Louisiana June 24, 2017
13 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Louisiana
The kids are out of school, maybe you’ve got some time off work and you’re looking for a new adventure. Well, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best summer day trips you can take in Louisiana:
1. Get lost on a back road.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than hitting a back road with your windows down and the music turned up. We’ve got some beautiful scenic roads in Louisiana, and they’ll bring you down bayous, swamps, and historical plantations with oak lined canopies.
Check out our list of scenic drives
2. Spend a day on the beach.
Sure, we may not have the pristine white sand and turquoise water that parts of Florida has, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have beaches! You just need to know where to look. There are several state parks in Louisiana that have beaches and they’re a wonderful way to spend the day.
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3. Zip line over live gators.
That’s right! Over at Gators & Friends, there’s a seven-part zip line that’ll take you through the trees, over the animals, and the last 720 feet you’ll be flying over a live alligator pond. Everyone should experience this thrill at least once!
Gators & Friends is located at 11441 Hwy. 80, Greenwood, LA 71033. Learn more about Gators & Friends
4. Creole Nature Trail
The Creole Nature Trail is 180 miles of scenic highways known as the "Louisiana Outback". You’ll experience the best of Louisiana on this drive, everything from bayous to beaches and everything in between.
Learn more about the creole nature trail
5. Tour a winery.
Landry Vineyards is located in West Monroe and it’s the perfect way to spend your day. They offer tours Monday-Saturday, and you’ll learn about the history of this vineyard, see the crushing pads and the bottling facility. There’s also a wage ride tour that’ll take you through the vineyards, an incredible sight to see.
Landry Vineyards is located at 5699 New Natchitoches Road, West Monroe, LA 71292.
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6. Poverty Point
Built between 1650 and 1100 B.C., Poverty Point is still a bit of a mystery to historians and archeologists, but new clues are constantly being discovered. Since the original inhabitants left no written records of their day-to-day lives, historians have had to piece together their lives by what they’ve found at dig sites (arrowheads, clay objects, etc.) Poverty Point became a National Historic Landmark in 1962, and it’s worth a visit to learn more about this fascinating site.
Learn more about Poverty Point
7. Avery Island
Known as the home of Tabasco, but there’s so much more to Avery Island that you can easily spend a day there. Tour the Tabasco plant and then spend the afternoon in the Jungle Gardens, a massive 170-acre garden filled with indigenous and exotic plants. Don’t forget to check out Bird City, the huge rookery home to thousands of egrets! It’s truly a magical site.
Learn more about Avery Island
8. Hit the trails.
Louisiana has tons of beautiful nature walks and hiking trails scattered throughout the state. Each one offers a different scenery and difficulty, so you’ll never get bored!
Check out our list of some of the most beautiful trails
9. Take a swamp boat tour.
Explore Louisiana’s swamps and bayous with an expert and learn more about the importance of Louisiana’s wetlands and the wildlife that call the area home. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see alligators, turtles, birds, and maybe even a snake or wild hog.
a list of some of the best swamp tour companies in Louisiana.
10. Test your wits in an escape room.
Grab some friends and test your skills in an escape room. Escape rooms are growing in popularity across the country, and we can see why. You and your team are locked in a room and must solve a series of clues to escape in the specified time frame. Trust me, they’re harder than they look. Escape rooms make for great team building exercises and just a fun adventure with friends.
Find an escape room close to you
11. Visit a state park.
With more than 20 state parks in Louisiana, you’re never too far from one. State parks make for wonderful day adventures. Bring your fishing pole and sit out on the docks or get lost in a nature walk. Some parks have swimming pools and splash pads which are great for the kids on a hot summer day.
Check out our list of under-appreciated state parks
12. Visit a plantation.
Touring plantations is a great way to learn about our history and how it shaped our state. There are several plantations, each one different from the next and each one with a fascinating history behind it.
See our list of plantations everyone should visit
13. Float down a river.
On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than floating down a river taking in the beautiful views. There are several places that offer this service, and you can check them out
How many of these adventures have you taken? Let us know in the comments below!