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Top Choice Music in Lafayette

Festival International de Louisiane

At the fabulous Festival International de Louisiane, hundreds of local and international artists rock out for five days over the last weekend in April, in the largest free music festival of its caliber in the USA. A…
Top Choice Breakfast in Lafayette

French Press

This French Cajun hybrid is one of the best culinary things going in Lafayette. Breakfast is mind-blowing, with a sinful Cajun Benedict (boudin instead of ham), cheddar grits (that will kill you dead) and organic gr…
Top Choice Park in The Bayou

Barataria Preserve

This section of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, south of New Orleans near the town of Marrero (and Crown Point), provides the easiest access to the dense swamplands that ring New Orleans. The…
Live Music in Lafayette

Blue Moon Saloon

This intimate venue on the back porch of the accompanying guesthouse is what Louisiana is all about: good music, good people and good beer. What's not to love? Music tends to go off Wednesday to Saturday.
Nature Center in Cajun Wetlands

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

LUMCON? Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, right? Well, there is science here, but it's all fact, and still fascinating. LUMCON is one of the premier research facilities dedicated to the Gulf of M…
Cultural Center in Thibodaux

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

This excellent National Park Service site is a comprehensive introduction to Cajun culture. The on-site museum gives an overview of Acadian history, but the real draws are the extensive activities schedule and event…
Bird Sanctuary in Breaux Bridge

Lake Martin

This lake – a mossy green dollop surrounded by thin trees and cypress trunks – serves as a wonderful, easily accessible introduction to bayou landscapes. A few walking paths, as well as a boardwalk, take visitors ov…
Diner in Lafayette

Dwyer's

This family-owned joint serves Cajun diner fare, finally bringing gumbo for lunch and pancakes for breakfast into one glorious culinary marriage. It's especially fun on Wednesday mornings, when a French-speaking tab…
Museum in Lafayette

Vermilionville

This tranquil, recreated 19th-century Cajun village wends along the bayou near the airport. Friendly, enthusiastic costumed docents explain Cajun, Creole and Native American history, and local bands perform on Sunda…
Cajun in Breaux Bridge

Poche's Cajun Restaurant

You'll be sweating Cajun cuisine when they roll you out of Poche's, and we mean all that in a good way. Feast on a menu full of daily specials – smothered pork chops, crawfish étouffée (a kind of stewed crawfish ove…