Let the good times flow during our 7th Annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade set for Sunday, May 20th. New this year will be the Catfish Rodeo & Cook-Off to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish. In addition, we celebrate the efforts of Bayou Vermilion District along our waterway.
Come dance the afternoon away at Vermilionville's Performance Center with Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys. Admission is $10 (free for members) and refreshments will be available for this smoke-free, family-friendly event. For more information call (337) 233-4077.
The Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District along with the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center have partnered to offer boat tours of the Bayou
Vermilion. Experience the tidal river known as the Bayou Vermilion while riding on a traditionally built bateau called Cocodrie, French for
Cocodrie was constructed by our Restoration Specialist, Faren Serrette, who is a 4th generation master boat builder. The voyage begins with a fascinating
introduction on the Bayou Vermilion as a historical, cultural and natural resource treasure. You will travel upriver toward Bayou Tortue where
the boat captain will provide you with some history as well as the geology and ecology of the river and how it formed. You will also learn
about the Bayou Vermilion District and our efforts to restore the Vermilion as one of the city's most valuable assets.
Spring and Summer boat tours begin on the first Saturday in March and end in May. Fall boat tours will begin on the first Saturday in September
and end the last Saturday in November.
Please note : Two weeks' advance registration is required to book a boat tour. Boat Tours are always subject to interruptions or postponement due
to weather conditions and water levels in the Bayou Vermilion. There is a $30 minimum cost for a boat tour. If your party's total does not
meet this minimum, additional fees may be added.
The 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month in April and May, Vermilionville will offer the chance for walk-in visitors to experience a boat tour at
11:00 a.m. Regular fees apply. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis when our admissions desk opens at 10:00 a.m.
Call Vermilionville at 337.233.4077 x 199 for more information and registration details.
VERMILIONVILLE OFFERS TWO BOAT TOUR OPTIONS :
1. BOAT TOUR ONLY PACKAGE
Adults (19-64 years old)
Students (18 and under)
2. CULTURAL AND BOAT TOUR PACKAGE
Includes guided boat tour, buffet lunch at Vermilionville and a self-guided tour of Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park.