There’s no shortage of ideas for spring break family fun in Louisiana.
Here are just a few to get you started.
Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans: This four-in-one attraction appeals to all ages. Take a picture of the white alligators at the Audubon Zoo; meet the penguins at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas; eat a bug (seriously!) at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium; and watch a movie at the Entergy IMAX Theatre. Save money on it all by purchasing the Audubon Experience Package.
Creole Nature Trail, Lake Charles: This road trip offers plenty of opportunities to get out and stretch your legs. As you drive through Louisiana’s beautiful coastal wetlands, take advantage of pit stops for birding, fishing, hiking and shelling. Pack your camera, and encourage the kids to photograph the wildlife you see along the way.
Louisiana State Parks, Statewide: You can’t beat a Louisiana State Park for affordable family fun. Whether you spend an afternoon picnicking and paddling through a bayou or a few days camping by a lake, you’ll make precious family memories.
Alexandria Zoological Park, Alexandria: Find lions, tigers, bears and—oh my—so many other animals at this central Louisiana zoo. Be sure to venture through the Louisiana Habitat for exhibits on native species and underwater views of alligators.
Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, Shreveport: Sneak a little science into your spring break. With lots of hands-on exhibits, a laser Space Dome Planetarium and an IMAX Dome Theatre, the little ones won’t even realize they’re learning while on vacation.
Gators & Friends, Greenwood: This is a great place for families with young children to spend a morning or afternoon. There are, of course, alligators aplenty. Watch the staff feed the reptiles and have your picture made holding one. Kiddos will love the petting zoo complete with miniature horses, kangaroos and deer.
Tammany Trace, Mandeville: Enjoy the spring weather with a family bike ride along the Tammany Trace rail-trail. The trail spans 28 miles through five communities, but a good place to start your ride is the Tammany Trace Headquarters, where you can find information at the green caboose ranger station and let your children play on the Kids Konnection playground.
USS KIDD & Veterans Memorial, Baton Rouge: Walk the decks of the “Pirate of the Pacific,” a Navy destroyer in service during World War II. Tour the ship, see authentic military aircraft and check out the artifacts in the museum. For a totally different experience, round up a few other families and camp overnight aboard the USS KIDD.
Global Wildlife Center, Folsom: You’re guaranteed to have a wild time at this free-roaming wildlife preserve, home to thousands of exotic, endangered and threatened animals. Take a guided tour of the 900-acre property and get an up-close view of giraffes, zebras, kangaroo and more. Read more about these safari excursions.
Cajun Encounters Swamp Tours, Slidell: A sure winner with kids, a swamp tour is the best way to experience Louisiana’s beautiful swamps and marshlands. Plus, you can’t beat seeing our wildlife in their natural environments.
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