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Autumn in the gator penI stopped by the alligator pen at The Cajun Village the other day while I was wandering around snapping photos for the Village’s social media page. While back there, I noticed that the leaves had changed color and Autumn had officially arrived in South Louisiana. Although the colors aren’t as bright or varied as those of Blue Ridge Mountain forests, there is a subtle brilliance to blend of the yellow pecan leaves and burnt orange of the cypress trees.

Louisiana’s weather is generally characterized as “hot, muggy, and wet” to both Louisianians and tourists alike. That statement is true from April to October, but that description does not accurately describe the other five months of the year down here on the bayou. Autumn (and Spring) in Louisiana are absolutely perfect. The humidity disappears for the most part, temperatures hang around the mid 70s, and you don’t have to worry about hurricanes too much anymore. Even though cold fronts blow in from the north every other week, the warm breezes of the Gulf of Mexico invariably push them back and keep the temps mild and delightful.

And because the climate is so perfect, it is the perfect time to visit Louisiana. Plantation tours are much more enjoyable when you don’t have to slog through what feels like a sauna outside. Outdoor festivals such as Fall Fest at The Cajun Village are scheduled for every weekend in cities and towns all over the state. Café au lait and beignets taste so much better when the heat index isn’t 110° outside. And if you’re planning a destination wedding, you won’t be able to find a better place than in south Louisiana at big fancy plantation or charmingly rustic outdoor venue like The Cabin Restaurant.

So what are you waiting for? The weather is perfect, there are “beaucoup” things to do in Ascension Parish, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and other small towns, and you know you won’t go hungry with all this good Cajun food. Book a trip to Louisiana before winter sets in. You won’t regret it!