Gonzales, LA

Travel Guide
From shopping malls and a waterpark to a well-known festival of jambalaya, there’s plenty to see and do in this city in southern Louisiana.

Gonzales is a welcoming city in Louisiana. Boutiques, independent galleries and outlet shopping centers line the pretty, tree-shaded streets. Often labeled the Jambalaya Capital of the World, Gonzales’ restaurants showcase the city’s Cajun and Creole influences. While visiting you’ll find many places to sample jambalaya, a one-pot dish of meat, fish, rice and spices.

The core of Gonzales straddles the banks of the New River, at the northern edge of the city. Visit Tee Joe Gonzales Museum, the former residence of the city’s founding father. Catch a performance by local theater groups at the Ascension Community Theatre.

Indulge in some entertainment and retail therapy at Bayou Plaza Shopping Center, one of several malls congregated on the north side of the river. It has bowling lanes, a cinema and fashion outlets. Browse the brand-name stores at Tanger Outlet Mall, situated on the outskirts of the city.

Take some time out at the city parks. Jambalaya Park has a large children’s playground while Ascension Veterans Memorial Park is home to memorials to the city’s war veterans.

Another attraction close to the city center is the Pelican Point Golf and Country Club. Visit the Houmas House Plantation, an antebellum house and garden set on the Mississippi River. It’s one of a dozen antebellum houses located in the city’s surroundings. Have some family fun on the waterslides at Blue Bayou Waterpark, just a 20-minute drive north.

A great time to visit Gonzales is in May for the annual Jambalaya Festival. Watch jambalaya cooking demonstrations and try variations of the delicious dish. Ride traditional fairground attractions and attend a beauty pageant.

Gonzales is conveniently located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. It’s great for daytrips and also has a range of guesthouses and hotels. Extend your stay to visit Louisiana’s natural attractions. Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area and Elm Hall Wildlife Management Area are both less than a 1-hour drive away. Visit these wetland areas to camp, fish, kayak and spot wildlife such as alligators and waterfowl.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Gonzales LA
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Gonzales LA
2.5 out of 5
2816 S. Cabela Pkwy, Gonzales, LA, 70737
The price is $97 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gonzales. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (371 reviews)
"Great room. Breakfast was very limited to the point we had to go out for breakfast. Staff is amazing!!!!!!"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gonzales, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gonzales, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2806 West Highway 30, Gonzales, LA, 70737
The price is $126 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gonzales. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (369 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Baton Rouge Gonzales
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Baton Rouge Gonzales
2.5 out of 5
2801 S Cabelas Pkwy, Gonzales, LA, 70737
The price is $135 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gonzales. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (388 reviews)
"It’s peaceful definitely would come back if I come to the state again not far from other city’s and a lot of food and shopping near it"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

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Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge University at Southgate
Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge University at Southgate
3 out of 5
4001 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (532 reviews)
Great place to stay
"Stayed after a lsu football game. Great place to stay and location was within walking distance to the stadium."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Peaches Tiger Stadium/LSU Life Condo #2
Peaches Tiger Stadium/LSU Life Condo #2
Baton Rouge, LA
Stay at this condo in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
3.3/5 (7 reviews)
Felt “Catfished”
"The featured photos are incredibly deceiving— are these photoshopped?? They make the unit look fresh & inviting. It is NOT! Reserved this property to stay with our high schoolers the night before a tour of LSU campus. Upon arrival, we drove past the address several times in disbelief at the sketchy-looking ..."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

*****HOT PROPERTY,  LSU/Downtown/I-10/Mid-City
*****HOT PROPERTY, LSU/Downtown/I-10/Mid-City
baton rouge, LA
Stay at this condo in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Baton Rouge River Center and Belle of Baton Rouge Casino ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (15 reviews)
Great weekend stay
"We stayed here for a weekend when we attended the Garth Brooks concert. We had everything we needed, and I enjoyed the Nola theme of the place."

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

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