Houma Louisiana Travel and Tourist Information

Houma, "The Heart of America's Wetland", is located on historic U.S. Highway 90 between New Orleans and Morgan City.

Cypress swamp in LouisianaCypress swamp near Houma, Louisiana (photo by the author)

It is also sometimes called "the Venice of America" due to the numerous bayous and bays in the immediate area, and its strategic location on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Houma Navigation Channel.

It is the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, and has a population of about 35,000 residents.

Houma was founded in 1834 and incorporated in 1848, and is named after the Houmas Indians. Terrebonne Parish was established March 22, 1822.

Houma Louisiana Area Attractions

Houma is famous for its Cajun food, charter boat fishing, swamps, Cajun music and dance halls. Houma also is well known for its birding trails, an exotic wildlife park, museums, Mardi Gras celebrations and more.

It is also close to the Atchafalaya Basin and available are a variety of marsh tours, swamp tours and airboat tours. The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation’s largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of the nation’s most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous and backwater lakes.

It is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the United States, home to the widely recognized Cajun culture as well as a diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native-American descent.

Houma's geographical location produces a combination of deep sea, coastal, brackish and freshwater fishing.


Its location near Terrebonne Bay, Timbalier Bay and the open expanses of the Gulf of Mexico offers plentiful fishing options including king mackerel, cobia, redfish, speckled trout, bass and drum.

For more tourist information, contact the Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Swamp Tours in the Houma Area

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps!

Swamp tours are available starting at a number of area communities such as Houma, Thibodaux, Gibson, Kraemer, Patterson, Napoleonville and Theriot.

Learn more about Swamp Tours Near Houma, Morgan City & Thibodaux

Beautiful Cypress swamp near Houma, Louisiana
Beautiful Cypress swamp near Houma, Louisiana
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)

"Swamp People" and other Reality TV Shows in South Louisiana

Some episodes of the popular TV reality show "Swamp People" are filmed close to Houma, such as at Lake Verret and Pierre Part.

Other segments are shot around other swamps in South Louisiana, such as those near Bayou Sorrel, Pecan Island, Bayou Pigeon, Morgan City and other locales.

The History Channel has announced it is set to premier Season 12 of Swamp People on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 9/8C.

Louisiana Cities and Towns Near Houma

Area towns include Raceland, Lockport, Thibodaux, Labadieville, Napoleonville, Paincourtville, Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Leeville, Dulac, Grand Isle and Cocodrie.

Houma and these surrounding communities are heavily based on Cajun tradition and culture, and are proud of their open hospitality and friendliness.

Houma as Seen in a Series of Vintage Images

Scene from earlier days at First Methodist Church in Houma, Louisiana

Scene from earlier days at First Methodist Church in Houma, Louisiana

Earlier travel vacations ... Broadway Cottages, Houma, Louisiana

Earlier travel vacations ... Broadway Cottages, Houma, Louisiana

Broadway Motel, Houma, Louisiana

Broadway Motel, Houma, Louisiana

U.S. Post Office, Houma, Louisiana

U.S. Post Office, Houma, Louisiana

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