Grab the kids and head out to enjoy some free Louisiana fun. Here are some of the best places to explore nature, experience wildlife and learn about Louisiana’s history — all for no charge.
Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge
If you enjoy hunting, biking, fishing or just getting out into nature for wildlife viewing, head for the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge. Keep your eyes out for Louisiana black bears, American alligators and bald eagles, all who make their home in this beautiful swampland.
Location: Outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Old Louisiana State Capitol — Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Louisiana with a trip to the museum housed within the Old Louisiana State Capitol building. This former statehouse now contains interactive exhibits that tell the story of the people and events that shaped Louisiana’s history.
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Heroes and Heritage Trail: Passport to Louisiana Adventure
Pick up a Heroes and Heritage Trail passport at any participating museum, and follow the trail to all 11 Louisiana Department of State Museums. Collect 11 stamps in your passport, and you’ll be eligible for an overnight stay at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge (scheduling is on a first come, first served basis).
Location: 11 locations throughout Louisiana
The Barnwell Garden and Art Center
Walking into the towering dome of the Barnwell Garden and Art Center will transport you to a tropical forest bursting with bromeliads and palm trees normally only seen on a tropical vacation. The adjacent art center is an elegant space hosting art exhibits and workshops. Check the website for the monthly schedule of events.
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Chimp Haven is a nonprofit organization providing a permanent home to chimpanzees. The residents of Chimp Haven are chimpanzees who were bred by the U.S. government for research purposes, yet are no longer needed, thanks to new research models and technologies. This chimpanzee sanctuary is open to the public on a limited number of days each year. Check the events section of the website for Chimpanzee Days.
Location: 22 miles southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana, in the Eddie D. Jones Nature Park in Keithville