Lafayette is a destination that’s worth a visit any time of year. Come during the winter (December - February), and you’ll be treated to mild temperatures barely falling into the 30s and 40s. Plan your stay around the holidays to see Lafayette transform into a winter wonderland for Cajun & Creole Christmas. Did you resolve to try something new this year? Only in Lafayette can you find a rodeo, film festival, concert series, and a Mardi Gras parade in the wintertime. On the colder days, stay warm with a bowl of gumbo and other Cajun comfort foods like the hefty plate lunch or unique sweets like king cake. If peace and quiet are more your speed, our fairytale gardens, cozy inns, and fine dining restaurants are ideal for a relaxing getaway. Need even more inspiration to visit Lafayette during the wintertime? Check out our Wintertime 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.