Places to Visit to Explore the Vast Culture of Lafayette

February 17th, 2017 by

Planning to visit Lafayette, Louisiana? Whether you’re a tourist or a resident of the southern Louisiana city, you can easily find interesting places to visit and entertaining things to do. Here’s a guide to the top four attractions in Lafayette so you can get out and enjoy all that the city has to offer.

1. Experience Local Culture at Acadian Village

Situated on 32 acres, Acadian Village recreates a Cajun bayou settlement from the 1800’s. Of the 11 buildings onsite, seven are actual 19th century homes that area families donated to the project. Stroll through Acadian Village on a self-guided tour Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $8.72, and there are discounted rates for children, seniors, military personnel, and groups. There are often interpreters on hand who can share stories with visitors who want to learn more about Cajun culture.

2. Explore the Lafayette Science Museum

With a planetarium, hands-on displays, and an observatory, the Lafayette Science Museum is an attraction the whole family will enjoy. In 2017, visitors have their last chance to see the fossil giants exhibit. The focal point of the display is a life-size mastodon skeleton that has two fossil tusks. One of the tusks came from a specimen that scientists found in Louisiana. Other exhibits feature insects, space travel, underwater life, and geological discoveries.

The museum is closed on Mondays. It’s open Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Adults pay $5.15 to get into the museum, and seniors and kids have a discounted rate.

3. Hike Around Cypress Island Nature Preserve

Located in nearby Beaux Bridge, Louisiana, the Cypress Island Nature Preserve is a place where you can experience native wildlife. Home to a swampy environment, much of the nature preserve is accessible by car and foot.

At the south end of the preserve, you can check out the visitors’ center and stroll along a boardwalk that takes you out over the swamp. The center is open on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the year. During your visit, you may encounter alligators, frogs, lizards, and snakes. It’s best to always stay back from animals for the safety of you and the wildlife.

The preserve is a part of Lake Martin, which serves as a wildlife sanctuary. In particular, Lake Martin is known as a natural rookery that hosts thousands of birds every year. There’s no admission fee to Cypress Island Nature Preserve.

4. Have Fun at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana

Build a new creation, run your own restaurant, be a TV newscaster, play with a ham radio, and take part in other fun activities at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the museum welcomes kids of all ages for $7 per person. Children under one year are free.

Whether you want to get out in nature, experience local culture, or check out a museum, Lafayette has plenty of options to keep you busy during the week and on the weekends.

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