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Lafayette, LA

Overview of Lafayette

Known as the heart of Creole and Cajun culture, Lafayette invites you to put down roots in one of the happiest cities in the nation. You'll love Lafayette's festivals and huge Mardi Gras parades, second only to the celebrations in nearby New Orleans.


Lafayette Apartments and Neighborhoods

From the hustle and bustle of downtown living to the laid-back charm of suburban life, Lafayette neighborhoods appeal to every lifestyle. If you're looking for the best areas to live in Lafayette, check out the following neighborhoods:


  • River Branch: The eclectic architecture, wide sidewalks and thriving businesses lend a Main Street feel to the area. This planned community offers a town square, lots of green space, and a great mix of houses, condos and apartments.
  • Freetown-Port Rico: Looking for downtown housing close to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette? Freetown-Port Rico is a great choice, placing you near the Cajundome and the revitalized streets of this National Historic District.
  • Scott: For a quiet suburb a few miles from downtown, check out Scott, the Boudin Capital of the World. Residents of this area appreciate the family-friendly Mardi Gras parades, small-town vibe, and quick access to I-10 and U.S. 90.


Free Things to Do in Lafayette

You'll find a variety of free activities in Lafayette, including live concerts and movies downtown, tours of tropical greenhouses at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center, and qigong classes and dulcimer jam sessions at the Acadian Cultural Center.


For Families with Kids

The Lafayette Parish School System is ranked in the top 40 of Louisiana's school districts, with standouts like David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy and Broadmoor Elementary School. You can kindle your child's love of learning at the Acadian Village, where historians re-enact 19th-century Cajun life on the bayou.


Getaways from Lafayette

If you want to plan a weekend trip, you can find plenty of great places within a two-hour drive of Lafayette. For unique cuisine, exuberant nightlife and the best jazz around, make your way to New Orleans, or head to Baton Rouge for an LSU Tigers game and a tour of the capitol building.