Groups especially get a kick out of visiting the Tabasco pepper sauce factory to see how Tabasco sauce is made. They can then visit the Country Store and check out a wide array of products and souvenirs for sale. The adjacent Avery Island Jungle Gardens is a 170-acre garden with semitropical foliage, abundant wildlife and a centuries-old Buddha statue.
When your day of touring is done, put on your dancing shoes, and head to one of the area’s Cajun dance hall restaurants: Randol’s, Prejean’s and Pont Breaux’s feature live music and dancing nightly and a menu for those looking for a real Cajun meal.
A cookbook from a local author — and there are many — is the best souvenir to take home from Lafayette. “Talk About Good” from the Junior League of Lafayette and “Cajun Men Cook” by the Lafayette Beaver Club are favorites.
Lafayette visitors are often surprised by the diverse cultures that can be found there. In addition to Cajun and Creole, Lafayette is home to people from all over the world, and these influences have resulted in festivals celebrating Latin music, the Indian Holi Festival tradition, Laotian New Year’s and more.