13 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Louisiana
By Jackie Ann|Updated on April 21, 2023(Originally published April 16, 2023)
Louisiana native and LSU Alum (Geaux Tigers!), Jackie has lived in Louisiana for over three decades and currently lives in New Orleans. She's been writing for OnlyInYourState since 2016 and can often be found with a coffee at her side, dreaming of her next adventure.
The kids are out of school, maybe you’ve got some time off work and you’re looking for some unique things to do in Louisiana. Well, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the best day trips in Louisiana to make your summer spectacular. Whether you’re looking for day trips from Lafayette, LA, day trips from Shreveport, or anywhere across the state, we’ve gathered a list of plenty of fun things to do in Louisiana. Clear your schedule and gas up the car, because you’ll be wanting to make time for each of these exciting getaway spots.
How many of these adventures have you taken? Planning on adding any to your summer to-do list? Feel free to reach out and let us know!
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What are the most unique towns in Louisiana?
Some of the most unique towns in Louisiana are:
In Cajun Country, many believe Rayne to be one of the most unique towns in Louisiana. Known as the Frog Capital of the World, this quirky little city just outside of Lafayette has a very interesting frog-leg exporting history and they’ve embraced it with bright and colorful murals and frog statues around the town. Rayne is also home to one of the only backward cemeteries in the world.
Which hidden gems in Louisiana should I visit?
Some of the best hidden gems in Louisiana are:
The Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge: over 5,000 acres of wilderness to explore.
Chimp Haven: the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world, open periodically to visitors on Discovery Days.
The Chauvin Sculpture Garden: located in Terrebonne Parish, this sculpture garden features hundreds of colorful sculptures maintained by Nicholls State University.
The Bonnie and Clyde Roadside Marker: the site where the famous outlaws met their fate, in Gibsland, LA.
Driskill Mountain: one of the most underrated hidden gems in Louisiana, and there’s a 1-mile nature trail that leads to the summit. At 535 feet, it’s the tallest natural summit in Louisiana. When you get to the top, don’t forget to sign the guestbook!
What are the best outdoor activities in Louisiana?
Louisiana is a playground for those that crave the outdoors. Some of the best outdoor activities in Louisiana can be found in its state and national parks:
Further south, Barataria Preserve’s boardwalk trails will give you a one-of-a-kind glimpse at the preserve’s 20,000+ acres of swamps and marshlands, not to mention it’s an ideal place to see alligators in the wild.
As you continue further south, you’ll come to the Gulf of Mexico. Grand Isle State Park offers miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy, plus some of the best fishing in the world.