Touring Acadiana: Attractions 20 Minutes from Louisiana Cajun Mansion

The natural beauty awaits; and the warmhearted people of Louisiana welcome you to come and see what makes Acadiana so special.

Make the Mansion Your Home Base!

Louisiana Cajun Mansion bed & breakfast is the perfect place to stay when you’re visiting Cajun country along the I-10 corridor of gulf coast Louisiana. We’re centrally situated only moments from all the major tourist attractions, cultural events, Cajun & Creole music venues, and of course, the hub of the greatest selection of food choices in the known universe.

We’re just 5 minutes out of downtown Lafayette, La. That means we’re also moments from world famous attractions like the gardens and scenic wild beauty of Jefferson Island. In fact, we’re central to the entire Acadiana region. That means you can experience 5-star luxury, immaculate accommodations, award-winning service, an amazing home cooked gourmet Cajun breakfast, and then hit the scenic roadways of Acadiana, all for less than you’d pay for a stay at a comparable hotel.

In fact, we invite you to review of few of the local attractions in the area and see for yourself why we’re the best place to visit and maybe even to live!

Let’s start our tour of Acadiana attractions. Visitor center welcome to Louisiana sign

Lafayette Area

Lafayette, Louisiana mixes all the amenities of urban life, including universities and medical centers, with the unmistakable influence of the region’s venerable Acadian and Creole cultures. Visitors can find out about the roots of the area by touring Vermilionville (built as 19th century bayou village functioning as an interactive museum) or the National Park Service’s Acadian Cultural Center.  Our heritage is well preserved, and both these wonderful venues highlight our rich Cajun and Creole cultural traditions.

Lafayette is said to have more restaurants per capita than any other American city, and many of them concentrate on the traditional cuisine. Music nightclubs are numerous in the area, featuring homegrown talent, including both traditional and contemporary Acadian and Zydeco performers. Festival International de Louisiane in October, two festivals, draw thousands of visitors and also anchor a calendar year filled with parties of the vibrant culture of the area.

Acadian Cultural Center

The Acadian Cultural Center at Lafayette tells tales of their origins, migration, settlement, and modern culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) along with other area groups. Ranger programs, movies, displays, and events talk about many different local customs such as songs, story-telling, dancing, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana’s strangest location. Mobile media players together with guided tours of the memorial in French, Spanish, and English can be borrowed in the visitor center information desk.

The center’s museum shop sells local crafts, songs, and books, such as cookbooks and children’s stories. Admission to the center is completely free.

Painting With a Twist

Painting with a Twist is an art celebration where no artistic experience is required. While making your own work of art. Bring friends, beer, wine, and snacks; we will offer all painting supplies and artist directions. At the conclusion of class, you are going to get to take home your own completed work of art. No art experience is required.

Painting and drinking wine is a fun experience for date night, girls’ night out, bachelorette party, family reunion, adult birthday party, or business team-building event.

In fact, you can schedule your own Painting Party at the Mansion as part of your guest stay. Contact us for details!

Acadian Village

Acadian Village is Lafayette’s earliest true vision of life in 19th century Southwest Louisiana along with a showcase of historical houses alongside winding bayous constituting the distinctive Acadian structure of the moment. A blacksmith shop, general store and two event venues are also found in the village.

LARC’s Acadian Village exists because the fundraising arm of LARC, a 501 c(3) non-profit firm offers vocational and residential services to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. All revenues generated from event venue rentals, group tours, school field trips, fundraisers and retail revenue advantage LARC.

Acadiana Park Nature Station | Directions & Map

Their mission is to “reacclimatize humans” with nature. Through the process of coming to know and finally to care for Nature, it’s estimated that folks will experience the change in heart essential for them to take personal responsibility in conserving our native plants and animals, together with restoring the natural habitats in which these organisms live. They hope that you will not only delight in the experiences presented there, but also set it that you might own.

Stay tuned for updates, as we intend to post information as it comes to us. We welcome queries and any comments that you may have pertaining to Nature in general and also to our site.


The Landlocked “Islands” of Acadiana

A truly unique feature of our area is the naming of communities as islands.  We’ve got Cow Island, Avery Island, Jefferson Island and the natural beauty of the area is enjoyed by many visitors each year.

Learn more about specific events and attractions at the tourist commissions of the nearby parishes — you might know them as ‘counties’. They can give you great ideas for easy and fun day trips that are just moments from the Mansion.

St. Landry Parish | St. Martin Parish | Acadia Parish

Cajun Day Trips

If you visit our Cajun Day Trip section of the Louisiana Cajun Mansion Website, you’ll find some fun adventures all designed personally by our very own hostess with the mostest, Sandra!

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Hint: My favorite is #4 because it’s all about the music! 

So there you go my friends. If you’re visiting Acadiana and want to be right in the middle of all the fun, beauty and culture our area has to offer. Stay at the Louisiana Cajun Mansion Bed & Brreakfast, and we’ll make sure you pass a good time!