My dad and I drove all the way from Georgia to see my niece in Louisiana and she wanted to show us this beautiful place that she and her son had never been to even though they grew up in LA. We arrived there early on a Sunday morning in April. The weather was a beautiful spring day. We followed the numbered driving tour and first came upon ponds with lots of alligators, birds, and turtles in it. We would drive to a point then get out of the car and walk the trails to see what unfolded. The highlights for us were the Giant Budda/bridge (photo ops here), the natural gardens that had many varieties of flowers, the trails that led to even more gardens, and the bird observatory where you can watch a ton of snowy white egrets in their rookery feeding their little chicks! Since it was Spring time, the flowers were in full bloom and the smell was just amazing! We stayed for hours exploring the many trails and gardens until we started to get hungry and tired( I am 52 and dad is 71 years old).I still wanted to see the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and my niece Nicky had plans for us to end the day in the beautiful park where Morning Call is located to experience an authentic beignet and coffee as the sun sets on our only day in Louisiana before heading out for Oklahoma in the morning. I demanded to eat some Gumbo and crawfish pie the next day before we left the state of Louisiana! I would suggest that you pack a lunch to make the day here complete, but they do have snacks in the Gift Shop.
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