People who love active nightlife always find themselves at home in Louisiana. Live music by excellent musicians and recording artists pours from clubs, concert halls and casino stages throughout the state. The universal language of Louisiana is music – from jazz, blues, R&B, hip hop and country to Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop and salsa. But dining in great restaurants and cafes also is a way of life here. And with casinos and casino resorts scattered across the state, the range of entertainment Louisiana offers is huge. Night owls will be at home in cities from Shreveport-Bossier City to Lake Charles to Baton Rouge, and all the way to New Orleans, a 24-hour city where the party never stops.
Opelousas is a great place to use your feet, whether strolling over the 19th-century brick sidewalks lining its historic district or participating in the city's deep Zydeco music tradition by dancing at a local club or festival. Opelousas is Louisiana's third-oldest city and is part of the state's Main Street Program with its downtown cluster of antique shops, boutiques and restaurants serving Cajun cuisine. Visitors can see antebellum, Victorian and early 20th-century buildings on a walk through town, including the "Hidden Capital of Louisiana," which served as the governor's mansion during the Civil War. A trip to the historic Le Vieux Village, with its 19th-century cottages, Orphan Train exhibit and Jim Bowie display about the famous one-time Opelousas resident, adds historical context to the Cajun and Creole folkways still in such vibrant evidence around the city today, while the Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino is among the city's newest attractions.