Bienvenue À Lafayette!
Are you a jeweler heading to Cajun country for a Stuller event this weekend? If you’re on your way to our headquarters here in Lafayette, Louisiana, you may be asking yourself all the typical travel questions: What should I pack? Where can I eat? What is there to do when I’m not at Stuller? No worries, I’m here to help!
What to pack
While a small part of the country experiences snow – yes, snow – on the first day of spring, temperatures in Lafayette stay in the mid-70s. As we head into the summer months, prepare for heat and humidity. So feel free to pull out those short-sleeve shirts, shorts, and flip flops! You may even encounter a pop-up afternoon shower. Rubber boots, anyone? Even our autumn months can remain a bit warm into late-October.
What to eat
To be completely honest, I’m a picky eater. I don’t eat half the stuff a typical Louisianan eats. But don’t worry – I married into a full-on Cajun family that eats everything from the steak, chicken, and seafood to squirrel. Yes, I said squirrel. Needless to say, I’ve had quite the experience when it comes to Cajun food, even if I don’t eat it all.
If this is your first time to Louisiana, I highly suggest stopping at a restaurant (I could name dozens) that serves boiled crawfish anytime between January and June. While most out-of-towners run in the other direction, I recommend giving crawfish a try. Even I eat these mudbugs, so don’t be afraid to pinch the tail and try a few! If you prefer not such a hands-on approach with your food, give some of our other local restaurants like Blue Dog Café, Pop’s Poboys, or Johnson’s Boucaniere a try. After all, you are in the tastiest town in the South! Want to dine and dance? Visit Randol’s Seafood Restaurant for Cajun music and dancing. Or visit six restaurants and get your local history fix in one fun trip by taking a ride with Cajun Food Tours (rated #1 by TripAdvisor).
What to do
Cajuns love music, fun, food, and family! This attitude is summed up in five words: Laissez les bon temps roulez! Yes, we love to let the good times roll in Lafayette, and there’s always something to do around town – whether it’s a festival or live music event! Check out Lafayette Travel for upcoming events, along with everything there is to know about visiting our sweet little city!
And if you aren’t into the music scene, there are still plenty other things to do like tour local historical sites, get up close to some Louisiana swamp life, visit some of our local breweries, tour the Tabasco plant, or check out a sports game featuring the University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns! Whatever you choose to do, you are sure to have a good time.
For more things to do in Lafayette, visit the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission.
We can’t wait to see you!
Have you ever been to Cajun Country? What do you recommend for other visitors to the area? Share your experiences in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 23, 2015 and has since been completely updated for accuracy.