Fifty Ideas for Summer Fun

There's no shortage of ways to spend your summer vacation in Louisiana. Here are just a few ideas.


Take a swamp boat tour to discover Louisiana's bayous.


Peach festival in Ruston

Snoballs are a great treat on a hot day in Louisiana.

Cool down with a snoball


Hit the trails for a bike ride

It's the ultimate list of things to do this summer in Louisiana!

How many can you check off the list?

  1. Eat a snoball.
  2. Go crabbing in Cameron Parish.
  3. Float down the Amite River with Tiki Tubing in Denham Springs (open seasonally - call or visit the website.) 
  4. Explore Hollywood South with the New Orleans Movie Tour.
  5. Enjoy a 5-cent Coke at The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe. 
  6. Play a round of golf on our Audubon Golf Trail
  7. Slip, slide and squeal at Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge. 
  8. Sip a mint julep at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie.
  9. Pick blueberries at one of Louisiana's pick-your-own farms
  10. Cool down with an ice cold beer from one of Louisiana's breweries.
  11. Go deep sea fishing at Grand Isle.
  12. Take the kids to Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center in Shreveport.
  13. Try the peach ice cream at the Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston.
  14. Visit a farmers market and eat a Creole tomato. The Creole Tomato Festival is each June at the French Market in NOLA.
  15. Pay tribute to the legacy of Louis Armstrong during the Satchmo SummerFest in New Orleans.
  16. Camp out or rent cabins at one of Louisiana's State Parks
  17. Stay at the Dansereau House, in Thibodaux, and rock on their veranda.
  18. Road trip along the African American Heritage Trail to further explore the detailed stories and history of African Americans in Louisiana. 
  19. Bike along a Louisiana trail.
  20. Chow down at the Delcambre Shrimp Festival.
  21. Make it a beach day at Louisiana's sun-soaked beaches
  22. Take in the cocktails, cuisine and culture of the Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans. 
  23. Take a tour of the magnificent Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. 
  24. Indulge with a gourmet ice pop at Shreveport's Geauxsicles
  25. Hang out with the animals at the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom.
  26. Find out just how much watermelon you can eat at the Beauregard Watermelon Festival
  27. Paddle down a bayou. 
  28. Visit the mounds and go for a hike at Poverty Point World Heritage Site
  29. Hear the music of New Orleans' Frenchmen Street.
  30. Satisfy all your foodie cravings along the different Louisiana Culinary Trails.  
  31. Find shells along the Creole Nature Trail.
  32. Cool off while exploring the exhibits of the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.
  33. Have Sunday brunch at Houmas House in Darrow. 
  34. Watch July Fourth fireworks
  35. Check into L'Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles, and head for the lazy river. 
  36. Order a slice of pie from Lea's Lunchroom in Lecompte. 
  37. Make plans for the Mystery Tour at St. Francisville's  Myrtles Plantation, one of the country's most haunted homes. 
  38. Save money and savor meals during New Orleans' Restaurant Month.
  39. Explore Acadian, Creole and Native American Cultures at Vermilionville Living History Museum in Lafayette.
  40. Soar above the wetlands on a seaplane tour
  41. Hire a Louisiana charter boat captain for an inshore or offshore fishing adventure.
  42. Celebrate Louisiana's folk music at the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival.
  43. Honor the past, watch the 4-D Beyond All Boundaries and eat at the Soda Shop at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. 
  44. Bird watch in Houma's rich habitat. 
  45. Sit in on a Cajun jam session at Savoy Music Center in Eunice. 
  46. See a show at the historic Strand Theatre in Shreveport. 
  47. Walk, cycle or gallop along Tammany Trace in St. Tammany Parish.
  48. Hike in Kisatchie National Forest
  49. Step back in time at the West Baton Rouge Museum.
  50. Chill out at the Audubon Cool Zoo in New Orleans.