Known for its Cajun and Creole heritages, Lafayette is only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.  Lafayette has long been known for its great food, music, and festivals. Lafayette is also a place with a multitude of historic attractions, majestic plantation homes, vibrant gardens, leisurely swamp tours, and exciting museums.

Championship golf courses, hiking and biking trails, bird watching, and canoe trips through the swamps and bayous are just some of the many outdoor adventures that await you.

From large malls to souvenir and antique shops, Lafayette and its surrounding area is collectively known as Acadiana, have something for everyone. Cajun dancing and all the fried catfish you can eat. Mellow jazz and smooth martinis are just the beginning of Lafayette after dark.

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Lafayette is said to have more restaurants per capita than any other American city, and many of them specialize in the distinctive, seafood-laden regional cuisine.

Numerous music clubs feature homegrown talent, including both traditional and contemporary Cajun and Zydeco performers. Two popular festivals, Festival International de Louisiane in April and Festivals Acadiens in October, draw many thousands of visitors to the town and anchor a calendar year full of celebrations of the area’s vibrant culture.

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