Fun Budget-Friendly Activities for the Family this Summer

Summer is here! If you're struggling to find some fun, inexpensive activities for you and your family, we have you covered. Check out some of these ideas next time you're in a rut.

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Cool Off

Beat the heat this summer by cooling off with some aquatic activities. Blue Bayou Water Park offers daily admission ranging from free to $37. The ticket price also pays for admission into the adjoining Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park. For even more savings, you can bring any 12 oz Coca-Cola can and shave $5 off admission. Another option for some wet and wild fun is BREC’s Liberty Lagoon. For as little as $11 you can have access to the water park’s various slides and pools. You can head to Livingston to enjoy the water playground at Tickfaw State Park or visit Sulphur Parks Water Park right outside of Lake Charles for $6 to $12 a person. For a more relaxing time you can head to Denham Springs for Tiki Tubing for just $25 a person. Finally, don’t forget about the free splash fountains in downtown Baton Rouge.

Get a Little Wild

You can learn all about nature’s creatures at several places around Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Zoo offers an up-close look at some of your favorite animals as well as various classes at varying prices. Global Wildlife┬áin Folsom offers a unique experience by safari. You and your family can actually feed most of the animals ranging from giraffes to zebras.

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Get Adventurous

Get moving and get off the couch by visiting one of the Baton Rouge area trampoline parks. Area 51 and Sky Zone offer extreme indoor fun for everything from extreme dodgeball to a rock wall at varying prices. Celebration Station also offers a variety of fun activities like go-kart racing and miniature golf.

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Have Fun While Learning

The Children’s Museum of Acadiana in Lafayette puts a spin on how your child sees learning. They hold several events and classes over the summer. Another option for similar fun is the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond. The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge also offers classes and camps for kids over the summer. Finally, don’t forget about visiting the U.S.S. KIDD right on the riverfront.

Head out to the Swamp

There’s nothing like getting close with nature. You can head out to Cajun country and take a swamp tour out in Breaux Bridge. You can even learn about some legends from the swamp.

Did we miss any of your own favorite summer activities? Let us know!