Activities

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is also referred to as Plantation Country It's a place where visitors can experience the state's deep and colorful history told through the area's historical architecture and rich countryside.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

102.75 Acres - Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a 103-acre facility dedicated to conservation, education, recreation and tourism. It houses an award-winning, 9500-square-foot building filled with live animal exhibits; photographic presentations of the site's flora and fauna; natural artifact and mineral displays; and a sizeable, vintage waterfowl decoy carving collection. Ecology and art exhibits are featured periodically.

Over a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks link varied habitats such as the cypress-tupelo swamp, beech-magnolia and hardwood forests. Wildlife is plentiful at Bluebonnet Swamp, including hundreds of bird species utilizing the site throughout the year. Birders can view seasonal species during peak migrations, as well as year-round residents. While snakes and turtles are commonly seen from the trails, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, armadillos, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, deer and otter are also known to inhabit the site.

Nature programs and environmental education are conducted throughout the year including educational group tours, live animal encounters, holiday and summer day camps, toddler activities, birding walks, field trips and special events.

Exhibit Building
The award-winning exhibit building is an impressive structure combining the natural tones of wood and the illuminating effects of light to create an open-air feeling. Young visitors will surely enjoy the live animal displays, as well as the touch tables that are covered with items like snakeskin, feathers, pelts, skulls and other natural artifacts. More mature audiences might enjoy viewing the carving displays and picking up some free educational materials at the information table. Guests can find a variety of nature-related gifts and souvenirs in The Bee Hive, while also observing a real, working beehive and hunting for the marked queen.

Small business groups (up to 40 people) using the center's conference room will find the beautiful surroundings of this site quite inspiring during breaks. Larger groups (up to 150 people) can reserve the entire building for evening events as well.

Mission Statement
Through ecotourism and nature-based education, BSNC provides opportunities for discovery and positive outdoor experiences, which foster an awareness and appreciation of natural resources. BSNC promotes the conservation of natural areas, ecological research, and hands-on community involvement to cultivate environmental stewardship.

Pet Policy
This site has a "no pets" policy except on designated days. Call 225-757-8905 for more information on our Dog Days program, when visitors are allowed to enjoy the Swamp with their pets.

Volunteers Wanted!
Interested in Louisiana natural science? Can you donate at least three hours per week to the nature center. Then BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp is for you. Contact BREC's Volunteer Coordinator at 225-272-9200, 143 or volunteer@brec.org for more information.

Founding Land Conservation Sponsors 1987-1997
BREC
Vulcan Chemicals
ExxonMobil
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
International Paper
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana

Park Staff

Claire Coco
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Manager
10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: 225-757-8905
ccoco@brec.org

Location:

10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Directions:

BSNC is located one block off of Bluebonnet Blvd. between Perkins and Highland Road. Turn toward the Whitney Bank and follow N. Oak Hills Pkwy into our parking lot.

Hours:

Tues-Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.
Trails and gate close at 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day.

Admission:

Ages 2 and younger: free
Ages 3-17: $2
Ages 18-64: $3
Ages 65 and older: $2.50
Full-time college students with university ID: $2.50

Blue Bayou Water Park

Located on 80 acres at I-10 and Highland Road in Baton Rouge, LA right next to Blue Bayou Water Park, Dixie Landin' is an Amusement Park designed for the entire family!

Dixie Landin' contains 26 rides, 10 games and much, much more. We have retail shops for you to pick up souvenir t-shirts, hats, cups and many more items to bring home. Dixie also has a large variety of food items.

One of the feature attractions is the "Ragin Cajun." A giant steel looping roller coaster that drops from 14 stories up. Or maybe you are interested in the "Splinter," our log flume ride with drops of 26 and 50 feet. Our Giant Wheel stands 90 feet tall and gives you a birds eye view of the entire park.

Our Kiddie Section features small rides for the young ones. This section features "The Delta Crop Dusters" a bi-plane ride that allows the kids to move the plane up and down. "Gasoline Alley" gives the kids a chance to drive mom and dad around in a Model T. And everyone's favorite, The spectacular "Grand Carousel."

Dixie Landin' Amusement Park offers fun and excitement for the entire family. Many of our rides can be enjoyed as a family. The Iron Horse Train travels over 1/2 mile around the perimeter of the park. "Gilbeau's Galaxi" is our family roller coaster . The "Giant Wheel" and The "Grand Carousel" can both be enjoyed as a family. There is something for everyone at Dixie Landin'.

"Sweet Magnolia" offers items such as ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, nachos, cookies and of course all of your favorite Coke products. "Dixie Dilly" offers a selection of items such as hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, chicken sandwiches and much more. We also offer items such as Frozen Coke, Dippin Dots and Fresh Lemonade on carts throughout the park. You won't go home hungry!!!

Blue Bayou Water Park has over 20 water attractions like the High Water Slide, a triple 7 story serpentine slide. And there's nothing like the twin 8 story speed slide, the Ragin' Cajun! See our 6 story Mad Moccasin water slide which twists and turns in complete darkness. Come out and ride CONJA', the world's largest in-line water slide; and our newest water slide, Racers. This is the tallest and fastest water racer in the world! If you like action-packed water slides, we've got 'em!

Tickets

Two Great Parks for the Price of One!!

