ATTRACTIONS

Attractions

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.

Lafayette:

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Lafayette Hotels & Things to Do

A colorful celebration of parades, beads, costumes, and dancing.

Mardi Gras in Lafayette, LA | Events & Parades 

Available for field trips, guided tours, weddings, photo shoots, and venue rentals. Enjoy Noel Acadian Au Village at Christmas.

Acadian Village

Constructed in the early 19th century as the Sunday House. Book a tour.

Alexandre Mouton House

Find out about local events and local history and culture.

Lafayette Hotels & Things to Do

Appreciate the history, culture, and natural resources of the Native Americans, Acadians, Creoles, and peoples of African descent in the Attakapas region.

Vermilionville

Outdoor adventure store carrying camping and ski gear.

The Backpacker – Love Your Adventure

Pack & Paddle is a community hub for the folks that frequent swamps, marshes and forests. Connect with adventures and new gear.

Pack & Paddle – Outdoor Gear & Apparel for Canoeing, Kayaking, and Camping

Abbeville:

Chefs gather and prepare to make a “5000” egg omelette. It consists of 5000 eggs plus one egg for every year the festival has occurred.

Festival | Giant Omelette Celebration

Abbeville has great seafood restaurants. For example:

SHUCKS!: Seafood Restaurant, Best Oysters | Abbeville, LA

Dupuy’s: Dupuys

A household staple in most south Louisiana Homes. Originated in Abbeville, LA.

Cane Syrup | Steen’s Syrup

Avery Island:

Visit the several beautiful attractions on this multi-stop tour.

Jungle Gardens

Take a tour of the Tabasco Factory and see how their many sauces are made.

TABASCO® Brand Factory Tour & Museum | TABASCO® Brand

Breaux Bridge:

A festival of 3 days, with 3 stages, and 30 bands. Enjoy the live Music and delicious food.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Enjoy the scenery of the walking tour at this park on Bayou Teche.

WALKING TOUR

The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana is the only tribe in Louisiana to still occupy a portion of their aboriginal homeland. 

Tribal History | Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

Book a boat tour to engage in our glorious swamps.

Cajun Country Swamp Tours | Lake Martin | Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Carencro:

Catch beads, dance to music, and celebrate with friends and family.

Carencro Mardi Gras Association 

Baseball, Softball, Flag Football, and a Mercredi Show occurring every Wednesday.

Pelican Park – South Louisiana’s Premier Sports Complex

Delcambre:

Generations of fishermen continue their family trade, supplying the world and world-renowned restaurants with delicious Louisiana seafood.

Louisiana Direct Seafood

Eunice:

The Eunice Depot Museum is housed in the old train depot from which C.C. Duson sold the first land sites in 1894 for the town named after his wife, Eunice. 

Eunice Depot Museum | Eunice LA | Facebook

This venue helps to preserve and showcase the history of this region’s unique form of music.

Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The center features cooking and crafts demonstrations, local musicians, and dancing for all.

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Grand Coteau:

A celebration of the traditional Louisiana treat called the sweet dough pie.

Sweet Dough Pie Festival 

The Shrine commemorates the site of the miracle performed by Saint John Berchmans in 1866 which led to his canonization.

1866 Miracle of St. John Berchmans – Academy of the Sacred Heart Grand Coteau (ash1821.org)

Arnaudville:

The home, built in 1976, has 5 Bedrooms and bathrooms in the main house. You can also book to have an event or wedding.

Maison Stephanie Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy fresh beer or cajun wood fire pizza or book a tour of the brewery.

 Bayou Teche Brewing

Henderson:

Choose between 3 different tour options for this boat tour.

Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours

Mamou:

costumed men and women on horseback and trucks travel the countryside to beg residents for ingredients to a gumbo, usually with a musical band and onlookers following behind. Once they arrive in town, a communal gumbo is cooked and enjoyed.

Lafayette, LA Courirs | Cajun Country Mardi Gras Celebrations 

Enjoy live Cajun Music every Saturday morning.

Fred’s Lounge

New Iberia:

The story of the Shadows is as much about the hundreds of enslaved men, women, and children who lived and labored at the site as it is about the Weeks family.

Shadows-on-the-Teche 

Opelousas:

In honor of  the American hero of the Alamo, who once lived in Opelousas. 

Jim Bowie Display | City of Opelousas

In 1972, Tony began to manufacture his now famous Creole Seasoning which is now a staple in most southern households.

Our Roots | Tony Chachere’s

Rayne:

“The Frog Capital of the World”

Frogs Everywhere in Rayne, Louisiana

Carnival rides, food, pageant, parade, and live frogs dressed up in costumes!

Rayne Frog Festival | Facebook

St. Martinville:

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St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

The bayou-side museum contains family names and personal stories of Acadians exiled by the British from Canada in 1755.

Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, Louisiana

Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline” immortalized the tragedy of the Acadian exile from Nova Scotia in 1755.

Evangeline Oak

Built in 1876 by David Sandoz as a residence for his daughter and her husband.

St. Martinville Post Office – La Maison Duchamp

Explore the culture of the Acadians, Creoles, Indians, Africans, Frenchmen, and Spaniards who all contributed to the cultural diversity in the Teche region.

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site

One of the Oldest Catholic Churches in America and the 3rd oldest in Louisiana.

St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church

Sunset:

 Explore this historic columned home built in 1831 and set on 20 secluded acres on the banks of the Bayou Bourbeaux.

Chretien Point

Scott:

Celebrate Mardi Gras with floats, music, and beads.

Mardi Gras

Try different types and flavors of boudin at this annual festival!

Scott Boudin Festival

Scenic Byways:

183 Miles.

Half-day or Two days for self-guided tour.

Bayou Teche National Scenic Byway 

178 Miles.

Two days to fully experience the roadway.

Jean Lafitte Scenic Byway

A transcontinental highway running from St. Augustine, Florida to San Diego, California.  It runs through Louisiana (and Lafayette Parish) as U.S. Highway 90 and, in places, as Louisiana 182.

Old Spanish Trail 

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