If you live in Lafayette, you’re in luck. The city has earned the nickname “Hub City”, due to a multitude of interesting destinations worth exploring no matter which direction you choose. So gas up the car, pack the camera and plenty of snacks, and check out our picks for great weekend road trips.
Have you ever wanted to see giant cans of corn syrup? Then you need to drive 21 miles out of town and visit Steen’s Syrup in Abbeville. Snap a photo and then head inside and purchase your own miniature bottle to take home as a souvenir. The Steen Mill has been in operation since 1930, but it isn’t the only historic building in town.
Stroll historic Main Street and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Or join a walking tour and see highlights like Gordy House, Lyon House, and the Richard Cattle Auction Barn. The town also hosts many unique festivals throughout the year such as the Giant Omelette Celebration in November.
For those interested in learning more about the history and culture of the Creole and Cajun people, head to Erath and the Acadian Museum. Here, visitors can learn about the heritage of the area’s original French descendants.
After filling your head with history, we recommend viewing some living exhibits at the Rip Van Winkle Gardens. If you’re lucky, you can spot a few of their famous peacocks strutting through the yards.
If listening to live music is more to your liking, then a quick 40-mile drive will land you in Eunice. This town is home to the live radio program known affectionately as the Cajun Grand Ol’ Opry. On Saturdays, folks gather to listen to the show, dance and mingle with some of the best Creole and Cajun musicians around. Just be warned, you may want to brush up on your French!
Afterward, check out more music memorabilia at the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, an organization dedicated to preserving this amazing style of music. For a little peace and quiet, finish your visit at Lakeview Park. There’s even a beach where you can kick off your dancing shoes and relax.
4. Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge
Perhaps your idea of a great road trip is getting away from it all. Just 35 miles northeast of town lies a special place. Visitors can rent a kayak or canoe and get up close and personal with alligators in the bayou. Please remember to give wildlife plenty of space and use a telephoto lens for photos.
The refuge is a great place to get a permit and go fishing or hunting. It’s also a fun spot to bring the kids. Check out their website for educational Junior Ranger activities and ways for the kids to get involved.
If your old car isn’t up to all this road-tripping, then consider a new or used Cadillac. Stop by Service Cadillac today and test drive one of our exciting models. At Service Cadillac, we want you to feel like family.