Splash into summer at a water park or playground
When temperatures rise, Louisiana offers family-friendly opportunities to cool off at a pool, park or playground.
Water canons. Splashing fountains. Lazy rivers. Twisting water slides. They all call out to kids—okay, and adults—on a warm summer day. Fortunately, Louisiana has them all. Here are a few great ways to chill out.
It’s splash time at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans! Their Cool Zoo is a splash park with jumping water spouts, an alligator water slide and even water-spitting snakes. Parents don’t have to worry about little ones getting in the way of the older kids, as there is a separate area designated for toddlers.
Thrill-seekers should venture to Blue Bayou Waterpark in Baton Rouge. It has more than 20 water attractions, including some amazing water slides. Challenge a friend to see who’ll slip and slide down the world’s largest Racer slide the fastest. Or take a twisting ride in the dark on Voodoo. Blue Bayou also has a water play area and a wave pool.
Many state parks offer opportunities to get wet. The wave pool at Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego is a popular spot, as are the water playgrounds at Tickfaw State Park in Livingston and Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. In fact, 19 of our 22 state parks offer opportunities for water recreation, from pools and beaches to water parks and splash pads.
In Sulphur, near Lake Charles, families gather at the Sulphur Parks Water Park to enjoy the water slide, pool and playground.
Guests at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles enjoy a relaxing float along the property’s lazy river. While the kids splash in the pool, mom and dad can swim up to the Poolside Bar for a cold drink.
If a leisurely float sounds appealing, make your way to Tiki Tubing in Denham Springs and enjoy a four-hour tubing trip down the Amite River. Bring along a stocked cooler and stop at a sandbar for a picnic.
For a free splash adventure, take the kids to Riverview Park in Shreveport. The splashing fountains alongside the Red River draw a crowd, as do the fountains across the river at the Louisiana Boardwalk.