Posted by: RasmaSandra | February 16, 2020

Lafayette Along the Vermilion River


Lafayette stretches along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana.

lafayette acadian

Acadian Village is a 32-acre private park established in the 1970s. It was created to preserve Acadian history. You can see a 1800s Cajun village with eleven buildings, seven of them are authentic 19th-century homes. Tours are available and the grounds can be rented for different events.

lafayette art

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum is associated with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The collections include over 4,000 art objects from the 18th to the 21st century. There are works of art from America, Europe, and Asia. You can also enjoy ancient Egyptian art, folk art, Japanese woodblock prints, and artwork by local artists of Louisiana.

lafayette children art

The Children’s Museum of Acadiana offers a hand-on experience with interactive exhibits. Offering children knowledge on various subjects like health, food, money, and other topics. The museum has found its home in the old Heymann Food Center. It also offers programs like classes, workshops, school field trips, and programs for Girl and Boy Scouts. There are also special events hosted throughout the year.

lafayette avery tabasco

Avery Island is home to the well-known MacIlhenny Tabasco Company. The island is located in the heart of the Louisiana bayou country. You can get a tour of the company.

lafayette avery restaurant-1868

Also on the island at the Jungle Gardens and Bird City you can enjoy great-tasting Cajun dishes at Restaurant 1868. The nature preserve lets visitors see flowers such as azaleas and camellias.

lafayette avery jungle birds

You can also delight in animals like alligators, deer, and egrets.

lafayette swamp champagnes-swamp-tours

Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours for a real thrilling adventure take a swamp tour. Guided tours will take you through the Lake Martin Cypress Island Preserve. You’ll see cypress trees, Spanish moss, and birds like herons, owls, and woodpeckers and reptiles like alligators, frogs, and snakes.

lafayette swamp tour

These are two-hour tours available in English or French. They also offer special tours like bird watching, photography, and night tours.

lafayetter food truck

Hop on board for the Cajun Food Tours The tours include learning about Cajun history and culture. You’ll head for locations where you can get a taste of Cajun dishes like boudin, cracklin,’ etouffee, gumbo, king cake, and fried seafood.

lafayette food donuts

Tours stop at the Cajun Market Donut,

lafayette food la-cuisine-de-maman

lafayette food shrimp

La Cuisine de Maman,

lafayette food poor boy fish

Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn, and others. These tours introduce visitors to the local cuisine available in Lafayette, which was voted the Tastiest Town in the South.

lafayette cypress lake

Cypress Island preserve has about 9,500 acres of protected cypress swamps and hardwood forest land. You can find lovely picnic pavilions. Take the Levee Trail that will lead you through the preserve and around the lake.

lafayette cypress birds

From January to June you can see many kinds of birds that come here to make nests among them little blue herons, roseate spoonbills, and several types of egrets like cattle, great, and snowy egrets.

lafayette vermillion 2

Vermilionville is a museum and a park that educates people about the culture of south-central Louisiana. It sits on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion. The park focuses on the cultures of the Acadian, Creole, and Native Americans between 1765 and 1890.

lafayette vermillion

The park has 19 attractions, 13 artisans showing the crafts of the early settlers, and seven restored homes. The park also hosts workshops and different events.

lafayette Longfellow-Evangeline_State_Historic_Site-1

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site is the oldest state park in Louisiana. It focuses on the culture of the Bayou Teche area. The site explores various cultures of the region. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline,” tells the story of two Acadian lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel.

lafayette long evangeline-oak-saint

You can see the tree by which they met and Evangeline’s grave.

lafayette long evangeline statue

Tours are available of the Maison Olivier, a historic 1815 plantation home.

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  1. I have not been to Louisiana for many years; this photo tour makes me think I need to visit again. I enjoy historical and nature sites like these.

    • It was my original thought when I chose to create an armchair travel blog to let people know about places to visit and what they could see there. I am glad you enjoyed the tour.

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