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For Acadiana residents, finding activities for all ages and interests is possible in any direction. Big cities such as New Orleans and Houston offer everything from shopping and sports to live music and art shows. Even closer, Baton Rouge holds popular, high-energy match-ups at Louisiana State University, including football at Tiger Stadium, basketball at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and baseball at Alex Box.

The area surrounding Acadiana appeals to anyone with an active lifestyle. Many rock walls, boat rentals, mountain bike trails and skate parks can be found in nearby towns and cities. The area that surrounds Acadiana also offers many engaging options for families, including New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas and the award-winning Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, named one of "five museums you and your kids will enjoy” by CNN.com.

Robust entertainment districts can be found in nearby cities that make it possible to catch dinner, grab a cocktail and attend a live entertainment event all on foot. Some of the biggest names in country music play in Baton Rouge’s Bayou Country Superfest on Memorial Day weekend. In New Orleans, famous concert halls and local hot spots also feature many well-known entertainers.