Historical Attractions in LAFAYETTE with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Lafayette, Louisiana!)

Lafayette is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Pelican State city that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Lafayette’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Lafayette when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Oak Alley Plantation

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    (76 miles) Vacherie

    Fascinating tours in this historic Antebellum Plantation in Louisiana, with Civil War history, re-enactments and 25 acres to explore!

  • Kent Plantation House

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    (79 miles) Alexandria

    A historical experience for the family at one of the oldest standing structures in the entire state. Step back in time to experience the culture of a Louisiana homestead between 1795 and 1855.

  • Southdown Plantation House

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    (86 miles) Houma

    Brownell Memorial Park and Carillon Tower is just outside Morgan City, Louisiana on beautiful Lake Palourde. It is a quiet park of great serenity and natural beauty, where you can experience the ...

  • Natchez National Historical Park

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    (98 miles) Natchez

    Throughout its history, Natchez has always been a place of opportunity. This is evident throughout Natchez National Historical Park. Guided tours of the Melrose mansion house are offered every ...

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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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Children's Museum of Lake Charles

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    (71 miles) Lake Charles

    A fun, hands-on atmosphere for kids AND parents who want to learn through play! A great children's museum in Louisiana!

  • The Lois Loftin Doll Museum

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    (87 miles) DeRidder

    Lois and Albert \"Dutch\" Loftin devoted over 48 years to collecting the the over 3,000 dolls on display at the old Kansas City Southern Depot. The collection includes rare antiques and collectables ...

  • Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum

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    (89 miles) Houma

    The Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum preserves and promotes the area's long, colorful and historically important connection with the seafood and water transportation industries, as well as other ...

  • Louisiana Childrens Discovery Center

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    (95 miles) Hammond

    Learning is FUN at Louisiana's premier children's museum on the Northshore. Kids up to 12 years and their families can play, learn and experiment in a fun and interactive environment!

  • 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.

  • Zoosiana: Zoo Of Acadiana

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    (9 miles) Broussard

    The zoo is nestled on 45 acres of rolling grounds with a very natural setting and environment. The Zoo houses more than 750 animals representing over 130 species!

  • Baton Rouge Zoo

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    (56 miles) Baton Rouge

    Visit one of the most popular family attractions in Baton Rouge, with animals from all over the world and fun seasonal events too!

  • The Alexandria Zoo

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    (78 miles) Alexandria

    Encompasses 33 shady acres, and is home to more than 600 animals. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Louisiana

  • Gone Wild Safari

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    (88 miles) Pineville

    A beautiful place for kids to enjoy animals out in the pastures and not in cages.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Sulphur Parks Water Park

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    (82 miles) Sulphur

    A fun municipal water park with lots of fun water activities for all - a great way to enjoy that Louisiana sun!

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • Champagnes Cajun Swamp Tours

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    (7 miles) Breaux Bridge

    Enjoy an ecotourism adventure right in the heart of Lake Martin, with the real soul of the swamps and bayous of Louisiana!

  • 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.

  • Acadian Swamp Tours

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    (50 miles) White Castle

    Explore Louisiana's natural swamplands with 90 minute guided tours, and lots of wildlife spotting!

  • 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 ...

  • The Learning Train

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    (5 miles) Lafayette

    Open play, birthday parties, classes and camps - all designed to enable children's development through play! Great learning fun in Louisiana!

  • 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 ...

  • 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!

  • 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!