Escape to New Iberia! Enjoy its soccer, gardens, and coffee.

New Iberia is an interesting place to visit when touring the state of Louisiana. The town dates back to 1779, when it was settled by a group of Malagueños in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country. Today, New Iberia is a town that blends Creole, French, Spanish and Native American influences. Visit museums, sample Cajun and Creole cuisine, explore gardens and be part of colorful community celebrations.

Start in the downtown neighborhood, set on the west banks of the Teche River (Bayou Teche). Find a collection of peaceful, oak-shaded streets lined with boutiques, cafés and galleries. Downtown’s Main Street Historic District was awarded the Great American Main Street Award in 2005. Its trilingual — English, French and Spanish — street signs give an idea of the town’s cultural diversity.

Retrace the town’s history at Shadows-on-the-Teche. Learn about the importance of the Teche River at the Bayou Teche Museum. Visit the former home of author James Lee Burke. Browse work by the town’s artisans at galleries such as A&E Gallery.

Hang out with locals at Bouligny Plaza, where musicians give impromptu performances. Shop for homegrown produce and handcrafted art at the plaza’s year-round Tech Area Farmers’ Market. Take a tour of Conrad Rice Mill, one of the oldest-operating rice mills in the U.S.

A short drive from the town center are opportunities for outdoor entertainment. Discover botanical treasures at Rip Van Winkle Gardens and Jungle Gardens. Close to the latter you can uncover the secrets of Louisiana’s famous pepper sauce at Avery Island where the Tabasco® Visitor Center is based. Spot myriad bird life at Spanish Lake, where the town’s first settlers lived.

Watch the flamboyant Mardi Gras parades held in either February or March. Celebrate the town’s agricultural heritage at September’s Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair. Feast on gumbo, a meat or shellfish stew, at October’s World Championship Gumbo Cook-Off.

New Iberia is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south from Lafayette and 135 miles (215 kilometers) west from New Orleans. Amtrak trains connect the town with various destinations across Louisiana. Come and see why locals call their town the Queen City of the Teche.

Known for

Gardens, Soccer and Sports

Top Hotels in New Iberia

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Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham New Iberia
2 out of 5
611 Queen City Drive Highway 9, New Iberia, LA
Sep 2 - Sep 3
3.7/5Good! (217 reviews)

Situated in New Iberia, this hotel is 8 mi (12.9 km) from Rip's Rookery and 11.4 mi (18.4 km) from Zoo of Acadiana. Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site ...

3.7/5Good! (217 reviews)

"Property is very friendly and clean. Pool maintenance could be more routine and clean. The breakfast coukd be better and not so ordinary. Overall its a nice place, gd housekeeping."…"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham New Iberia
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Ramada by Wyndham New Iberia
3 out of 5
2915 Highway 14, New Iberia, LA
Aug 30 - Aug 31
3.8/5Good! (230 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from Rip's Rookery and 11.4 mi (18.3 km) from Zoo of Acadiana. Museum of the Acadian Memorial and St. ...

3.8/5Good! (230 reviews)

"Staff was great. Room was pleasing. Breakfast buffet was very good. The only thing about the stay was a terrible odor outside. Smelled like a garbage dumpster. It may not have been on the hotel property but permeated the entire area. Other than the odor it was a pleasant stay."…"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2019

Ramada by Wyndham New Iberia
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Iberia - Avery Island
2.5 out of 5
318 W Highway 90 Frontage Rd, New Iberia, LA
Aug 29 - Aug 30
4.4/5Excellent! (194 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Rip's Rookery, Museum of the Acadian Memorial, and St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (194 reviews)

"Friendly, clean, convenient to everything in the area. Free breakfast included."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Iberia - Avery Island

Popular things to do in New Iberia

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4.5/5 (54 Ratings)

Experience the traditions of the Cajuns, Creoles and Native Americans, watch live bands and cruise along the Vermilion River at this folk museum village.

Acadian Village
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Acadian Village

4.5/5 (96 Ratings)

The fascinating life of the Acadians of Louisiana comes alive at a collection of historic buildings, including a blacksmith workshop and church.

Cathedral of St John
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Cathedral of St John

4.5/5 (35 Ratings)

This centuries-old cathedral is famous for its Romanesque architecture, beautiful stained-glass windows, ancient oak tree and museum of religious relics.

Reviews of New Iberia


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5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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1 - Terrible

3/5 - Okay

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Aug 4, 2019

It was ok. We went to Avery Island.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 28, 2019

Its a nice place to visit!

4/5 - Good

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Jul 8, 2019

Ok . Visited the Tabasco factory .

4/5 - Good

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Jul 2, 2019

Loved the town. We went over 2 drawbridge s and to the man made beach and we had alot of fun. Recommend the town but not the stay at Quality inn and suites

5/5 - Excellent


May 28, 2019

Enjoyed our visit

5/5 - Excellent

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May 23, 2019

The people were nice, it has a lot of things to do and see,We had a very good time, We will be going back, but not at the hotel we were in