National Parks / Natural World in Louisiana with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Pelican State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Louisiana offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Louisiana itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park

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    Shreveport

    Located three miles west of Blanchard, the 160-acre nature park contains a pine-oak-hickory forest accessible by five miles of nature trails. The park has an interpretive building, a pavilion with ...

  • Hodges Gardens State Park

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    Florien

    Over 700 acres of wild and cultivated beauty, Hodges Gardens State Park, located in Sabine Parish, is a unique member of the State Parks system.

  • Creole Nature Trail

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    Lake Charles

    Embark on a journey along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road through one of our nation\'s last great wildernesses - a lush realm of fertile prairies, delicate marshes and abundant ...

  • New Orleans City Park

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    New Orleans

    An amazing 1,300 acres of outdoor oasis, with putt putt golf, a carousel, concerts and nature!

  • Bayou Segnette State Park

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    Westwego

    Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities awaits visitors of all ...

  • Chemin-A-Haut State Park

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    Bastrop

    Chemin-A-Haut State Park was designed with children in mind. Two playgrounds in the day-use area are a favorite spot of the younger patrons as is the wading pool in the swimming complex. Also, the ...

  • Chicot State Park

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    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, ...

  • Cypremort Point State Park

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    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 ...

  • Fairview-Riverside State Park

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    Madisonville

    Scattered throughout the park beneath a canopy of huge oak trees, you will find numerous picnic tables, as well as a group pavilion, a playground, and comfort stations. Spend a relaxing afternoon on ...

  • Fontainebleau State Park

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    Mandeville

    The crumbling brick ruins of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, founder of the nearby town of Mandeville, suggest an interesting history for this site, and indeed there ...

  • Jimmie Davis State Park

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    Chatham

    Located on a peninsula on Caney Lake, Jimmie Davis State Park offers two boat launches and a fishing pier that cater to the sportsmen looking for a prime freshwater fishing spot. Waterskiing is ...

  • Lake Bistineau State Park

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    Doyline

    Situated on the western shore of Lake Bistineau, this park offers a satisfying blend of beautiful vistas and outstanding recreational facilities. Memorable for its upland mixed hardwood forest, its ...

  • Lake Bruin State Park

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    St Joseph

    There are over 3,000 acres of water surface on Lake Bruin, and the visitors to Lake Bruin State Park have access to every acre for incomparable freshwater fishing, superb water sports and fine ...

  • Lake Claiborne State Park

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    Homer

    Take your pick: swimming, fishing, birding, boating of all kinds, waterskiing, camping, hiking or just plain relaxing and enjoying unsurpassed natural beauty. It's all here . . . at Lake Claiborne ...

  • Lake D'Arbonne State Park

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    Farmerville

    655 acres of nature, park and outdoor adventure in this Louisiana State Park, perfect for the family day out under the sun!

  • Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

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    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.

  • North Toledo Bend State Park

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    Zwolle

    Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of the country's largest man-made reservoirs, North Toledo Bend State Park provides a venue for a wide variety of water-related activities in a pleasant ...

  • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

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    Delhi

    The 2,700-acre, man-made lake that is the center piece for Poverty Point Reservoir State Park offers visitors an outlet for a variety of watersport activities and a scenic backdrop for waterfowl ...

  • St Bernard State Park

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    Braithwaite

    St. Bernard State Park is the ideal spot for visitors who are seeking a family atmosphere and natural experience, as well as for campers who don't want to or cannot stray far from civilization. Many ...

  • Sam Houston Jones State Park

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    Lake Charles

    Originally named for the Texas folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of Louisiana, Sam Houston Jones was given its current name in honor of the state's 37th governor, who was ...

  • South Toledo Bend State Park

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    Anacoco

    Pleasantly located on several small bluffs that extend over and into the Toledo Bend Reservoir, South Toledo Bend Reservoir State Park offers a scenic, waterfront view from many vantage points. While ...

  • Tickfaw State Park

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    Springfield

    Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a ...

  • Audubon Nature Institute Park

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    New Orleans

    Part of the Audubon Nature Institute, this beautiful park is filled with playgrounds, trails, and even horse riding lessons! All in New Orleans!

  • Creole Nature Trail All American Road

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    Lake Charles

    Get back to nature with the Creole Nature Trail! A fantastic outdoor adventure for the whole family.

  • BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

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    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!

  • Jean Lafitte National Park

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    Marrero

    An incredible national park with six sites scattered across South Louisiana, each with nature and wildlife, and a chance to learn about the Cajun traditions and explore historic sites.

  • Palmetto Island Park and Splash Pad

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    Abbeville

    A fun day outdoors in this Louisiana State Park, with Splash Pad water playground, plus boat launch provided for boating and fishing!

  • Jungle Gardens

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    Avery Island

    A beautiful day in nature with 170 acres of gardens, nature and wildlife on Avery Island.

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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 ...