Academy of Sacred Heart
1821 Academy Road, Grand Coteau 337.662.5275
Built in 1821, the 2nd oldest institution of learning west of the Mississippi. Schedule tours: gardens, oak alley, museum & the shrine of St. John Berchmans, site of a miracle. M-F 9am-2pm. Tour 45 minutes $ per person
Acadia Parish Tourist Commission
P.O. Box 1342 Crowley 877.783.2109 www.acadiatourism.org
121 S. New Market St., St. Martinville 337.394.2258
Mural depicts arrival of the Acadians, Wall of names lists LA Acadian refugees, GrandPre deportation cross replica, meditation garden w/ eternal flame, multimedia genealogy center, Museum of the Acadian Memorial. Gift Shop. Open daily 10am -4pm or by appointment.
Adults $2 -- 6-11 $1
200 Greenleaf Dr., Lafayette 337.981.2364/800962.9133
Lafayette's original museum of authentic Acadian homes.
Adult $7 Senior $6 Student $4
Airboat Tours, Inc.
Marshfield Boad Landing, Marshfield Rd, Loreauville 337.229.4457
Airboating since 1987 in shallow swamps, lakes, and bayous. View native wildlife and vegetation. Reservations suggested.
Tues-Sat 8am-5pm/Sunday 8am-noon
Tour 1 hour-call for current price
Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum
1122 Lafayette St. Lafayette 337.234.2208 firstname.lastname@example.org
C 1800 House museum and repository of Acadian history/culture. Originally built as a Sunday house of Vermillionville's founder, Jean Mouton. Home of Governor Alexandre Mouton. Restored 1850's Nat'l register.
40 minute tour
Tues-Sat 9am-4:30pm Sun 1-4pm
Adult $3, Senior $2, Student $1
Cajun Country Swamp Tours
This Louisiana swamp tour of Cajun Country is less than six miles from Interstate 10’s EXIT 109 . From Exit 109 your personalized swamp tour is just 15 minutes away in a beautiful surreal Louisiana cypress swamp that is sure to charm and excite your imagination.
Cajun Music Hall of Fame & Museum
240 S.C.C. Duson, Eunice 337.457.6534
Artifacts & memorabilia related to Cajun music and culture on display.
Mon-Fri 8am -4pm Winter 9am-4pm
Clarence's Baton Rouge Information & Cajun/Zydeco Music Guide
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
914 St. John St., Lafayette 337.232.1322
C 1913 A prominent landmark of downtown Lafayette. The almost 500 year-old Cathedral Oak tree, cemetery, museum & gift shop are on the church grounds. Pre-arranged tours available on Nat'l Register of Historic Buildings. 1 1/2 hour tour
Mon-Fri 9am-noon 1-4pm.
Adults $3 Seniors $2 Child $1
Personal Authentic Guided ECOTOURS
The tour is slow so you can view wildlife and take pictures as we travel through the swamp. The tour departs from the Lake Martin Landing, where we will then drive into a flooded forest of Cypress and Topulo trees draped with spanish moss. The Flooded Forest is home to 197 different species of birds.
Children's Museum of Acadiana
201 E. Congress St., Lafayette 337.232.8500
Dedicated to de-mystifying everyday life, cultures and human differences with hands-on exhibits such as a grocery store, a kids scale bank, recycle art projects and bubble exhibit
Crystal Rice Plantation
6428 Airport Road., Crowley 337.788.4100
Working rice and crawfish farm with tours of the farm, home and car museum.
By appointment. 2 Hour tour
Duchamp Opera House
De la Houssaye's Swamp Tours: The Louisiana Experience
de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours is owned and operated by Marcus de la Houssaye, a life-long resident of South Louisiana who has extensive real-world experience that has acquainted him with many aspects of Louisiana's swamps and marshlands. Over the course of his lifetime he has learned to appreciate the delicate and precious wilderness ecology of these areas and has worked to impart his knowledge and experience to others.
Jean Lafayette National Park/Acadian Cultural Center
501 Fisher Rd., Lafayette 800.346.1958
The Center, is a unit of the National Park Service, depicts the story of the Acadians who settled the praires, bayous, and marshes os southern Louisiana.
Daily 8am-5pm Movie 9am-4pm 1 hour-free
Jungle Gardens, Inc.
508 Youngsville Hwy. 89 Lafayette 337.369.6243
250 acre gardens, bird sanctuary, flowers in season and a Buddhist temple.
