Things to do in Louisiana 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!
16 rides waiting for kids at this amusement park located within the 1,300 acres of New Orleans City Park! Classic family fun for kids!
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!
See nearly 300 species and over 3,000 different animals at Shreveport Aquarium, with
Alexandria Zoo 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!
One of the country's top-ranked zoos, Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, in engaging natural habitats
Have a WILD day at Cypress Zoo and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with roughly 30 species located on about 7 acres inside the Cypress Black Bayou Park.
A beautiful place for kids to enjoy animals out in the pastures and not in cages.
Set across 27 acres, the Louisiana Purchase Zoo has animals from all over the world, around 400 in fact!
Shrink to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp & be captivated by thousands of butterflies in this insectarium!
Gator Raceways, ziplines and exotic animal encounters at Gators & Friends, a WILD and SNAPPY day out in Louisiana!
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!
Global Wildlife Center largest free-roaming wildlife preserve of its kind in the country, with over 4,000 exotic & endangered animals from around the world
Walk beneath the vivid Caribbean Reef, marvel at the lush beauty of the Amazon Rainforest and journey the Mississippi River at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
Jubilee Zoo features a fun petting zoo plus exotic animal exhibits, with bounce houses, playground & tours of the 20+ acre zoo in style!
Visit one of the most popular family attractions in Baton Rouge, with animals from all over the world and fun seasonal events too!
Blue Bayou Water Park, AND Dixie Landin theme park are perfect for the whole family, with thrills, family rides, slides and more!
Elevated slides, a lazy river and a ton of pools! Kids can cool down in the Louisiana heat with Liberty Lagoon Waterpark!
Make a SPLASH at this Louisiana water park, with thrill rides, lagoons, volleyball, lazy rivers and wave pools...just to name a few!
A fun municipal water park with lots of fun water activities for all - a great way to enjoy that Louisiana sun!
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 wetlands and water based hunting, gathering and mining....
Located in the Old US Mint, the New Orleans Jazz Museum sheds light on 300 years of jazz history
Visit a fascinatingly historic museum in New Orleans, The Cabildo Museum was also the site of the Louisiana Purchase ceremonies!
Enjoy a free tour behind the scenes and see the technical and artistic processes behind the creations of Vivian Alexander!
Visit the site of the apothecary of America's first licensed pharmacist, with some questionable medical practices exhibited!
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 skirt flying greet one and all to this amazing fanta....
A fun, hands-on atmosphere for kids AND parents who want to learn through play! A great children's museum in Louisiana!
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!
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!
A tasty family day out in New Orleans at this museum dedicated to the flavors and culture of the South! Yum!
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!
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 maintains an extensive local history library and collecte....
Experience a snapshot of life in Louisiana in the 1940s at this fascinating museum, with exhibits, dioramas, and artifacts from the region!
Hands-on exhibits perfect for interactive play and learning at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum, with activities and adventures for all ages!
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 contemporary works. Most of these are arranged in chr....
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 oldest remaining buildings in downtown Shreveport. The b....
Lois and Albert "Dutch"" Loftin devoted over 48 years to collecting the the over 3
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 representatives, a president and a presidential advisor. We have ....
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 things to do with kids in Louisiana
A hands-on participatory museum providing interactive exhibits, special services, performances, and workshops.
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 soon.
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 Murphy J. Foster Hall in 1950, the museum has continued ....
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.
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
Indoor inflatable fun in Lafayette with Jump Zone, filled with colorful bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides for active kids!
It's indoor playtime at this super fun and colorful playspace, with open play and birthday parties!
Open Play for kids up to 3rd grade, also offering game nights, parents night out and middle school dances at Jump n Jive!
Open play, birthday parties, classes and camps - all designed to enable children's development through play! Great learning fun in Louisiana!
HUGE inflatable fun for kids at this Baton Rouge indoor playground, with slides, obstacles and birthday parties!
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.
A fun day outdoors in this Louisiana State Park, with Splash Pad water playground, plus boat launch provided for boating and fishing!
103 acres of incredible swamp and nature park where kids can connect with nature, and enjoy up-close experiences with snakes, turtles and alligators!
A beautiful day in nature with 170 acres of gardens, nature and wildlife on Avery Island.
