Along the road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Gonzales awaits. This city brashly proclaims itself the “Jambalaya Capital of the World.” With so much competition in the neighborhood, you better be able to back up such a claim. And Gonzales does. For more than 40 years, Gonzales has held an annual springtime Jambalaya Festival and even has a Jambalaya Park next to the city hall. The town’s name does not originate, as one might imagine, from the Spanish colonial days of Louisiana. Rather, the town was named after a local resident of the late 19thcentury. With its proximity to the Mississippi River, there are a number of antebellum plantation homes within a short drive. Gonzales is a shopper’s xanadu. Its sprawling Tanger Factory Outlet Mall attracts people from miles away. The same goes for the 165,000-square-foot Cabela’s, which is part museum, part retail store for campers, fishermen and hunters.

Gonzales is home to some of the South’s most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions, many steeped in rich history. There are no fewer than a dozen antebellum homes within a short drive, numerous restaurants all featuring original cuisine and boutique shops along with an outlet mall.

So, if you’re looking for “a great escape,” or wanting to relocate, “Gonzales, Nous avons tout!”

National Guard
Gonzales is home to the 922nd engineer vertical construction company, which is part of the 528th engineer battalion, 225th engineer brigade. 922nd EVCC plays a pivotal role in providing humanitarian relief during natural disasters within the United States, along with remaining ready to deploy anywhere in the world as they are needed.

Here are some of the best things to keep you busy:

Ascension Community Theatre
Enjoy great entertainment from live performances at Ascension Community Theatre. This place has comfy seats, a chill and relaxed ambiance, and air conditioning. The tickets are sold at an affordable price. The customer service provided by the professional staff is excellent. Drinks such as beer, wine, coffee, and whiskey are sold at the establishment. The play performances are outstanding with beautiful sets, voices, and costumes. Come with family and friends and experience fun as you watch your favorite play.

Visit Tee Joe Gonzales Museum
Tee Joe Gonzales Museum was once the home of the best mayor in Gonzales, Louisiana known as Joseph Stonewall Gonzales. The city was named after him due to the positive contributions he made towards development. Various ethnic groups such as the French and the Spanish people were the early settlers of this region. Joseph Gonzales was appointed the first mayor of Gonzales in May of 1952. Tour the home with family or friends and go back in time and experience the founding father’s way of living.

Try the best crawfish in town at Seafood Corner
Have the best crawfish in town at Seafood Corner. The establishment has a lively interior with comfy seating arrangements, modern decor, wall art paintings, and large glass windows providing sufficient light. The professional staff offers exceptional customer care service. The food is freshly prepared and served while hot to retain its natural taste and aroma. This restaurant is known for having the best seafood cuisine. Some of the dishes available in the menu include shrimp, oyster, chicken strips, hamburger, hot sausage, and many more. Of course, make sure not to miss their crawfish.