While New Orleans may be one of the top bachelor party destinations in the country, there’s more to Louisiana than just the Big Easy. This iconic Southern state is a conglomeration of Cajun and Creole culture, hauntingly beautiful bayous, exciting outdoor activities, and a vibrant bar scene. For a more low-key celebration, head to one of the small towns or villages to enjoy fishing and swamp tours. As for accommodations, there are plenty of spacious Louisiana vacation rentals to choose from. Check out the top bachelor party locations in Louisiana.

1. New Orleans

New Orleans is the obvious top choice for a Louisiana bachelor party. For one, it’s one of the top vacation destinations in the state, and for another, it offers an array of vacation rentals depending on where you want to spend your time. Opt for a rental in the thick of the action, or stay on the outskirts so you can be closer to nature, such as Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. This park, located on Lake Salvador, is one of the most beloved nature centers. Go hiking along the Barataria Preserve trails. Explore the swamp with Cajun Encounters or Airboat Adventures, because spotting an alligator is sure to top off your day. Of course, visiting NOLA isn’t complete without stopping at a bar (or two) along the French Quarter. Opt for a pub crawl with Brew Bus Tours, which takes you to the best local breweries (while being your designated driver), or just settle at Pat O’Brien’s for an evening dining, drinking, and reminiscing against a backdrop of live jazz music. Avenue Pub and Cat’s Meow are also worth a visit.

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2. Shreveport

Shreveport offers a range of bachelor party activities, from the typical Vegas night (minus actually going to Vegas) to cooking classes. For a Vegas-themed party, head to BoomTown Casino, El Dorado Casino, Horseshoe Casino, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, or Diamond Jacks. Opt for something a little more action-packed by going shooting or paintballing. Off Limits Paintball offers high-powered guns, protective clothing, and intense courses. Basically, it offers stress relief. While hunting might seem like a manly activity to indulge in with the bros, alligator hunting with Louisiana Gators takes this masculinity up a notch. Plus, you get to tour the beautiful bayou.

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3. Lake Charles

As its name suggests, Lake Charles (the city) lies along Lake Charles (the body of water) as well as the Calcasieu River, Bayou Contraband River, and Prien Lake. This means plenty of boating and kayaking; check out Lake Area Adventures at Prien Lake State Park for equipment rentals. Alternatively, enjoy the water as you golf. Contraband Bayou Golf Club, Lake Charles Country Club, and Gray Plantation Golf Club all offer views of the water as you tee off. Lake views aren’t limited to golf and parks, though; the Golden Nugget Casino offers great views, gambling, and drinks, two of the staples of bachelor parties everywhere. Also, try OB’s Bar and Grill, Casa Manana, and Frosty Factory for great drinks and entertainment.

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4. Venice

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Venice lies on the tip of Louisiana where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. The pace of this community is slower, the ideal area for relaxing with your mates, fishing, and enjoying some beers. Deep South Charters takes you on great offshore fishing excursions, where you can net some tuna and marlin, or stay inshore for trout and flounder. They also guide you to the best fly fishing locations. Home Run Fishing Charters also is a great guide service to consider (and they make sure to keep you in beer during the experience). Explore the Pass A Loutre State Wildlife Management Area via kayak. This wetland habitat is a haven for local birds.

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5. Baton Rouge

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Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana; it’s also where golf, top restaurants, and nightlife meet, the perfect trifecta for your bachelor party. Start with some golfing at the Santa Maria Golf Course. Follow this up with a tour of Tin Roof Brewery and some hanging out time in the Tap Room. Barcadia is a guy’s dream bar. You can chill with some craft beer on tap (there are nearly four dozen available), or play air hockey with a mate. Satisfy that inner child with a game of life-size Jenga and Connect 4. If gambling is more your thing, head to one of the city’s casinos: L’Auberge Casino Baton Rouge, Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Hollywood Casino, and Paragon Casino.

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6. Alexandria

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Alexandria, in central Louisiana, is where you can get a mixture of both nightlife and nature. Start out in the arms of mother nature at the Kisatchie National Forest within a short drive of the city to the north. Go hiking around Stuart Lake, or head south to the Alexander Forest Wildlife Management Area for some hiking. Take a kayak or canoe down the Saline Bayou Water Trail, a 19-mile tract that takes you through cypress groves. Alexandria’s nightlife is just as active, with Cajun Landing, a restaurant and bar featuring everyone’s favorite Cajun seafood. Check out A-Town West, Club Veneno, and Club 318 as well.

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7. Toledo Bend

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Toledo Bend is a lake that lies on the Louisiana and Texas border with several small towns and communities running along its width boasting plenty of lakeside vacation rentals. This place draws in the outdoorsy bachelor party types, those who want to hike and fish – which is good because Toledo Bend is considered the best bass fishing lake in the country (according to Bassmaster’s magazine). As such, there are several fishing guides you can use, including Living the Dream and Sac-A-Lait Slab Hunter, or you can head to one of the public piers. Bring a cooler of beers, your comfy clothes, and your fishing pole. Buckeye Landing, Clyde’s Crossing, Cypress Bend Park, North Toledo Bend State Park, and Pleasure Point Park, as well as San Patricio Overlook, South Toledo Bend State Park, and the SRA Tourist Information Center all offer public access to the lake. Afterwards, head over to the Audobon Golf Trail Course and the Sky Bombers Shooting Range for more fun.

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