Louisiana September 01, 2017
9 Of The Best Family-Friendly Day Trips To Take In Louisiana
Looking for some fun day trips to take with the family? Sometimes that can be tough depending on the age range in your family, but we’ve found some of the best attractions in Louisiana that both kids and adults can enjoy.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Sci-Port Discovery Center
The Sci-Port Discovery Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center that’s great for all ages. Kids and adults can interact with more than 200 hands-on exhibits, interactive demonstrations, a planetarium and Louisiana’s only IMAX Dome Theatre. Plus, so much more. The Sci-Port Discovery Center is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.
2. Take a hike.
The Kisatchie National Forest has tons of trails to choose from, all varying in difficulty. You can take the easy trails if you prefer, and then maybe work your way up to the medium or difficult terrains. Kisatchie offers beautiful vista views, challenging terrains (at times), and you’ll love being outside in nature with the family.
3. Splash Kingdom Waterpark
Hit the waterparks with your family before they close for the year. Whether you’re a thrill seeker, flying down those super fast slides, or maybe you just want to chill out in a lazy river, Splash Kingdom is great fun for the whole family. Check them out at 7670 W 70th St, Shreveport, Louisiana 71129.
4. LSU Rural Life Museum
Step back in time and learn what life was like in pre-industrial Louisiana. Walk through the exhibits learning about the day to day lives of those who lived over a hundred years ago. From the construction of their houses to how they tended to the fields and animals, you’ll walk away with a greater knowledge of what rural life was like way back when. It's located at 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809.
5. Swamp Tour
It’s not just a touristy thing. Swamp tours are an amazing way to spend the day with your family. Everyone from all ages will be amazed at the scenery, the wildlife, and the always fun experience of feeding a marshmallow to an alligator.
Check out our article on swamp tours
6. Visit a state park.
Louisiana has more than 20 state parks, so chances are you live near one. Take the family and spend the day exploring the state park closest to you. Explore a new nature trail, let the kids play on the playground, pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic outdoors.
7. USS Kidd
Hop aboard this WWII destroyer and learn firsthand what it was like for the brave crews who worked and lived on this ship. Check it out at 305 River Rd S, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
8. Avery Island
Tour the Tabasco plant then wander around the Jungle Gardens and Bird City and see hundreds of birds and other wildlife while surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscaping you’ve ever seen. Afterwards, head over to Restaurant 1868 for some delicious Cajun fare spiced with that famous little red bottle, Tabasco. It's located at Hwy 329, Avery Island, LA 70513.
9. Alexandria Zoological Park
Established in 1926, the Alexandria zoo houses more than 500 animals representing 160 species. There’s a playground for the kids to play, a cafe for a quick bite to eat, and you can hop on the zoo’s train, which is always a winner for kids and adults alike. It's located 3016 Masonic Dr, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301.
Are you going to make a day trip of any of these attractions? Let us know in the comments below!