Destination guide

Discover colorful Cajun County

With sumptuous local fare, fantastic live music venues and a lively downtown district, Lafayette is a colorful introduction to Cajun country. It's the heart and soul of French-speaking Louisiana, which means there's a wealth of history, culture and Acadian charm to soak up. You can eat your way through hearty Cajun restaurants, search for gators on a swamp tour or simply sit back and enjoy a little southern comfort. Lafayette vacation rentals make it easy to slip into Big Easy time, with everything from executive condos to Cajun-style cottages.

Things to do

Explore Lafayette's Acadian roots

Set on the banks of a swampy bayou, Vermilionville offers a fascinating glimpse at life in 19th-century Louisiana. The beautifully recreated Cajun village is manned by quirky costumed guides who offer an interactive overview of local history, culture and traditions. Downtown, you'll find the Acadiana Center for the Arts, a vibrant hub housing a contemporary gallery and a working theater. Drop by for the scoop on exhibitions, shows, lectures, workshops and other special events.

Activities

Eat your way through Lafayette

No spell in Lafayette would be complete without devouring your fair share of comfort food. The city is dotted with sumptuous Cajun diners and Creole restaurants, and eating your way through them is all part of the fun. For a change of scene, why not stock up on supplies and whip up your own Louisiana-inspired feast in the kitchen of your Lafayette vacation rental property? The Deep South is famous for its gators, and Cajun Country swamp tours offer a unique chance to get up close and personal with the toothy reptiles.

Weather

Celebrating all things Francophone

Thanks to its humid subtropical climate, Lafayette enjoys sultry weather throughout the year. Summers are hot and winters are mild, with plenty of rainfall. Luckily, there are plenty of museums to explore if the weather's not cooperating. Crowds soar during the annual Festival International de Louisiane, a Francophone event that sees over 300,000 attendees descend on the city. It spans 5 days over the last weekend of April and is the biggest international music and arts festival in the United States. Planning on attending? Central and stylish, Lafayette vacation rentals are ideal for pre-drinks and morning-after brunches alike.

Natural features

In search of gators

Set on the banks of the Vermilion River, Lafayette is part of America's West Gulf Coastal Plain. It's crisscrossed with moss-draped cypress swamps and bottle-green bayous that make it a hotspot for American alligators. Acadiana Park is a great place to discover the local ecosystem, located in Lafayette's northeastern corner. It features a 6-mile trail system and a family-friendly Nature Station where you can learn about local flora and fauna.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Lafayette

Fly into Lafayette, LA (LFT-Lafayette Regional), the closest airport, located 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from the city center.

If you prefer train travel, you can make your way to Lafayette Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lafayette?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 82 vacation rentals near Lafayette. From 44 Houses to 11 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lafayette for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lafayette?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lafayette. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette: 96 vacation rentals
  • Vermilionville: 99 vacation rentals
  • Alexandre Mouton House: 92 vacation rentals
  • Lafayette Station: 93 vacation rentals
  • Cajundome: 88 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lafayette listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lafayette?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 44 Houses in Lafayette. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lafayette include:

  • Cabins: 11 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 11 rentals available
  • Cottages: 11 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lafayette?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 12 vacation rentals with pool available in Lafayette. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.