Jeanerette museum extends hours _lowres

Photo provided by Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau -- Go back in time and learn about the last 200 years of the sugarcane industry at the Jeanerette Museum.

Cool Zoo, the splash park at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, is open for the season.

Cool Zoo offers jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and more.

Cool Zoo also features shaded seating, family restrooms, a Snack N’ Splash concession stand and The Cool Shop with a variety of warm-weather necessities. The park offers three different splash zones with one area specifically for toddlers and younger kids. Heated water is available at Cool Zoo as needed.

Admission is $8 for nonmembers and $6 for members and is in addition to regular zoo admission. For more information, visit

Museum extends hours

The Jeanerette Bicentennial Park and Museum has extended its days of operations to Fridays, and is now open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays.

The museum, 500 E. Main St., has displays depicting the past 200 years of the sugar-cane industry, and also shows a 12-minute film on the actual making of sugar. A sugar-cane patch grows onsite, along with a working antique sugar mill and early mechanized cane-harvesting equipment. The Swamp Room has more than 40 native specimens of natural wildlife. Another attraction is the original gravesite of Nicholas Provost, the founder of Jeanerette, on the museum grounds.

Admission is adults, $3; and students, $1. The last tour begins at 3 p.m.

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Racing in Morgan City

The Morgan City Mudbug Nationals, the second round of the US HydroDrag Nationals, will take place at Lake End Parkway in Morgan City’s Lake Palourde on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.

The Jet Ski racing event will have a variety of competitions each day for spectators to view. Races will begin at noon on Saturday with the Blowsion Flatwater Freestyle Qualifying followed by the All HydroDrag Classes Qualifying to Top 4 in each class from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, races will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Waterfrontoo/IJSBA Slalom Competition, the Blowsion Flatwater Freestyle Competion at noon, All HydroDrag Finals at 1 p.m., and the Sea Doo Speed Alley Competition at 2:30 p.m.

An award ceremony will take place at the conclusion of all races, beginning at 4:30 pm. There will be food and drinks for purchase, and a $5 parking fee for all vehicles.

The event is organized by the International HydroDrag Association, H2X Racing Promotions and the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau. For more information, contact Mike Young at (850) 376-5495 or, or the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau at (985) 395-4905 or

Poverty Point sets 2 events

Visitors to Poverty Point State Historic Site near Epps can build a bluebird box at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The first 10 participants can assemble and paint a standard bluebird box to take home. All others will be given detailed instructions and blueprints to build a box at home. Visitors can also learn facts about these birds, considered a first sign of spring.

The site will also host a tool demonstration on Sunday, May 4, at the park.

The program will consist of how the Poverty Point inhabitants made and used stone tools. It includes “hands on” artifacts display, with audience participation encouraged. The event will run every hour on the hour, beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The site offers visitors the opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1100 BC. The $4 admission fee provides access to the area museum, video, hiking trail and tram tour. Children (12 and younger) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Poverty Point is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (888) 926-5492.

Louisiana Travels is a column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to or or mail to Judy Bergeron, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.