Details for Event 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Free Trolley Rides Time: 9 am to 12 Noon

(Round trip ride on trolley is approximately 1 hour)

TWO Trolley’s will be running on this day.

Free Open House and Azalea Reception at Vermilionville 11 am – 3 pm

Second Chance Free Trolley Rides on Saturday, March 14, 2020 Time: 9 am – 12 Noon

Begins at Alexandre Mouton House / Museum / Gardens at 9 am

ONE Trolley will be running on this day. No other free open house events this day.


Historic Downtown District

Alexandre Mouton House & Museum – 1122 Lafayette Street (1st stop at 9 am)

Free Open House & Grounds

Dwyer’s Café – 323 Jefferson Street

Historic Architecture, Art Galleries, Restaurants, Shops, Museums

University of Louisiana at Lafayette  & Oil Center Cultural District

Oil Center Gardens Shopping Center – 1120 Coolidge Blvd. (1st stop at 9 am)

Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum – 710 E. St. Mary Blvd.

Free Open House

Restaurants, Shops, Museums, Cypress Lake Swamp on University Campus

Girard Park and Pond, ULL Alumni Center & Grounds


SATURDAY, March 7, 2020

Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folk Life Park

Free & Open House 11 am - 3 pm

Located at 300 Fisher Road near Jean Lafitte Center & Lafayette Regional Airport

Free Refreshments and Food at Reception, Cash Bar, Authentic Cajun Jam Session 1 – 3 pm

Gift Shop and Restaurant Open

Museum & Park Open House​

A springtime attraction since the 1930's, the Lafayette Historic Azalea Trail is a winding drive through historic districts, downtown, the university and oil center, and neighborhood garden districts with grand boulevards for approximately 25 miles of the city's urban core.  Mid-century, it was reported that over 40,000 visitors drove the trail each year!  The Southern Indica Lavender Formosa Azalea was christened "The General Lafayette" in the 1950's as the city flower in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette.

In 2015 Scenic Lafayette began extensive revitalization of the azalea trail. Since that time over 1,000 azaleas have been planted thru our partnerships.  In recognition of its continuing efforts and programs for promoting azaleas as valuable landscape shrubs, Lafayette earned the Azalea City Certification in 2016 by the Azalea Society of America.  This cultural floral attraction is a display of such breathtaking floral color and beauty that it cannot be described in words.  Come and enjoy this "flower power" show.   Watch us Bloom!

Official Bloom Season February 23rd thru March. 

BLOOM WATCH  January 20, 2020 

 The Azaleas are already beginning to bloom downtown due to the mild temps the last few weeks. 

 Freeze expected tonight may slow the bloom.  Peak season typically early March.

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(Donations by check can be mailed to P. O. Box 51675,  Lafayette, LA  70505-1675)


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Les Jardins de Mouton Historic Video of Mouton Gardens; Grand Mall Boulevard area today. 

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"Historic Video of Mouton Gardens"



We need your help by encouraging others along the trail to take ownership in maintaining this cultural asset:

A    Advocate for more planting and maintaining of azaleas.

Z    Zealous in organizing watering, fertilizing and mulching for public plantings        in your district.

A    Adopt an azalea space in your area / district along the trail.

L    Lead and educate neighbors and friends about the proper care of azaleas               (Flyers/Social Media).

E    Encourage fun clean ups in spring and fall before azalea bloom season.

A    Azalea Trail promotion and awareness in the community as a captain.

                                                              THANK YOU!


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