Whether you currently live in Louisiana or are planning a big trip there, the state offers plenty to explore and revel in. The history buffs will never experience a lack of museums nor will the outdoors types lack beautiful places to stretch their legs. Here are just thirteen places for you to explore next time you feel the call of adventure.
1. The Global Wildlife Center (Folsom)
Get up close and personal with 3,000 animals on over 900 acres of land!
2. Kiroli Park (West Monroe)
This gem has playgrounds, tennis courts, gardens, fishing ponds, hiking trails, and its own personal dog park for the canine friends. It has everything!
3. Louisiana Art and Science Museum (Baton Rouge)
Built inside a historic railroad station, this museum is an exhibit in itself! Visit for their fine art galleries and interactive science exhibitions.
4. Evangeline Oak Park (St. Martinville)
The live Oak Tree on the Bayou Teche was named after the hero in the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Come visit Evangeline and learn the history yourself!
5. Jean Lafitte Bataria Preserve
Hop into a Pontoon boat and experience the swamp tour of your life! Be prepared to see alligators and other swamp creatures right up close.
6. Jungle Gardens (Avery Island)
Stroll through these hauntingly beautiful trails to step through a Buddhist Temple and intoxicating flowers for a peaceful day.
7. Rip Van Winkle Gardens (Iberia)
This 25 acre home allows you to hike through and soak up some natural beauty. Search for the Jean Lafitte Tree and see what it's all about!
8. City Park (New Orleans)
This epic park provides plenty of fun with lakes for boating, playgrounds for the kids, gorgeous picnic grounds full of Oak trees, and the New Orleans Museum of Art!
9. The Scrap House (New Orleans)
The artist Sally Heller created this Hurricane Katrina Memorial out of scraps left over from the storm. An important art piece to see indeed.
10. The World War II Museum (New Orleans)
Set aside ample time when you visit this museum. Just half of the country's largest collection of WWII memorabilia can easily take a full day to walk through!
11. The Audubon Zoo (New Orleans)
This zoo is awesome! The kids won't be the only ones in heaven when you take them to this incredible zoo located in Audubon park.
12. The Myrtles (St. Francisville)
This 1796 national historic plantation offers both historic and mystery tours. Theres a delicious restaurant to boot as well!
13. Kenny Hill Chauvin Sculpture Garden (Houma)
The mysterious artist Kenny Hill created this magnificent sculpture garden beside the Bayou in Houma. Tiptoe through and prepare to be captivated.
These are just a few of the extraordinary gems you must investigate next time you plan an outing in Louisiana. Where was the last place you went on your most recent adventure? Tell us in the comments below!