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Area Attractions

Plantations & Historical Sites













We have many Plantations & Historical Sites surrounding the Thibodaux Area that are not far from Carmel Inn & Suites.  We want you to be aware of these plantations and take the time to visit them in your time here in Thibodaux while staying here at the Carmel Inn.  The list is below with the distance from Carmel to them:

  • Dansereau House – .6 Miles (4 Minutes)
  • Oak Alley Plantation – 23.2 (34 Minutes)
  • E.D. White Historic Site – 6.4 Miles (10 Minutes)
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center – .4 Miles (5 Minutes)
  • Laurel Valley Village – 4 Miles (8 Minutes)
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church & Historical Cemetery – .7 Miles (3 Minutes)
  • St. Joseph’s Co Cathedral – .6 Miles (2 Minutes)
  • Ardoyne Plantation (Circa 1894) – 11.7 Miles (18 Minutes)
  • First American Casualty Of World War II Memorial – 17.2 Miles (25 Minutes)
  • Bayou Lafourche Folklife & Heritage Museum – 22.5 Miles (31 Minutes)
  • Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building – 22.5 Miles (31 Minutes)
  • Golden Meadow Historical Center – 48 Miles (1 Hour)

All of these places and more information can be found at this website:


More Plantations


Ardoyne Plantation Historic Home Tours: 11.7 Miles (18 Min)

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Welcome!  Come visit us at Ardoyne Plantation historic tours and event rental.  

Our unique home was built in 1894 and is considered by the National Register of Historic Places to possibly be

the largest and most elaborate remaining example of rural Victorian Gothic architecture in the state of Louisiana.

This is one historical treasure one must see to believe, as it is filled with original family furniture and antiques. Direct descendants

of the original owner still reside in the home today and are there to share the stories passed down through 6 generations of this historical Sugarcane Plantation. So come take a tour with us and “meet” George Washington, Nellie Custis, Robert E. Lee and maybe even Uncle Benny’s ghost!

Find out more about Ardoyne Plantation here and book your tour today! There tour times are at 9:30 am,  11:00 am, and 2:00 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays.  Other times are available through appointments.


Laura Plantation: 20 Miles (30 Minutes)

Address: 2247 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Open 7 days a week

Daily Tour Schedule

First tour at 10 am
Tours begin approximately every 40 minutes
Last tour of the day begins at 4:00 pm

Adults: $20.00
Children 6 – 17 : $6.00
Under 6  : Free



Laurel Valley Village Sugar Plantation: 4 Miles (8 Minutes)

Laurel Valley Village Sugar Plantation & Museum
Highway 308, Thibodaux, LA 70301 (PO Box 1847)
985-446-7456 or 985-447-5216
Contact: Dr. Paul Leslie

Open Wed. – Friday from 10-3
Sat & Sun from 12 noon-3

Laurel Valley Village is the largest surviving 19th & 20th century sugar cane plantation complex in the United States. The General Store contains many antique tools and farm implements originally used in the cultivation of sugar cane as well as hand made crafts, jellies, jams, pralines, pickled products and art work. Over 50 original buildings, many which were used in movies and other productions are part of the plantation complex.


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center – .4 Miles (5 Minutes)









Days and hours of operations for the six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve are:

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (Thibodaux) is open Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The center is also open 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Farmer’s Market Saturdays (check with the center for dates). Closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras.

Find more information about Jean’ Laffite National Park and Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at .


Madewood Plantation – 16.5 Miles (23 Minutes)



4250 LA-308, Napoleonville, LA 70390

Opened: 1845 circa
Area: 18 acres (7 ha)
Architectural style: Greek Revival
For more information please visit:

 Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 7:00pm 7 days/wk






Oak Alley Plantation – 23.2 (34 Minutes)

Oak AlleyVisit there website at

Hours of Operation

 November- February
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The gift shop and café are open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.



Cajun Country Attractions



While visiting the Carmel inn we want you to be aware of all that the city of Thibodaux and the surrounding areas have to offer.  We encourage our guests to speak to one of our front desk attendants so that they may assist you in finding your destination with our printed maps and visual aids.  The list is below:

  • Torres Swamp Tours – 21.2 Miles (29 Minutes)
  • Zam’s Bayou Swamp Tours – 21.1 Miles (30 Minutes)
  • Tabasco Plant – 84 Miles (1.5 Hours)
  • Mudbugs Brewery – 3.4 Miles (9 Minutes)
  • Donner-Peltier Distillery – 1.4 Miles (5 Minutes)

For more information on any of these places and more please visit


Torres Swamp Tours – 21.2 Miles (29 Minutes)








Torres Cajun Swamp Tours
105 Torres Road, Kraemer
Thibodaux, LA 70301

*French Speaking


Zam’s Bayou Swamp Tours – 21.1 Miles (30 Minutes)

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 7 days a week; 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Zam’s Bayou Swamp Tours
141 Kraemer Bayou Road
Thibodaux, LA 70301

For more information about Zams Swamp Tours  please visit

*French Speaking




Airboat Tours with Arthur Matherne – 25 Miles (37 Minutes)

Address: 4262 Highway 90 E Des Allemands, LA
PHONE:  1-800-975-9345

Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday 8:30am – 7:30pm Tours are Reserved by appointment.  Call to book your spot today!  Visit them at