Where we stayed: Pioneer Acadian Village RV Park and Campground
Acadian Cultural Center - NPS
The Acadian Cultural Center is nice little museum run by the NPS where we learned about the Acadian culture and origins. They even have a junior ranger program (kids now scream, "NOOOOOOO!" whenever they see me coming with the junior ranger booklets). But they did love playing some of the instruments that are in the hands-on area.
In the next parking lot over is entrance to Vermilionville - a living history musuem where we watched some couples dance to live cajun music, talked to a native american about the jewelry and dolls she had made out of the area's spanish moss, and washed clothes on a washboard. Hitting Vermilionville along with the Acadian Cultural Center would make for a good day...especially if finished off with some crawfish or boudin balls!
Emmett's hand next to mine.
Acadiana Park and Nature Center
There's not a lot of hiking in the area, but this is a nice little park with lots of activities. If you can find it, there's a nature center (we parked near the tennis courts and then walked through the frisbee golf course using google maps to try and find the tower at the nature center). From the nature center, there are a few boardwalk swamp walks you can do.
Campers - there is a campground here that's run by the city. It looks like a good deal and lots to do nearby. At the park alone there is hiking, a fun mountain biking track, frisbee golf, tennis, playground, soccer field and a nature center.
Did I mention Matt and I started watching Breaking Bad while we were in Albuquerque? ..still making our way through season 4.
Dinner at Randol's
Watch people (lots of retired folks) dance to live zydeco and cajun music while you eat. Be sure to try their boudin balls!!!
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!