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Acadia Parish is rich with history, including thriving small towns that date back to the 1800s. Your first stop will be the parish seat, Crowley, which dates back to 1887. As a statement to the parish’s deep ties with agriculture, Crowley is also known as the Rice Capital of America. Although rice has always been the major agricultural crop in Acadia Parish, crawfish, also known as mud bugs, runs a close second. Crawfish are raised and harvested between rice crops. These miniature lobsters are delicious any way you prepare them, boiled, fried, in gravy, and even in salads.


Crowley stands as a lively hub of history and culture, boasting unique retailers, the best in Cajun cooking and exciting annual festivals that draw in people from all over the world. Crowley is a Certified Retirement Community, as well as a Tree City USA and the first city in the United States to receive ISO9000:2000 Quality Management Certification. A nationally recognized Main Street Community, Crowley has over 200 historical structures to see including a well preserved historic district featuring Queen Anne homes. Take a stroll down historic Parkerson Avenue to visit the Grand Opera House of the South and the Rice Theatre, which have both been restored to their original splendor. Another must-see is Crowley City Hall, formerly the Crowley Motor Company building. City Hall is home to the Rice Interpretive Center and Museum, which focuses on the agriculture industry that has made Crowley what it is today. The J.D. Miller Recording Studio and Museum is also housed there. The oldest of its kind in the state, well-known artist have recorded there since 1946. On the third weekend in October, you can also experience the largest agricultural celebration in the state, the International Rice Festival.

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