And here we are. The week post-Christmas. The stockings, trees and decorations are being tucked away, and the new Christmas toys that your children got just a few days ago are not keeping them as entertained as you thought. And you find yourself looking at the calendar … counting the days until they go back to school.
Y’all know I’m right.
They’re eating all your food and telling you they’re bored already. So let’s solve that.
South Louisiana is FULL of amazing things to do that you probably never think about. Don’t let the excuse of Christmas expenses stop you. Most of these suggestions are inexpensive or even free. Pack a lunch, snacks, a few books for the ride and load up the car for a day trip!
1. Avery Island
Consider taking a trip to the Tabasco Factory. Less than a thirty minute drive from Lafayette and so many things to do. It’s a fun tour with hands on interaction for the children and stop at the country store for free tastings! Jungle Gardens is also located on the island and is a perfect spot to do some local bird watching, spot an alligator or have lunch!
Everyone knows someone who works offshore. Give your children a taste of what they do. Tour the “Mr. Charlie” in Morgan City — the only place in the world where the public can walk aboard an authentic offshore drilling rig
Tucked away in Patterson is the official State Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Industry museums. They house two very important collections documenting our state’s rich history. This newly renovated exhibit is filled with state-of-the-art displays.
If you have boys this is a must do! Located on the grounds of the new State Capitol, the Old Arsenal was built in 1838 on what was then a federal military post. It’s considered one of the most historic spots in Baton Rouge and it’s free to visit.
Love heading to NOLA to wander? The city has so many quirky and fun museums. Older kids will love the Voodoo Museum. While it may sound creepy, it’s full of offbeat exhibits and artifacts explaining how voodoo came to New Orleans.
Another great NOLA spot to take the kids that routinely gets overlooked is the Sculpture Garden near City Park. You can easily spend an hour or two wandering the gardens and looking at all the art. Make it extra fun by having your kids pose with the sculptures for impromptu pictures.