Side Trips from New Orleans

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  • 1. Acadian Cultural Center


    A unit of the National Park Service, the center traces the history of the area through numerous audiovisual exhibits on food, music, and folklore...Read More

  • 2. Acadian Village

    Museum Village

    Most of the structures at this re-creation of an early-19th-century bayou settlement were moved here to construct a representative "village...Read More

  • 3. Acadiana Center for the Arts

    Arts/Performance Venue

    This multicultural arts center hosts exhibits, musical performances, lectures, and children's programs. Film screenings are occasionally held...Read More

  • 4. Acadiana Park Nature Station

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Naturalists are on hand in the interpretive center at this three-story cypress structure, which overlooks a 42-acre park of natural forest....Read More

  • 5. Alexandre Mouton House and Lafayette Museum


    Built in 1800 as the maison dimanche, or "Sunday house" (a townhouse used when attending church services) of town founder Jean Mouton, this...Read More

  • 6. Children's Museum of Acadiana


    Good on a rainy day or to burn off extra energy in the kids, this museum is basically a large indoor playground, with educational games and...Read More

  • 7. Lafayette Courthouse

    Government Building

    The courthouse contains an impressive collection of more than 2,000 historical photographs of life in the Lafayette area. There are images of...Read More

  • 8. Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium


    This sparkling natural-history museum includes changing exhibitions and lots of fun hands-on science for kids. The most popular permanent attraction...Read More

  • 9. Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum


    Inside a gleaming glass box built in 2003, this museum on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette features world-class works...Read More

  • 10. St. John the Evangelist Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This Dutch Romanesque structure with Byzantine touches was completed in 1916 (construction began in 1912). In the cemetery behind the church...Read More

  • 11. Vermilionville


    Directly behind the Acadian Cultural Center, this living-history village re-creates the early life of the region's Creoles, Cajuns, and Native...Read More

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