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Vermilionville

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

Vermilionville is a museum and cultural village that celebrates the heritage of the Acadiana region of French Louisiana. It’s a replica of a Cajun-Creole community that was typical between the years of 1765 and 1890. Vermilionville spreads across a 23-acre (9-hectare) parkland with reconstructed homes, gardens, artisan workshops and a performing arts center. It offers a range of fun and educational activities for all ages.

Stroll between the authentic buildings, which represent all levels of social class from the era. There’s a schoolhouse from the 1890s, a Catholic church, humble Acadian dwellings and an example of an aristocrat’s home. Meet costumed characters that retell the history of the Cajun, Creole and Native American people.

Pause to watch the village’s artisans perform the customary activities of the time. See demonstrations of quilting, spinning, weaving and woodworking. Admire the talents of candlemakers and jewelers. Listen to storytellers and attend open-hearth cooking shows. Many of the artisans are descendants of early Acadians and Creoles. Purchase their products as keepsakes at the village’s shop.

Go to the Healer’s Garden to observe, smell and touch a variety of plants used for medicinal purposes by the people of Acadiana. Check out the temporary exhibitions, which highlight everything from Louisiana’s indigenous cultures to the story of the Mardi Gras. Learn about the ecology and geology of the Vermilion River on a guided boat tour.

Time your visit to coincide with cinema and music event such as a weekly jam session featuring Cajun musicians. In January the village hosts the annual Cinema on the Bayou Festival, which focuses on French-language documentary and narrative short movies.

Find Vermilionville on the banks of Vermilion River and just a 10-minute drive from downtown Lafayette. Free parking is available at the entrance to the village.

Vermilionville is open from Tuesday to Sunday, except for select public holidays, and there’s an admission fee. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide for a fee or explore using the self-guide brochures. Full event and tour details are available via the museum’s official website.


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Lodging Near Vermilionville

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Woodspring Suites Lafayette

Woodspring Suites Lafayette

200 Hugh Wallis Rd, Lafayette
3.7
of 5, from 218 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vermilionville, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Alexandre Mouton House. Cathedral of St John and Blackham Coliseum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$84
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette

1521 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette
4.5
of 5, from 484 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Blackham Coliseum, and Alexandre Mouton House. Cathedral of St John and Vermilionville are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$54
Extended Stay America Lafayette - Airport

Extended Stay America Lafayette - Airport

807 Hugh Wallis Rd S, Lafayette
3.5
of 5, from 384 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vermilionville, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Alexandre Mouton House. Cathedral of St John and Kart Ranch Family Fun Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$64
Wyndham Garden Lafayette

Wyndham Garden Lafayette

1801 W Pinhook Road, Lafayette
3.3
of 5, from 967 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Blackham Coliseum, and Alexandre Mouton House. Vermilionville and Cathedral of St John are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$42
La Quinta Inn Lafayette North

La Quinta Inn Lafayette North

2100 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette
3.4
of 5, from 739 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Alexandre Mouton House, Cathedral of St John, and Moore Park. University of Louisiana at Lafayette is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

$76
Hampton Inn & Suites Lafayette

Hampton Inn & Suites Lafayette

1910 S College Rd, Lafayette
4.3
of 5, from 378 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Vermilionville, and Blackham Coliseum. Alexandre Mouton House and Cathedral of St John are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$76
Wingate by Wyndham Lafayette Airport

Wingate by Wyndham Lafayette Airport

702 E Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette
4.2
of 5, from 756 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Lafayette, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vermilionville, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Alexandre Mouton House. Cathedral of St John and Blackham Coliseum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$140
Choo Choo Lofts, 3 br, 2 bath, Full Kitchen - Lafayette, LA

Choo Choo Lofts, 3 br, 2 bath, Full Kitchen - Lafayette, LA

107 Lee Ave, Lafayette
4.4
of 5, from 12 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Lafayette, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Alexandre Mouton House and Cathedral of St John. University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Blackham Coliseum are also within 2 mi (3 km).