of Madisonville, LA
Wine & Dine
Your Local Guide to the BEST restaurants in Madisonville, Louisiana - Plan your the best wine & dining experience, starting here. When you are looking for a night out to "wine and dine" - Madisonville has a lot to offer!
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Located on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum takes you on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana.The museum brings Louisiana’s maritime history to life through unique interpretive programs, exhibits, and publications. These programs include the time honored craft of boat building, hands-on field trips, constructing underwater robots, lighthouse overnights, and other exciting educational opportunities for people of all ages. Tchefuncte Lighthouse is one of the most popular landmarks in the area. Built in 1838, its lamps were visible for 11 miles. The Lighthouse Keeper's house was moved from its original location to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Today, the Lighthouse enjoys a resurgence of interest for restoration.
Fairview Riverside State Park - 119 Fairview Dr, Madisonville, LA 70447
The Krewe of Tchefuncte has floated this parade of 20-30 decorated boats for over 20 years. This event is usually held the Sunday prior to Mardi Gras each year.
Cruisin' on the River Car Show
Visitors come out each year in May for the fun and festivities at the Annual Cruisin’ on the River Car Show held on the river front in Madisonville. Sponsored by the Chamber, the show is an attraction for car enthusiasts of all ages. Awards are given in many different categories and general admission is free to the public.
Wooden Boat Festival
Featuring one of the largest gatherings of antique and classic wooden watercraft on the entire Gulf of Mexico with over 100 participants, the Wooden Boat Festival draws boating enthusiasts from all over the area. Marine exhibitors, artisans, kid's workshops and the "Quick and Dirty Boat Building Contest" round out a day of family fun. This exceptional event benefits the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.
Dragon Boat Festival
Great White North (GWN) is the coordinator of the first event of this kind in our area, making it's debut in Madisonville, Louisiana, along the Tchefuncte River. According to GWN, this is the world's fastest growing water sport is also the most exciting. Twenty paddlers move in unison, combining strength with teamwork in a boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China.
Santa Claus Boat Parade
Old St. Nick comes to Madisonville via boat on the Tchefuncte River and presents Christmas goodies to the children at Town Hall.
The Madisonville Museum is located in the historic Madisonville Courthouse. Erected in 1911, the museum and giant oak shadowing its entrance are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Madisonville and Civil War history are displayed along with wildlife and Indian culture.
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