Hidden away from the noise and traffic of the busy cities nearby, is a place where kids can really immerse themselves in nature, and safely experience up-close the wonders of the creatures that live there, including turtles and snakes! BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center!
There are over a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks that will allow you to explore the incredible habitats surrounding you, including the cypress-tulepo swamp, and lush hardwood forests.
Perhaps you will be lucky and spot some wildlife! Bird watchers you will be in heaven with the hundreds of bird species that make the swamp their home, and for those wanting something a little more close to the ground, you can try and find raccoons, rabbits, opossums, armadillos, foxes, coyotes, and even deer and otter!
Within the 103 acres is an indoor exhibition building where kids can really learn about the flora and fauna of the swamps, as they get up close to baby alligators, snakes and turtles, and learn about the variety of species found in the swamps through photographic displays.
Want to feel what a snakeskin is like? Do you think it will be smooth? Or rough? Only one way to find out! But don't worry, you don't have to touch a real one! The exhibit building has a great touch table collection where you can feel pelts, feathers, snake skins and even skulls! Can you guess what animals they are from?
You can even experience a real working beehive!
There are a number of programs throughout the year that are always popular with kids, such as the Rockin' At The Swamp in March, or Haunted Hikes for Kids in October (as if the swamp wasn't spooky enough!) They also hold summer camps and holiday camps, as well as group tours and toddler friendly activities - so the little ones don't have to miss out!
$3.00 (Ages 18 - 64)
$2.00 (Ages 3 - 17)
Seniors & College Students $2.50 admission
It is important to dress appropriately for the weather. Summers are exceptionally hot - hydrate well before visiting. Winters can be cold - wear layers to be comfortable indoors and outside. Closed-toe walking shoes are recommended throughout the year. Apply insect repellant before heading out for a hike.
There are vending machines available, but there are no picnic facilities on site. Highland Road Park is nearest park with picnic accommodations.
Swamp fun is located at 10503 N Oak Hills Parkway in Baton Rouge, just off Bluebonnet Blvd, which is between Perkins and Highland Roads. Turn towards the Whitney Bank and follow the N Oak Hills Parkway into the parking lot. Then just have fun!
Field trips are a great way for kids to learn about nature, and are offered throughout the school year. The full tour ($5.00 per person) includes an educational guided hike, fun and fascinating live animal presentation and time to view exhibits. The half tour doesn't include the guided hike, but will be as educational and enjoyable!
Of course there are souvenirs! Head to the Bee Hive gift shop where you can pick up t-shirts, cute stuffed animals, books, toys, jewelry, and novelties - for you or your friends!
If you do have any accessibility questions, just call the center to talk through your needs and they will advise the best options!
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Tues - Sat 9am - 5pm / Sunday Noon - 5pm/ Trails close at 5pm.
Closed Mondays, New Years Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
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