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LafayetteUnited States of America

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

Lafayette which includes bird life and a lake or waterhole

Downtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(32 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Children's Museum of Acadiana and Alexandre Mouton House are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown
The last free standing Borden's ice cream shop in the US.

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Top Hotels in Lafayette

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
3.5 out of 5
1521 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA
The price is $85 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Cajundome. Blackham Coliseum and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (977 reviews)

"Having a bottom floor with a patio leading to the pool was wonderful. Having small children this made it so nice and easy."…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
Tru by Hilton Lafayette River Ranch
Tru by Hilton Lafayette River Ranch
2.5 out of 5
1310 Camellia Blvd, Lafayette, LA
The price is $83 per night

Located in River Ranch, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Louisiana at Lafayette ...

4.3/5Excellent! (229 reviews)

"I thought everything was great! Staff was very friendly and helpful, room was clean, shower was amazing!!! I really enjoyed my stay"…"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Tru by Hilton Lafayette River Ranch
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Scott/Lafayette
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Scott/Lafayette
2 out of 5
301 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Scott, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $47 per night

Situated in Scott, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Cajundome and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Moore Park. Blackham Coliseum ...

3.6/5Good! (987 reviews)

"Property was clean, staff was excellent the location for what I needed."…"

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Scott/Lafayette

Popular places to visit in Lafayette

Vermilionville
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Vermilionville

4.5/5(63 reviews)

Experience the traditions of the Cajuns, Creoles and Native Americans, watch live bands and cruise along the Vermilion River at this folk museum village.

Acadian Village
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Acadian Village

4.5/5(126 reviews)

The fascinating life of the Acadians of Louisiana comes alive at a collection of historic buildings, including a blacksmith workshop and church.

Evangeline State Park
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Evangeline State Park

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Evangeline State Park, a lovely green space in St. Martinville. Experience the festivals or attend a sporting event in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Lafayette

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Louisiana
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Louisiana

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Louisiana
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Louisiana

$20
Per adult
Lafayette Scavenger Hunt: Lafayette In Full Bloom
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Lafayette Scavenger Hunt: Lafayette In Full Bloom

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Lafayette

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Love lafayette it’s been home for nearly all my life

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

I love coming to visit Lafayette

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 14, 2020

No rush in my city love my city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Bon temps have to go give the food a try if you land here on vacation or business

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

Good

3/5 - Okay

April

Feb 27, 2020

Room was dirty

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