Historical Attractions in Louisiana with kids

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

Louisiana is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Pelican State  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 Louisiana’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 Louisiana when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Sci-Port Discovery Center

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    Shreveport

    Sci-Port Discovery Center is a 92,000 square-foot science and entertainment center in Shreveport-Bossier, featuring over 290 science, math and space exhibits, daily changing programs, an IMAX Dome ...

  • Kent Plantation House

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    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.

  • The Acadian Village

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    Lafayette

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

  • Southdown Plantation House

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    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 ...

  • USS KIDD

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    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 ...

  • Muse Conti Wax Museum

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    New Orleans

    - the story of New Orleans from founding to the present day. Experience over 300 years of History, Legend and Scandal with 150+ figures displayed in historically accurate settings. One of the many ...

  • Historic Magnolia Mound Plantation

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    Baton Rouge

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

  • Oak Alley Plantation

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    Vacherie

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

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  • The Caddo-Pine Island Oil and Historical Museum

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    Oil City

    The museum exhibits items concerning the region\'s famous oil history, the associated growth of area oil-boom towns, the railroad, and previous local Native American settlement. The museum also ...

  • Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

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    Shreveport

    The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is mission driven--its purpose is to educate, promote tourism and to build community pride. Located on six acres of state land at 3015 Greenwood Road, adjacent to ...

  • Northeast Louisiana Childrens Museum

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    Monroe

    Hands-on exhibits perfect for interactive play and learning at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum, with activities and adventures for all ages!

  • R W Norton Art Gallery

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    Shreveport

    The Gallery has had a profound interest in both American history and American/European art and, consequently, has amassed a collection that ranges from pieces created during the colonial period to ...

  • Spring Street Museum

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    Shreveport

    Take a trip back in time with us to see what life was like when Shreveport was young. The Spring Street Historical Museums building was constructed in the 1860s as Tallys Bank and is one of the ...

  • The Lois Loftin Doll Museum

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    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 ...

  • Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame

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    Winfield

    The Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame contains memorabilia of political figures throughout the state's history. The Hall of Fame includes governors, senators, congressman and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum

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    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 Arts and Science Museum

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    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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    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 ...

  • UCM Museum

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    Abita Springs

    A unique roadside attraction right near New Orleans with 1000s of amazing objects, as well as home made inventions. Only in America! A fun and quirky experience for the family.

  • New Orleans Museum of Art

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    New Orleans

    Take the family to celebrate art, culture...and life! The New Orleans Museum of Art has over 40,000 objects that will excite kids about the world of art. A cultural family day out in Louisiana

  • Mardi Gras World

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    New Orleans

    You know this is going to be a fun tour as soon as you arrive. Colorful Mardi Gras props, like a gigantic jovial jester, fiercely realistic alligators, and a gorgeously exciting Marilyn Monroe with ...

  • Children's Museum of Lake Charles

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    Lake Charles

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

  • Audubon Insectarium

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    New Orleans

    Bug FUN where you will shrink to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian ...

  • Vivian Alexander Gallery and Museum

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    Maurice

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

  • Louisiana Childrens Discovery Center

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    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!

  • Louisiana Children's Museum

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    New Orleans

    30,000 square feet of kids fun and interactive with exhibits and programs created to help kids learn and have fun! Great Louisiana fun for those active minds!

  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum

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    New Orleans

    A tasty family day out in New Orleans at this museum dedicated to the flavors and culture of the South! Yum!

  • National WWII Museum

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    New Orleans

    A fascinating museum in New Orleans all about "the war that changed the world", with exhibits on world leaders, the everyday men and women, and actual fighter jets!

  • Rivertown

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    Kenner

    Located along the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, just minutes from downtown New Orleans, Rivertown in Kenner, Louisiana, offers a host of cultural and family attractions, including eight ...

  • Wildcat Station

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    City of Central

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

  • The Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society

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    Monroe

    The zoo has 440 animals representing 167 species on 82 acres and we focus on delivering an entertaining, educational program in a manner that is safe for both the animals and the guests, while ...

  • Bayou Pierre Alligator Park

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    Natchitoches

    Explore that mysterious and wonderful world of the American Alligator! 5 acres of authentic Cajun countryside with music, food, and education for the kids! A true Louisiana family day out!

  • The Alexandria Zoo

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    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