St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission | 337.948.8004 | www.cajuntravel.com

Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

Attractions

  • Eunice

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    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve - Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

    The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is a unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and is located in Eunice, Louisiana. The only one of its kind, the center tells the story of the Acadians who settled the prairie region of Southwest Louisiana and has a full demonstration kitchen used to teach old Cajun recipes. View extensive exhibits and artifacts interpreting the history, language, music, and architecture of the Cajuns. Interpretive panels in French and English explain the history of the deportation of the Acadians and the migration of other cultures to Louisiana. Visit the Country Mardi Gras Exhibit to see costumes and photos, listen to audio recordings and follow the history of the Courir de Mardi Gras & Chicken Run. The center also has a wide selection of books for children and adults, Cajun and zydeco music cd's, toys, crafts, and other gifts. The center is also a stop for kids participating in the Junior Ranger Program.

    Every Saturday music, crafts, and Cajun cooking demos take place at the center. Visitors can learn how to Cajun waltz during the jam session or learn more about hand quilting in the crafting exhibit. It's become a Saturday tradition to head straight to the Liberty Theatre after the center closes for the Rendez-vous des Cajuns, a popular live radio show featuring Cajun and Zydeco Music. You can keep up with the center's special Saturday programs at NPS.gov.

    Free admission | Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm | Saturday 9:30am-6pm 
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    337-457-8499
    250 Park Ave.
    Eunice, LA 70535

  • Grand Coteau

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    337-662-5251
    313 E. MLK Dr.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    Jesuit Spirituality Center at St. Charles College

    Founded in 1837, St. Charles College is the site of the first Jesuit College in the South. Today, it functions as a Jesuit seminary and spirituality center. The massive brick structure was built in 1909 to replace the original, which was destroyed by fire. The extensive grounds include the dairy barn, another Grand Coteau landmark. 

    3, 5, 8, & 30 day Retreats offered through reservations | Monday-Friday 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm | Private.

    337-662-5251
    313 E. MLK Dr.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

  • Opelousas

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    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    JS Clark Memorial Walkway

    The Opelousas high school that bore the name of the late educator J.S. Clark, founder of Southern University in Baton Rouge, lasted for only 15 years. But it made a lasting mark on its city and will forever be remembered by the J.S. Clark Memorial Walkway, located at Le Vieux Village. From 1954 to 1969, in the days before school desegregation, J.S. Clark served the needs of black high school students in and around Opelousas. 

    The memorial walkway was officially dedicated on October 18, 2014, during a special ceremony. It features bricks and monuments that pay tribute to many of the school’s former teachers, staff and students. It also honors outstanding people connected with J.S. Clark: football standout Preston Fontenot, 1972 Olympic track and field gold medalist Rodney Milburn, and Rosa B. Scott Anderson, a former lead majorette who became a nurse and helped casualties during a firearm assault on Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington State 20 years ago.

    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Eunice

    337-546-0007
    109 S. 2nd St.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    KBON 101.1 FM - Radio Station

    Be sure to include in your music tour the downtown radio station KBON 101.1 FM, a variety music station that highlights Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop artists. Check out the wall with signatures of legends. Many of these legends are honored at Le Cajun Music Awards, held annually in August.

    Monday-Friday 9am-4pm 

    337-546-0007
    109 S. 2nd St.
    Eunice, LA 70535


  • Opelousas

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    337-948-6263
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Le Vieux Village Heritage Park

    The Old Village of the Opelousas Poste. The village was created in 1988 by the Opelousas Tourism and Activities Committee. Many of its structures were donated by families from the area. We invite you to sit back and imagine yourself in any of these historical buildings that were brought together from various places within St. Landry Parish to form this beautiful little village of the past—from a schoolhouse to a store, a church, and a doctor's office. Guided tours are available by request. Tours are given Tues - Fri on the hour from 10-2 p.m. and by appointment.

    Also housed at Le Vieux Village is the City of Opelousas Tourist Information and Welcome Center is located at the eastern entrance to Opelousas along U.S. Highway 190. The center houses the Jim Bowie Display. Jim Bowie, an American hero of the Alamo, once lived in Opelousas. The Jim Bowie Display has many artifacts and memorabilia from that era.

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    Ici on parle français. French is spoken here. 

    Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
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    337-948-6263
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Melville

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    337-592-0592
    497 Cannatella Rd.
    Melville, LA 71353

    Long River Lodge

    Open since 2008, visitors can experience wing shooting Louisiana style. Hunt quail and or register for a sporting clay course or package, some of which include lodging and meals. Shooting instruction is offered for men, women, and junior shooters. The lodge is opened during hunting season (primarily November to March). Outside of hunting season, the lodge can be rented privately. It features two cabins that can each sleep four. 

    Closed Monday

    337-592-0592
    497 Cannatella Rd.
    Melville, LA 71353

  • Opelousas

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    337-942-3163
    515 Bellevue St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church

    The Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church in Opelousas Louisiana is the oldest Methodist church congregation west of the Mississippi River. In fact, Opelousas is known as the "Cradle of Louisiana Methodism." Missionary Elisha W. Bowman established the church in Opelousas in 1806. The present church, constructed in 1955, sits on the site where two earlier churches existed. The property for the church was purchased in 1857 from the Fonda Family.

