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.
You better watch out, you better not cry. But you better get shopping, because the holiday season is right around the corner. We know what it’s like to need some last-minute presents. Below you’ll find some of our picks for the best places to check off your list this season, all without leaving the Lafayette area.
1. Caroline & Company
Want to shop at a locally-owned business for your gifts? Stop in and visit Caroline & Company. They have a great selection of all sorts of gifts, from home décor items to trendy accessories and fragrances. They also have some unique toys for the kids that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else. Their personalized gifts custom-made with a name sewn onto them will offer a nice touch to any gift as well.
2. The Rajin’ Cajuns Store
Need to check off your list with gifts for fans of college sports? Stop here for all of your Cajuns-branded gear, from hoodies and t-shirts to authentic game-day cowboy boots. Whether you need men’s, women’s, or kid’s apparel, you can find the perfect present for anyone who wants to rep their love for the University of Louisiana.
The hiking is a gratifying experience. Taking a leisure walk in nature is calming and conveys benefits that exceed what you acquire from everyday exercises. This workout helps to sharpen your mind, improve your creativity, and make for happier relationships. Whether you cherish taking a leisure stroll or are up for a more challenging hike, Louisiana got you covered. Below are some of the most popular parks and trails in and around Lafayette.
1. Acadiana Park Nature Station
If you reside in this southern Louisiana city, you are only a few minutes away from Acadiana Park Nature Station. This 2.9 kilometers lightly trafficked trail is a fantastic place to take a peaceful walk as you relish the wildlife. For the novice hiker, you can stick to the boardwalks that take you through the hardwood forest. There are guided tours with passionate naturalists who will explain the various animals and exotic plants along the way.