RVs lends themselves beautifully to the idea of living free, enjoying nature and traveling to where your heart takes you. Traveling in a compact home that has everything you need can make you feel like a kid again, so, in a way, you can relive the freedom you felt when you were young when you head out in your RV for a new adventure. But first, you have to find an RV that best suits your vacation plans.
There are two main types of RVs: motorhomes and towable rigs. Motorhomes have their own engines and can be driven while towable rigs need to be hauled by another vehicle. Trailers come in different sizes, and motorhomes are further subdivided into three RV classes.
Class A is the largest and most luxurious kind of Lafayette RV rental. This is what you see celebrities use when they’re on tour. Class B motorhomes, sometimes called campervans or sleeper vans, are the smallest, but they can still be outfitted with top-of-the-line amenities. Class C motorhomes are midsized, and they are relatively fuel-efficient and easy to drive because they are built into a truck's chassis.
Towable rigs, also known as trailers, come in four main types. Fifth wheel trailers are the largest type of RV rental in Lafayette and require a flatbed truck to pull so that the gooseneck can be hitched properly. Travel trailers are considered the midsize option, although they can vary in size and feature different floor plans depending on the manufacturer.
Pop-up trailers are typically the smallest, but they can expand when you're ready to set up camp. Toy haulers are like garages on wheels. They allow you to pull along your toys, such as an ATV or snowmobile.
There are many RV campgrounds near Lafayette that are full of activities and amenities that are ideal for a holiday. Acadiana Park Campground is located near the Nature Station in Acadiana Park. As it is in town, it is conveniently located near various restaurants and attractions. The camp is open all year, and campers may enjoy hiking, kayaking and canoeing. There are also a playground and a golf course nearby. The Nature Station offers tours, talks and other educational programs.
Lafayette KOA is about five miles west of town. It has recently added sites that can accommodate “big rigs” that are up to 70 feet long. That makes it an attractive option for motorhome rentals in Lafayette. The camp has two swimming pools, a miniature golf course and a lake where campers can go fishing or boating. It also offers free self-driving tours of attractions like the Tabasco Factory, the Conrad Rice Mill or the Acadian Village.
Bayou Wilderness RV Resort is about seven miles north of Lafayette. It boasts 30 acres and 120 sites that can accommodate anything from a big rig down to a pop-up camper rental in Lafayette. It has a swimming pool and a lake for fishing. The facility also features a tennis court; a playground; and an onsite store that sells groceries, RV supplies, and souvenirs. Campers can also go golfing at the nearby public golf course.
There are no official national parks in Louisiana, but Big Bend National Park is the closest. Located in Texas, it is roughly 820 miles west of Lafayette. Under normal traffic conditions, getting there would take about 12 hours.
Big Bend sits along the Rio Grande River at the United States-Mexico border. The park, which encompasses 801,000 acres, also features thermal hot springs, deserts, canyons, and mountains. Emory Peak, the tallest mountain, has an elevation of 7,832 feet, so the park is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and kayakers. Many of the events in the area take advantage of the park’s proximity to Mexico, such as the Day of Dead celebration held in an actual ghost town called Terlingua.
Palmetto Island State Park is the closest state park, and it is about 32 miles south of Lafayette. There are 96 campsites with electrical and water hookups that can accommodate most camper rentals in Lafayette. The park also rents canoes and operates a water playground. Campers may also hike or go birdwatching. Palmetto Island also hosts weekend events.
RV storage facilities in Lafayette will allow you to safely put away your RV if you know you're not going to need it for a day or two. Your options include EZ RV-Boat Storage and Acadiana RV/Boat Storage in Lafayette, and Short's RV & Boat Storage and Shane's RV & Boat Storage in Scott.
Many RV campgrounds in or near Lafayette have dumpstations, and if you're not staying there already, you can dump for a small fee. For example, both Acadiana Park and Lafayette KOA have dumpstations. You can also dump your wastewater at:
Lafayette is the site of Le Festival de Mardi Gras à Lafayette, which is the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana. The Vermilionville Historic Village, which opened in 1990, is a living history museum dedicated to Cajun, Creole and Native American cultures from 1765 to 1850. It includes seven restored homes and 12 other exhibits. Over 10 artisans demonstrate crafts from that era.
The Bayou Hurricanes is a semipro football team that plays at Clark Field. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is home to several sports teams called the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Sports played by Ragin’ Cajuns teams include baseball, basketball, football, softball, and tennis.
Cultural attractions include the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music and the Lafayette Ballet Theatre and Dance Conservatory.
Lafayette has two interstate highways: I-49, which runs north-south, and I-10, which runs east-west. The two highways intersect each other. Other major highways include US Routes 90 and 167 and State Highways 94, 182 and 339.