Looking for an easy summer getaway? Plan a trip to Louisiana's Cajun Country. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a music lover or foodie, Acadiana has the perfect activity for you. Here are some best bets for this summer!
Cruise through America's largest swamp on an exhilarating airboat ride. Knowledgable guides from several reputable airboat companies will take you through an outdoor wonderland filled with cypress trees, gorgeous birds, and plenty of alligators.
Challenging enough for seasoned riders and friendly enough for families, the Acadiana Park Mountain Bike trails are a fun way to spend a morning. Enjoy scenic runs through a cypress forest with berms, bridges, quick descents, and jumps. Be sure to bring water and bug spray!
Cool off with a Snoball or Daiquiri
South Louisiana summers are hot, but that makes icy treats all the sweeter. Visit a walk-up counter or a nearby drive-thru for dozens of colorful flavors of daiquiri and snoballs made with Louisiana cane sugar. Grown-ups can have their pick of the many drive-thru daiquiri places throughout Lafayette. There are also plenty of snoball places for young and old alike in need of a sweet cold treat to beat the heat.
Now is the time to shop some of Lafayette's boutiques and specialty shops. MainStreet River Ranch is an upscale outdoor mall for everyone in the family, whether you're shopping for your home, your closet, or an upcoming camping trip. Other local shopping districts include Downtown Lafayette and the Oil Center.
Instagram your way through downtown Lafayette on your own art scavenger hunt. Make your way through Downtown Lafayette to discover everything from colorful electric boxes to elaborate murals painted on the sides of buildings.
Lake Martin is a hidden gem, tucked away just outside of Lafayette. After LSU and Bourbon Street, the enchanting cypress swamp is the most Instagrammed location in Louisiana. Rent a kayak and meander through moss-draped trees and around duck blinds. You can spot alligators as well as birds like the Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White Ibis, and Roseate Spoonbill.
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For a refreshing rosé or another favorite natural wine, Wild Child Wines is a cute little wine shop and wine bar located in Downtown Lafayette. Ready for a bite? For a lively patio scene, head to Spoonbill, Ruffino's, or any of the Legend's locations throughout the area. You can also take advantage of great deals and specials at dozens of local favorites through EatLafayette, available until September.
Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville offers a great outdoor area for enjoying craft beer and fresh pizza made on the premises. A short drive north of Lafayette, you'll enjoy the beautiful scenery, including sugar cane fields and historic homes along the way.
Take a Walk
Lafayette is filled with charming neighborhoods and parks for walking. The community of River Ranch offers a beautiful collection of Acadian-style homes with lovely gardens and pocket parks, as well as views of the Vermilion River. Girard Park offers walking trails around a duck pond and green spaces all the way to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Another great area to explore, the campus is filled with classical architecture, a beautiful cypress swamp, and incredible oak trees.