North Louisiana is wild and scenic, dotted with beautiful state parks, lakes, bayous and forests. Bring your family to explore nature at its finest, where you can spot wildlife while hiking trails or pitch a tent to sleep under the stars. Then venture into the cities of Shreveport-Bossier City and Monroe to test your science knowledge, discover the roots of Coca-Cola bottling or smell the fragrant roses.
Wildlife Attractions in North Louisiana
Gator and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo: Explore the largest adventure park in northwest Louisiana, where you can catch a glimpse of an estimated 150 alligators that go crazy at feeding time, plus zipline over a swamp and zip around a Go-Kart track. Then visit the park’s calmer side, where you can feed and pet more than 30 types of exotic animals in a natural setting.
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo: Immerse yourself in more than 80 acres of landscaped grounds in Monroe housing more than 400 animals from 200+ species, plus more than 1,000 species of plants. There are lions and tigers and bears, sure, but don’t miss the zebra, bison, elk, baboons and a large number of birds and reptiles. The Hall of Small features interactive exhibit devoted to the world of insects.
Outdoor Adventures for the Kids
Lake Claiborne State Park: Lounge on the sandy beach and play in the pristine waters of Lake Claiborne whether you’re swimming, fishing, boating or water-skiing. Take a nature hike through hilly trails or try your hand at one of the top two ranked disc golf courses in the state. When you’re ready to call it a night, two-bedroom cabins are nestled among the pines, many offering great views of the lake.
Chemin-A-Haut State Park: Scenic and serene, this park is situated on a high bluff over Bayou Bartholomew, which you can enjoy by renting a boat or fishing from your waterfront cabin. As one of the state’s most kid-friendly state parks, it features two playgrounds, swimming and wading pools, horseback riding, camping and picnic areas.
Immersive Family-Fun Activities
Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center: Journey through the universe in the Space Dome Planetarium, settle in for a dynamic film in Louisiana’s only IMAX Dome Theater or learn about science, math and astronomy on two levels of interactive exhibits.
America's Rose Garden: Home to the American Rose Society’s national headquarters, Shreveport boasts the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. Wander the gardens and see and smell the beautiful roses all around you. Visiting hours are seasonal. Please check the website and call for hours.
Poverty Point State Historic Site: Long before today’s residents inhabited northeast Louisiana, a sophisticated group of people built earthen ridges and mounds along the banks of the Mississippi River considered nothing short of an engineering marvel at the time. Learn about these ancient people and the culture they created thousands of years ago by touring the grounds and interactive museum of this Smithsonian affiliate.
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens: Home to the first bottler of Coca-Cola, this interesting site offers tours of the historic house and grounds, a Coke Museum full of memorabilia and exhibits, and the lovely ElSong Gardens featuring indoor and outdoor spaces filled with plants, art and more. Regular concerts and special events take place year-round as well.
Party Central Family Fun Center: Spend the day bonding as a family, playing games in the arcade, crashing bumper boats in the water and racing go-karts around the track. From rock walls, tall slides, bungee trampolines and miniature golf to batting cages and kiddie rides, Party Central has cornered the market on old-fashioned family fun.
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