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Lafayette, LA
Travel Guide

Lafayette showing a bar and night scenes as well as a small group of people

In the heart of Louisiana, visit this scenic French-American city full of historical monuments, churches and cultural activities.

The city of Lafayette lies on the Vermilion River in southern Louisiana. The center of the Acadian region, it has a strong French influence due to the arrival of French colonists several centuries ago. A Frenchman called Jean Mouton established the municipality in 1821. It is named after General Lafayette, who fought in the American Revolutionary War. Many residents speak French as their first language. The area’s intriguing history centers on a former orphan trail. You’ll also find historic monuments and churches scattered around the city.

Stroll through the town center and sample Acadian food specialties, such as crawfish and smothered rabbit. In the Acadian Culture Center, staff dressed in period costume will help you learn about Louisiana’s Francophone culture and history. Watch several short movies for more information.

Visit charming St. Martin de Tours Church near the city center. One of the oldest in Louisiana, the church dates back to 1836. The elegant statue of Evangeline, a tragic character from an Acadian poem, sits in front of the church. Note the majestic chandeliers and columns in the spacious interior.

Drive north of the city to the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum. Learn about the movement that took orphans from the streets of New York to homes in rural regions across the country to enrich their lives. This took place from the 1850s until the late 1920s. Artifacts have been donated by family members of orphans who rode the trains.

A little farther north is the lovely Chicot State Park. Get close to deer and birds. Hike around the picturesque grounds and pause for a picnic.

Explore Lake Martin, an area of swamplands with a great range of wildlife and flora. Look for alligators, snakes, turtles and exotic birds. Choose a scenic trail around the lake or a guided tour of the swamps.

Lafayette is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) west of New Orleans and offers a serene alternative to the busy Big Easy.

Where to stay in Lafayette

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
3.5 out of 5
1521 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA
The price is $80 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lafayette General Medical Center School of Health Sciences and within 3 mi (5 km) of University ...
4.3/5Excellent! (943 reviews)
"Nothing enjoy"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette Oil Center
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette Oil Center
2.5 out of 5
1321 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA
The price is $84 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lafayette General Medical Center School of Health Sciences and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of ...
4.4/5Excellent! (317 reviews)
"Everything was great"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lafayette Oil Center
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Broussard - Lafayette Area
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Broussard - Lafayette Area
2.5 out of 5
104 Sweetland Parkway, Broussard, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $88 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in the heart of Broussard, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Arceneaux Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Zoo of Acadiana and Parish Brewing Company. University ...
4.2/5Excellent! (283 reviews)
"The front desk clerk got 2 phone calls while we checking in. She was kind and respectful to the callers, and kept working with us. It would have been nice to have more help for her."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Broussard - Lafayette Area
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Katie & Steve Riley Studio Apartment
Katie & Steve Riley Studio Apartment
Breaux Bridge, LA
The price is $52 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Situated in Breaux Bridge, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of La Poussiere Cajun Dancehall and St. Martin Hospital. University of Louisiana ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Way Too Cute
"This little place is just amazing. So cute !!! The owner has thought of everything that you could need. We just loved it."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Katie & Steve Riley Studio Apartment
Maison D'Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages
Maison D'Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages
4 out of 5
8450 Roberts Cove Road, Rayne, LA
The price is $199 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of American Legion Hospital, St Michael The Archangel Church, and Martin Luther King Park. ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great place
"Great stay should have book with them directly as they would have given military discount place and property is awesome, like stepping back in time and keeping modern necessities like air conditioning 100% will stay again"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Maison D'Memoire Bed & Breakfast Cottages
Choo Choo Lofts, 3 br, 2 bath, Full Kitchen - Lafayette, LA
Choo Choo Lofts, 3 br, 2 bath, Full Kitchen - Lafayette, LA
3.5 out of 5
107 Lee Ave, Lafayette, LA
The price is $115 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Downtown Lafayette, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Children's Museum of Acadiana and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Cajundome ...
4.4/5Excellent! (60 reviews)
Very Pleasant Stay
"Everything was clean and the beds were very comfortable. Kitchen was nicely updated and well equipped. Conveniently located within walking distance of downtown area."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Choo Choo Lofts, 3 br, 2 bath, Full Kitchen - Lafayette, LA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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