Crowley

Travel Guide
Crowley showing street scenes

Famous for rice and crawfish farming and a century-old opera house, this small city makes for a pleasant daytrip from Lafayette.

Set amid Louisiana’s French-influenced Cajun Country is the city of Crowley. Established in 1886, Crowley grew to become one of the nation’s largest rice farming regions and is often called the Rice Capital of America. This amicable city has a historic downtown district decorated with almost 200 protected buildings. It’s just 26 miles (42 kilometers) west of Lafayette.

Spend some time wandering along the wide pavements of downtown Crowley’s streets. Spot examples of antebellum, French-Creole and Spanish Colonial architecture. Notable landmarks include Crowley City Court, the First Presbyterian Church and the seven-story building of the First National Bank.

Visit the city’s entertainment venues. The Grand Opera House of the South opened in 1901 and hosts a year-round schedule of balls, cabaret shows and concerts. Enjoy an evening of Cajun, country and gospel music at the art deco style Historic Rice Theatre. Stand outside Master-Trak Enterprises, a recording studio where Paul Simon recorded the iconic album Graceland.

A 15-minute drive south from the downtown district is the Crystal Rice Plantation. Tours of this rice farm give an insight into the city’s rice harvesting traditions. There’s an exhibition of classic cars, too, and a gallery with displays of antiques, china and crystal.

In addition to rice, the area’s farms harvest crawfish, the staple ingredient of classic Louisiana food such as bisque (soup), étouffée (shellfish stew) and gumbo (meat or seafood Cajun stew). Sample these dishes at the city’s bars and restaurants or during October’s International Rice Festival.

It’s easy to get to Crowley from Lafayette by car along U.S. Route 90 which connects the two cities. Great as a daytrip destination, Crowley also has a range of affordable and family-friendly accommodations.

If you choose to stay in Lafayette then be sure to explore the city’s many attractions. Among these are the Acadian Culture Center and Louisiana Orphan Train Museum. Go for a scenic picnic at Chicot State Park and spot alligators at Lake Martin.

Budget Inn and Suites
Budget Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
2115 rice capital pkwy, Crowley, LA
The price is AU$95 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Situated in Crowley, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Martin Luther King Park, St Michael The Archangel Church and American Legion Hospital. Jennings American ...
2.8/5 (68 reviews)
"It could of been cleaner and more professional staff."

Reviewed on 6 Sep. 2021

Budget Inn and Suites
Days Inn by Wyndham Crowley
Days Inn by Wyndham Crowley
2 out of 5
9571 Egan Hwy, Crowley, LA
The price is AU$102 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Situated in Crowley, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Martin Luther King Park, St Michael The Archangel Church and American Legion Hospital. Jennings American ...
3.7/5 Good! (212 reviews)
"Wish there was a coffee urn in the lobby open to early risers who like to drink 2 or 3 cups of good coffee and catch the news while others speep in the quiet room until later."

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2021

Days Inn by Wyndham Crowley
Motel 6 Crowley, LA
Motel 6 Crowley, LA
2 out of 5
9565 Egan Highway, Crowley, LA
The price is AU$118 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Situated in Crowley, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Martin Luther King Park, St Michael The Archangel Church and American Legion Hospital. Jennings American ...
3.6/5 Good! (178 reviews)
"Manicured lawns"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2021

Motel 6 Crowley, LA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Large Historic downtown apartment with a view
Large Historic downtown apartment with a view
Crowley, LA
The price is AU$310 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Situated in Crowley, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of St Michael The Archangel Church and Martin Luther King Park. American Legion Hospital is 1.5 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Clean, Quiet and Classy
"This place is a jewel in the heart of America’s rice capitol, Crowley, Louisiana. Looks just like the pictures and VERY comfortable. Complete kitchen, wonderful bathroom and excellent bed. It is on the second floor end there is not an elevator, but that won’t stop me from returning. We loved it!"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Large Historic downtown apartment with a view
Historic downtown apartment with a view
Historic downtown apartment with a view
Crowley, LA
The price is AU$370 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Located in the heart of Crowley, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St Michael The Archangel Church and Martin Luther King Park. American ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Lastminute booking
"Beautiful apartment, had everything we needed for our stay. Would highly recommend. Thank you!"

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

Historic downtown apartment with a view
Historic downtown apartment
Historic downtown apartment
Crowley, LA
The price is AU$353 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in the heart of Crowley, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St Michael The Archangel Church and Martin Luther King Park. American ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great stay!
"The location was great. Right between a nice little bar and a local coffee shop, both of which had great food offerings. The people in the town were super friendly, and we really enjoyed our stay in the beautiful apartment. Be sure to check out the antique shop across the street. The lady who owns ..."

Reviewed on 2 Sep. 2021

Historic downtown apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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