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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Boat Tours of Bayou Vermilion

Children and a park ranger wave from a traditional wooden boat during a bayou tour

Bon voyage! Explore Louisiana on a bayou boat trip with a National Park Service ranger

Cruise Bayou Vermilion in a traditional Louisiana boat and learn the history of Lafayette, Louisiana's "Cajun Capital." A National Park Service ranger will share stories of Indians, farmers, trappers, and traders as you watch for wildlife on the banks and relive another era in an old-fashioned bayou "schoolboat."

Tours are offered in spring and fall and cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District (right next door to the Acadian Cultural Center).

Tours leave at 10:30 a.m. and return at noon. Note that although boat tours are offered Tuesday-Saturday, National Park Service rangers lead the tour on Tuesday and Thursday only. Spring 2014 cruising season begins Saturday, March 1, and ends Saturday, May 31.

Two tour packages are available; one is the boat tour only and the other includes the boat tour, a buffet lunch at Vermilionville's restaurant, and a self-guided tour of Vermilionville. Tour package prices can be found here at the Vermilionville website. Call Vermilionville at 337-233-4077 ext. 200 or ext. 206 for reservations (required) and information, including information about booking boat tours for groups.

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