Saying there's nothing to do in Lafayette is like having a kitchen full of food and saying there's nothing to eat. The problem is, there are so many things to do in Lafayette I forget about most of them. Luckily, because I'm so unimaginative and boring, tripadvisor.com has a ton of information, including the "Top 10 Things To Do In Lafayette".
Below are the top ten things to do in just Lafayette alone, and this list at tripadvisor.com actually goes all the way to 43. Some of these things listed I wasn't even aware you could do. A Cajun food tour? Sure, I know where all the spots Ilove to eat are, but this still sounds like a deliciously fun time for a local or a tourist.
If you look for the entire Acadiana area, you may never not have anything to do ever again!
ST. JOHN CATHEDRAL
A rain shower chased us out of the cemetery behind the church where we were seeing French names with birth dates in the 1600's and possibly earlier. The tree, cemetery and Cathedral are accessible for those of us with mobility impairments.
This is a fantastic place to visit in Lafayette. It's a recreation of an old Acadian village complete with a few "residents." Entry fees are nominal. There are traditional Cajun musicians in the schoolhouse, a wood carver in one of the homes plus gardens and a tow boat to cross a small pond. Very suitable for kids and interesting enough for adults to really enjoy.
CAJUN FOOD TOUR
If you are looking for something fun and different to do with friends and family book this tour. Even if you are a local, as we were, you will enjoy this tour. The restaurants were very gracious in accommodating our large group and the food was most enjoyable. This was a very well planned tour. Our guide Ginger was very knowledgable and the perfect host. Well worth the price
An unexpectedly good find,many of the host were in traditional costumes. We were lucky to go on a Saturday were they had a jamming session, it seemed if you played an instrument or could sing, you just show up and play. Good fun.
ACADIAN CULTURAL CENTER
We were on a road trip and we needed a break ... check with TA to see what was available to see in the next town and Acadian Cultural Center came up. This was wonderful because my husbands family is one of the families that was pushed out of Nova Scotia during that time in history. His father had talked about this during his life. It was very good. They have a movie every hour on the hour - it starts at 9 and the last on is at 3 - they close at 4:30.
LAKE MARTIN ROOKERY
Lake Martin is a favorite spot of old Cajuns, young lovers, and kids of all ages. As others has written, it is a natural rookery, and in Spring, the gathering of herons, egrets, and roseate spoonbills is a birder's delight. The bloom of the water hyacinth is lovely, and one must always keep an eye out for the gators.
LAFAYETTE SCIENCE MUSEUM
All of the hand on activities provided a great deal of fun for both my husband and 12 year old stepson. They didn't even realise they were learning! A great variety of displays and topics are covered and it is a great way to spend a cold and rainy day.
CAJUNDOME & CONVENTION CENTER
Been to many shows and games.. Great seating and sound. Always good drinks and food
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ACADIANA
What a great museum! The kids, ages 9, 6 and 2, each found something that occupied their attention for the entire three hours we spent at the museum. The grocery store, the restaurant, and the bubbles were particularly fascinating to all three. The staff is great and they answered any questions the children had for them. In Lafayette's climate, when it is too hot or rainy to go outside, then this is the place to take the kids for a morning or an afternoon. They will wear themselves out.
EVANGELINE STATE PARK
Although I live just a few hours away, I had never visited this area or really knew much about the history of the people. This park was so pretty and interesting. It did not take long to see everything but that left time to see everything we wanted in the area in one day.