Things to do Near Cypremort Point State Park

Cypremort Point State Park is a hidden gem of Louisiana’s coastal attractions. As one of the state park system’s only public beaches, its half-mile stretch of coastline gives visitors a place to dip their toes in the water while relaxing, drink in hand, on the sandy shore.

Cypremort Point State Park is situated at the end of a small country road on a peninsula that stretches into the vast Vermilion Bay. Its remote location deep in the bayou country of St. Mary Parish makes it a destination for visitors looking for a change of pace from other popular Cajun Country destinations.

Cypremort Point’s manmade beach welcomes families looking to spend some time picnicking and playing. Fishing and crabbing are popular pastimes, too, and Cypremort Point State Park’s 100-foot pier gives anglers the opportunity to land a fat flounder or redfish.

For visitors looking to land their catch on the open water, Cypremort Point State Park has easy access to the bay. Also, for overnight visitors, boat docks and a fish-cleaning station are available for use and are conveniently located near the waterfront.

The waters of Vermilion Bay are actually pretty legendary when it comes to Louisiana seafood. Vermilion Bay Sweet is a label you’ll see on packages of seafood in Louisiana grocery stores, named in honor of the same body of water where you can spend a day, a week, or a lifetime catching and casting.

Fishing is one of Cypremort Point State Park’s main attractions, but there are other ways to enjoy the bay. Sailing here, in waters protected by the peninsula, is especially popular, as are waterskiing, windsurfing and kayaking.

Don’t leave Cypremort Point without spending some time exploring the 185-acre state park’s marsh. Keep a lookout for nutria (a massive South American rodent found throughout south Louisiana’s waters), muskrats, alligators and an abundance of birds. Black bears, deer and foxes also call Cypremort Point State Park home — you never know what you might find when visiting this scenic outpost, which makes the adventure all the more worthwhile.

Nearby Attractions

The Cypremort Point Yacht Club in the nearby settlement of Cypremort Point calls itself “the best-kept secret in Acadiana.” It’s a secret you’ll surely want to tell friends about after you see one of the many races that start from the club and take place in the Vermilion Bay waters. The yacht club is one of the numerous spots in Cypremort Point where you’ll see sailboats; in fact, the whole point is filled with slips where avid fishermen and sailors park their boats.

Franklin is a Cajun Country town with much to offer for visitors. Take a walk through the city’s historical downtown, filled with more than 420 homes dating back to the antebellum era. Specialty shops, dining spots and architectural details recalling earlier times make Franklin’s Main Street a destination unto itself. One of the town’s centerpieces, Grevemberg House Museum, is a townhouse in City Park that dates to 1951 — a historical relic that is open for tours.

Closer to the larger population centers of Iberia and St. Mary parishes, you can discover restaurants in the small town of Jeanerette — Cooper Street Coffee, The Yellow Bowl and Landry’s Seafood & Steak are all worth checking out. Same for the local history center known as the Jeanerette Bicentennial Park & Museum. Here, the past comes alive via exhibits showcasing artifacts telling the story of south Louisiana’s sugar industry.

A little farther north is New Iberia, the seat of Iberia Parish and unquestionably one of south Louisiana’s prettiest cities. Spend a little time driving around the city, checking out the historical homes that add to New Iberia’s charm. Fortunately for visitors, the most opulent of all New Iberia’s homes is open to the public. Called Shadows-on-the-Teche, the historical house museum tells of one wealthy family’s history and their impact on the lives and culture of the region.

You’ll find no shortage of authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine here. Bon Creole Seafood, Café Jefferson and R&M’s Boiling Point are highlights of New Iberia’s small but thriving culinary scene.