Lafayette is a destination that’s worth a visit any time of year. Come during the early spring when crawfish are at their peak. Roll up your sleeves and peel your own, eat it with a fork in an etouffee or the many variations at one of our many restaurants or the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. No trip is complete without boudin and po’boys. Be sure to stop at one of the legendary spots on our Cajun Boudin Trail and attend the annual Po’Boy Festival to sample various styles. Burn off some calories at a lively dance hall, or participate in the Vermilion Voyage, a three-day, 50-mile, overnight paddling excursion. Spring is also an ideal time to spend a day in Downtown Lafayette, where you’ll find attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. Every April, Downtown hosts Festival International, bringing more than 500 musicians from 15 countries to the stage. Need even more inspiration to visit Lafayette during the springtime? Check out our Springtime Guide to Lafayette below and start planning your winter getaway to the Happiest City in America.
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. The eight parishes that comprise the area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east, and to the Gulf of Mexico in the south.
Lafayette, LA is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery. Whether your passion is for our rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear. Plan your escape to the Happiest City in America.