Things to do in LAFAYETTE with kids

The land of gumbo, bayous and incredible festivals is waiting to show families what else they have to offer for kids (and trust us, it’s a LOT!)

To start with, yes, those classic parts of Louisiana should be embraced and experienced! Attractions such as the snappy Alligator Park, Cajun Critters Swamp Tours and Big Easy Harbour Paddleboat Tours all capture the incredible and unique vibrancy of this state. Don’t forget to recharge those batteries with Cajun Food Tours!

But did you ever think Louisiana would have incredibly diverse museums, such as the New Orleans Museum of Art, or the very wacky UCM Museum which has to be the state’s most eccentric museum! (We’ll leave it as a surprise exactly what it is!)

History is literally right under your feet everywhere you turn, and kids will love exploring the past with places like the Kent Plantation House, and the 19th centre Acadian Village. Louisiana is filled with incredible natural wonders too, so get out and take in the wildness with the numerous reserves and parks, including the BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center and Jean Lafitte National Park.

You certainly won’t be short of places to visit with kids in this crawfish capital of the world….it really is one of a kind!

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  • Childrens Museum Of Acadiana

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    Lafayette

    A hands-on participatory museum providing interactive exhibits, special services, performances, and workshops.

  • The Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium

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    Lafayette

    This museum / planetarium is home to over 1,000 paintings and exhibits of Louisiana artists and the planetarium and educational programs. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for ...

  • Neyland Park and Pool

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    (3 miles) Lafayette

    Outdoor activities include batting cages, water fountain, and children’s adventure playground including baby equipment. Olympic-size heated indoor pool on site.

  • Cajun Food Tours

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    (3 miles) Lafayette

    Let your family experience the fun and flavor of Acadiana! The whole family will love the cozy tour bus where they can learn history, the culture, and of course, indulge in some incredible Cajun ...

  • The Jump Zone

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    (4 miles) Lafayette

    7 varying inflatables for a great cardiovascular workout they won't even notice, distracted by slides, obstcale courses and classic bounce houses. There's an area just for under 6s to keep little ...

  • Pastor Brothers Excursions

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    (4 miles) Lafayette

    Get the kids into that Cajun spirit! These Cajun Country Tours can take the family out alligator watching, crawfish peeling, bayou cruising....introduce those kids to a new way of life!

  • Clayfish Bisque

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    (4 miles) Lafayette

    Kids of all ages along with their creative spirits are welcome to let their imagination run wild and free as they paint anything they like! A piggy bank, cute dog bowl, or even a picture frame!

  • The Learning Train

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    (5 miles) Lafayette

    The Learning Train is a children’s play program that offers parent/child classes devoted to the development of children. We offer six different classes for children six months through four years ...

  • The Acadian Village

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    (5 miles) Lafayette

    A historical, fascinating and authentic look at Arcadian society in South Louisiana during the 19th Century.

  • Play and Learn With Me

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    (7 miles) Lafayette

    Play and Learn With Me is the Number One Place for Families with Young Children aged 1 to 6 years. We offer Mommy and Me Play Classes, Lunch Bunch, Open Play Sessions, and Fantastic Birthday ...

  • Champagnes Cajun Swamp Tours

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    (7 miles) Breaux bridge

    Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Breaux Bridge Louisiana swamp tours. The only Handicap Accessible dock on Lake Martin & transport you on an ecotourism adventure deep in the heart of the swamp.

  • Vivian Alexander Gallery and Museum

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    (10 miles) Maurice

    Enjoy a free tour behind the scenes and see the technical and artistic processes behind the most elite purses in the world.

  • Cajun Palms RV Resort

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    (14 miles) Henderson

    Camping fun with over 300 Deluxe RV Spots, 12 Chalets and 25 Cabins, and a host of activities and amenities to make your stay fun!

  • Avery Island Tabasco Tour

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    (21 miles) New Iberia

    Incorporating the Tabasco Factory Tour, Jungle Gardens and Bird City, this is a varied Cajun experience for all ages.

  • Palmetto Island Park and Splash Pad

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    (25 miles) Abbeville

    Featuring Splash Pad water playground, plus boat launch provided for boating and fishing, plus interior land lagoons for exploring by kayak or canoe.

  • Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

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    (29 miles) St Martinville

    6,000 acres of state park filled with history that kids can learn about, as well as outdoor adventures to be had - from fishing, canoeing, to boating.

  • Cypremort Point State Park

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    (36 miles) Cypremort Point

    Between Grand Isle and Cameron, Cypremort Point is the only locality near the Gulf of Mexico that can be reached by car. A half-mile stretch of a man-made beach provides a delightful area for ...

  • Chicot State Park

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    (42 miles) Ville Platte

    The park covers over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and water in South Central Louisiana. The cool, clear waters of Lake Chicot have yielded record freshwater catches of largemouth bass, crappie, ...

  • Acadian Swamp Tours

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    (50 miles) White Castle

    1.5 hour guided tour through the Atchafalaya Spillway and Bay Natchez in White Castle, LA enjoying Louisiana's natural swamp habitat. We are located just minutes from Nottoway Plantation.

  • Historic Magnolia Mound Plantation

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    (52 miles) Baton Rouge

    A fascinating trip through the past in historic Baton Rouge with one of the rare surviving 18th century plantation homes.

  • USS KIDD

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    (52 miles) Baton Rouge

    - the "Pirate of the Pacific." Located in the heart of scenic downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is the centerpiece of a memorial which serves to honor the men and women of our American armed ...

  • Louisiana Arts and Science Museum

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    (52 miles) Baton Rouge

    From art exhibitions and workshops to hands-on science exhibits and treasures from ancient Egypt, LASM has something to inspire everyone. Learn more about the museum on this site and plan a visit ...

  • LSU Museum of Natural Science

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    (55 miles) Baton Rouge

    The LSU Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1936, when its first director, George H. Lowery, Jr., assembled a few study specimens of birds in a classroom in Audubon Hall. Since its move to ...

  • BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

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    (56 miles) Baton Rouge

    103 acres of incredible swamp and nature park where kids can connect with nature, and enjoy up-close experiences with snakes, turtles and alligators!

  • It's My Party Indoor Inflatable Playground

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    (56 miles) Baton Rouge

    HUGE inflatable fun for kids at this Baton Rouge indoor playground, with slides, obstacles and birthday parties!

  • Baton Rouge Zoo

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    (56 miles) Baton Rouge

    Over the past almost thirty-five years, the Zoo has grown to become the #1 year around family attraction in Baton Rouge. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Liberty Lagoon

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    (56 miles) Baton Rouge

    Elevated slides, a lazy river and a ton of pools! Kids can cool down in the Louisiana heat with Liberty Lagoon Waterpark!

  • Celebration Station

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    (58 miles) Baton Rouge

    Options include mini golf, batting cages and go karts, plus an extensive arcade, small roller coaster and a train.

  • Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin

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    (60 miles) Baton Rouge

    Located on 80 acres at I-10 and Highland Road in Baton Rouge, LA right next to Blue Bayou Water Park, Dixie Landin is an Amusement Park designed for the entire family!

  • Wildcat Station

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    (62 miles) City of Central

    Indoor black-light mini-golf, laser lights, arcade, pool table, air hockey and foosball table. Great party packages available.

  • Jump n Jive

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    (63 miles) Prairieville

    Offers great fun and a good cardiosvascular workout too with giant inflatable entertainments inculding obstacle courses, huge slides, classic bounce houses and more.

  • Lil Bambinos Playtorium

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    (64 miles) Gonzales

    It's indoor playtime at this super fun and colorful playspace, with open play and birthday parties!

  • Pretend Play Party

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    (66 miles) Denham Springs

    4,000 sq ft of interactive, educational fun, with separate toddler area. All inclusive price.

  • Yogi Bears Jellystone Park

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    (68 miles) Lake Charles

    Fun activities for the family, featuring: Water Park, HorseShoes, Yogi Golf, Karaoke, Arts And Crafts, Hey Rides, Playground, Wilderness

  • Children's Museum of Lake Charles

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    (71 miles) Lake Charles

    The Children Museum offers a unique hands-on atmosphere for children and their parents to interact and have fun while learning. Each month we offer a full list of programs. We host ArtSpace Workshops ...