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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.

Best Western Plus Executive Residency Ascension Hotel
Best Western Plus Executive Residency Ascension Hotel
3 out of 5
2815 W Highway 30, Gonzales, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $79 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Tanger Outlets and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Premier Lanes and Pelican ...

4.3/5Excellent! (217 reviews)

"The property is located in an excellent area right off the interstate. The only drawbacks I encountered was the fridge still had items in it from the previous occupants. The was also no pen/paper available in the room. If this is an executive hotel, there should be some executive amenities."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Best Western Plus Executive Residency Ascension Hotel
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
The price is $93 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Tanger Outlets and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Premier Lanes and Pelican ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (296 reviews)

"The room was very clean and spacious only problem was the glass rattled by the desk when you walked"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

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Hampton Inn Gonzales
Hampton Inn Gonzales
2.5 out of 5
2634 W Outfitters Dr, Gonzales, LA
The price is $85 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Situated in Gonzales, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Tanger Outlets and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Premier Lanes and Pelican Point Golf ...

4.3/5Excellent! (431 reviews)

"I love the staff, they were super friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Hampton Inn Gonzales
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Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-Univ At Southgate
Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-Univ At Southgate
3 out of 5
4001 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $129 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Highlands - Perkins, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alex Box Stadium and Tiger Stadium. Louisiana State University is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (430 reviews)

"Stayed while dropping of my Son at college.very clean and people at the desk were so friendly the rooms were so big and comfy for our stay very great area to stay if u don’t know the area I would definitely stay again full kitchens and living room with separate bedroom very budget friendly paid about ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-Univ At Southgate
Cozy Camp With Sun Decks! Near New Orleans and Baton Rouge.!
Cozy Camp With Sun Decks! Near New Orleans and Baton Rouge.!
Maurepas, LA

Situated in Maurepas, this cabin is within 20 mi (32 km) of Premier Lanes, Lil Bambinos Playtorium, and Tanger Outlets. Pelican Point Golf Club and Tickfaw State ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)
A nice weekend getaway

"The house appears as it does in the pictures. The instructions on how to get to the house were a bit vague but the owner was quick to respond to questions. Overall, we enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Cozy Camp With Sun Decks! Near New Orleans and Baton Rouge.!
The Cottages at University Villas
The Cottages at University Villas
Baton Rouge, LA

Located in Highlands - Perkins, this vacation home is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Enchanted Mansion Doll Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Swine Palace. Louisiana State ...

The Cottages at University Villas
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