Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin'

Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin’ is a family destination in the state capital. The theme parks offer an entire host of  rides and amusements. Blue Bayou Waterpark has many attractions that have slides with twists, curves and thrills. Most noted is the Ragin’ Cajun, a twin 8 story serpentine slide. Swimsuits are advisable for the inevitable soaking.

Dixie Landin’ has a wide array of games and rides to suit anyone’s pace. Whether faint of heart or bold, Dixie Landin’ has attractions ranging from the Giant Wheel to the Grand Carousel, to the Iron Horse, a train that winds through the park. Young children can spend time in the “Kiddie” section riding and playing on an assortment of attractions like the Delta Crop Dusters, pint sized planes that go up and down and in circles. Or they can test out the Model T cars and use their driving acumen to maneuver around a miniature track at low speeds.

Sweet Magnolia is a central food station in the park, serving hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, funnel cakes, drinks, nachos, cookies, pizza and other standards.A number of retail shops sell souvenirs for guests seeking to take something home to remember their adventure. Dixie Landin’ and Blue Bayou Water Park, 18142 Perkins Road, off interstate 1-10 and Highland Road, Baton Rouge Louisiana. (225)753-3333.

LSU and Southern University Worth a Tour[[GEAUX(go)TIGERS!!!]]

 Baton Rouge is home to Louisiana State University and Southern University. Each is worth a visit for their special offerings. LSU has a proud sporting tradition. The football stadium is widely known as Death Valley for its screaming fans who fill the stands to capacity during fall afternoons and evenings. After the season is over, team spirit  extends to the basketball arena. The Pete Maravich Center, named for the basketball legend, becomes the Deaf Dome for visiting opponents because of  the incredible noise generated by avid fans. Beyond its celebrated sports legacy, LSU is a institution of higher learning, and has affiliations with many of Baton Rouge’s major attractions, which include the LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens,  the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, the LSU Museum of Natural History, the LSU African American Cultural Center, the LSU Mounds and the Textile and Costume Museum. Contact the LSU Visitor Center at (255)578-5030.

Southern University has several campuses making it one of the largest historically black college systems in the nation. The country’s first black governor is associated with its roots. Pinckney B.S. Pinchback briefly served as Louisiana’s chief officer during the Reconstruction era. He and several other African American businessmen advocated for Southern University to be chartered. Today, the Baton Rouge campus sits on a bluff above the Mississippi River. Beside its academic reputation, the school Archives Building is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The Southern University Museum of Art has 8 galleries of exhibits depicting African and African American art. Another notable hallmark of the University is the Jaguar Marching Band, which draws visitors, even when the football season is over. For more information call (225)771-4500. The campus is located off of Harding Boulevard in Scotlandville, LA.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum & Irene W. Pennington Planetarium

At the top of your "must see" list of kids activities is downtown Baton Rouge's Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM). The museum is housed in a 1920's train depot. Here you'll find an impressive collection of fine art along with the Discovery Depot,a creative, interactive area that teaches basic art concepts and the Science Station Gallery & Lab where scientific concepts are demonstrated. These interactive science exhibits were further enhanced with the opening of a planetarium space theater in early 2004. Seating 150, the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium is among the most sophisticated multimedia presentation facilities in the world. Audiences of all ages can experience a new universe of sight and sound through planetarium programs, 70mm large-format films and laser shows on a 60-foot domed screen. Visitors can also enjoy the planetarium’s nearly 5,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits, including nine giant planets built to scale and a meteorite one billion years older than any Earth rock.

 The Great State Capitol

The state capitol building is a great thing to tour, especially Louisiana residents, to see how this magnificent state is run. It is the tallest state capitol building of every capitol building in the states. It is Fun