Louisiana is known as a place to have fun—and for those who love the state, we know that we can do it without breaking the bank! Here are some of the most fun activities you can do with your loved ones when you’re on a budget:
1. Visit the Islenos Museum and Village in St. Bernard Parish
This unique museum highlights the rich Spanish cultural history that thrives in Southern Louisiana.
2. Shreveport-Bossier Film Trail, Shreveport, LA
This self-guided tour offers film fans an opportunity to check out where some of their favorite Louisiana filmed movies were made! You can even check out Millennium Studios, pictured here.
3. Dequincy Railroad Museum, DeQuincy, LA
This sweet and fun small town museum offers visitors a glimpse into railroad artifacts from lines all across the state!
4. Birdwatching Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline, LA
With more than 10,000 species of birds making their home around this gorgeous lake, you’ll have a great time keeping your eyes to the sky.
5. Thursday Night Trolley Tour Shreveport, LA
This weekly free downtown Shreveport tour offers visitors a chance to see all the sights and sounds of Shreveport and some fun extras every now and then too!
6. Sunday in the Park, Lafayette Park @ the Shaw Center, Baton Rouge, LA
This concert series offers free music and fun for Baton Rouge residents every fall and spring.
7. Visit America’s Smallest Church, Bayou Goula, LA
While this hasn’t been officially confirmed, many claim that the Madonna church is the smallest church in the country—a great place for photo-ops!
8. Watch a Soap Box Derby Race Leesville, LA
An annual event that was unfortunately cancelled in 2015, the Soap Box Derby is a great display of Southern ingenuity and grit. Here’s hoping it comes back this year.
9. Visit Tummy Yummy Creations, West Monroe, LA
This favorite sweet and savory eat shop in West Monroe is known for cheap and delicious foods as well as a pretty consistent free cookie giveaway. It’s King Cake season…
10. Go to a Mardi Gras Parade, New Orleans, LA
Yep, it’s true, Mardi Gras is just around the corner—and you can bet every single parade is free and open to the public!
11. Visit Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery, Alexandria, LA
With more than 10,000 gallons of aquaria and a unique glimpse into the ins and outs of Louisiana native fisheries, this is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids.
12. Go to Festival International, Lafayette, LA
When it comes to free festivals, this one really takes the cake. Held annually in the spring in Lafayette, artists from all around the world share their tunes with happy revelers.
13. Bach Lunch, Lafayette, LA
Want a classy and fun way to spend your lunch hour? Check out the Bach Lunch, offering lunches and music to all who come.
Have you ever done any of these? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!