Ranger talk - 2:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Learn about local history and culture through a ranger program. No talk on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when the center is closed. Free.
The Cajun Way: Echoes of Acadia - Who are the Acadians and how did they become Louisiana's Cajuns? Find out through a 35-minute film that shares their history from their deportation from Nova Scotia in Canada to their settlement in south Louisiana. Shown on the hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. No film on federal holidays or on Mardi Gras when the center is closed. Free.
Dulcimer jam - Join the Cajun Dulcimer Society and its core group, the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society from Baton Rouge for dulcimer music: Cajun, country, Celtic, folk, and hymns. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in or just enjoy on the second Saturday of every month. 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Saturdays April 14, May 12, June 9, and July 14. Free.
Ranger-guided boat tours on the good ship Cocodrie cruise Bayou Vermilion in spring and fall; follow the link for dates, times, and ticket information. Tours cast off from the Vermilionville Heritage & Folklife Park of the Bayou Vermilion District. Spring 2018 cruising season is now through Friday, June 1.
National Park Week activities show off America's historical, cultural, and natural treasures:
- Special exhibit "Picture Yourself in a National Park" shares the beauty of Anthony "Tony" Johnson's photographs of National Park Service areas. Meet the photographer, a volunteer at the center, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Tuesday, April 3, through Saturday, April 28.
- Saturday, April 21 - Earn your badge on Junior Ranger Day.
- Tuesday, April 24 - What's the National Park Service all about?
- Wednesday, April 25 - Learn about different types of National Park Service areas, from battlefields to seashores to historical parks.
- Thursday, April 26 - Learn about Jean Lafitte National HIstorical Park and Preserve.
- Friday, April 27 - Learn about New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
- Saturday, April 28 - Learn about Cane River Creole National Historical Park.
The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana's wildest place. Portable media players with guided tours of the museum in French, Spanish, and English can be borrowed at the visitor center information desk. Kids can explore the center and earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store sells local crafts, music, and books, including cookbooks and children's stories. Admission to the center is free. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information.
501 Fisher Road, Lafayette
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon.
Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 13, in 2018). Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page.
Special programs by reservation:
field trips for school and other groups by reservation.
Girl and Boy Scout programs by reservation.
summer camps for kids.
For more information on Cajun history and culture, visit