Cajun Country

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 or dance-hall-esque events go off on Sunday (1pm to 4pm). You can also stop in for a buffet lunch.

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