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Vermilionville, Lafayette

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
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. Using our online itinerary creator, Lafayette attractions like Vermilionville can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We really enjoyed visiting Vermilionville. Everyone had a good story to tell and was very knowledgeable on the history. At the end of the visit we went into the admissions area and went to the back ro...  read more »
  • Excellent experience in the lives of Cajun and Acadian people. Loved walking the grounds and taking in the different buildings. The interpreters were very nice. Really enjoyed Mr. Fontenau's stories i...  read more »
  • From the moment you door to the open air museum you step also gain a few hundred years back. It is very well maintained and the people in the clothing of that time are engaged in work like that also occurred in the period from after 1765. They also know very much. I found himself the descendant of a tribe with a very difficult name (flintpeople) very enthusiastic and he has managed to tell us a lot about the history of the area. Was definitely a fun and educational afternoon.
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  • This is a must see if you are traveling thru Lafayette. It's so close to the airport you could walk across the road. Once you enter the villiage, you are transported back in time to the old cajun way of life. The reenactors really make it cone to life and are very knowledgeable. I love that my heiratiage is preserved in this way. We even got to see a live native alligator along the river. We ate at the cafe for lunch. The gumbo was the best I've had (other than my grandmothers). We had the plate lunches which was smothered duck. It was so much fid we couldn't eat it all. To finish our meal they brought out bread pudding in a rum sauce that was to die for. This experience was the highlight of our whole trip.
  • I love this charming historic place with its old buildings and friendly people dressed up like historic characters to explain processes like weaving and wood carving. I really enjoyed strolling around taking pictures and learning about the history of the Cajuns and Creoles.
  • I went here with my husband and in-laws -- just a group of four adults. It took us maybe two hours to look around. It was definitely enjoyable and provided lots of good photo backdrops. I also was pleasantly surprised by the docents in most of the buildings. They were happy to answer questions, give demonstrations, and pose for photos. We went there close to closing time on a weekday, so it wasn't very crowded, which made for a great atmosphere. I enjoyed the little garden where we learned about the origin of the word gumbo and being able to pull ourselves across a little waterway on a raft. Just a simple little place to explore. I went in worried it would be hokey, but it didn't feel that way. Plenty to learn and do! I would definitely say that it's worth a visit, especially if you're not very informed about Louisiana lifestyle influences.
  • This is a great destination. Everyone was very friendly. There was live Cajun music and the restaurant served authentic Cajun food that was really good. I highly recommend the whole experience.
  • It's a nice glimpse of the past. People inside are genuinely interested to share their story with visitors.
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