Check out Lake Martin- A nice spot for a picnic and some nature (gator) watching - free. Avery Island, is very nice. The Tabasco tour is free, I think it's a few bucks at the toll booth just to get onto the island. Also another fabulous spot for a picnic are the Jungle Gardens located on the island. Besides Vermilionville, there is Acadian Village, which is similar. On the basin, near Henderson and Breaux Bridge, you will find some swamp tours. Past Lafayette, on the basin bridge, there is a really nice tourist information center where you can pick up a ton of brochures on swamp tours. A good place to eat is Landry's, right off the interstate. Starting 1/29, the University Art Museum will have an exhibit entitled River of Gold, Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte that looks like it will be very interesting. There are a few plantations in the area - Cretien Point in Sunset, as well as Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia. Also in New Iberia is the Konriko Rice Store and Mill. If you want to drive a little ways, I think that the "Mr. Charlie" - International Petroleum Museum in Morgan City is really interesting. It's a cleaned-up version of an oil rig that you can tour. The Lafayette Museum and Planetarium has been running an exhibit featuring the Marquis de La Fayette that is nice. On Saturdays, Cafe des Amis has a Zydeco Breakfast that my friend says is really wonderful. They have a website, you can check it out before you head out there. They are located in Breaux Bridge. St. Martinville has Lake Fausse Point State Park for hiking and boating/canoing, as well as the Evangeline Oak and plenty of old historic buildings.