Have Fun with the Whole Family This Season: Eight Spring Activities for the Family

Spring has sprung! Ring in the warming weather with the ones you love the most by checking out these eight spring activities for the family:

  1. Fly a Kite – When’s the last time you actually flew a kite? Teach your young ones how to have fun the old-fashioned way.
  2. Make a Bird Feeder – Show those birdies some love for singing you their pretty songs. All you need to do is cut a hole in a milk jug, fill it with feed, and hang it somewhere safe from cats.
  3. Ride a Bike – If your kids know how to ride, take a nice long bike ride together. If they don’t know how, now’s a great time to teach them a life skill.
  4. Go Backyard Camping – You don’t need to stray far to feel outdoorsy. If you have a tent, just set it up in your own backyard and have a close-to-home adventure.
  5. Shop at a Farmer’s Market – Teach your kiddos healthy eating habits and find the some fresh fruits, veggies, and baked goods to fill your kitchen.
  6. Garden – Remember how fun it used to be to get a little muddy? Pick up some perennials and plant them around your property. This is a great educational moment for kids too!
  7. Collect and Paint Rocks – Visit your favorite river or beach and collect some nice smooth rocks. Then, take them home and paint them to your heart’s content!
  8. Wash Your Car – Disguise chore time as fun time and get your beloved Mitsubishi looking fresh for the balmy weather.

Are you ready to get out and explore the spring weather? Contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi to find a suitable ride.

Explore the History of Lafayette, LA

Whether you’re a life-long resident or just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there is no shortage of fun things to do and interesting things to learn in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Today Lafayette is a bustling cultural center that mixes urban life with rich cajun and creole traditions. But like most cities of its kind, Lafayette has an interesting history that accounts for the regions contemporary diversity.

Diverse heritage

Before any European or Canadian settlements reached the area that is today called Lafayette, a diverse population of Choctaw, Chitimacha, Atakapa-Ishak, and Opelousa Native Americans populated the region. By the early 1820’s, the first European settlement was officially established on the Vermilion River—Vermilionville.

Official beginnings

Of course, the name Vermilionville didn’t quite stick. In 1869, Vermilionville attempted to change its name to Lafayette, but there was already another suburb of New Orleans so named. In 1884, however, New Orleans officially incorporated the former Lafayette into its boundaries, finally allowing Vermilionville to make its name-change.

Modern revitalization

Today, Lafayette is a hub of Cajun and Creole culture with a thriving downtown that saw a huge revitalization that started in the 1980s and continues to this day. Home to a number of large museums, festivals, and an endless variety of local businesses, Lafayette is today an important destination in the American South.

If you need help with your car while you’re in Lafayette, or you might want to buy a new one, contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Lafayette Food Tours Make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

Lafayette, Louisiana, is a historic city just off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico with a booming local culinary scene, which means there are endless restaurants you can visit for creative dishes with the freshest surf and turf menus. That’s why there’s no better way to spend your Valentine’s Day than on one of the many Lafayette food tours!

No matter what your favorite cuisine or dish is, you can find a food tour in Lafayette that will cater to you. Lovers of Cajun food can jump on the Cajun Food Tours bus any day of the week and try dishes from six restaurants, all for one low price paid at the beginning of the tour.

Mediterranean Connection is another great tour that will take you around the many restaurants serving authentic, creative foods from Greece, Lebanon, and other countries on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. What’s more romantic than imagining the clear waters and ancient architecture of coastal Europe while you eat?

You can get even more specific and go on a crawfish tour, checking out the best crawfish Lafayette has to offer, or hit the Cajun Boudin Trail to try a wide variety of dishes that include this famous Cajun blood sausage, or sample Lafayette’s many gumbos.

Maybe this Valentine’s Day you’d rather sample a little of everything. Try the Best Food Town tour, named after the title of “Best Food City in the USA” given to Lafayette by USA Today. Or, if you’re looking to fill up on lunch before your evening plans, try the Plate Lunch Experience.

