Hear about travel to Lafayette, Louisiana as the Amateur Traveler talks to Susan Moore from solotripsandtips.com about this center of Cajun culture.
Susan says, “Lafayette, Louisiana is an amazing place and a whole region, Acadiana. It’s a unique cultural experience. The food, the music is not something you are going to get anywhere else in the United States. You should experience the food, the music and the outdoors. You’ve got the bayous, the incredible fishing, interesting hiking, and kayaking. You can go kayaking with alligators. Where else are you going to do that? It’s an adventure.”
“Cajun is short for Acadians. Acadians were French-speaking people living in what is now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada. In 1755, the British expelled them from the country. 1764 is when the first Acadians made their way to Louisiana.”
Susan starts us downtown, where a number of the local festivals are held in Parc Sans Souci (without care). Throughout this episode, Susan recommends a number of local restaurants to try. After you check out the local music scene in some record stores, Susan takes us to the Vermilionville living history museum.
After exploring downtown, we are heading out to Lake Martin for a swamp tour. Lake Martin is 25 minutes out of town.
Lafayette is known for its Marid Gras, which has a number of fancy balls but is very family-friendly compared to New Orleans.
You can take a tour of the Tobasco factory on nearby Avery Island (not an island) and then grab some lunch at the Rip Van Wrinkle Gardens. You can visit the Evangeline Oak and the Acadian Memorial on the way back.
On this 7-day itinerary, you will be exposed to the local music, history, and food of a region that is both delicious and unique.
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Solo Trips and Tips
Parc Sans Souci
Cinema on the Bayou
Mardi Gras Lafayette
Lake Martin Eco-Tour
Saint John’s Cathedral
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Joseph Jefferson Mansion
African American Museum
Rock N Bowl
Lake Martin – Pack N Paddle
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Saint Street Inn (closed)
Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
Cajun French Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Eunice Depot Museum
NUNU Arts & Culture Collective
Bayou Teche Brewing
Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge
Acadiana Park Nature Station
Olde Tyme Grocery
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Lafayette Science Museum
Alexandre Mouton House
Acadian Cultural Center
Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery
Swamp Pop Museum
Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning
Chicot State Park
Seven-Day Lafayette Itinerary
11 Awesome Day Trips from Lafayette Louisiana
Awesome Things to Do in Lafayette Louisiana
Places to eat in Lafayette
French Press LA
Pamplona Tapas Bar
Blue Moon Saloon
Best Stop Supermarket
Spoonbill Watering Hole and Restaurant
Little Big Cup
Hilliard University Art Museum
Zea Rotisserie and Bar
Buck and Johnny’s
Bon Temps Grill
Carpe Diem Gelato and Espresso
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