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Lafayette

4.1
Historic Walking Areas · Cemeteries · History Museums

Popular things to do in Lafayette

Vermilionville ©
Historic Walking Area
Vermilionville
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Acadian Village ©
Historic Walking Area
Acadian Village
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist ©
Cemetery
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Acadian Cultural Center ©
History Museum
Acadian Cultural Center
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. The city of Lafayette is the fourth-largest in the state, with a population of 127,657 according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates. It is the principal city of the Lafayette, Louisiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a 2015 estimated population of 490,488. The larger trade area or Combined Statistical Area of Lafayette-Opelousas-Morgan City CSA was 627,146 in 2015. Lafayette is the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Its nickname is The Hub City.The American city was founded as Vermilionville in 1821 by Jean Mouton, a French-speaking man of Acadian descent. In 1884, it was renamed for General Lafayette, who fought with and significantly aided the American Army during the American Revolutionary War. The city's economy was primarily based on agriculture until the 1940s, when the petroleum and natural gas industries became dominant.Lafayette is considered the center of Acadiana, the area of Cajun and Creole culture in Louisiana and the United States. It developed following the relocation of Acadians after their expulsion by the British from eastern Canada in the late 18th century following France's defeat in the Seven Years' War. There is also a strong Louisiana Creole influence in the area. In the build up to your vacation in Lafayette, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our United States online trip itinerary builder.

Side trips from Lafayette

Jungle Gardens ©
Garden
Jungle Gardens Avery Island
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens ©
Garden
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens Darrow
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Coushatta Casino Resort ©
Casino
Coushatta Casino Resort Kinder
3.7
Duration: 4 hours
Lake Martin
Water Body
Lake Martin Breaux Bridge
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Lafayette

South Louisiana Redfishing ©
Fishing Charter / Tour
South Louisiana Redfishing
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Lafayette Science Museum ©
Science Museum
Lafayette Science Museum
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Red Lerille's Health & Raquet Club ©
Spa / Wellness
Red Lerille's Health & Raquet Club
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Lafayette

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Lafayette

Alexandre Mouton House ©
Historic Site
Alexandre Mouton House
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Lafayette

Children's Museum of Acadiana ©
Children’s Museum
Children's Museum of Acadiana
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Cajun Food Tours ©
Bus Tour
Cajun Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
State Capitol Welcome Center ©
Government Building
State Capitol Welcome Center Baton Rouge
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Whitney Plantation ©
Specialty Museum
Whitney Plantation Wallace
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Architectural Building
Oak Alley Plantation Vacherie
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

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