Lafayette is a city that retains its Old South charm, with grand plantation houses and oak-lined streets typical of Louisiana's unique beauty. You will think you've stepped back in time when you visit the city lovingly referred to as the "Heartbeat of the Bayou."
Start your adventure at one of the city's many restaurants, and enjoy regional specialties like seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, or jambalaya. Once your culinary batteries are charged, it will be time to start exploring everything Lafayette has to offer. Along Jefferson Street Market, you will find a bevy of boutiques and antique stores. To soak up some history, head to the Acadian Village, where you can traverse brick-lined streets to tour restored historic homes, barns, and other 1800s attractions. At Vermilionville, experience life in a 19th-century Cajun village in the bayou. In the heart of downtown Lafayette sits the Acadian Center for the Arts, which features three galleries as well as a theater which often plays host to regional events.
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For five days in April, you can rock out at the free annual Festival International de Louisiana, which features performances by numerous Cajun music artists. To fund the Festival, each November the city hosts the fund-raising La Fete du Festival, a celebration of the 1920s where you can enjoy the music, dancing, and food of the roaring 20s.
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