Louisiana Attractions January 19, 2018
by Jackie Ann There’s A Little Slice Of Heaven Right Here In Louisiana And You’ll Want To Visit
Sometimes it’s great to get out and explore your own state. There are scores of small towns and big cities just waiting for you to explore them. Get outside and take a road trip to a part of Louisiana you’ve never been to. You’ll be glad you did. We have so much to see, and you can start by paying the city of Opelousas a visit.
Welcome to Opelousas, the Zydeco Capital of the World.
Established as Le Poste Des Opelousas in 1720, it’s the third oldest community in Louisiana. Known for its music, its food and its history, it's worth your while to pay Opelousas a visit.
Nestled right in the heart of Cajun Country, Opelousas is home to roughly 20,000 people and dozens of restaurants, museums, historic buildings and more.
From race tracks to historic churches, there’s something for everyone here in Opelousas.
One of the main attractions in Opelousas is the music.
Nicknamed the Zydeco Capital of the World, this unique genre of music combines old Creole tunes and rhythms with blues and soul. Zydeco music was born right here in Opelousas and became popular when Opelousas native Clifton Chenier, also known as the King of Zydeco, came on the scene and put Zydeco on the map.
In the fall, thousands of people flock to Opelousas for the annual Zydeco Festival. Featuring dozens of talented Zydeco artists, a parade, delicious food, arts and crafts and more, this festival is the perfect family friendly event where you’re sure to pass a good time.
Opelousas also boasts a charming historic district filled with an abundance of historic homes and buildings.
Stroll along brick sidewalks that date back to the 1830s while taking in the views of antebellum, Victorian, and turn of the century architecture. Be sure to check out St. Landry Catholic Church, which dates back to the mid 1700s (pictured above).
You can also take a stroll through time at Le Vieux Village.
The village offers visitors a glimpse of early rural life of those that lived in the area over a century ago. There’s also an interesting Jim Bowie display, featuring several of his memorabilia including knives, photos, and guns from the legendary adventurer.
One truly unique attraction is the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum
Part of Le Vieux Village, the museum features memorabilia and artifacts from those that were Orphan Train Riders who traveled from New York to Louisiana between 1873 and 1929.
And we haven’t even gotten to the food yet. After all that exploring, you’re bound to be hungry.
And you’re in luck, because you’ll find some of the best Cajun and Creole cuisine right here, smack dab in the middle of Cajun Country. Crawfish, boudin, crackling… This isn’t necessarily the best place to eat for your diet, but it’s certainly the best place for your soul… But that’s pretty much all of Louisiana, right?
Have you ever been to Opelousas? Grew up here? Let us know in the comments below!
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