Family Activities:




300 Fisher Road, off Surrey Street, Lafayette, LA

This historic village takes folks back to the 18th century when the Acadian settlers first arrived in Louisiana. The 23-acre village features period homes along with a church, school, blacksmith and more. Visitors are welcome inside the homes to see how the settlers lived. Costumed staff stroll through the village, ready to answer any questions on the self-guided tour, as well as demonstrate the arts, music and crafts of the time. Kids will love to see what school used to be like in a one-room schoolhouse, or watch a blacksmith hammer his craft. The historic village is larger than it first appears, but is easily walkable with small children or strollers. There are restrooms and water fountains to be found throughout the village. Guided tours are offered on select days.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

$10 adults, $6 kids age 5 to 18, free for children under 5

After touring the village, be sure to stop in the onsite restaurant, La Cuisine de Maman, which overlooks the river. It is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This is your spot for authentic Cajun cuisine. The menu even offers explanations for out-of-towners to understand the difference between gumbo and jambalaya and other cajun favorites. Daily “plated” dishes are offered, where the entire meal from salad to dessert is included in one price, as well as a full menu of options. A kids’ menu is available.

Free parking in a lot is available.