There is much to be seen while touring Jeff Davis Parish. Exceptional museums, outdoor and wildlife attractions, gaming and more can all be found within this distinct southwestern Louisiana parish.
A museum not to miss is the Welsh Museum, a project of the Friends of the Welsh Museum. Housed within a brick structure (circa 1903), the museum features more than 500 copies of historic photographs and an assortment of memorabilia showcasing the rich history of the Welsh community. An antique grocery store from the early 1900s, Little Cove, is situated adjacent to the Welsh Museum and provides plenty of tourist information. The Welsh Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m-Noon and 2-4 p.m. (337) 734-3811
Additional history is enjoyed at sites throughout the parish, including the old jail on U.S. 190 and the S.A. Pennington House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places – both located in Elton.
Spend the day outdoors by visiting Lake Arthur’s Pieta Prayer Garden, housing an Italian reproduction of Michelangelo’s Pieta – a notable attraction found in Rome’s St. Peter’s Cathedral. The garden can be accessed on the north side of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and is open 24 hours a day. Also be sure to visit Founders Park, nestled in the center of downtown Jennings. The park was constructed as a tribute to the history and founding fathers of Jennings and features a hand-painted, historically significant mural by artist John Zant. Additionally, bird watchers relish in the Flyway Byway, as all kinds of migratory birds pass through Jeff Davis Parish.
Learn all about Louisiana’s favorite food on a local crawfish tour, hosted by the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission. Available during crawfish harvest season (January to May), the tour includes stops at the Tietje Crawfish Farm, a major harvester of crawfish, and the I-10 Crawfish Cooperative, which centers around the marketing and distribution process. For more information or to book a tour, contact the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Office at (337) 821-5534.
See, and even hold, live alligators at the Chateau des Cocodries – “The Alligator House.” Located at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park, this attraction allows visitors to safely engage with the previously endangered alligator species in its open-air enclosure year round. (337) 616-4311 or (800) 264-5521
For those who want to try a hand at Lady Luck, the Coushatta Casino is readily available for all your gaming and entertainment endeavors. Within 40 minutes of Jennings, gamers can access 10,000 square feet of gaming space featuring more than 2,800 slots and 70 table games. The resort also offers six restaurants, live entertainment, more than 500 guest rooms and luxury suites, an RV park with 100 chalets, and the 18-hole Koasati Pines Golf Course. (800) 584-7263 www.coushattacasinoresort.com
Lacassine is home to the Hayes E Daze Ranch, a 100-acre ranch offering opportunities for riders of all ages and skill levels. (337) 258-5782
Visitors to Jeff Davis Parish are assured a great night’s sleep at one of the area’s comfortable lodging sites. Choose from a cozy bed and breakfast set in serene surroundings or a conveniently located hotel or motel, perfect for the business traveler and those looking for affordable prices. For the outdoor enthusiast, camping and RV facilities are available as well.