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Houma can refer to:

  • Houma, Louisiana, city in the United States
  • Houma, Shanxi, city in China
  • Houma Tribe, a Native American group
  • Houma, meaning cape, the name of some capes in Tonga and villages near them such as:
    • Houma (Tongatapu)
    • Houma ('Eua)
    • Houma (Vava'u)

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Houma is a small city (about 40,000 people including suburbs) in south central Louisiana, the seat and largest city in Terrebonne Parish.

Houma: Terrebonne Parish Court House, Main Street
Houma: Terrebonne Parish Court House, Main Street

The Bayou Cane runs through the town roughly east to west between Main Street and Park Avenue, with the Intracostal Waterway running north to south.

Get in

Houma, Louisiana is just off Highway 90 between New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana. Directions from New Orleans (approx. 59 miles or 1 hour, 15 minutes): Merge onto I-10 W (9.7 miles) Merge onto I-310 S via exit 220 to Boutte/Houma (12.0 miles) Exit at US-90 W toward Houma (30.07 miles) Turn left at LA-24 E toward Houma (7.3 miles)

Directions from Lafayette, LA (approx. 104 miles or 2 hours, 10 minutes): From I-10, merge onto US-167 S via the US-90/US-167 S exit 103A to Lafayette (2.6 miles) Continue on US-90 E (93.8 miles) Turn right at LA-24 E (7.3 miles)

  • Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum [1] 7910 West Park Avenue, tel 580-7200. Small museum focuses on local relationship to the wetlands habitat. Admission $3.
  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden, 5337 Bayouside Drive, Chauvin, LA, 70377, (985)594-2564. Dawn-Dusk. The garden has more than 100 concrete sculptures and is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Free to the public. The NSU Folk Art Studio is open from 1pm-3pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and by appointment. Free.  edit
  • Regional Military Museum [2] 1154 Barrow Street, tel 873-8200. Focuses on the military history and contributions of Houma and the surrounding area, with special focus on World War II. Veterans give tours of the exibits. When they're not too busy, they'll let you try some "hands on" with some of the artifacts.
  • Southdown Plantation House [3] 1208 Museum Drive (just off Little Bayou Black Drive in the South west part of town) tel 851-0154. Historic plantation house is now home to the Terrebonne Museum of History and Culture. Tues-Sat 10a-4p, $6
  • Terrebonne Folklife Cultural Center 317 Goode Street, tel 873-6545. Local folk arts and crafts. Tues-Fri 91-5p $1 admission
  • Bayou Black Airboat Swamp Tours, 251 Marina Drive Houma, LA 70360, 985-665-8571. 1 1/2 hours. Enter another world, as you venture into the interior of the swamps only accessible by airboat. See alligators, birds and other wildlife. $40 Adults / $20 13 and under.  edit
  • Southland Mall, 5953 West Park Avenue, Houma, LA, 70364, 985-876-4765. 10am-9pm. Southland Mall offers Dillards, JCPenney, Sears and a hundred shops. MC, V, Discover and travelers checks accepted.  edit
  • Boudreau and Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin, 5602 West Main Street, Houma, LA, 70364, 985-872-4711. 24 hours. Shrimp, crabs, crawfish, oysters, turtle, alligator, gumbo, etoufee, po-boys, salads, plate lunches and more. Credit cards accepted: A/E/, D, M/C, V.  edit
  • Cafe Dominique, 8013 Main Street Houma, Louisiana 70360, 985-223-7540. 5pm-10pm. Catering to the indulgent diner, as well as the health conscious foodie, our goal is to bring a new kind of dinning experience to the bayou by using organic produce, all natural and free range meats, along side the wonderful seafood from our local waters.  edit
  • Castalano's Deli & Catering, two locations: 7881 Main Street, tel 853-1090, lunch Mon-Fri; 6897 West Park Ave, tel 853-2090 Mon-Sat 11 a - 9 p, also offering drive through food pickup.
  • Cafe Milano 314 Belanger Street (half a block off Main Street). Tel 897-2426. Medium priced Italian lunch and dinner. Lunch Mon-Fri; Dinner Mon-Sat; Jazz Brunch Sunday. Sometimes has live jazz other times as well.
  • Coffee Zone 7884 Main Street, tel 223-2442. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, or snacks. Mon-Fri 7a - 4p, Sat 8a-3p. Free wi-fi computer access for customers; pay access for non-customers.
  • Lunch Basket 7937 Main Street, tel 872-1507. Local favorite for simple but tasty breakfast and lunch; reasonably priced.
  • Aficionados, 314 Belanger St., Houma, LA, 70360, 985-879-2426. Piano bar located in downtown Houma. Featuring live music by Todd Adams. Pianist and vocalist Todd Adams performs Tuesday - Thursday 8pm-12am and on Friday and Saturday 9pm - 1am at Aficionados, Houma’s most elegant watering hole.  edit
  • Ramada Inn Houma, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., +1 985-879-4871, [4].
  • MainStay Suites (, 1650 Grand Caillou Road , Houma, LA, US, 70363 (LA-57/Grand Caillou Rd), (985) 876-6210, [5]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: 11am. This Houma, LA extended stay hotel is minutes from a number of area attractions, including the Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, the Southdown Plantation House and the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. $.  edit


Telephone area code is 985.

Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 2792 Houma, LA 70361 phone: 985-868-2732 fax: 985-868-7170 toll free: 800-688-2732

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  • Coffee Zone 7884 Main Street
  • New Orleans, Louisiana's largest city and most popular visitor destination, is a 90 minute drive to the north east.
  • Lafayette, the main city of Louisiana's "Cajun Country", is just over 2 hours to the west.
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