This 9-acre park along Black Bayou Lake provides a boat ramp with dock, a family pavilion with restrooms, playground equipment and picnic tables with grills.
Part of the Audubon Nature Institute, this beautiful park is filled with playgrounds, trails, and even horse riding lessons! All in New Orleans!
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 restrooms, a handicapped-accessible trail, and severa....
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.
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 wildlife. Discover 180 miles of winding roads through marshland....
An amazing 1,300 acres of outdoor oasis, with putt putt golf, a carousel, concerts and nature!
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 ages--boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrou....
Get back to nature with the Creole Nature Trail! A fantastic outdoor adventure for the whole family.
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, bluegill and red-ear sunfish. Fishermen will enjoy the c....
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 relaxing, picnicking and enjoying the water. It also affor....
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 the river or venture out into the water for lively ....
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 is. The wealthy Marigny developed this area across L....
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 another way to enjoy the clear waters of the lake, which....
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 open waters, and its enchanting stands of cypress an....
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 outdoor living. The 53-acre site was originally establish....
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 State Park. For fishermen, the freshwater lake was la....
655 acres of nature, park and outdoor adventure in this Louisiana State Park, perfect for the family day out under the sun!
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.
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 environment. And for land-based activities, more than 900 a....
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 migration each spring and fall.
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 instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for th....
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 the reservoir is nationally recognized as a destin....
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 mixed pine/hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River.
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 park's swimming pool is open Memorial Day weekend thr....
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 flavors! Family day out food fun in Louisiana!
Enjoy an ecotourism adventure right in the heart of Lake Martin, with the real soul of the swamps and bayous of Louisiana!
Amazing family tours through the backwaters of Louisiana, where you can float past the places that pirates and Indians once roamed! Spot various wildlife, including alligators, on these fascinating tours.
Get the family enjoying that iconic New Orleans paddle wheeler as you cruise down the Mighty Mississippi on the Creole Queen! It will give you a side of New Orleans you haven't seen before!
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!
Fascinating ghost tours in one of the most haunted cities in the world - New Orleans! With an all ages tour for kids.
Incorporating the Tabasco Factory Tour, Jungle Gardens and Bird City, this is a varied Cajun experience for all ages.
Explore Louisiana's natural swamplands with 90 minute guided tours, and lots of wildlife spotting!
Enjoy the iconic steamboat in New Orleans, with a number of great tours to choose from along the Mississippi River!
A fascinating trip through the past in historic Baton Rouge with one of the rare surviving 18th century plantation homes.
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 Theatre, open-access, interactive, laser SPACE DOME P....
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.
A historical, fascinating and authentic look at Arcadian society in South Louisiana during the 19th Century.
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 true feeling of Louisiana's unique cypress bayous.
- 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 forces.
A beautiful historic plantation house set on several acres with live oaks, where the family can explore explore the historic home with original antiques and collections, and learn all about the amazing history!
Visit Evergreen Plantation, the most intact plantation complex in the South with 37 buildings , including 22 slave cabins.
Fascinating tours in this historic Antebellum Plantation in Louisiana, with Civil War history, re-enactments and 25 acres to explore!
Fun family farm adventures in Louisiana, with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, music festivals and a host of other amazing activities across Fall!
Go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, arcade games & more at an all-ages play center for kids!
Between Face and Hand Painting, the Petting Farm, the Zipline and the Tractor Races you'll be hard pressed to find the time to pick strawberries! A surprisingly entertaining day out.
Go-carts, mini golf, batting baseball cages, arcade games, bumper boats, kitty rides, rock climbing, bungee trampoline, and concessions!
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!
Options include mini golf, batting cages and go karts, plus an extensive arcade, small roller coaster and a train.
Outdoor activities include batting cages, water fountain, and children’s adventure playground including baby equipment. Olympic-size heated indoor pool on site.
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!
Located in the beautiful northern Louisiana is the tasty sounding Cinnamon Creek RV Park, with full hook ups, shady spots and a ton of family fun to be had!
A quiet and delightful family friendly veteran owned RV park just on the outskirts of DeRidder in Louisiana. A peaceful option for that peaceful family getaway!
RV camping and big rig friendly, with primitive tent camping, a pool, playgrounds, and hot tub for the parents! Family camping fun in Louisiana!