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Rôder (pronounced row-day) in Cajun French means to roam or run the roads, and Lafayette is the perfect destination to pile the family in the car and rôder.
Whether you’re coming for the day or planning an extended vacation or staycation with the family, the Happiest City in America has plenty of family-friendly things to do. Lafayette has the perfect experience waiting for you, from foodie families, history and cultural buffs, and geocachers to the more adventurous outdoor families.
Below, you will find resources to help plan your summertime trip to the Heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country.
Fun Educational Attractions for Kids
The kids might be out of school, but that doesn’t mean summer vacation can’t be a great learning experience. Lafayette is one of the most culturally rich, biodiverse communities in the country, making our city fertile ground for reaping knowledge and having fun at the same time!
Ultimate Outdoor Adventure for Kids
South Louisiana is a nature-lover’s paradise with its mild climate, hardwood swamps, and wildlife galore. Acadiana is home to hundreds of species of birds and fish and the famed American Alligator. Lafayette is the perfect home base for a day of exploring with the family, whether you’re hiking, paddling, or just hoping for a glimpse of a gator.
Best Playgrounds in Lafayette
You’re on vacation to experience all the unique attractions and local culture, but let’s face it—sometimes the kids just want to play. Lafayette is known for its warm hospitality and family-centered community, so no matter what part of town you›re exploring, you’ll find a nearby park to keep the energetic little one’s content.
Hot Spots for Foodie Families
Lafayette is a foodie town, dishing out authentic cuisine with plenty of flavor without pretension. Cajun cuisine was created by French Acadian immigrants in the 1700s who relied on shrimp, crawfish, sausage, rice, and a “holy trinity” of green bell pepper, onion, and celery. Today, locals honor this tradition with gusto, and everyone is invited to the table. Restaurants offer kid-friendly experiences and menus that go beyond chicken nuggets and fries, ensuring everyone gets a real taste of Acadiana culture and cuisine.
So, what are you waiting for? Go rôder!
Visit LafayetteTravel.com/Roder to start planning your family-friendly trip to Lafayette.