Atchafalaya Welcome Center

Located in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin, the nation’s largest river swamp, the Atchafalaya Welcome Center showcases a variety of exhibits showcasing the unique flora, fauna, and cultures found throughout the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Amenities at this Welcome Center include complementary coffee, restrooms, walking trails, and picnic areas. There is also an onsite monument celebrating the 82nd Airborne Division and the many French speaking Cajuns from Louisiana and their role in the D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War 2.

1908 Atchafalaya River Highway
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
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30.3414502, -91.7251416

From the West, take exit 121 ramp to La 3177, Atchafalaya River Highway. Turn left, then left again at the Atchafalaya sign. Follow signs to parking. From the East, take exit 121, curved ramp to LA 3177, Atchafalaya River Highway. Turn right. Pass two entrances to truck parking; cross under Interstate; pass entrance to boat ramp (unless you are fishing) entrance to Welcome Center is to the right. Turn right at wood/copper sign. Welcome Center ahead.

(337) 228-1094

Hours of Operation:
  • 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
  • Closed for New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day

24/7 Services Available:
  • Restrooms, including handicapped facilities

Amenities During Business Hours:
  • Free coffee
  • Picnic tables available
  • Restrooms, handicapped restroom indoors.
  • Several French-speaking staffers.
  • Exhibits and movie inside portray the history and lifestyles of the Atchafalaya Basin.
  • Statues of birds and animals commonly found in the area on display, along with a flat-bottomed crawfishing boat.

Nearby Attractions:
Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
lots of swamp tours for all adventure levels available
great dining
baits shops
RV campgrounds, houseboat and regular B & B rentals
Prehistoric Park and more.

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