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Crowley, LA

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Crowley showing street scenes

Famous for rice and crawfish farming and a century-old opera house, this small city makes for a pleasant daytrip from Lafayette.

Set amid Louisiana’s French-influenced Cajun Country is the city of Crowley. Established in 1886, Crowley grew to become one of the nation’s largest rice farming regions and is often called the Rice Capital of America. This amicable city has a historic downtown district decorated with almost 200 protected buildings. It’s just 26 miles (42 kilometers) west of Lafayette.

Spend some time wandering along the wide pavements of downtown Crowley’s streets. Spot examples of antebellum, French-Creole and Spanish Colonial architecture. Notable landmarks include Crowley City Court, the First Presbyterian Church and the seven-story building of the First National Bank.

Visit the city’s entertainment venues. The Grand Opera House of the South opened in 1901 and hosts a year-round schedule of balls, cabaret shows and concerts. Enjoy an evening of Cajun, country and gospel music at the art deco style Historic Rice Theatre. Stand outside Master-Trak Enterprises, a recording studio where Paul Simon recorded the iconic album Graceland.

A 15-minute drive south from the downtown district is the Crystal Rice Plantation. Tours of this rice farm give an insight into the city’s rice harvesting traditions. There’s an exhibition of classic cars, too, and a gallery with displays of antiques, china and crystal.

In addition to rice, the area’s farms harvest crawfish, the staple ingredient of classic Louisiana food such as bisque (soup), étouffée (shellfish stew) and gumbo (meat or seafood Cajun stew). Sample these dishes at the city’s bars and restaurants or during October’s International Rice Festival.

It’s easy to get to Crowley from Lafayette by car along U.S. Route 90 which connects the two cities. Great as a daytrip destination, Crowley also has a range of affordable and family-friendly accommodations.

If you choose to stay in Lafayette then be sure to explore the city’s many attractions. Among these are the Acadian Culture Center and Louisiana Orphan Train Museum. Go for a scenic picnic at Chicot State Park and spot alligators at Lake Martin.

Budget Inn and Suites
Budget Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
2115 rice capital pkwy, Crowley, LA
The price is $65 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Situated in Crowley, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Martin Luther King Park, St Michael The Archangel Church, and American Legion Hospital. Jennings American ...
2.7/5 (58 reviews)
"The most reasonable priced outside of Lake Charles, needs a minor face lift. But for the price you can not beat it."

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

Budget Inn and Suites
Days Inn by Wyndham Crowley
Days Inn by Wyndham Crowley
2 out of 5
9571 Egan Hwy, Crowley, LA
The price is $66 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated in Crowley, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Martin Luther King Park, St Michael The Archangel Church, and American Legion Hospital. Jennings American ...
3.8/5Good! (183 reviews)
"The hotel was okay for the price. The complaint I have that the noise level was a bit loud at night."

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Crowley
Motel 6 Crowley, LA
Motel 6 Crowley, LA
2 out of 5
9565 Egan Highway, Crowley, LA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $71 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Situated in Crowley, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Martin Luther King Park, St Michael The Archangel Church, and American Legion Hospital. Jennings American ...
3.6/5Good! (160 reviews)
"I liked everything about my stay. Staff were friendly and helpful. Location was clean."

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Motel 6 Crowley, LA
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