Opelousas Louisiana Travel, Tourist Information, Hotels, and Attractions
Opelousas, Louisiana's 3rd oldest city, was founded in 1720 and was a trading post between New Orleans and Natchitoches in the 1700s and 1800s.
Settled by French Creoles and Acadians, Opelousas is known for its Zydeco music.
The parish seat of St. Landry Parish, Opelousas is located just north of Lafayette, and near Sunset, Grand Coteau, Eunice, Port Barre, LeBeau, and Ville Platte. It is located about 50 miles south of Alexandria via I-49; a major east-west highway through Opelousas is U.S. Highway 190.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
Nearby is the well known Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, the first “Racino” built in this country from the ground up. It features a state-of-the-art facility with a new one mile oval. The entire property consists of nearly 750 acres. The track houses nearly 1,000 stalls on the backside.
It also offers over 1,400 slot machines and other gaming.
The property features a 4 story, 117-room hotel with pool/hot tub, exercise room, expanded continental breakfast with hot items served daily, wireless internet, and a business center.
Evangeline Downs Racetrack in Opelousas, Louisiana
The Evangeline Downs Hotel is connected directly to Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino and convenient to area attractions like Arlington Plantation and Le Vieux Village. It also offers convenient access to the Lafayette Airport, just 20 miles away, and close proximity to local and corporate businesses.
For more information, visit the website of Evangeline Downs
Evangeline Downs Hotel in Opelousas, Louisiana
Other Opelousas Hotels
In addition to the Evangeline Downs Hotel, several other lodging options are available in the Opelousas area, including:
More Opelousas Attractions
Another popular location attraction is the Creole Heritage Folklife Center.
Cajun cooking is popular in Opelousas, and ingredients such as Boudin, Tasso, crawfish are common.
Opelousas is also known as the Spice Capital of Louisiana, and is the home of nationally known and respected companies such as Tony Chachere's, Savoie's Cajun Meats, and LouAna Cooking Oil.
For things to do, visit the Opelousas Visitors Guide at TripAdvisor.
Shown below are a few images of the past from Opelousas.
Opelousas travel of the past, at the Chrome Hotel, Opelousas, Louisiana
Briley's Modern Courts, U.S. Highway 167, Opelousas, Louisiana
Cardinal Inn, Opelousas, Louisiana