Fall is a great time to explore Lafayette parks

Fall is a great time for hiking and biking and the beautiful parks in Lafayette make being outdoors a joy. Here are a few of our favorites:

Cyprus Island:  A swamp and hardwood forest are two of the more prominent features of this 9,500-acre preserve. You’ll also see several different species of birds and other wildlife. Before you head out, check to see when the 2.5-mile walking trail is open; it closes during alligator season.

Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site: Louisiana’s oldest state park is located about 30 minutes from Lafayette. It celebrates the cultural significance of the people along the Bayou Teche, a 125-mile-long waterway. There’s also a museum and historic buildings at the site.

Arcadiana Park Nature Station: This 150-acre park offers six miles of dirt hiking trails surrounded by woods. The station offers educational programs, night hikes, canoe and kayak launch, clubs, outreach programs and more.

Girard Park: There’s a 1.25-mile jogging trail, basketball and tennis courts, a pool, pond, restrooms and a playground for children. There’s also a short, paved walkway meant for strollers, restrooms and a rec center.

We hope you find some time to get out and enjoy the amazing parks in Lafayette. To make sure your car is up to all your exploring this fall, schedule a maintenance check with our trained technicians at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Our Favorite Things to Do in Lafayette

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Whether you are a long-time resident of Lafayette, Louisiana, or just passing through, our hometown has something for you. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Lafayette:

Visit Acadian Village

Step back into Louisiana’s Cajun roots at Acadian Village. Don’t forget to pick out some homemade candy at the General Store!

Take the Kids to Zoosiana

Zoosiana is our local zoo and features wonderfully interactive exhibits and hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the kiddos.

Tour the Swamps of LeBlanc

If you didn’t get enough authentic Cajun-ness from your visit to Acadian Village, run over to our neighbors in Saint Martinville and take a swamp tour. From the safety of your speedboat, a real swamp-man will talk you through all the beautiful waterfowl, monstrous gators, gorgeous foliage, and swamp history.

Devour a Shrimp Poor Boy at Olde Tyme Grocery

Of all the things to do in Lafayette, this one might be the tastiest. Stop by Olde Tyme Grocery and order the shrimp poor boy – you won’t regret it.

Stop in at Hampton Mitsubishi

Whether you’re popping in for some standard maintenance for your beloved “Mitsu” or checking out our wide-ranging stock of brand new models, a stop at Hampton Mitsubishi is always a good thing to do in Lafayette.

Hampton Mitsubishi Supports the Community as a Proud Member of Hampton Auto

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At Hampton Mitsubishi, we’re proud to support the local Lafayette community as well as be part of Hampton Auto. We think community involvement is of the utmost importance, and we’re constantly striving to help those in need and make the Lafayette community the very best it can be. Here are a few recent highlights of Hampton Auto’s support of the community.

  • Recently, Fran and Mark Hampton made a $10,000 donation to United Way to help flood victims. As Mark said, “Acadiana has been so good to all of us and this is just a way in hopes of paying back this community that we love so much!”
  • In 2016, Hampton Toyota — a sister dealership to Hampton Mitsubishi — was named the Best of 2016 Lafayette Auto Dealer. Every year, the Lafayette Award Program selects the best local businesses around in terms of business growth, customer care and service, and community involvement. We’re very proud that Hampton Toyota was named to this elite list.
  • In 2014, Hampton Toyota proudly took part in the Patriot Guard Riders Care Package Drive. The Patriot Guard Riders work tirelessly to support the families and attend the funerals of fallen service members: U.S. military, firefighters, and police. The Care Package Drive collects items such as blankets, toiletries, and other items we use daily and monetary donations to build the care packages, delivering these packages to veterans and other retired service members living in Lafayette’s local nursing homes. At Hampton Mitsubishi, we proudly stand with and serve those who have served us.