There’s always something new popping up in the Pelican State. New adventures seem to always pop up, catering to the seasons, and right now it’s the perfect time to be spending your days outdoors. Tucked away underneath the tall pines in Natchitoches lies one of the most amazing hidden gems in Louisiana, and you’re not going to want to waste any time checking it out. It’s the only place where you can dig for fossils in Louisiana, and this is one unique attraction that the entire family will thoroughly enjoy. Let’s check it out:

For more information, be sure to check out the Dark Woods Adventure Park’s website and be sure to follow Dark Woods on Facebook, too.

Have you visited Dark Woods to dig for gemstones? What about in other seasons? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

While you’re in Natchitoches, you may want to carve out some time to do a little exploring! The 33-block Historic District is a great place to start.

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Outdoor Attractions in Louisiana

What are some kid-friendly outdoor attractions in Louisiana?

Some of the best kid-friendly outdoor attractions in Louisiana include:

  • Gators & Friends: An adventure park, petting zoo, and alligator farm located near Shreveport. Here you can pet and feed exotic animals, race your friends on go-karts, and even take a ride on Louisiana’s longest zip line. 
  • Audubon Zoo: This historic zoo in New Orleans has been a tradition for many families and it’s one of the most popular attractions in New Orleans. 
  • Louisiana State Parks: There are 21 state parks in Louisiana, and most of them have a specific Kids Trail that features informative signs to make it an educational experience and also whimsical enough to inspire the next generation of nature lovers. 
  • Swamp Tours: Swamp tours are a great kid-friendly attraction in Louisiana, especially for kids who love animals. While animal sightings are never guaranteed, the knowledgeable captains have spent their entire lives on these waters and are really good at seeking out wildlife.

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