5 Miles – 13 minutes from Lafayette
The city of Scott’s close proximity to Interstate 10 makes its quaint downtown district accessible to visitors for local shopping, art galleries, and boudin—lots and lots of boudin. The title “Boudin Capital of the World” was awarded to Scott by the state of Louisiana in 2012. Here in town, you can find the rice- and meat-filled sausage staple at iconic joints like Billy’s Boudin & Cracklin, Don’s Specialty Meats, Best Stop Supermarket, and NuNu’s Cajun Market.
7.5 Miles – 15 minutes from Lafayette
South Lafayette Parish remains one of the fastest-growing areas in the state. Along with the growing population comes new businesses and new places to eat and drink, including one of two breweries in Lafayette Parish. Parish Brewing offers tours and a rotating list of brews. Nearby are locally owned restaurants like Fezzo’s, Norbert’s, Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn, and Ton’s Drive-In. After you work up an appetite, take a visit to Zoosiana to see wildlife from all around the world.
9.1 Miles – 18 minutes from Lafayette
Breaux Bridge was given its name from an early Acadian family who built a bridge over the Bayou Teche, a main waterway used during the Acadians’ arrival in the 1700s. The bridge over the Teche now celebrates the town’s other title: “The Crawfish Capital of the World.” Its downtown district is the perfect day trip destination for a main street walk, shopping, live music, and a bite to eat.
15 Miles – 21 minutes from Lafayette
Almost 200 years ago, a Catholic all-girls boarding school was founded by a pair of nuns in south St. Landry Parish. A small community sprung up around the Academy of the Sacred Heart, which has now become a spiritual destination for visitors. Grand Coteau is a quaint stopping point for boutique shopping and a bite to eat. Its neighboring town, Sunset, also offers antiques shopping and local cuisine.
16.3 Miles – 26 minutes from Lafayette
St. Martinville lies on Bayou Teche and is the third oldest town in Louisiana, with many buildings and homes with historic architecture, including the historic St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church and La Maison Duchamp on Main Street. St. Martinville is also the site of the Evangeline Oak, featured in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem about the Acadian expulsion. It is also the site of the African American Museum and is included as a destination on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.
17 Miles – 23 minutes from Lafayette
With a population of fewer than 2,000 people but nearly 40 percent Cajun French (according to Census data), Henderson is Acadiana’s closest gateway into the Atchafalaya Basin. Along the Henderson Levee Road are gems that offer swamp tours, authentic food, drinks, and Cajun/zydeco dances.
20.5 Miles – 32 minutes from Lafayette
Iberia Parish is home to the world famous TABASCO® Hot Sauce. The McIlhenny Company still operates at its original home on Avery Island, where founder Edmund McIlhenny first made the pepper sauce in 1868. The Queen City of the Teche also has the Church Alley Bike Trail, a trailhead connector through the city’s historic district. The Church Alley Bike Trail also showcases local art and offers nearby shopping and dining along the Bayou Teche.
21 Miles – 37 minutes from Lafayette
Abbeville is home to numerous historic buildings, including Ovide Broussard House, Chauviere House, Richard Cattle Auction Barn, and the St. Mary Congregational Church, to name a few. You may have also seen Abbeville in films like the 1988 remake of the 1958 film The Blob as well as Louisiana Story and, most recently, the HBO series True Detective. Abbeville’s most notable residents include songwriter and musician Bobby Charles, country music artist Sammy Kershaw, and businessman and politician Dudley J. LeBlanc.
22.5 Miles – 39 minutes from Lafayette
Known as the home of “Living Legends,” Erath embraces and preserves Cajun and Creole culture. The Acadian Museum of Erath is a must if you want to appreciate the journey of the Acadian people and the area they now call home. You can chat with those people right next door at the Museum Cafe. Rip Van Winkle Gardens is only a 5.4-mile drive from Erath, with peacocks strolling through the gardens and jaw-dropping scenery.
40 Miles – 47 minutes from Lafayette
Housed in an old train depot, the Eunice Depot Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the life of early settlers of this small town. The museum is located right next door to the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors Cajun music legends. Eunice is also home to a number of restaurants, cultural centers, and a farmers’ market.