Why Choose Our Destination?
Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country, an area known for letting the good times roll, or as we say it laissez les bons temps rouler, and people are starting to notice. The New York Times’ MarketWatch.com named Lafayette as the ‘Happiest City in America’ and it’s no mystery why. A Destination That’s Anything But Mediocre Lafayette knows you’re looking for a destination that’s anything but mediocre. In addition to the cities world-class facilities, 70 hotels-four of which are full-service properties with meeting space to accommodate up to 1,000 attendees-and one of a kind business and technology centers, the region is also teeming with celebratory events year round. From the largest outdoor francophone festival in the world, Festival International, to the fall’s Festivals Acadiens et Creole and of course Mardi Gras, we will have something for you to join in and celebrate. Lafayette: An Experience Like No Other Lafayette knows we’re on your radar. That’s because we do things just a little differently in the south. Lafayette is more than just a place to host your next meeting-it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else. Our distinct mixture of food, music and culture blends into everything we do, from work to play. On any night of the week you can listen to live music and sample some of their unique cuisine while sipping on a Rouler that will have your taste buds dancing as much as your feet. Getting There Centrally located within hours of major cities, Lafayette truly lives up to the name Hub City. The city is located at the crossroads of I-10 and I-49, just 3 hours east of Houston and 2 hours west of New Orleans. The city is serviced by the Lafayette Regional Airport offering 26 direct flights daily from Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. Cajun-French phrases to use when visiting: • Merci (pronounced mare see): Thank you • Ca c'est bon (pronounced sa say bohn): That's good • Joie de vivre (pronounced jhwa da veev): Joy of living • Allons (pronounced al lohn): Let's go Find Out What Lafayette Has in Store for You Helping our partners plan successful meetings day in and day out is our job. Helping you plan the time of your life once the business is over is our passion. Give one of their team members a call and find out what Lafayette has in store for you.
Lafayette, LA is the hub of the eight-parish area in the heart of Acadiana, a region known for its unique Cajun and Creole heritages, French language and cultural traditions. The eight parishes that comprise this hub area are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. Acadiana is made up of 22 South Louisiana parishes that extend from south of Alexandria in the center of the state, to Lake Charles on the west, south of New Orleans on the east and to the Gulf of Mexico. The city of Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 49 between New Orleans and Houston and only 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. Lafayette, LA is located in the center of Lafayette Parish. Mileage Chart from Selected Cities Atlanta, GA - 580 Austin, TX - 386 Beaumont, TX - 138 Biloxi, MS - 216 Birmingham, AL - 423 Charleston, SC - 891 Charlotte, NC - 817 Dallas, TX - 391 Fort Worth, TX - 421 Gulfport, MS - 189 Houston, TX - 217 Jackson, MS - 219 Jacksonville, FL - 653 Little Rock, AR - 357 Memphis, TN - 438 Mobile, AL - 273 Oklahoma City, OK - 645 Orlando, FL - 741 San Antonio, TX - 407 Tulsa, OK - 648 From Louisiana Cities Alexandria - 89 Baton Rouge - 59 Houma - 102 Lake Charles - 75 Morgan City - 68 New Orleans (I-10) - 135 New Orleans (Hwy. 90) - 153 Monroe - 184 Natchez - 134 Shreveport - 212
Distance from Airport
- Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT)
6.44 km from City Center
Cajun Food Tours
Vermilionville Living History Museum & Folklife Park
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Museum
Cajundome, Convention Center & Artisan Creative Catering
Cajundome, Convention Center & Artisan Creative Catering is located in Lafayette, LA between Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA on I-10, this arena is 2.5 miles off the interstate. A perfect venue for conferences, meetings, presentations and events.
Heymann Convention Center
The 20,000 sq. ft. Convention Center can be divided in to several spaces or booked as one open area. Comprised of two large ballrooms, three meeting rooms and a full service kitchen, Heymann Convention Center hosts Mardi Balls, trade shows, etc..
Cultural History The region’s history dates back to the 18th century, when Canada’s Acadians were expelled in the late 1700s and settled in Louisiana. More than two centuries later tourists come to Lafayette to get a rare taste of the genuine Acadian experience, from traditional food fixings and music to the warm hospitality that greets you at every turn. For a taste of genuine history, visit Vermilionville, a historic and folklife village that demonstrates Acadian, Creole and Native American history form the time period 1765 – 1890. The park sits on a 23-acre site on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion with 19 attractions, including seven restored original homes with more than 13 local artisans that provide demonstrations on a variety of essential crafts performed by the early settlers. Inside or outside this historical village, it’s always easy to find locals who can switch effortlessly into French when the need arises. Festivals No matter what time of year you visit Lafayette they will have something for you to celebrate. Lafayette truly comes alive in the fall and spring with remarkable weather to compliment the multitude of events and festivals. One thing unique to Lafayette is the free concert series that take place in the fall and spring. Kick off your weekend early on Thursday with Rhythms on the River, a free evening concert held in River Ranch’s Town Square. Bach Lunch, a free popular lunchtime music series that takes place on Fridays in Downtown Lafayette, couples local food with music for all ages. The fun continues into the evening with Downtown Alive!, another local favorite concert series offering free music from regional artists of all genres. Food Lafayette has the Cajun & Creole flavors you crave, along with the freshest in Louisiana seafood, and always a little something unexpected. But don’t take our word for it. Lafayette has received many awards for their cuisine including being named the Tastiest Town of the South by Southern Living magazine, Best Food Town by Rand McNally and a Top 10 Foodie City by Livability.com. One staple to the area’s unique cuisine is the smoked pork and rice delicacy known as boudin. While the ingredients are basic, the variations of how to cook boudin are endless, which is why you need to take a trip down the Boudin Trail. Stretching across the metro area there are a dozen restaurants cooking boudin every which way you can imagine, and some you can’t.