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Elegant cypress trees with bell-bottom trunks stand in murky water, the branches so dense and tangled above that the sun barely filters through. An alligator slips silently into the water, barely causing a ripple on the still surface. It is a place of mystery and legend … a place that looks as haunting as it feels. This is the bayou – a unique landscape that meanders through Louisiana. Nestled in the heart of the bayou and marshy prairies of southern Louisiana is the beautiful and distinctive city of Lafayette.
With its rich blend of French, Spanish, American, Indian, and African influences, Lafayette (part of Acadiana) is a fascinating place to live. This is the heart of Cajun Country. It is a place rich with history and legends, but it is also a progressive city that is home to one of Louisiana’s largest universities – the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Whether you are renting an apartment in Lafayette to be near the university, the amazing Creole cuisine, the music, or for the growing industry, here’s what you need to know about living in the heart of Acadiana – Lafayette, Louisiana!
Things to Do in Lafayette:
When a city is known as “the Cajun heartland,” “the hub city,” and little-big town, you know you’ve discovered someplace special. As you begin to explore your new hometown, be sure to stop by Vermilionville and learn more about the fascinating history of the area. Vermilionville is a historic village and a living history museum that represents the area’s Creole, Native American, and Acadian culture from about 1765-1890. The park is located on 23 acres and features 19 attractions and about a dozen local artisans.
Next, visit Avery Island – home of TABASCO Sauce! Avery Island is one of several salt dome islands along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. The island is home to the McIlhenny family, the owners of the TABASCO Sauce company, and their employees. Visitors are welcome to tour the TABASCO plant, the 170-acre botanical garden Jungle Gardens, and to visit the Country Store. The island is a gorgeous location, filled with wildlife and dotted with pepper fields. The island is nicknamed “Bird City” due to the thousands of snowy egrets that nest on the island in spring.
Living in Lafayette, there’s one activity you’ll enjoy above all others – dining out! The restaurants are legendary. But before heading out, you must decide: do you want Cajun or Creole? And yes, there is a difference! Creole is a cooking style that started in New Orleans around the 1700s and eventually spread through South Louisiana. This cooking style comes from early settlers with African and Caribbean roots. These tend to be “iron pot” delicacies, such as gumbos, cowpeas and rice, and greens.
While the Caribbean refugees were settling in the New Orleans area, there was another group arriving at the same time – French Acadians, who were expelled from Acadie (today’s Nova Scotia). This group of settlers chose remote areas, away from New Orleans. They developed their own very distinctive cooking style, stemming from their farming skills and from corn given to them by local Indians. This developed into the Creole cuisine we know today and involves pork sausages, rice and gravy, Andouille, and crawfish.
Now that you know the difference, it’s time to eat! There are several must-try restaurants, so be sure to sample them all after moving to your new Lafayette apartment! The Blue Dog Café touts itself as “Creole fusion.” Go ahead – try the Crawfish Bisque or the Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. For truly remarkable – and fresh – seafood, try Charley G’s. Their executive chef was named best chef by the Times of Acadiana in 2008, and Acadiana Profile Magazine named Charley G’s “favorite restaurant” in 2014.
Still not full? Then experience the Cajun Boudin Trail and discover the region’s tastiest dishes. Lafayette has a large number of food tours as well, including Cajun Food tours, the Crawfish Experience tour, and French Markets.
All of that Cajun and Creole cuisine is bound to make you want to cheer! From sports to concerts, the Cajundome takes care of all your cheering needs! You can support the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns basketball team, attend WWE wrestling events, concerts, and even the annual Cajun Heartland State Fair at this large arena. If you prefer college football (and, hello, tailgating!) head to Cajun Field (aka the Swamp) and catch a Ragin’ Cajuns football game. The University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns are charter members of NCAA Division I-A and are part of the Sun Belt Conference.
After all of that cheering (and spicy food), you’ll probably want some ice cream. Lafayette is home to a historic ice cream parlor – Borden’s Ice Cream. The ice cream parlor was built in 1940 and was owned by Flora Levy. When she died, she left the ice cream parlor to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s foundation. The ice cream parlor is still operated by the Levy family, and it the last Borden’s retail ice cream shop in the US.
Be sure to mark your calendar: April is the month for the Festival International de Louisiane! This event includes music, workshops, performing arts, artisans markets, food, and more. It is a free, community-supported event. Speaking of events – of course there’s Mardi Gras! Downtown Lafayette hosts several parades, including the King’s Parade and the Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade, as well as a festival and other events.
Living in such a fascinating and unique landscape, you’ll want to get out and enjoy it! Be sure to explore the Creole Nature Trail in nearby St. Charles, hop aboard a pontoon boat at Munsons Swamp Tours near Gibson and travel into the mysterious swamp where the water is the color of coffee and birds and alligators await. Travel to the Zoo of Acadiana in nearby Broussard and see the 500-plus animals, or visit one of the nearby state parks such as Lake Fausse Point State Park and Grand Isle State Park. These state parks provide hiking trails, boating and canoeing opportunities, fishing, and miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast.
What to Consider When Moving to Lafayette:
Jean Mouton founded Lafayette (then known as Vermilionville) in 1821. Mouton was a descendant of the 17th-century French colonists who settled in Eastern Canada’s Maritime Provinces, an area known as Acadia. It was renamed to honor Revolutionary War hero General Lafayette in 1884.
Today, Lafayette is the center of Louisiana’s Cajun culture. That doesn’t just mean great food – it means a way of life and a way of speaking that you may not be familiar with. For example, if someone invites you to a “fais do do” (pronounced faydoe doe), they are asking you to a dance. And if you anger someone, they may put a “gris gis” (pronounced gree-gree) on you – a curse – although this is usually done in jest.
Living in Lafayette means you’ll have ample opportunities to attend a variety of festivals celebrating nearly everything from Crawfish to Octoberfest to Sugar Cane. In addition to Mardi Gras, you can look forward to Downtown Alive, Festival International, Zydeco Festival, Crawfish Festival, and more. There’s almost a festival every week in Lafayette, so get out and enjoy them.
Why Lafayette Apartments Are Hot:
Lafayette offers a terrific blend of history and progressiveness. The city’s fantastic diversity and strong economy based in natural gas, healthcare, and education means you’ll find an ideal apartment in Lafayette surrounded by great opportunities, culture, and entertainment. Lafayette is home to beautiful public art, terrific festivals, and (of course) world-famous Cajun and Creole cuisine – now that’s hot!
- The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, established in 1900, is the second largest university in the state.
- Downtown Lafayette has a great nighttime scene with plenty of dance clubs, sports bars, and live music venues.
- The 32-acre Acadian Village features authentic buildings of 19th century Southwest Louisiana.
- Cajun Field, also called the Swamp, hosts the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns football team.
- The Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve features bayous, historic sites, and cultural centers.
- Events in Lafayette include the Cajun Heartland State Fair, Crouchstock, Drums Across Cajun Field, and Gulf Brew.
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