Lafayette is a destination that's worth a visit any time of year. Summer starts early and sticks around a while. Stay cool with delicious frozen snoballs or a local craft beer. Give the kids a summer history lesson at Vermilionville, a historic village hosting free Creole and Acadian culture days. Take a stroll, ride a bike, or drive around town to admire some of the area's incredible architecture and public art. Need a playlist on your way to Lafayette or while you're driving around town? Check out our Lafayette Weekly playlist on Spotify, where you can hear Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop, and more. Plan your meals around EatLafayette, where the top restaurants around town offer incredible deals. On your way out of town, shop our local makers for a tasty or artistic souvenir. Need even more inspiration to visit Lafayette during the summer? Check out our Summertime 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.