Louisiana Family Fun Guide
Explore attractions and activities for all ages across the state
It’s easy to introduce little travelers to Louisiana’s unique landscapes and cultures. These must-sees are perfect for the whole family, no matter what kind of adventures you’re looking to experience together.
Meet Louisiana’s Wildlife
Louisiana offers captivating wildlife encounters that are just as educational as they are fun. Experience the natural world at animal attractions around the state, like the Audubon Aquarium, Zoo and Insectarium, an award-winning New Orleans staple which features special immersive programming and discounts for families wanting to visit all three attractions. Zoos and nature parks like Global Wildlife Center in Folsom and Gator Country Adventure Park in Natchitoches offer up-close critter encounters.
Experience Arts and Cuisine
Louisiana’s music is world-renowned, and all ages can get into the rhythm at artsy attractions like tours and demonstrations at Martin Accordions in Lafayette and family-friendly jazz concerts at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Budding chefs can experience those classic Louisiana flavors with cooking classes for the whole family at The Mardi Gras School of Cooking in New Orleans and Young Chefs Academy in Baton Rouge.
Outdoors and More
Capture exciting views of natural waterways and mysterious swamps on boat tours of native wetlands, paddle wheeler excursions down the Mississippi River and kayak outings statewide. Easygoing bike trails can be found in state parks like Poverty Point Reservoir State Park in Pioneer and Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton. Adventurous families will love the outdoors in Louisiana.
While Louisiana offers fun year-round, certain seasons are particularly magical times to visit. Mardi Gras season ushers in parades and colorful decorations, with plenty of cities statewide hosting family-friendly Mardi Gras events. In November and December, many communities host festivals and events to celebrate the Christmas season, from South Louisiana traditions like Festival of the Bonfires to the multi-colored spectaculars along the Holiday Trail of Lights.
Traveling with a four-legged member of the family? Many Louisiana attractions welcome families with dogs: You’ll find dog-friendly hotels, parks and dining establishments with outdoor seating throughout the state. Furry friends are even invited to celebrate Louisiana’s Mardi Gras season at events like the Krew of Barkus Mardi Gras Parade and the Krew Du Pooch party and costume contest in Mandeville.