There are tons of exciting things to see and do in Lafayette, LA. Below are eight favorites.
- Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery
The Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery features the work of the Louisiana Craft Guild, whose members include over 250 of the South’s finest artists. Southern Living Magazine voted it one of the top places to shop in the South. The building itself is possibly the oldest commercial building still standing in Lafayette. The gallery is located at 219 E. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA 70508.
- Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is famous for its Dutch Romanesque architecture, beautiful stained glass windows, ancient oak tree, and museum of relics. It is the third church built on site originally donated by Jean Mouton, the founder of Lafayette, in 1821. The cathedral is located at 515 Cathedral Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.
- Children’s Museum of Acadiana
The Children’s Museum of Acadiana is a hands-on, interactive museum designed for families to play and learn together. In addition to its numerous exhibits, the museum hosts special events throughout the year, especially during holidays. The Children’s Museum is located in downtown Lafayette at 201 East Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.
- Cité des Arts
Cité des Arts is a multi-use arts center in downtown Lafayette offering theatrical productions, jam sessions, music and dance lessons, children’s activities, and an art gallery. Cité des Arts is located at 109 Vine Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.
- Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium
The Lafayette Science Museum offers visitors of all ages a fun, hands-on experience to learn something new through its exhibits and installations. On the second floor of the museum is a state-of-the-art, all-digital planetarium that offers daily programs about the universe. The Lafayette Science Museum and Planetarium is located at 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.
- Blue Moon Saloon
Everyone is welcome to eat, drink, and dance at The Blue Moon Saloon, one of America’s premier venues for roots music. For out-of-town visitors, there is an accompanying Guesthouse where travelers can book a room. The Blue Moon Saloon is located at 215 E. Convent Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.
Vermilionville is a living history museum and folklife park where visitors can learn about the Acadian, Creole, and American people living in the Lafayette region during the time period 1765 to 1890. Vermilionville is located on a 23-acre park along the banks of the Bayou Vermilion at 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508.
- Cypress Lake
Located on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Cypress Lake, also known as “The Swamp” is a unique university landmark. The swamp-like lake is a habitat for native irises, alligators, turtles, birds, and fish.
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