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School’s Out! Let the Adventure Begin!

June 1 2018 | News

Give Netflix a vacay and binge on family fun this summer in Baton Rouge. With our roomy suites, fabulous pool (see pics here), and central location, Richmond Inn & Suites is the perfect home base. Start building your itinerary with the ideas below. Book your summer adventure now.

Swamp Tours

Come see alligators, wild boar, snowy egrets and other Louisiana creatures in their native habitat on airboats and traditional swamp tour boats. Several swamp tours are available in the area and most have shuttles that will pick you up at Richmond Inn & Suites. Learn more.

Myrtles Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation has been named one of America’s most haunted places and – surprise – kids love it! Mystery tours on Friday and Saturday evenings include stories of Chloe, the one-eared slave girl and giggling ghost children who swing from the chandeliers. Visit website. To learn about other plantations in the area, go here.

The USS Kidd

This WWII Fletcher class destroyer, the "Pirate of the Pacific" has been painstakingly restored. Veterans Museum displays include a P-40 aircraft, ship models and a gun deck. Come see the eternal flame honoring Louisiana service members lost in combat, and a Corsair A-7E jet, a memorial to Vietnam Veterans. Visit website.

Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin’

Play till you’re a prune at Blue Bayou water park, then head over to Dixie Landin', home to more than 26 rides. Your kids "What I Did on My Summer Vacation Essay" will include tales of the Ragin’ Cajun, the Splinter,  Gilbeau's Galaxi and more. Visit website.

Liberty Lagoon

Learn how to surf this summer with the Shockwave, the ultimate surfing machine. State-of-the-art elevated slides, a lazy river, pools, sand volleyball courts and much more await. Visit website.

The Old State Capital Museum

Take your kids to Louisiana's "castle-on-the-river" this summer for a fun history lesson. Climb the cast iron staircase, ooh and ah at the stained glass cathedral dome, and hear tales of Louisiana’s unique political history. Admission is free. Visit website.

The Louisiana State Capitol Building

At 450 feet high, the Louisiana State Capitol Building is the tallest capitol in the U.S. The Observation Deck on the 27th floor overlooks the city of Baton Rouge at the gardens below. (Tip: Your kids will love the gargoyles.) Admission is free. Visit website.

Knock Knock Children’s Museum

This new interactive children's museum in Baton Rouge features 18 hands-on Learning Zones. Visit website.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum

With the Pennington planetarium and interactive children's galleries, the Art & Science Museum is great place to encourage discovery and inspire creativity this summer. Visit website.

Baton Rouge Zoo

Get a little wild this summer at the Baton Rouge Zoo, home to tigers, black rhinos, flamingos, alligators, giraffes and more. Visit website.

UpTown Climbing

Louisiana's largest indoor rock climbing gym claims to have something to satisfy all skill levels from novice to “No Way!” Visit website.

Laser Tag of Baton Rouge

An awesome 7,500 square feet of lasers, strobes, and high-energy music. A high-tech video arcade with all your favorite games. The largest stand-alone Laser Tag facility in the Gulf South is right here in Baton Rouge. Come discover it this summer. Visit website.

Perkins Road Community Park

This extreme sports park includes a concrete skatepark, a BMX track, a rock climbing tower, a Velodrome, playground fishing and more. Visit website.

Summer Festivals

Louisiana Sports Festival

The Louisiana Sports Festival (June 9-10) is a chance to enjoy water balloon battles, biking, running and obstacle courses races, and a special kids area.

IWE Festival

Gather on the bluff at Southern University for the IWE Festival (June 9) for programming from wonderful authors as well as food, art and music.  

BR Pride Festival

The 12th annual BR Pride Festival (June 16), the largest family-friendly indoor GLBTQ pride celebration in the South, features a children’s play area, a resource fairand more.

Juneteenth Festival

Celebrate African American culture at the Odell S. Williams’ Now and Then Museum of African American History’s Juneteenth Festival (June 16), honoring the day slaves first learned they were free.

Italian Heritage Festa

Share the amoré at the Italian Heritage Festa (July 22) with a vino stroll, celebrity grape stomp,  and more.

Oyster Festival

Slurp your way through the inaugural Oyster Festival (July 30) in downtown Baton Rouge. Chargrilled, fried, raw, Rockefeller, Bienville…enjoy all your favorites.

Capital City Seafood

Head to Baton Rouge over Labor Day weekend for the Capital City Seafood Festival (September 1-2). Bid summer adieu with fresh local seafood.


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