Our Tourist Information Center is conveniently located at 10 Westbank Expressway (Hwy 90) next to the Seafood Market (lot). We are here to serve Tourists and Locals alike. Our goal at the Tourist Center is to welcome people from all over the globe who come to Westwego to enjoy our many attractions. For example, Bayou Segnette State Park is a sought after destination because of its ideal location and its many recreational opportunities like fishing, boating, camping, picnicking and swimming in the unique wave pool on the grounds.
In addition, The Westwego Historical Museum at 275 Sala Avenue is a quaint museum housed in the original General Merchandise Store which was owned and operated by Durac Terrebonne as the Fisherman’s Exchange. It operated from the late 1800’s until 1917 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside you will experience the history of The City of Westwego and see antiques and artifacts from life in the 1800s. You will also see the Grocery Store set up exactly as it was in the early 1900s. Last but not least, you will see original Cajun artifacts used by the Cajun people to make their living off the land.
Westwego began as the fishing village of “Salaville” along the canal which connected the Westbank of the Mississippi to Bayou Segnette and the Gulf of Mexico. Many new settlers arrived in 1893 after a hurricane destroyed their fishing community at Cheniere Caminada near Grand Isle.
The Street Sala Avenue is our Historic District and is well on its way to being a premier Destination. Ironically, just as many settlers came to
Westwego because of a hurricane’s destruction, Sala Avenue has also been affected by a hurricane as well. Her name was Katrina. Visit Sala Avenue and help her grow beyond the beautiful street she already is. Drive down to the end of Sala and walk up onto our beautiful Lazy River Landing. She is standing strong in spite of damage incurred during Hurricane Katrina. A loose barge slammed into the landing during the height of the storm.
On the other end of Sala Avenue is our Farmer’s and Fisheries Market, a beautiful structure with a main stage area and space for vendors. The market is used for special concerts given regularly from spring to fall and private rentals as well. See details on this website.
KEITH R. BOUVIER
Tourist Information Director
#10 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA 70094
Phone: (504) 341-9083
Fax: (504) 340-1847