508 Youngsville Hwy. 89 Lafayette 337.837.5278
Family entertainment. Go-kart, boats, kiddie karts, minigolf, batting cages, arcades and food.
Noon-10pm Summer 10am-11pm
No general admission. Pay as you play.
Lafayette Convention and Visitors Center
Evangeline Thruway Lafayette P.O. Box 52066 Lafayette 337.232.3737800.346.1958 www.lafayette.trave
Liberty Theatre/Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns' Music Show
200 W. Park Ave., Eunice 337.457.7398
Renovated 1924 movie house is home to a weekly radio music show with Cajun bands and dancing. Hosted in French and in the format of the Grand Old Opry and Louisiana Hayride.
1 1/2 hours
$5, Under 12 - $3
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site
Mcgee's Landing & Atchafalaya Basin Tours
1337 Henderson Levee Rd., Henderson 337.228.2384/800445.6681
Restaurant, marina with swamp and airboat tours. Love music on weekends. Hunting and fishing guides available.
1 1/2 hours
adult, $15, senior $12, under 12, $8
Mclhenny Co. Tabasco
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd., New Iberia
Daily tours of gardens & house.
adult $10 3-18 $5
317 E. Main St.. New Iberia 337.369.6446/877.200.4924
Overlooks Bayou Teche. Famous 1834 sugar plantation home-authentically restored and interpreted. The only National Trust Historic House Museum and Gardens in Louisiana. Monday-Saturday 9am-4:30pm
Sunday Noon-4:30 p.m.
Adult $7 Senior $6.25, child $4
Tour 2 hours
300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette 337.233..4077/866.99.bayou
A 23 acre Cajun/Creole heritage and folklife park nestled on the banks of the Vermilion River in a living history museum setting. Self-guided tours, costumed craftspeople.
1 1/2 hour tour
Adult $8, Seniors $6.50, Child $5, 1-6 Free
W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum
Wortman Pottery, Studio & Showroom
Zoo of Acadiana
Rayne Frog Festival
Rayne Frog Festival second week in November. Gossen memorial Park, Rayne from the opening "fais-do-do," to our world champions frog jumping contest, a spectacular fireworks display, incredible entertainment and for course, those jumping "ouaouarons" we will guarantee you that you "pass a good time" so hop on down for great food, carnival rides, petting zoo and dance to cajun, Zydeco and swamp-pop music all night long.
Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival
Third weekend in September New Iberia commemorates the Louisiana sugar cane industry, carnival, parades, boat parade, fireworks, fais-so-so, Blessing of the crop and harvest season, agricultural fair, coronation of queen sugar, art & flower shows. free
Roberts Cove Germanfest
First full weekend in October Roberts Cove just outside the Rayne city limits. german bands, singers, dancers, folklore and rice threshing demos, antique farm equipment, variety of German foods and kiddies land
Adults $5 - kids 15 and under are free.
International Rice Festival
Third weekend in october in Crowley one of the oldest and largest agricultural festivals in the south.
Second week in october - Girard park & Downtown Lafayette
Celebrate the rhythm of Cajun life and dance to caun waltz or two step to the upbeat rhythms of accordions, fiddles, and ti fers (triangles). Step back in time as traditional crafters demonstrate their artistry. This festival pays tribute to the cajun culture with a combinations of free festivals.
Festival International de Louisiane
Five day festival last week in April in downtown Lafayette. Best in international music , dance and visual arts and cuisine from the Franco phone world
P.O. Box 25 Breaux Bridge 70517 337. 332.6655
First weekend in May held in Breaux Bridge
Le Cajun Music Festival
The third weekend in August held in Lafayette
Courire de Mardi Gras
337.684.2739 Church Point
Held Sunday prior to Fat Tuesday. Run begins at 8am ends downtown for a parade at 1:30pm. Colorful costumed horseback riders, wagons, buggies, and live music on the courire. Cahse the chickens, catch the greased pig, spectacular events. Traditional gumbo, bouding, and beverages available.
Tee Mamou Iota Mardi Gras
Praire Cajun Mardi Gras at its best! Traditional groups singing, dancing and chanting 400 year old chant in French, all wearing hand made screen masks, costumes, and capuchouns. The "Mardi Gras" arrive about 2pm but festival is all day event in downtown Iota. Cajun crafts, live Cajun and Zydeca music all day on an outdoor bandstand and dance floor. Children's Tent featuring best young Cajun musicians in the area! Free admission