If your family is headed to the Magnolia State, you'll find plenty of Baton Rouge attractions for kids to keep you busy. From historic museums to wild water parks, there's something every member of your family will find fun and entertaining, and you might just learn a bit about the state of Louisiana along the way.
What was once a thriving 900-acre plantation is now a much smaller relic of Louisiana's past. The Magnolia Mound Plantation attraction in Baton Rouge, with original buildings restored, offers daily tours where kids of all ages can learn the history and culture of the area. Visit the Quarter House, a double slave cabin complete with an exhibit to show what it was like to be a Louisiana plantation slave. Just a little over a mile away is Staybridge Suites. This smoke-free hotel has just about everything you need to keep a large family happy, including complimentary breakfasts, in-room kitchens and an outdoor pool. It's close to plenty of free things to do in the Baton Rouge, such as cardboard box sliding on the LSU Campus Indian mounds.
Another place to go in Baton Rouge is the USS Kidd Veterans Museum. Walk the deck of a real Fletcher-class destroyer. With the nickname "Pirate of the Pacific," this ship is the centerpiece of the Veterans Memorial. It may be a small piece of U.S. history, but it might just have a big impact on you and your family. Only a stone's throw away is the Hilton Hotel Capitol Center. It's close to many other Baton Rouge tourist attractions and has a healthy selection of kid-friendly amenities.
An interesting Baton Rouge tourist attraction to visit is the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. This location is loaded with hundreds of different bird species for any bird watchers in your family to enjoy. The 103-acre nature conservation park has live animal displays just for the young ones. Kids can touch skins, pelts and feathers of different animal and then see the live versions as well. They can even watch a real beehive in full action. The closest hotel to the park is the Renaissance Baton Rouge.
Add to your list of Baton Rouge attractions for kids the Blue Bayou Water Park, a great place to have fun. The park is adjacent to the Dixie Landin' Amusement Park. Designed for your whole family, the entire complex has over 50 rides - four of them are roller coasters and 20 are water attractions. There's even a kiddie area with low-key small rides. If you have older kids, they can enjoy the 90-foot tall Giant Wheel, which offers a full view of the area. The park also has plenty of tasty treats, like funnel cakes, cotton candy and other carnival foods. If you need a kid-friendly hotel in Baton Rouge close to the park, the park recommends the Courtyard Hotel Siegen Lane.
Planning your Baton Rouge family vacation is only the beginning of your grand adventure and using a MiniTime trip planner can help pull it all together. With plenty of Baton Rouge attractions for kids and convenient hotels, you'll have an easy time building a vacation every member of the family will remember long after it's over.