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LAFAYETTE PARKS AND RECREATION

Camp in the City at Lafayette’s Acadiana Park

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Families don’t have to leave Lafayette city limits to camp, hike, kayak and learn about nature. Acadiana Park is a 110-acre, city-owned park on Lafayette’s northeastern edge. It encompasses a 70-site campground, 3.5 miles of nature trails and a 36-hole disc golf course. Park programming includes guided nighttime hikes by flashlight, nature talks and child-friendly activities at the park’s Nature Station. Acadiana Park is also a free, convenient place to launch a kayak or canoe into the waters of the Bayou Vermilion Paddle Trail, a 9.5-mile paddle route that leads to the town of Vermilion.

Discovery boxes and other hands-on exhibits at the park’s three-story Nature Station spotlight the birds, flowers and animals of the surrounding woods and waterways. Programming at the Nature Station includes a naturalists’ club for kids ages 10 to 13 and a separate program for kids ages 7 to 9. On-site park staff answer questions and provide tips to better enjoy the flat, easy-to-hike trail that begins outside the center.

Photo Credit: Acadiana Park Nature Station