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Star for Vacation Rentals Bois des Chenes - Lafayette Bois des Chenes on the 1820 Charles Mouton Plantation in Layfayette, Louisiana has been rated by Fodor's in top 100 B & Bs and by the National Geographic Traveler's Magazine as one of the 25 Best Southern Inns. Furnished with treasured antiques of different styles and periods, collections of pottery, glass, and antique weapons further enhance the interior of this house.

Lafayette, is a city in and the parish seat of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States, on the Vermilion River. The population was 120,623 at the 2010 census; It is the fourth largest city in the state.

Points of interest

Lafayette is the heart of Acadiana and the center of Cajun culture in Louisiana and the United States. As such, Lafayette has many cultural places of interest.
Alexandre Mouton House Museum was home to Louisiana's first Democratic governor, Alexandre Mouton, who once lived in this antebellum town house. It is now a museum and contains a collection of antiques, historical documents, and old Mardi Gras costumes.
Borden's Ice Cream, the last Borden's Ice Cream location in the country.
Cajundome, home to Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns basketball teams, serves as a convention space.
Cajun Courts at Culotta Center, home to Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns men's and women's tennis teams.
Cajun Field also nicknamed "the Swamp" is home to the Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns football team.
Children's Museum of Acadiana
Cité des Arts
Cypress Lake is located at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Downtown Lafayette the heart of culture in Lafayette.
Girard Park
Heymann Center A performing arts center.
Jean Lafitte National Park Acadian Cultural Center
Jefferson Street Market has 65 shops under one roof, offering everything from fine French antiques to fine art by regional artists.
Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium is a combination museum and planetarium, which houses over 1,000 paintings, prints and sculpture of Louisiana artists and regularly changing exhibits and planetarium programs.
Lafayette Public Library System
Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) is a state-of-the-art resource center encompassing the world's first six-sided, digital virtual reality cube as well as the world's largest digital 3-D auditorium.
Mall of Acadiana - Contains a Dillard's, Sears, JCPenny, Macy's, and over 100 specialty stores and services.
National Wetlands Research Center is a research facility operated by the U.S. Geological Survey that focuses on estuarine, marine, and freshwater wetlands.
Paul and Lulu Hillard University Art Museum has a Permanent Collection consisting of more than 2000 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs that represent 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, in addition to works from around the world.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Vermilionville is a reconstruction of a Cajun-Creole settlement from the 1765-to-1890 era
Zoo of Acadiana is located nearby in Broussard.

Events

2nd Saturday Artwalk - An artwalk downtown held every 2nd Saturday of every month.
Acadiana Film Festival - A film festival exploring the intersection of entertainment and technology.
Bach Lunch - A spring outdoor concert series hosted by the Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium, held in Parc Sans Souci downtown.
Cajun Heartland State Fair - An eleven day state fair held on the grounds of the Cajundome and Convention Center.
Crouchstock - An annual music festival held to raise funds for the Jacob Crouch Foundation, a suicide prevention, awareness and education foundation.
Downtown Alive! - A 25-year-old series of free, family friendly, outdoor concerts in the fall and spring.
Drums Across Cajun Field - An annual DCI show hosted by the Pride of Acadiana
Festivals Acadiens at Creoles - An annual collection of festivals celebrating Cajun and Creole Cultures.
Festival International de Louisiane - An annual international festival of arts and music, celebrating Lafayette and the surrounding area's French heritage.
Gulf Brew - An annual beer tasting festival.
Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette - The second largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana.
Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands - A popular high school marching band festival.
MechaCon - Louisiana's longest running Anime and Japanese Cultural Convention. (note: MechaCon has been moved to New Orleans, LA for the 2010 conference. It is up for debate as to whether or not it will return to Lafayette in the future.)
Movies in the Parc - A fall outdoor children's movie series in Parc International downtown.

Hopefest- a charity festival that is put on by High Schoolers in the area

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