Sometimes we forget that people travel from all over the world to visit our beautiful state. They come for the food, the festivals, the people, and the balmy weather. Well, maybe not the weather in the middle of summer! But, it's easy to think that we have plenty of time to do the things that are right here in our own backyard. We are surrounded by uniqueness!

I've come up with my own personal bucket list of adventures around Acadiana, things you need to do at least once in your lifetime. Some of them might seem insignificant to you, but all of them are dear to my heart. I've gotten to experience a lot of things on here, but not all. I'll keep trying though! Enjoy, and remember, it's never too late to have some fun, y'all.

  • Feed the ducks at Girard Park in Lafayette
  • Spend a Saturday morning dancing to live Cajun music at Fred's Lounge in Mamou
  • Experience the Courir de Mardi Gras in Church Point, Mamou or Eunice
  • Buy fresh shrimp off the boat in Delcambre
  • Eat a Po Boy from Olde Tyme Grocery in Lafayette
  • Enjoy free live music at Rhythms on the River, Downtown Alive, or Music & Market in Opelousas
  • Visit the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau - the site of a bona fide miracle acknowledged by the Catholic Church
  • Suck the heads and peel the tails at a crawfish boil
  • Attend the Giant Omelette Celebration in Abbeville
  • Enjoy some delicious mudbugs at the World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook Off in Eunice
  • Take a Swamp Tour on the Atchafalaya Basin
  • Attend one of the biggest and tastiest events in the state - the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival
  • Grab some boudin and cracklins at the Best Stop in Scott
  • Visit St Martin de Tours church, and the Evangeline Oak and Shrine in St Martinville
  • Hold a baby alligator at the Visitors Center on I-10 in Jennings
  • Visit the world famous Tabasco plant on Avery Island
  • Have a picnic at beautiful Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site in St Martinville
  • Tour the CS Steen Syrup mill, and have your photo taken with the giant Steen's can, in Abbeville
  • Go on a beer tasting tour at one of our local breweries - Parish Brewing in Broussard, Cajun Brewing in Lafayette, and Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville
  • Eat a King Cake from Meche's Donuts
  • Run in the Cajun Cup 5K
  • Go to a garden party at Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia
  • Stop by the Cajun Music Hall of Fame in Eunice
  • Get a cone at the only Borden's Ice Cream Shop left in the United States (Lafayette)
  • Enjoy over half a million lights at the annual Noel Acadian au Village at LARC's Acadian Village