Acadiana Park, a Gem of a City Park Campground in Lafayette, LA
Acadiana Park draws us in because of its calm and quietness. We first went to this city campground because it was easy to find and fairly inexpensive. We return because the RV park is peaceful, not crowded, and still the best deal in town.
We've stayed here in spring, summer, and winter, most recently in December 2010. At $13 a night, it is reasonably priced, perhaps the cheapest RV park you'll find in Lafayette. Sites have water and electric. There's an RV sewer dump at the entrance/exit; it is easier to use as you enter the park.
Acadiana is a peaceful, relaxing campground. The bushy tail squirrels amuse us with their playful antics. We enjoy the birds - canaries, brilliant red cardinals, blue jays, and woodpeckers among them. Many of the sites are angled so that even if you have a neighbor in the next site, you still have a good view.
There are 70-some campsites here. Most of them are back-ins, however there are at least a couple pull-throughs. Sites are paved, with natural grassy areas for picnicking. There's a picnic table at each one. They each have a campfire pit or a grill -- some have both. The park is nestled among trees, so depending on which site you choose, you can have sun or shade.
Acadian Park consists of 117 acres, but much of it is separate from the campground. The children's playground is far enough from the camping area that we can't hear the kids screaming. There's a disk golf course, a game they apparently play with Frisbees, but not close enough to the campground to be bothersome. The Acadiana Park Nature Center is also part of the park, and advertises that its sole mission is to "reacclimatize humans to their natural surroundings."
The park is pet friendly, something that is a must for us.
I couldn't pick up a wifi signal in the park. There is free wifi at the Lafayette Visitor's Center that works in the parking lot there.
My cell phone works here. The data signal was a bit sketchy in some parts of the park, but worked fine elsewhere.
Your first day in, I recommend that you arrive while it is still light outside. There are some lights throughout the campground. However, it is difficult to see the sites when it is dark.
There are restrooms and showers here at the campground. They aren't in the best shape. They aren't the cleanest. I'd suggest you use the one you have in your RV instead.
The park is run by the Lafayette Consolidated Government, the city of Lafayette, LA.
Acadiana Park - 1005 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, Louisiana, 70501
Review date: December 2010
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