St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission and Visitor Center
Welcome to St. Landry Parish, where accordions are cool, boudin is hot and history is not just in textbooks.. Our festivals celebrate art, blues, Cajun music, catfish, cracklins, étouffée, herbs, spices, yams and zydeco. Cook-offs and trail rides aren't called festivals, but they are filled with just as much music, food and fun.
St. Landry Parish's rich culture and history come from the diverse people who have called it home.Cajun, Creole, French, African, Spanish, Italian and Native American people have mixed and matched here for almost three centuries. Located in south central Louisiana, this 939-square mile parish is also known for its natural beauty and wildlife. Hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, camping, paddling and other outdoor activities are possible in two wildlife management areas covering thousands of acres of both forest and swamp land.
Our parish is now home to an award winning state-of-the-art "green" Visitor Center located along Interstate 49 at Exit 23. The center not only provides travelers information on the area, including historic and cultural traditions, but it is one of the first visitor information centers in the state and the southern region that has a focus on sustainability and green construction. Sustainable features of the center include a water cistern, wind turbine and photovoltaic panels. The building was designed to show how sustainable practices, both old and new, can work together for the betterment of the region.