  • Guest 48" and taller - $36.99
  • Guests under 48" - $29.99
  • Senior Citizens - $29.99
  • Under 35" - Free

Dixie Landin' Admission after 5:00 P.M. (This special "twilight" price is not available during concerts or Special Events)

  • Guests 48" and taller - $12.99
  • Guests under 48" - $9.99
  • Senior Citizens - $9.99
  • Under 35" - Free

Everyone entering the park must pay the admission price. We accept Credit Cards , Cash or Checks. Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin' does NOT accept travelers checks . All-Day Parking Fee is $5.00 per vehicle. No pedestrians are allowed on the driveway.

Circle Bowl

8788 Florida Boulevard , Baton Rouge , LA 70815

call 225-925-5471

We offer a quality family-oriented bowling experience - 32 lanes with automatic scoring and optional bumpers (available upon request) for smaller children.

From our full-service snack bar and lounge with pool tables, to the arcade center/gameroom, "Action Alley" - we can guarantee entertainment for the entire family! Our facility is a safe environment for youngsters and families to play.

We also host birthday parties, group functions, special events, fundraisers, and corporate outings.

Galactic Bowling is one of our main attractions here at Circle Bowl. Join us every Friday and Saturday starting at 10:30PM for a fun filled night of bowling, lights, music, dancing, and more!

Baton Rouge Zoo

3601 Thomas Road , Baton Rouge , LA 70704

The Zoo is a place where people connect with animals. Giraffes, rhinos, alligators and tigers wait for you in our beautifully landscaped Zoo.

You'll enjoy The Otter Pond, an exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, which exhibits the fish, reptiles and amphibians of Louisiana. Take a stroll through Parrot Paradise where you'll see rare and colorful birds from the tropics. Youngsters will enjoy the Safari Playground located next to the KidsZoo, a place for hands-on encounters with farm animals! Your visit is not complete without a scenic ride on the Cypress Bayou Railroad . Concessions are available at the Flamingo Café and great souvenirs and gifts can be found at the Safari Post gift shop!

Want to know if something special is happening today at your Zoo? Check our calendar of events . You can also plan your next birthday party , company picnic or meeting at the Zoo.

Our Mission:

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals.

  • We are therefore dedicated to cultivating an appreciation and concern for wildlife and wild places.
  • We are committed to providing excellence in animal care and welfare, education , recreation, conservation and research that collectively inspire respect for nature.

Fees & Hours

Zoo Hours Admissions gate open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily
Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

The Zoo is open for extended weekend hours April through August, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zoo grounds close at 6 p.m.

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Zoo is a non-smoking facility.

Admissions

Adults/Teens: $8.25
Seniors: $7.25
Children ages 2-12: $5.25
Children 1 & under: Free

Because the Zoo remains open during inclement weather, the Zoo offers no refunds or rainchecks.

Group Rates

Adults/Teens: $7.25
Seniors: $6.25
Children ages 2-12: $4.25
Children 1 & under: Free

To qualify for Group Rates

  • Minimum of 15 paying individual s
  • All fees collected in advance and presented at the Admission Gate as one single payment
  • Reservation made 14 days in advance preferred
  • Chaperone requirements: 1 adult per 10 children

Because the Zoo remains open during inclement weather, the Zoo offers no refunds or rainchecks.

School Rates
See our school group information at our Field Trip Page .

Membership

Join Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo and visit all year for free! Your annual membership benefits include our reciprocal program where you may visit more than 100 zoos and aquariums in the U.S. for free or discounted admission with your Friends of the Zoo membership.

Wednesday Special

Visit the Zoo every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $1.25 per person. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

General Policies

For the safety and comfort of the animals, and for everyone's enjoyment, please observe the following rules:

  • Please keep our animals healthy, and do not feed them. All animals are on carefully controlled, nutritionally balanced diets. Public feeding undermines our efforts to keep them healthy.
  • Pets, bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards and skates are prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Please protect Zoo plants by not picking the flowers or leaves.
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone at all times.
Stroller/Wheelchair Rental
Strollers and wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis. No advance reservations are accepted.

Rental Prices:
Single Stroller $6
Double Stroller $8
Wheelchair $6
Electronic Conveyance Vehicle $18

Rides

Train Rides

A visit to the Zoo is not complete without a ride on the scenic Cypress Bayou Railroad. This adventure takes guests into the beautiful wetlands surrounding the Zoo perimeter. The train runs daily beginning at 10 a.m. with continuous runs every half hour, weather permitting.

Train tickets are $2.00 per person (ages 1 and under are free)

Tram Rides
Take a ride on the White Tiger Tram. Enjoy a leisurely 25-minute, narrated sidewalk ride throughout your Zoo.

Available by reservation only. Minimum 15 people. Please contact our Guest Services manager at 225-775-3877 option 3 or rentals@brzoo.org .

Dining

Flamingo Café
The Flamingo Café is open daily and offers a variety of foods, drinks and snacks. Seasonal concessions are available at the Cool Critters Cafe, located near KidsZoo. Drinks may be purchased at the food stands or in vending machines throughout the Zoo.

The Zoo does not have public picnic facilities. Groups are not allowed to bring food or drinks into the Zoo. Greenwood Park, just north of the Zoo, has picnic facilities for public use.

Private Parties

The Zoo offers many options for your next birthday party , company picnic or family reunion .

Gift Passes

Single admission passes, train tickets and memberships are available for purchase. These passes make great gifts to include in birthday cards, thank you notes and stocking stuffers.

Gift/Promotional Passes
Use the above link to request information about and an order form for our gift and/or promotional passes. Please allow two to three business days to receive your passes in the mail.

Membership Form

 

 

 

 


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