Traveling and site seeing can hit the wallet pretty hard. In Lafayette, Louisiana you don’t have to fork out money to have a bon temps. You can immerse yourself in the rich cultural history of our area for free. From self-guided tours to films and even a farmer’s market, your free good time starts here.
The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana’s wildest place.
The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Downtown Lafayette stands as a Dutch Romanesque landmark, completed in 1916 and is on the National Registry of Historic Properties. Enjoy the beauty of the Cathedral, the 450 year old Cathedral Oak, the Cathedral Cemetery, Cathedral Museum and Gift Shop as well as Presepio Exhibit of 18th century Nativity figures from Naples, Italy.
Enjoy the local flavor of Lafayette’s craft beer at Parish Brewing in Broussard. Parish beer is brewed right here in Lafayette Parish using old-school techniques with German, Belgian, and North American malted barley and other grains and the finest hops from the Pacific Northwest and Europe. Visit their tap room to sample their latest brews or stop in on the weekend and get a free tour of the brewery.
Bayou Teche Brewery located in Arnaudville brings together the fine art of craft brewing and the culinary traditions of Cajun culture. What started as creating a beer that would pair well with Cajun cuisine has evolved into a brewery and tap room that hosts events showcasing the unique food, music and beer of Cajun Country. Best time to stop by is on a Saturday where you can taste their latest creations in the tap room, get a free tour of the brewery and listen to a Cajun jam on the porch.
If you’re looking to get a view of South Louisiana’s unique wildlife and landscapes swing by the beautiful Cypress Lake on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. You will see swampland, cypress trees, alligators, turtles, fish, birding and so much more. If you have enough time in your schedule make a trip to immerse yourself at Lake Martin.
Experience the beauty of one of the largest green space parks in Lafayette while shopping and supporting local farmers and artisans. With local food vendors, artisans, jam sessions, park tours and educational seminars it’s a great way to spend a Saturday. The park and farmer’s market is open every Saturday rain or shine from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Begnaud House located in Scott is nestled between a walking trail and Scott’s Arboretum. The Acadian style home houses a library with collections of the city’s history and memorabilia, a heritage interpretive room that serves as a teaching area and screening rooming, a small souvenir and gift shop as well as a Cajun jam every Friday night.
The Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery features the work of local artisans in a variety of mediums including pottery, jewelry, glass, textiles, metal and wood. The 1,200-square-foot facility adjacent to Parc Sans Souci is one of Lafayette's oldest structures, built between 1885 and 1886. The space was restored in 2001 to house the works of the Louisiana Craft Guild members.