Summer officially ends in the Northern Hemisphere on August 31st. There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in the Lafayette area that will help you get the most out of these last few summer days.
Museums are a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or day. Learning about an area’s history opens a window to appreciating the culture, heritage, and background of your neighbors and surroundings.
Five museums that are worth visiting in the area are:
Children’s Museum of Acadiana, 201 E. Congress Street, Lafayette, La.
Full of interactive exhibits that allow kids (and their supervising adults) a way to gain practical knowledge about a wide variety of subject matters.
Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, La.
Displays that include hands-on experiences in marine biology, paleontology and geology make for hours of family fun. A planetarium transports you to the galaxies.
The African American Museum, 121 New Market Street, St. Martinville, La.
Regional stories, artifacts, and artwork make up the displays at this near Lafayette space.
Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, La.
This University of Louisiana campus museum houses rotating exhibitions in three main galleries. Displays change with the semesters so there is almost always something new to see. Currently on exhibition is Salvador Dali’s STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Jun 08, 2018 — Jan 18, 2019.
Shadows on the Teche, 317 E. Main Street, New Iberia, La.
The classification of this location is as a historic house and garden. Each room of this Bayou Teche gem will transport you back in time. Located in picturesque New Iberia, it is worth the quick drive to explore this stately home and lush vegetation.
Rather spend time outdoors than inside a building? The Lafayette, Louisiana area offers much by way of outdoor recreation. A few places to visit:
Thomas Park Recreation Center, 300 Geraldine Drive, Lafayette, La.
A recreational sports lovers outdoors paradise! Jogging paths, tennis courts (lit at night) basketball courts, and a playground make this an excellent location for all kinds of sports lovers. Ask about lessons.
Acadiana Park Nature Station, 1205 E. Alexander Street, Lafayette, La.
150 acres with environmental education offerings. Take a guided nature hike. Nearby campgrounds if you wish to spend the night.
Heymann Park, 1500 S. Orange Street, Lafayette, La.
A traditional park with play equipment, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, and jogging trail.
Lafayette is a great city to explore and like any great city, there are marvelous attractions to visit. A few locals attractions are:
Vermilionville Historic Village, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, La.
Cajun and Creole restored historic structures populate this folklife park. Cultures represented and celebrated here include Acadian, Creole, and Native American.
Acadian Cultural Center, 501 Fisher Road, Lafayette, La.
Free attraction with artifacts, educational film, and a gift shop allows exploration of the area’s rich history.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 515 Cathedral Street, Lafayette, La.
This example of Romanesque Revival architecture is the mother church for the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette. Sitting on 7 acres since 1916 you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the stained-glass filled structure.
As summer 2018 winds down, you may be looking ahead and planning your fall or winter events. If a wedding, corporate gathering, or special event are in your future, please visit Le Pavilion. This reception and corporate event venue is located in Parc Lafayette and offers luxurious surroundings that will impress even the most discriminating guest.