Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

50 Ideas for Summer Fun in Louisiana

These Louisiana-inspired ideas highlight the state's incredible food, music and culture. 

We've got the ultimate list of things to do during summertime in Louisiana!

How many can you check off the list?

1. Eat a snoball at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz in New Orleans.

2. Go crabbing in Cameron Parish.

3. Learn to waterski at Bennett's Waterski and Wakeboard School

4. Explore Hollywood South with Louisiana's Film Trail.

5. Enjoy a 5-cent Coke the old fashioned way at The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe. 

6. Play a round of golf on our Audubon Golf Trail

7. Slip, slide and squeal at Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge. 

8. Sip a mint julep at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie.

9. Pick blueberries at one of Louisiana's pick-your-own farms

10. Cool down with an ice-cold beer from one of Louisiana's breweries.

Go tubing in Bogue Chitto State Park

Enjoy a day on the water.

A pink and red snoball fills a cup, and is topped with a small drink umbrella.

Cool off with a snoball.

Biedenharn Coke Museum at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe

Coca-Cola Exhibit at the Biedenharn.

Cypress Bend Golf Course

Play a round at Cypress Bend Resort in Many.

11. Go fishing on the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

12. Take the kids to Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport.

13. Try the peach ice cream at Mitcham Farms in Ruston.

14. Visit a farmers market and grab some fresh seasonal produce.

15. Camp out or rent cabins at one of Louisiana's State Parks

16. Peruse the art and botanical gardens at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport.

17. Stay at a historic Bed & Breakfast.

18. Picnic on the water at Prien Lake Park in Lake Charles.

19. Road trip along the African American Heritage Trail to further explore the detailed stories and history of African Americans in Louisiana. 

20. Bike along a Louisiana trail.

21. Make it a beach day at Louisiana's sun-soaked beaches

22. Bring the heat at the Tabasco Museum and Restaurant 1868 in New Iberia. 

23. Take a tour of the magnificent Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. 

24. Indulge in cool treat in a ‘50s atmosphere at Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Lafayette. 

25. Hang out with the animals at the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom.

26. Paddle down a bayou. 

27. Meander around the historic mounds at Poverty Point World Heritage Site

28. Hear the music of New Orleans's Frenchmen Street.

29. Satisfy all your foodie cravings along the different Louisiana Culinary Trails.  

30. Spot local wildlife along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.

31. Explore the exhibits of The Historic New Orleans Collection in New Orleans.

32. Have Sunday brunch at Houmas House in Darrow. 

33. Watch Fourth of July fireworks

34. Check into L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles and head for the lazy river. 

35. Cool off with a slice of chilled meringue pie from Lea's Lunchroom in Lecompte. 

Waterfront dining at The Lakehouse.

Enjoy dinner with a view.

Mitcham Farms Peach Icecream

Taste some peach ice cream.

Prien Lake Park

Stroll along Prien Lake.

Charter Fishing in the Gulf

Charter fishing in the Gulf.

36. Make plans to experience Landry Vineyards' outdoor concert series

37. Visit the animals at the Alexandria Zoological Park.

38. Dine on the Mandeville lakefront at Rip's On The Lake.

39. Explore Acadian, Creole and Native American Cultures at Vermilionville Living History Museum in Lafayette.

40. Soar above the wetlands on a seaplane tour

41. Hire a Louisiana charter boat captain for an inshore or offshore fishing adventure.

42. Shop along Front Street on the Cane River in Natchitoches.

43. Honor the past and eat at the Soda Shop at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. 

44. Bird watch in Houma's rich habitat. 

45. Sit in on a Cajun jam session at Savoy Music Center in Eunice. 

46. See a show at the historic Strand Theatre in Shreveport. 

47. Walk, cycle or gallop along Tammany Trace in St. Tammany Parish.

48. Hike in Kisatchie National Forest

49. Step back in time at the Museum of West Louisiana in Leesville.

50. Chill out at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. 


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