No visit to Louisiana is complete without a trip to the bayou country. Inviting and warm, this section of the state seems miles away from the hustle and bustle of New Orleans, yet provides an ideal destination for fun-filled family vacations in Louisiana.
The Magnolia State’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is one of the state’s most well-known attractions. Increasingly, families opt to explore nearby swamp and bayou excursions as an alternative to the tourist traps further inland.We just got back from a family vacation in the country and it was beautiful. There are so many different locations in the Carolinas to visit, but when I found this place I knew we had to book it.
Louisiana’s gorgeous landscape and water-filled fun make for a great family vacation. Plan your next vacation with these ideas for a cheap, stress-free trip to the Pelican State. It’s always good to see a nice family vacation today, even if it’s not the perfect one. No trip is the same and that adds an array of enjoyable and memorable experiences to be had. One of the most enjoyable is having fun with your loved ones away from home on vacation.
Family Vacation In Louisiana
There’s no doubt there are plenty of fun and affordable family vacation spots across the United States. But few places allow families to vacation in slow Southern style like Louisiana does. As anyone who’s part of a family (big or small) knows, we all need a little time away to rest and regroup. The ideal destination for kids and kids at heart, Louisiana is the perfect place to reach that vacay state of mind. Pack your bags, because Culture Trip is bringing you all you need to know about the many family-friendly cities across Louisiana. Before you know it, the only question you’ll be asking is, “Are we there yet?”
With Audubon Zoo in historic uptown New Orleans, the Aquarium on the Mississippi River near the French Quarter and the Insectarium all at your family’s disposal, there’s no shortage of things to keep your kids busy on your next family vacation to the Big Easy. If you plan on visiting New Orleans through Labor Day, all three of these local gems are open seven days a week. Looking for a way to get active on your next visit to NOLA? Then we highly recommend heading to City Park for a boat ride or walk around the Big Lake. One of the nation’s oldest urban parks, it even has playgrounds and plenty of fun for the little ones at Storyland. For older kids and kids at heart, head to Carousel Gardens. While it’s no Six Flags, there are over 15 fun rides to enjoy, including a historic carousel that was featured in Now You See Me and lots of other Hollywood films. While you’re there, make sure to stop at Morning Call anytime of the day or night (they’re open 24 hours) for a cafe au lait and an order of beignets (or two or three). With the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, there’s no doubt City Park is a New Orleans must-see and that New Orleans should be number one on your list of Louisiana vacation spots.
New Orleans street music | © praneeths91 / Pixabay
Baton Rouge is the perfect family vacation spot if you’re aiming to visit Louisiana in the fall. There’s nothing like a Saturday night in Death Valley. Before you hit the LSU tailgate scene, make sure to stop by the Red Stick Farmer’s Market in Downtown Baton Rouge at 5th and Main Streets. Occurring every Saturday from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. year round rain or shine, you can grab a delicious breakfast inside the Main Street Market building while browsing the fresh produce, local seafood and tasty treats. Visitors traveling with children 21+ should take a detour to the Tin Roof Brewery at some point during your stay for some local craft beer. If you can’t swing tickets to the big game, we recommend catching it on the big screen at The Varsity. The only thing better than the drink specials and a place to sit? The fact that you can order delicious eats from The Chimes next door. Not sure where to stay on your visit? We’ve got you covered with the 10 best hotels in Baton Rouge.
Tiger Stadium is a must-visit for visitors to Baton Rouge and LSU fans alike | © Daniel Foster / Flickr
If you haven’t seen Steel Magnolias, go ahead and add it to your Netflix queue. Natchitoches is Louisiana’s oldest city, known for its annual Christmas festival and tasty meat pies. Visit over the winter holidays, and your family won’t be disappointed. Known as the bed-and-breakfast capital of Louisiana, seeing the annual festival of lights is something that will be sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. With a parade, live music, arts and crafts vendors and delicious eats, there’s even a fireworks show coordinated to holiday tunes. On your next family vacation to Louisiana, don’t miss the 300,000 Christmas lights and 100 lighted set pieces that illuminate downtown Natchitoches and Cane River Lake every winter.
Natchitoches is a sleepy Southern town known as the bed-and-breakfast capital of Louisiana | © PROLindsay Attaway / Flickr
Avery Island, located in Iberia Parish, is best known for being the birthplace of the world famous Tabasco hot sauce. When your family visits Avery Island, you can learn all about the McIlhenny family, take a tour of the factory and museum and taste a variety of hot-sauce infused products. This Louisiana destination is highly recommended for all those foodie-families vacationing to the Bayou State. While you’re there, don’t miss the Jungle Gardens, 170 acres that stretch along Bayou Petite Anse on Avery Island. Enjoy local wildlife like azaleas, camellias, bamboo and animals like alligators, deer and thousands of snowy egrets.