind River along Highway 61 also known as "Bayou des Acadians"
    • Louisiana Sugar Refinery (LSR)
    • St. James Parish Welcome Center (corner of Highway 641 and Highway 61)
  • Bonfire area at Christmas-time along the river:
    • Felix Poche' Plantation Bed and Breakfast and RV Resort, built shortly after the Civil War
    • Indian Mounds along Highway 3125 above Belmont Plantation Site
    • Manresa (Jefferson College) built in 1831
    • Perique Tobacco grown along Highway 642, Grand Point
    • St. James Parish Courthouse, Convent
    • St. Joseph Catholic Church, built in 1921
    • St. Mary's Chapel, built in 1875
    • St. Michael's Church, built in 1833, Lourdes Grotto built in 1876
    • Sunshine Bridge joins St. James Parish with Ascension Parish
    • Various Industries
  • On the West Bank of the river (starting at the Sunshine Bridge, east on River Road):
    • Industries
    • Laura - A Creole Plantation, built in 1805
    • Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant and Inn, built in 1839
    • Our Lady of Peace Church, built in 1894
    • Parish line into St. John the Baptist Parish
    • St. James Catholic Church Parish was formed in 1770 with the third structure built in 1930. It is the site of the first Acadian landing in Louisiana, marked by "Our Lady of Acadian's" monument
    • St. Joesph Plantation House, built around 1820
    • St. Phillip Church, built in 1921
    • Sugarland Terminal
    • Vacherie Historical Marker
    • Valcour Aime Plantation Site "Le Petit Versailles," established in 1820
    • Veteran's Memorial Bridge