There’s a ton of things we can recommend to give our visitors the full Cajun & Creole Country experience that is Lafayette. More often than not we get this question from our visitors, “If you had one day to visit Lafayette where would you go?” Well we’ve made it simple and put together a list of attractions you must see if you’re only here for one day. We recommend choosing three or four from the list below based on your interest.
Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
Lafayette’s Downtown is dotted with museums that will have your eyes beaming with delight. Start off at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and make your way down the museum loop to the Alexandre Mouton House, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Cité des Arts and the Lafayette Science Museum & Planetarium.
215 E. Convent St. | Lafayette, LA 70501
The Blue Moon Saloon opened in April of 2002 on the back porch of the Blue Moon Guesthouse and has since become one of America’s premier venues for roots music from around the world. This world famous honky tonk is a home-grown place where everyone is welcome. The Saloon has become a meeting place where world travelers, community organizations, families, artists and politicians rub elbows, dance, drink a few and thank their lucky stars they have the good fortune to spend an evening together in Lafayette.
501 Fisher Rd. | Lafayette, LA 70508
The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana’s wildest place.
219 E. Vermilion | Lafayette, LA 70501
The Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery features the work of local artisans in a variety of mediums including pottery, jewelry, glass, textiles, metal and wood. The 1,200-square-foot facility adjacent to Parc Sans Souci is one of Lafayette's oldest structures, built between 1885 and 1886. The space was restored in 2001 to house the works of the Louisiana Craft Guild members.
300 Fisher Rd. | Lafayette, LA 70508
Vermilionville is a 23-acre historic and folklife park along the banks of the Bayou Vermilion that depicts the Acadian, Creole and Native American cultures from the time period 1765 – 1890. This historic village features guided tours, costumed artisans, live music, cooking school, dance lessons, boat tours, and a gift shop that will leave you overjoyed with history and culture.
1151 Rookery Rd
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
If you’re looking to get a view of South Louisiana’s unique wildlife and landscapes swing by the beautiful Cypress Lake on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. You will see swampland, cypress trees, alligators, turtles, fish, birding and so much more. If you have enough time in your schedule make a trip to immerse yourself at Lake Martin.
2913 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
Experience the beauty of one of the largest green space parks in Lafayette while shopping and supporting local farmers and artisans. With local food vendors, artisans, jam sessions, park tours and educational seminars it’s a great way to spend a Saturday. The park and farmer’s market is open every Saturday rain or shine from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.