Centrally located, Lafayette is the ideal base for exploring all that this fascinating region has to offer: friendly folks, lively music, great food, rich heritage, colorful celebrations and festivals, historic homes, lush gardens, mysterious swamps, and much more.

The heart of Cajun country also offers its own outstanding attractions, including the perfect places for you to acquire the background you need to get the most out of your visit: The Jean Lafitte National Park Acadian Cultural Center, with its fascinating introduction to Cajun culture, and Vermillionville, a living history museum that portrays life in South Louisiana during the last century and before.


  • Mardi Gras (world’s 2nd largest celebration)
  • Acadian Village
  • Alexander Mouton House-Lafayette Museum
  • Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center
  • Lafayette Visitors Center
  • St. John Cathedral, Oak, & Cemetery
  • Vermillionville


  • Omelet Festival
  • Great Seafood
  • Two Historic Town Squares
  • Steen’s Cane Syrup

Avery Island:

  • Jungle Gardens
  • Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory

Breaux Bridge:

  • Crawfish Festival
  • Park des Ponts de Pont Breaux
  • Chitimacha Indian Bayou Teche Legend
  • Lake Martin Bird Sanctuary
  • Swamp tours


  • Mardi Gras Parade
  • Prejean’s Restaurant


  • Shrimp Boats


  • Eunice Museum
  • Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame
  • Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
  • Rendez Vous des Cajuns show (Saturdays, 6 PM to 7:30 PM) at the Liberty Theater.

Grand Coteau:

  • Miracle of Grand Coteau


  • Atchafalaya Basin Boat Tour


  • Les Courirs des Mardi Gras
  • Fred’s Lounge (Saturday morning)

New Iberia:

  • Conrad Rice Mill/KONRICO (nation’s oldest rice mill)
  • “Shadows-on-the-Teche” plantation mansion


  • Jim Bowie Museum
  • Tony Chachere’s
  • Casino & Horse Racing


  • Frog murals
  • Frog Festival

St. Martinville:

  • Acadian Memorial
  • Evangeline Monument
  • Evangeline Oak & Cajun musicians
  • La Maison Duchamp teddy bears
  • Longfellow-Evangeline State Commemorative Area
  • Petit Paris Museum
  • St. Martin de Tours Church


  • Chretian Plantation


  • Mardi Gras Parade
  • Founders Day Festival

Scenic Byways:

  • Bayou Teche Scenic Byway
  • Jean Lafitte Scenic Byway
  • Old Spanish Trail
  • Real French Destination Scenic Byway