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Around Louisiana: Lafayette

Around Louisiana


Throughout 2018, we’re taking a virtual road trip around Louisiana and highlighting some of our best travel stories.  Check back on the 15th of each month to explore the sites and events from a different region of the state.  This month, we’re heading to the Lafayette region in the heart of Acadiana.




Lafayette: Boom Town - documentary


Lafayette: Boom Town (1981)

Check out this documentary on Lafayette, which was produced in honor of Louisiana Public Broadcasting going on the air in the city.




Vermilionville in Lafayette


Vermilionville (1991)

Enjoy a visit to Vermilionville (in French!), a living history museum in Lafayette that showcases the way of life for the Acadians, Native Americans, and Creoles during the 18th and 19th centuries.




Duck Festival in Gueydan



Gueydan Duck Festival (1996)

See Chef John Folse visit this annual festival and cook some of his favorite duck recipes.



Breaux Bridge, La. - Crawfish Capital of the World


Breaux Bridge (2006)

Take a walking tour and learn more about the history of the Crawfish Capital of the World in St. Martin Parish.




Mowata, Louisiana


Mowata (2006)

Find out how this small community in Acadia Parish got its unique name due to a misspelled railroad depot sign.




Turkey Creek, Louisiana


Turkey Creek (2006)

Enjoy a visit to this uniquely named village in Evangeline Parish.




Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana


Eunice (2007)

Visit the Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Liberty Theater in the Prairie Cajun Capital of Louisiana.



Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning - made in Opelousas, Louisiana



Opelousas (2007)

Learn more about the history of one of Louisiana’s oldest cities and the home of Tony Chacere’s Creole Foods.



Welcome to Rayne, Frog Capital of the World


Rayne (2008)

Enjoy a visit to the self-proclaimed Frog Capital of the World in Acadia Parish.




Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette


Acadian Cultural Center (2009)

Tour Bayou Vermilion in a traditional Louisiana wooden boat and learn more about Acadian culture and history at this National Park Service area in Lafayette.



Caroline Dormon, forester who helped create the State Arboretum


Louisiana State Arboretum (2009)

Take a tour of this beautiful state park in Evangeline Parish and learn more about forester Caroline Dormon’s efforts to create the arboretum.



Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site


Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site (2009)

Learn more about the Acadians and Creoles of Bayou Teche at this historic site in St. Martinville.




Crowley Opera House


Crowley Opera House (2015)

See the recently restored Grand Opera House of the South in Acadia Parish.






Join us on August 15th as our journey moves to New Iberia / Morgan City.

See our past Around Louisiana posts on the following regions:

And check out more Louisiana Travel Stories.