Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve – Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Learn all about the history and folk traditions of the prairie Cajuns at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center. The 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 Courir de Mardi Gras Exhibit to see costumes and photos, listen to audio recordings and follow the history of the chicken run.

The center also has a wide selection of Louisiana gifts available for sale. Browse through a library of books for adults and children, Cajun and zydeco music cd’s, toys, and crafts. Bring your junior ranger to the park to get one step closer to owning a junior ranger badge.

Every Saturday music, crafts, and Cajun cooking demos take place at the center. Visitors can learn how to Cajun waltz during the interpretive musical performances 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.