This city loves its zydeco — and Creole cuisine.

Lafayette, Louisiana, just west of New Orleans, was long thought of as NOLA’s country cousin — and this Cajun-spiced city may be a little less sophisticated, but it’s a lot more rooted in its own history. The soundtrack around town is zydeco, and its restaurants — both fancy and down-home — serve up some of the best crawfish boils, étouffées and po’boys in America. And the area around Lafayette invites visitors to take a swamp tour and see where Tabasco hot sauce was born.

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Explore Lafayette

  • Freetown-Port Rico Historic District
  • Downtown

Freetown-Port Rico Historic District


On the National Registry of Historic Places, Freetown/Port Rico developed as a haven for freed slaves and other people of color. Today, the neighborhood tells an important story, with a series of artisan-made plaques commemorating its landmarks.

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Historic Homes, Restaurants, Music Venues

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The city’s core has been revitalized — and has the public art and museums to prove it. Restaurants and cafés serve authentic Cajun cuisine, cocktail bars shake up tasty libations and the historic buildings and homes paint a picture of what Lafayette was like long ago.

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Dining, Shopping, Nightlife, Museums

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Dive Into Downtown

Explore downtown Lafayette, starting in the verdant Parc Sans Souci. Dig in to a traditional Cajun lunch at one of the city’s oldest restaurants, then enjoy some public art, including the plaques commemorating landmarks in historic Freetown/Port Rico, once a haven for freed slaves.

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Meet the Acadians

Dive deep into Acadian history today. Opt to visit one of two villages that re-create what life was like for the French-speaking Canadians who settled in Louisiana. Then visit the Hilliard Art Museum before dinner and dancing.

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Get Spicy

Head south to Avery Island, home to the company that makes Tabasco sauce — where an on-site restaurant puts the sauce to good use. Then either hop aboard a boat for a swamp tour of Lake Martin or check out the Lafayette Science Museum. Dinner is an epic crawfish boil.

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