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From interactive shows to shady swamps, Baton Rogue’s attractions can entertain kids of all ages. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best things to do with little ones in this Southern city:
1. Explore the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Stick to the science side of this sprawling museum on the banks of the Mississippi. It features interactive exhibits that kids will love, as well as a planetarium with all kinds of sky shows and even an authentic Egyptian mummy. Step outside to watch the riverboat casinos cruising by on the waters of the “Big Muddy.”
2. Hop onboard the USS Kidd. Next to the science museum on the riverfront, this World War II destroyer is open for tours. Walk around the historic ship, and then visit the adjacent museum to see a trove of military artifacts, including vintage aircraft.
3. Interact with animals at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Animals from all over the world are found at this zoo, including a black rhino, impressive birds and a large tiger habitat, as well as fish, reptiles and amphibians native to Louisiana. Elephant shows happen daily, and there’s also a playground and petting zoo here.
4. Walk through the Rural Life Museum. A showcase of traditional country living, this largely outdoor complex on the Louisiana State University campus includes an authentic 19th-century plantation with several restored buildings, including a sugar house, grist mill and blacksmith’s shop. There are also semi-formal gardens with many examples of native flowers and plants.
5. Take a swamp tour. Give kids an up-close look at the alligators that live in Baton Rouge’s legendary swamps — you won’t even need to enter the backwoods. The city boasts several cruises through the bayous, including the Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, McGee’s Landing and The Last Wilderness Swamp Tour.