    337-942-3163
    515 Bellevue St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

    337-948-9922
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570

    Louisiana Orphan Train Mural

    Artist Robert Dafford depicts the arrival of the orphans at the Opelousas train depot. This impressive mural measures 7'x14' and hangs in the main area of the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum. 

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    337-948-9922
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570


  • Opelousas

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    337-948-9922/337-942-7845
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Louisiana Orphan Train Museum

    The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum is a "must-see" attraction for travelers searching for things to do in and around Opelousas, LA. The Louisiana Orphan Train Society, Inc. domiciled in Opelousas is dedicated to collecting and preserving those items that tell the history of the Orphan Train Riders. The term "orphan train" or "orphan train riders" refers to the Orphan Train Movement, a welfare program that was in place between 1853 and 1930. During this time, over 200,000 orphaned children were transported to foster homes typically in rural areas in the Midwest. 

    The Louisiana Orphan Train Society, Inc. domiciled in Opelousas is dedicated to collecting and preserving those items that tell the history of the "Orphan Train Riders" who came to Louisiana from the New York Foundling Hospital between 1873 and 1929. Because of an increase in the number of occupants, the Sisters of Charity contacted Catholic priests asking for assistance. In the spring of April and May in 1907 three trains arrived in Opelousas with children from the Foundling Home wearing identification numbers that would match them to their new Catholic foster families. 

    The museum has a large collection of original documents, clothing, and images on display and many of the museum's volunteers are descendants of orphan train riders. The museum is the only one of its kind in Louisiana and second in the nation to the Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, KS.

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    Ici on parle français. French is spoken here.

     Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children $3 | Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm | Saturday 10am-2pm | Bus Parking Available

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    337-948-9922/337-942-7845
    223 S. Academy St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

    Mural History

    Tony Wimberly of Church Point portrays a chapter in the life of Jim Bowie, a hero of the Battle of the Alamo and resident of Opelousas in the early 1800s. 

    Located at the parking lot on W. Landry Street between Main Street and Court Street. 


  • Arnaudville

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    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

    NUNU Arts & Culture Collective

    NUNU Arts & Culture Collective is a community hub for all events inspired by arts, culture, education, and music in Arnaudville, Louisiana. NUNU is an educational non-profit and a trailblazer in the practice of creative placemaking. Their volunteer-run facility nourishes the towns budding arts scene through a series of weekly and monthly events. French Immersion programs take place each month including the ever popular, La Table Française d'Arnaudville. Other opportunities to meet the locals include a monthly drum circle, Les Coudre Points Needle Work Circle, the monthly Potluck Social, and Le Village Gaulois. Visit NUNU's website for a complete list of events

    Visit during NUNU's store hours to shop at the NUNU Marketplace featuring the Deux Bayous Gallery, Bouki Books Literary Gallery, Festif Textiles, and the Nu Cadeaux Gift Shop. 

    Students of the French Language should visit Arnaudville in the spring for NUNU's creative placemaking summit, Semaine de la Francophonie. French Immersion programs are also offered year-round.     

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    Ici on parle français. French is spoken here

    2015 Innovator of the Year winner 

    Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm and by appointment

    337-453-3307
    1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy.
    Arnaudville, LA 70512

  • Opelousas

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    337-948-5227
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Opelousas Historic District

    A must see, Louisiana's third oldest city’s historic district. Its makeup includes an abundance of historic structures including antebellum, Victorian and turn-of-the-century homes and other structures. Many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Come and see where the governor lived when Opelousas was the Hidden Capital during the Civil War. Visit our Tourist Information Center for a brochure on self-guided tours of these interesting historic sites. Along the way, sample the flavor of Cajun/Creole foods, Zydeco/Cajun Music and the warm, friendly welcome of our people.

    337-948-5227
    828 E. Landry St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Opelousas

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    337-948-2589
    315 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

    Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center

    The Opelousas Museum & Interpretive Center is a great destination for those interested in the civil war, zydeco music, Native American history, or any traveler looking for things to do in Opelousas. The museum explores the history and culture of the Opelousas area from prehistoric times to the present. The Main Exhibit Room tells the story of the Opelousas Indians and the first settlers. The other side of the exhibit space focuses on zydeco, a popular music genre fostered right here in Opelousas, Louisiana. Other exhibits include the Civil War Room, The Geraldine Smith Welch Doll Collection, the Louisiana Video Collection Library, the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival Archives, and the Art of Animatronics. Group tours are available by appointment.

    Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
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    337-948-2589
    315 N. Main St.
    Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Krotz Springs
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    337-566-8867
    208 S. Levee Rd.
    Krotz Springs, LA 70750

    Port of Krotz Springs

    This facility operates six docks handling such products as oil and grain. It handles 2.8 million tons of liquid and dry bulk cargo. The port recently purchased 215 acres of riverfront property.

