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Lafayette Holidays

Happiest City in America

Deep in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole Country you will find the lively and friendly city of Lafayette. 

Rich in history and culture, this vibrant city just two and a half hours outside of New Orleans is brimming with attractions  - and the streets are alive with the distinctive rhythmic blend of Cajun and Zydeco music.

Head downtown to immerse yourself in Lafayette's Cajun culture - explore the museums in the cultural district and tour historic homes such as the Alexandre Mouton House. Soak up the impressive artwork at the Acadiana Center for the Arts  - or join the monthly ArtWalk where more than a dozen galleries, museums, restaurants and shops offer live music, food, drink and original art to purchase.

Enjoy a hands on cooking demonstrations where you can learn to make boudin, taste your creations. Head to the fantastic live music venues such as the Blue Moon Saloon to experience the unique Zydeco rhythms or visit Glide Studios for Cajun and Zydeco dance lessons on request - and of course don't miss the fabulous dining options including some great Fais Do Do restaurants.

Lafayette has plenty of free and great value attractions to keep you occupied - discover the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center, tour St. John's Cathedral, pick up a bargain at the Lafayette Central Park and Artisan's Market and be sure to try a local tipple at a tour of one of the local breweries or Rank Wildcat Spirits distillery.

Although there is plenty to do within the city, be sure to venture out to some of the spectacular surrounding swamps and wetlands - head out on the scenic trails to experience some of the best birding sites in the USA, hire a kayak or canoe to tour the Bayou Teche swamp, take guided airboat swamp tour to learn more about the local wildlife such as the American alligator, or head out to one of the local organic farms to tour and taste the local produce.

However you choose to spend your time in the Happiest City in the USA, you'll be glad you came.

Destination Highlights
  • Tour the Tabsco® Factory on Avery Island
  • Take a Zydeco dance lesson at Glide Studios
  • Kayak along Bayou Teche
  • Visit historic homes and living history museums
  • Learn how to make Boudin at a hands on cooking demonstration
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT - 6 hours
  • Currency USD - US Dollar
  • Visa Information British Passport holders require an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit Lafayette. You can obtain an ESTA from www.cbp.gov/esta
  • Language English
  • Health Information No vaccinations are required for travel to Lafayette. All travellers should be up to date with routine immunisations. It is important to contact your GP to check for the latest recommendations.

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