Immerse yourself in the untouched purity of a cypress and tupelo swamp. Sway your hips to the upbeat tempo of accordions and washboards or let the seductive flavors of Cajun and Creole cooking dance on your palate. Join in on a colorful Mardi Gras celebration and experience the largest non-ticketed Francophone festival in the country. All these experiences await in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Happiest City in America. Set within the heartbeat of Acadiana, Lafayette is unquestionably uniquely seasoned. Each time of year presents new possibilities, making this the place you’ll want to visit often. Read on to discover why.
Savor World-Class Cajun Creole Cuisine
Craving delightfully smoked boudin, mouthwatering gumbo, and piping hot jambalaya seasoned to perfection? Beyond being delicious, there’s a reason Cajun food is known worldwide: because there’s nothing like it.
Experience Lively Festivals
From the toe-tapping rhythms of zydeco and Cajun music to the delicious savory and sweet festival treats, Lafayette knows how to celebrate. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in its one-of-a-kind heritage is by making your way here for one of its festivals, a treat for all your senses.
Two-Step You Way Through Lafayette
Lafayette is known as the Heartbeat of Acadiana, and with good reason. Their one-of-a-kind mix of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco can be heard any night of the week while sampling some authentic Cajun & Creole cuisine and sipping on one of the many local beers or spirits that will have your taste buds dancing as much as your feet.
Explore Magnificent Trails
When you’re ready for an escape, tie on your walking shoes and find your way to Lafayette. From culinary trails like crawfish, boudin, and gumbo to ancient oaks, dancehalls, and history, there’s a trail in Lafayette for just about everyone.
Dense forests, trickling bayous shaded by towering cypress trees, and sweeping shorelines form Lafayette’s native landscapes and create the ideal habitat for a stunning array of birds. Located within the Mississippi Flyway and the Atchafalaya Loop of America’s Wetland Birding Trail, Lafayette Parish is a must-visit destination for birding enthusiasts.
No matter when you visit, you’ll discover that Lafayette is Uniquely Seasoned. From the rich cultural history and the vibrant flavors of Cajun and Creole cooking to the wealth of ways to enjoy the outdoors, few places better represent the heart and spirit of Louisiana. Plan your next getaway at LafayetteTravel.com/Seasoned. •