    337-566-8867
    208 S. Levee Rd.
    Krotz Springs, LA 70750

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  • Eunice

    W. Laurel Ave. & N. 2nd St.
    Eunice, LA 70535

    Robert Dafford Prairie Mural

    Painted by an internationally known muralist and Louisiana native, Robert Dafford, this is a lovely mural of a south Louisiana prairie. He captures an explorer and his horse gazing out on the land that became Eunice, the Prairie Cajun Capital, charted in 1894. Dafford is constantly sought out for his dramatic, large-scale illusions. He has painted more than 300 murals across the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, and England.

    W. Laurel Ave. & N. 2nd St.
    Eunice, LA 70535


  • Eunice

    337-457-9563
    4413 U.S. 190
    Eunice, Louisiana 70535

    Savoy Music Center

    Music fans should certainly add this destination to their itinerary, and visit the studio of the famed accordion craftsman, Marc Savoy, at the Savoy Music Center. Known for his skill, quit wit, and unique philosophy, its no wonder visitors and journalists come from far and wide to this little music shop in Eunice, Louisiana. 

    Inside the shop, you'll find a large collection of Cajun and zydeco music cd's, books, and gifts. The shop also features a series of postcards, designed by Marc's daughter, Gabrielle Savoy, titled Cajun Music Legends. Her brightly colored portraits capture the joyful spirit the of these artists and their musical genres. 

    While you're there you may also get the chance meet Marc's wife Ann, the author of Cajun Music A Reflection of a People and the singer/musician for numerous bands including the Savoy Family Band and the Magnolia Sisters. On a Saturday morning, it isn't uncommon to see more talented musicians playing together for the traditional Savoy Jam Session which Marc and Ann have been hosting since 1966. To learn more about Marc Savoy's accordions and his musically talented family visit, SavoyMusicCenter.com.

    Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm | Saturday 9am-12pm

    337-457-9563
    4413 U.S. 190
    Eunice, Louisiana 70535


  • Opelousas

    Seven Brothers Oak Mural

    Robert Tinney shows early settlers of the area enjoying music and dancing under the historic oak. View this legendary live oak yourself on Hwy. 182 Washington, LA.

    Parking lot on W. Landry Street between Main Street and Court Street. 


  • Krotz Springs
    Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

    Encompasses 40 thousand acres within the Atchafalaya Basin—located in Pointe Coupee, Iberville and St. Martin Parishes as well as St. Landry Parish. Many outdoor recreational opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, ATV trails, trapping, camping, hiking, bird watching, nature photography, along with many more activities exist on this WMA. Development and management have improved access, habitat, wildlife populations, and public use on the Sherburne WMA complex. Camping is permitted on two designated camping areas, one each on the northern and southern portions of the area. A shooting range complex consisting of rifle, handgun, archery and skeet shooting is available for year round use. Boat launches available on both Big and Little Alabama Bayous.

    Location: Highway 975, which connects with Highway 190 near Krotz Springs on the north, and I-10 at Whiskey Bay on the south near Arnaudville

    337-948-0255

  • Grand Coteau

    337-662-5275
    1821 Academy Rd.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541

    Shrine of St. John Berchmans

    Visit the site of a Vatican recognized miracle, The Shrine of St. John Berchmans, located at The Academy of the Sacred Heart. In 1866, Mary Wilson, a novice in the Religious of the Sacred Heart, was suffering from a prolonged illness. As her health continued to fail, the nuns offered a novena to John Berchmans, a Jesuit priest from Belgium who had died at an early age. After eight days, she was near death, anointed and assigned a nun to sit with her through the night as it was sure to be her last. The next morning she was sitting in bed and cured. She told of a vision she had of John Berchmans, which was documented and ultimately recognized by the Catholic Church leading to his canonization. Today, it is possible to visit the Shrine of St. John Berchmans located on the grounds of one of America's oldest Catholic schools—the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau.

    Founded in 1821, under the direction of Saint Philippine Duchesne, the Academy has remained in continuous operation through fire, epidemic, and war. Unearth these stories from the past while visiting the Academy's museum and cemetery. Also, discover the institution's history as a "colored school" for ex-slaves, dedicated to transitioning students to freedom and self-sufficiency. Beyond the beautiful formal gardens and alley of oaks, lies a fascinating history waiting to be told.

    Academy of the Sacred Heart | Tours are Monday-Friday 9am-3pm by appointment only | $5 Admission, $1 for students | Contact Sr. Barbara Moreau | Allot 1 hour | Bus parking available

    337-662-5275
    1821 Academy Rd.
    Grand Coteau, LA 70541


  • Opelousas

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    337-942-6552
    980 N. Union St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570

    St. Landry Catholic Cemetery

    This historic cemetery contains graves that date back to the 1790s. Veterans from various wars are buried here, along with old prominent families of the Opelousas area. Louisiana Governor Jacques Dupré and his wife are buried here, as well as one of Napoléon Bonaparte's soldiers, Gen. Garrigues de Flaugeac. 

    Visit in October for Voices from Our Past: St. Landry Catholic Church Cemetery Tours

    Tours by appointment. 

    337-942-6552
    980 N. Union St.
    Opelosuas, LA 70570