If you’re up for a little road trip, there are countless attractions just waiting for you to explore. From the haunted to the historical, we’ve got some of the most amazing attractions all within a two hour drive from New Orleans that makes for a perfect day trip.
1. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
Also known at the State House, this historic Gothic-style castle overlooking the Mississippi was built between 1847-1852 and served as the seat of government until 1932 when it was abandoned for the newly constructed Louisiana State Capitol building. You can take a tour and learn the history and mystery surrounding one of the most unique buildings in Baton Rouge. 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70801.
2. The Myrtles Plantation
Known as the most haunted plantation in the country, a visit to the Myrtles will leave you speechless. Tucked amidst a canopy of ancient oaks, this beautiful antebellum home was built in 1796 and tours are offered daily to learn about the history of the home and the families that lived there. If you’re really feeling brave, you can spend the night in the home, but just be warned—you may just come face to face with one of the many ghosts that are said to haunt the property! 7747 U S Highway 61, Saint Francisville, Louisiana 70775.
3. Honey Island Swamp
Named for the honeybees that were once spotted on a nearby island, Honey Island Swamp is one of the least-altered river swamps in the country, and many believe it to be the most pristine swamplands in the United States. The best way to get a glimpse of this beautiful wetland is by boat, and there are numerous tour companies that would love to give you a tour. The swamp is also known for being the home of the legendary Honey Island Swamp Monster, a terrifying creature towering seven feet tall with grey hair and piercing yellow eyes. Are you a believer?
4. Global Wildlife Center
For a truly unique experience, head over to Global Wildlife Center. Home to over 4,000 exotic and endangered animals from all over the world, the Global Wildlife Center is the largest free-roaming wildlife preserve in the country! You’ll ride in a covered wagon and come face-to-face with some of the most exotic animals around, including giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, and countless others.
5. Chauvin Sculpture Garden
Located on Bayou Petit Caillou, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden is a mesmerizing and emotional world-class art exhibit that must be seen to be believed. Created by artist Kenny Hill who used to live on the property, the sculptures have a religious theme and seem to tell a story that will invoke an emotional response from anyone who visits. 5337 Bayouside Dr, Chauvin, Louisiana 70344.
6. Kliebert’s Turtle & Alligator Farm
This family owned and operated business is currently in its third generation and you can tell that the Kliebert’s are truly passionate about that they do. During your tour, you’ll be able to see countless alligators, turtles and snakes and possibly even be able to hold a baby gator! 41083 W. Yellow Water Rd., Hammond, LA 70403.
7. Laurel Valley Village Plantation
Containing nearly 60 original structures, the Lauren Valley Village Plantation is the largest surviving 19th and 20th century sugar plantation complex left in the country. The plantation store is filled with locally made homemade goods for you to purchase, and the kids will love feeding the farm animals on the property. 595 Highway 308, Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301.
8. Abita Springs Mystery House
Quite easily the most intriguing attraction to make the list, a trip to the Abita Springs Mystery House is not to be missed. Tiny but mighty, this charming little museum is filled with thousands of founds objects, homemade items, and what some would consider to be pure junk. Everything about this place is unique and interesting, and a family-friendly adventure kids of all ages will enjoy. 22275 Highway 36, Abita Springs, LA 70420.
9. USS Kidd
Dubbed the "Pirate of the Pacific," the USS Kidd is a Fletcher-class destroyer that was launched in 1943 and todays sits docked on the Mississippi River in downtown Baron Rouge. Climb aboard this massive ship and learn about the brave men and women who served aboard this ship for a truly memorable experience you won’t soon forget. 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
10. HJ Smith & Sons General Store
Nestled in the historic downtown area of Covington, this general store dates back to 1876, making it one of the oldest continuously operating businesses on the northshore. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported through time when you walk in, and you’ll find some incredible things at this part museum part general store. From an antique iron coffin used during the yellow fever epidemic in the early 1900s to a petrified rat, you’ll have an absolutely incredible experience browsing around at this timeless place. 308 N Columbia St, Covington, LA 70433.
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