Vermilionville, Lafayette

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A living history museum, Vermilionville explores Louisiana's Cajun culture in a recreated 18th-century village. You can make your way around the 9.3 hectare (23 acre) site yourself or with the help of a tour guide. In the village, historical houses dating from 1765 to 1890 are accompanied by mock period structures. Many are occupied by costumed artisans practicing Acadian and Creole skills like spinning, dollmaking, and woodworking. You can find some of their finished products in the gift shop. Complete your visit with a trip to the on-site restaurant for some traditional Cajun cuisine. Arrange your visit to Vermilionville and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lafayette using our Lafayette day trip planning tool .
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  • My 15 year old son and I spent the day touring Vermilionville and were pleasantly surprised. Several of the houses had employees dressed in period costumes who were extremely knowledgeable about the A...  more »
  • Bustle of New Orleans music and entertainment ... catapulted back in time in the fabulous Vermilionville! I wanted very much to learn Acadian culture, much to finish, in the dead of winter, in the middle of nowhere as Lafayette. Visit the village still worth the trip: everything is rebuilt to perfection, complete with testimonials on the lives of older people. People in costumes that they met were really cute and have managed to convey the meaning and values of the community, together with their interesting history. A few of them (unfortunately) still speak French, but they do it with great pride and enthusiasm and it was great to be able to talk together this almost forgotten language, symbol of their origins. The most exciting thing was definitely attend a Zydeco music concert, where young and old of the village have played and sang together (some were dancing, beautiful!) with accordions, violins, guitars and the typical Rubboard. They release all the strength and pride of a wonderful community that desperately tries to preserve its traditions.
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  • This restaurant has been in service for over 30 years. It continues to keep high quality chefs helping to keep their menu fresh and their service is top notch.  more »
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  • Lovely historical background here with many interactive experiences and a great environment for learning. I love how the people dress up for that time period and are very knowledgeable in what they preach. Very great experience overall and the little Shoppe they have for antiques and novelties is very cute.
  • My oldest daughter who is 3 had a blast here when we walked around the village. Some of the attractions (such as the science section) are interactive just for kids. They do weddings & special occasion events. They also offer tours in English & french for tourist/school visits (The plaques are written in both language's as well if I remember right). Within the Vermillionville village they have a restaurant. The food served here definitely hits home if looking for comfort food. If anyone is coming through Louisiana and ends up going through Lafayette, this place is not only a great place to stretch the legs, but also get a bite to eat by getting a true taste of the Cajun cuisine.
  • If you like history, a must see. I loved the watershed and historic buildings. Spent almost 4 hours. The restaurant inside is worth the try. I had lunch buffet, it was tasty.
  • This is a treasure right down the road, great way to spend a beautiful day. Every event I've been to there was very enjoyable. The interesting historic buildings and wonderful scenery will have everyone happy.
  • I absolutely love this place! Definitely a walk through the past. I went with family and we had a blast, so interesting learning about the lives of Acadians. The walk through town is fascinating in many ways from the home structure, to the furniture inside the homes, and even the plants outside of the homes. Definitely a great place to visit if into history or if you like the walk through experiences.

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