Louisiana is a special part of the U.S. This state is rich in history – both from America and from France. As a result, Louisiana has developed its own unique culture, featuring Creole cooking, historical sites, jazz music, and more.
So Louisiana makes a wonderful family vacation destination! If you’re planning to take a trip down to this state on the Gulf Coast, check out these kid-friendly things to do in Louisiana while you’re there! There are amusement parks, museums, natural parks, and more to explore!
To learn more about the culture of New Orleans, check out my list of Mardi Gras books for kids to read!
Kid Friendly Things to Do in Louisiana
1. The Old State Capitol of Louisiana in Baton Rouge is truly a sight to see with the family. This 166-year-old building looks like a Gothic castle and has been restored, complete with stained glass windows, as a museum where you can learn about the early history of the state.
2. Take a trip to the Audubon Zoo and learn about exotic animal species from all over the world, including sea lions, bobcats, whooping cranes, cougars, and elands. The zoo also has a water park, an obstacle course, and a carousel for the kids to enjoy while they learn!
3. A war museum might seem like a boring family attraction, but the U.S.S. Kidd Veterans’ Museum in Baton Rouge is housed in an actual naval ship! The kids will have a blast walking the decks in person, exploring the ship’s interior, and learning about how the U.S.S. Kidd played a role in combat.
4. Louisiana is home to several magnificent plantation homes. One of these is Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie. At the museum, you’ll get to tour the interior, walk the grounds, and learn about how slavery sustained the plantation for centuries.
5. If you visit Baton Rouge during the summer, be sure to visit Blue Bayou Water Park – an outdoor water park the whole family will love! There are water attractions for everyone, including Lafitte’s Plunge and Voodoo for the older kids, as well as the Lazy River and Pirate’s Cove for the younger crowd.
6. The Louisiana Children’s Museum, located in New Orleans, is a perfect place to spend a day with the kids! They’ll get to explore hands-on science exhibits about the human body, safety, simple machines, and more!
7. Six historic sites make up Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and they’re all worth a visit when you’re in New Orleans! Barataria Preserve features wetlands and swamps you can explore on foot or by boat and Chalmette Battlefield – the site of the last great battle of the War of 1812 – is an awesome history lesson for the kids.
8. The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a great way to explore marine life up close while you’re in New Orleans! Visit the special Gulf of Mexico exhibit to learn about native species that live off the Louisiana coast or take a walk through Parakeet Pointe to let birds land on your shoulders!
9. Situated on the Mississippi River, the San Francisco Plantation House is another of Louisiana’s must-see plantation homes. This former residence has been carefully restored to its original condition, showing off gingerbread-style architecture and colorful walls. Plus, the tour guides appear in historically accurate costumes!
10. The LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge gives kids a look at authentic 19th-century life in rural Louisiana. You and the family can walk through plantation quarters, a pioneer cabin, a shotgun house, and a country church, while getting a tour from costumed guides who reenact daily life for Louisianans during the 1800s.
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