Lafayette Louisiana Travel and Tourism


Lafayette is located in the heart of Cajun Country and Acadiana, on the banks of the Vermilion River, and at the junction of Interstate Highway I-10 and I-49.

Lafayette's first settlers were French Acadians ("Cajuns") who came to the area in the 1700s.

Originally founded in 1821 as Vermilionville, the settlement was renamed Lafayette in 1884.

Lafayette Area Events and Attractions

Acadian Village, Lafayette, LouisianaAcadian Village, Lafayette, Louisiana

Today a popular tourist attraction called "Vermilionville" recreates the Cajun lifestyle and folklore in a series of restored buildings.

The Festival International De Louisiane is being held next on April 25-29, 2018 in Lafayette, and the Festival Acadiens Et Creoles on October 11-14, 2018.

Other attractions include:

  • Acadian Cultural Center
  • Acadian Village
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts
  • Cathedral of St. John
  • Evangeline State Park
  • Children's Museum of Acadiana
  • University Art Museum
  • Alexandre Mouton House
  • Lafayette Science Museum
  • Cajundome and Convention Center

 

Where to See Mardi Gras Parades Around Lafayette in 2018

Acadiana & Southwest Louisiana
Lafayette Parish Mardi Gras:
Lafayette, Scott, Youngsville, Carencro
St Landry Parish Mardi Gras
Iberia Parish Mardi Gras:
New Iberia, Jeanerette, Coteau, Loreauville
Acadia Parish Mardi Gras:
Rayne, Morse, Crowley, Iota, Church Pointe
Iota Tee Mamou Mardi Gras Festival
Vermilion Parish Mardi Gras:
Kaplan and Gueydan
Eunice Mardi Gras
Church Point Mardi Gras

 

Other Events Around Lafayette in 2018

Scott Boudin Festival
Scott, Louisiana
April 6-8, 2018
Festival International De Louisiane
April 25-29, 2018
Festival Acadiens Et Creoles
October 11-14, 2018
Louisiana Cattle Festival & Fair
Abbeville, Louisiana
October 11-14, 2018

 

List of Louisiana Festivals and Event Calendar for 2018

Swamp Tours in the Lafayette Area

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.

The area between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers a number of swamp tours, operating from communities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, St. Martinvile and Plaquemine.

Learn more about Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Lafayette Louisiana Hotels, Motels, and Lodging

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Lafayette Cuisine and Restaurants

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Lafayette is known for its Cajun and Creole culture, and its legendary Cajun cooking.

Dining establishments featuring outstanding cuisine are widely known in Acadiana and nationwide, such as:

  • Prejean's Restaurant
  • Randol's Restaurant
  • Blue Dog Cafe
  • Don's Seafood Restaurant
  • Poupart's Bakery
  • and Cafe des Amis (in Breaux Bridge)

And we can't count the number of times we've had great crawfish at Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant in nearby Henderson in the Atchafalaya River Basin!

Lafayette Economy

Lafayette serves a large, regional retail and tourism industry. Its economy today is diverse, including large onshore and offshore drilling, production and support services for the oil and gas industry.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Campus of the University of Louisiana at LafayetteCampus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette is also the home of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) and its Ragin Cajuns sports program. ULL is the second largest university in Louisiana, with an enrollment of approximately 16,000.

The university has been located in Lafayette since 1900, and was previously known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and also Southwestern Louisiana Institute. It is one of the top-ranked universities in the south, and has nationally-ranked nursing, architecture, biology and computer sciences programs.

 

Cajun Music from Lafayette resident Cedric Watson:
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Lafayette's Location and Population

Lafayette is located midway between Houston and New Orleans and 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, at the intersection of I-10 and I-49.

The parish seat of Lafayette Parish, the City of Lafayette is located near St. Martinville, Abbeville, Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Scott, Crowley, Rayne and Kaplan. We know the famous streets of Lafayette well, including Evangeline Thruway, Kaliste Saloom, Congress Street, Ambassador Caffery Boulevard, and Johnston Street downtown.

The population of Lafayette was 120,623 in the 2010 census, while the Lafayette-Acadiana area has a population of over half-million residents.

Lafayette Zip Codes include 70501-9, 70593, 70596, 70598, and the Area Code is 337.

Lafayette Transportation

Lafayette Regional Airport

Lafayette Regional Airport is a public use, primary commercial service, and short-haul airport as designated by the Federal Aviation Administration's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

The airport's International Air Transport Association (IATA) code is "LFT". It is located just off Evangeline Thruway, at 200 Terminal Drive.

The facility was originally known as Lafayette Municipal Airport, dedicated on November 29, 1930. Since that time, the airport has increased in size to approximately 1,116 acres at present.

Commercial flights are offered by Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines. Lafayette Regional Airport offers flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than 400,000 thousand travelers utilize LFT annually and that number continues to grow.

Amtrak in Lafayette

Amtrak's station is located at 100 Lee Avenue, and provides service to New Orleans and California via the Sunset Limited.

Commercial Bus Service

Greyhound Bus Lines operates a local station at 315 Lee Avenue in Lafayette.

Map of Lafayette Louisiana (courtesy of Google Maps)

Photographs of Lafayette Louisiana

Acadian Village

Lafayette, Louisiana

Acadian Village, Lafayette, Louisiana

Acadian Village

Lafayette, Louisiana

Acadian Village

Acadian Village, Lafayette, Louisiana

Acadian Village, Lafayette, Louisiana

Acadian Cultural Center, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Lafayette, Louisiana

Acadian Cultural Center, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Vermilionville in Lafayette, Louisiana ... A Cajun/Creole Heritage and Folklife Park

Vermilionville in Lafayette, Louisiana ... A Cajun/Creole Heritage and Folklife Park

Vermilionville entrance, Lafayette, Louisiana

Vermilionville entrance, Lafayette, Louisiana

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, Louisiana

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Immaculata Minor Seminary

Lafayette, Louisiana

Immaculata Minor Seminary


Images of Lafayette of the Past

Gordon Hotel, Lafayette, Louisiana

Gordon Hotel, Lafayette, Louisiana

Evangeline Hotel, Lafayette, Louisiana

Elegant days of travel and tourism, Evangeline Hotel, Lafayette, Louisiana

Rail travel at the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, Lafayette, Louisiana

Rail travel at the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, Lafayette, Louisiana

U.S. Post Office, Lafayette, Louisiana

U.S. Post Office, Lafayette, Louisiana

Evangeline Courts, U.S. Highway 90 East, in Lafayette, Louisiana

Evangeline Courts, U.S. Highway 90 East, in Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette Parish Court House, Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette Parish Court House, Lafayette, Louisiana

St. John's Catholic Cathedral, Lafayette, Louisiana, circa 1960s

St. John's Catholic Cathedral, Lafayette, Louisiana, circa 1960s

Stephen's Memorial Library, Lafayette, Louisiana

Stephen's Memorial Library, Lafayette, Louisiana

Earlier days of travel and tourism in Lafayette, Louisiana ... Plantation Court ... "On the Old Spanish Trail"

Earlier days of travel and tourism in Lafayette, Louisiana ... Plantation Court ... "On the Old Spanish Trail"

Howard Johnsons Motor Lodge, Lafayette, Louisiana

Howard Johnsons Motor Lodge, Lafayette, Louisiana

De Rousselle's Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana

De Rousselle's Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana



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