Lafayette Attractions a Day Trip Away from Breaux Bridge

Breaux Bridge is known for its crawfish and as a gateway to Cajun culture. BBOnline has compiled a list of Lafayette attractions just a day trip away.

Vermilionville
300 Fisher Road
Lafayette 70508
(337) 233-4077
www.vermilionville.org

On the banks of the Bayou Vermilion, you can explore the Cajun and Creole culture through a self-guided tour. Vermilionville is a living history museum depicting life in the Acadiana area in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The 23-acre area has six authentic homes which have been restored, as well as other original buildings. In most of these places, you'll see costumed interpreters demonstrating the crafts of the time and there's a Music/Dance Hall where local musicians play Cajun music on the weekends. Vermilionville is a popular setting for weddings and its location on the bayou makes it rich in wildlife.

Atchafalaya Swamp Tours
CSZ Lafayette 70501
www.theatchafalayaexperience.com
www.delahoussayes.com

A boat tour of the Lake Martin and Cypress Island swamps will bring you comfortably close to Louisiana's swamp dwellers such as alligators, otters, beavers, mink and deer. There are 38 species of birds in the area, including various owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Glossy Ibis, Anhinga Cormorants, Green Herons, and Mississippi and Swallow Tailed Kites.

These boat trips are great for bird and nature lovers. The swamps are located just east of Lafayette. Don't forget to make time for a visit to the swamps from your Breaux Bridge Bed and Breakfast.

Alexandre Mouton House / Lafayette Museum

1122 Lafayette Street
Lafayette 70501
(337) 234-2208
www.lafayettetravel.com


This magnificent white building with its beautiful grounds and gardens originally belonged to Jean Mouton, the founder of Vermilionville who built it in 1800. The house is now a museum showcasing Acadian history and culture. It has a fine collection of antiques, paintings and Mardi Gras costumes.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts
111 North Sixth Street
P.O. Box 26
Lafayette 47902
(765) 742-5664
www.longcentertheater.com

Once known as the Mars Theatre, this grand center in historic downtown has played a significant role in the cultural and commercial development of Lafayette. The theater built in 1920 is the home of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Worth listening to and seeing is the $15,000 1,400-pipe Grand Theatre Organ beautifully finished in ivory and gold.

Some of the famous performers who have graced the premises are Bob Hope, Will Rogers and The Marx Brothers. Catch a musical performance or a play here during your Breaux Bridge Inn stay.

Chretien Point Plantation
665 Chretien Point Road
CSZ Sunset, Louisiana 70584
www.chretienpoint.com

In its heydays, this historic place was owned by the Canadian Hippolyte Chretienas and his lovely and daring Spanish wife Felecite Neda in the 1800s was a flourishing 3,000-acre cotton plantation with 500 slaves. "The Battle of Buzzard's Prairie" took place on the front lawn and you can still see a bullet hole in one of the front doors. The ramp knee staircase and fan light windows found their way into the movie "Gone With the Wind." Hollywood recreated them for Tara. The beautiful plantation mansion on the banks of the Bayou Bourbeau is believed to be haunted and there are stories about buried treasure on the grounds. The site is 15 miles north of Lafayette.