New Iberia boat launch enhanced

Access enhancements to the public boat launch at New Iberia City Park are complete.

The improvements were in the park area surrounding the boat ramp. New 90-foot piers along the bank on either side of the landing were constructed along with additional lighting, enhanced parking, signage and a new restroom facility.

“It’s a wonderful addition to the old boat landing which is heavily used, plus adds an opportunity for getting closer to the water for recreational fishing,” Jane Braud, director of the city’s Planning & Zoning Department, said.

A celebration marking the end of the “Wallop-Breaux” project will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday near the park’s boat landing, 300 Parkview Drive. Light refreshments will be served in the Senior Center.

The improvements were funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act.

The park also features playgrounds, a pool, recreation center, walking track, two softball fields, picnic pavilions, a meditation garden, gazebo, horseshoe pit, seven tennis courts and a weight room.

Iberia spots recognized

TripAdvisor® Certificates of Excellence were given to 11 Iberia Parish attractions, restaurants and accommodations recently.

Winners in the restaurant category include Jefferson Island Café Jefferson, Bon Creole Seafood, Victor’s Cafeteria, Landry’s Seafood and Steakhouse of New Iberia and R&M’s Boiling Point. The hotels honored are La Quinta Inn & Suites and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. The attractions include Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Shadows-on-the-Teche, TABASCO® Factory & Country Store and Jungle Gardens of Avery Island.

The award recognizes hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide, according to a news release. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the award.

Conference tickets on sale

The 2014 International Conference on World War II, “1944: Beyond All Boundaries,” will take place Dec. 4-6 in New Orleans.

Tickets are selling quickly, according to the National World War II Museum. Ticket holders will have access to more than a dozen lectures by internationally renowned historians, including Rick Atkinson, Antony Beevor, Don Miller, Gerhard Weinberg, and many more. They’ll be discussing the strategy and preparation for the eventful summer of 1944 and its fascinating aftermath, and Q&A sessions also are planned. The key battles, personalities and controversies of the war will be explored.

For tickets and more information, go to nationalww2museum.org/conference/

Tool demo at Poverty Point

Visitors can learn how the inhabitants of Poverty Point developed and created implements during a demonstration 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 6.

The inhabitants, who lived at the northeast Louisiana site more than 3,500 years ago, used these tools in their everyday lives in order to survive.

Demonstrations will start on the hour.

Poverty Point State Historic Site gives visitors the opportunity to study the culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1100 BC. The $4 admission fee provides access to the area museum, video, hiking trail and tram tour. Children (12 and younger) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free.

Poverty Point is located near Epps, east of Monroe on La. 577. The park is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For more information, call (888) 926-5492.

Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, World War II Museum, Poverty Point contributed to this column. Louisiana Travels is a column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to travel@theadvocate.com or jbergeron@theadvocate.com.