Introduction to Gonzales, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana, in Ascension county, is 18 miles SE of Baton Rouge, Louisiana (center to center) and 54 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the surrounding Baton Rouge metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Gonzales is home to some 8,156 residents.
The early settlers of Gonzales were usually of the French and Spanish ancestry. They settled with the Houma Indians who already lived in the area. Gonzales was incorporated as a village in 1922, by John Parker, the then Louisiana Governor. It became a town in 1952 and was finally incorporated as a city in 1977.
Gonzales and nearby Attractions
- Tee Joe Gonzales Museum
- New River Shopping Center
- Gonzales Municipal Park
- Southside Church of Christ
Things To Do In Gonzales
Tourists in Gonzales love to be in the Tee Joe Gonzales Museum. Shopping is a fun filled activity at the New River Shopping Center, Eastbank Shopping Center, and the Bayou Plaza Shopping Center. Parks such as the Burnside Park, Gonzales Municipal Park, and the Dixie Youth Park are also worth visiting. The local churches include the Southside Church of Christ and the Gonzales United Methodist Church. The city organizes the Jambalaya Festival every year in the month of May. Oktoberfest is also celebrated by the city.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Gonzales Higher Education
Ascension College is in Gonzales. Other higher education institutes close to Gonzales include Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University and A & M College, and Nicholls State University.