Summertime and its rather warm here in South Louisiana. But that doesn't mean its not a good time to visit. Here are some cool reasons to visit Lafayette in summer.


The EatLafayette campaign is ongoing through the months of June through September, with over 100 participating restaurants offering dine-in specials. In addition, there will be a chance to win a tropical getaway by entering at participating restaurants.

Absolut Best Martini Contest

The Lafayette Absolut Best Martini Contest runs every Tuesday for eight weeks beginning at the end of June until the end of August. Every Tuesday a different restaurant in town will be serving up signature martinis, giving visitors a chance to sample their creative mixtures and vote for their favorites at the Martinis 2012 Gala. All proceeds will benefit the Healing House so go ahead and have another martini, it's for a good cause.

Gulf Brew

Every year the Acadiana Center for the Arts offers Gulf Brew, a celebration of Gulf South breweries. There will be sample beers, food and live music. General admission tickets are available for pre-sale as well as VIP tickets with some perks including early admission and access to the VIP tent with special beer selections. A designated driver (non-taster) ticket is also available.

Kart Ranch

Kart Ranch family entertainment center offers water blasting bumper boats with water targeting devises everywhere! No one will escape dry at this fun park.

Parc Sans Souci Fountain

The Parc San Souci fountain at 201 E. Vermilion St. in downtown Lafayette offers a syncopated rise and fall of bursts of water, a favorite among kids and adults alike. Best of all, it's free!

Cold Treats

And for some instant cool gratification, snowball stands or shall we say sneauxballs are located all over Lafayette and surrounding areas. To name a couple: Cajun Sno, Old Tyme Snowball.

Theres also several ice cream shops in town. The newly renovated Borden's, where Jefferson Street meets Johnston, is the last Borden's ice cream parlor in existence. The newest addition to the cool scene is Carpe Diem Gelato and Espresso Bar downtown. Everything is made fresh here with summer produce.