Vermilion Parish, named for the river and bay central to Acadiana’s identity, officially bills itself as the “Most Cajun Place on Earth.” The vast historic town square of Abbeville, the parish seat, is perfect for a stroll beneath the oaks, a peek at the giant “cans” outside the Steen’s Cane Syrup mill, and a visit to Black’s Oyster Bar, established in 1967. Save room for the town’s Giant Omelette Celebration, held each November, and featuring a 5,000 egg omelette prepared by a contingent of chefs hailing from around the world. Just east in Delcambre, the annual August Shrimp Festival is one of Louisiana’s foremost culinary celebrations; expect shrimp cook-offs, fais-do-do dancing, and the all-important blessing of the fleet. West of Abbeville is Kaplan, the “Gateway to the Wetlands,” entry to points further south down Highway 82, including hunting and fishing meccas like Cow Island, Forked Island, and Pecan Island. Further south along the route, and beyond the marshlands into the Gulf of Mexico, offers plenty of opportunities for spotting wildfowl, alligator, deer, and nutria.

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The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of I-10 and I-49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

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