Located in the Deep South region in the southeastern part of the nation, Louisiana is the 31st biggest state of America in terms of size and the 25th largest in terms of population. Nicknamed the Pelican State, while also being known as the Bayou State and Creole State, Louisiana stretches out across over 52,000 square miles of land and is home to over 4.6 million people. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Reunion Lake RV Resort
3.Pine Crest RV Park
4.Cajun Palms RV Resort
3 Best RV Parks & Campgrounds in Louisiana
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More Ideas in Louisiana: LSU Rural Life Museum
The Rural Life Museum at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts, architecture, and landscapes that represent the history of Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi River Valley. The 40-year-old museum is home to a vast collection of indigenous Louisiana architecture and the largest collection of 18th and 19th century artifacts from rural Louisiana.
The museum is split into four main exhibit areas. The Exhibit Barn is home to a variety of artifacts from the 1700s through the 1900s. Artifacts include carriages, furnishings, tools, farming equipment, and utensils, and the highlights are a flat boat, last used in the floods of 1927, and a Merrick walking beam steam engine that was used to saw wood in 1861. The plantation quarters include nine buildings with period furnishings, which represent a working 19th century plantation. Exhibits focus on the experience of slaves in the 1800s, and the buildings include an authentic blacksmith shop, commissary, school house, sugar house, and grist mill as well as a kitchen, slave’s living quarters, and overseer’s house.
The Louisiana Folk Architecture area is split into two sections. Folk architecture from the Gulf Coast Region, or southern region of the state, includes two Acadian-style homes; one is an authentic home that was built between 1800 and 1815; the other is a replica. Acadians were descendants of the French who settled in what is now known as Quebec and the northeastern U.S. in the 1600s. The Upland South section, representative of northern Louisiana, includes a shotgun-style house, a narrow home with rooms arranged one behind the other, and doors on each end. The Neal home is a dogtrot house, two log cabins joined by a covered breezeway. Other structures include a Carolina cabin and a pioneer’s cabin. A church and graveyard are also located on the grounds. The wooden church is one of the few buildings that visitors may enter, other interiors may be viewed through open doors and windows. The wide variety of architecture is representative of the differing cultures that settled in Louisiana throughout the 1800s. The 32 museum buildings are situated over 25 developed acres.
Louisiana has a diverse cultural history and the museum seeks to represent the contributions made by each group of settlers, who came not only from the northern United States, but also from France, Spain, Germany, and Africa. The 40-acre agricultural research site includes the museum and botanic gardens and is managed by Louisiana State University. Additional funding for the museum is spearheaded by Friends of Rural Life Museum, a non-profit entity that supports the museum through memberships, donations, and volunteers. The museum recently completed a $5 million 20,000-square-foot visitor center using private donations, and a new masterplan is under way for the development of 16 additional acres of land. Today, close to 70,000 guests visit the museum annually. LSU Rural Life Museum has been voted one of the ‘Top Ten Outdoor Museums in the World’ by The British Museum.
Ongoing Programs and Education
Visits to the museum are generally self-guided, although guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more. The museum provides educational programming for grade school students, which adheres to the Louisiana Department of Education curriculum guides; school field trip groups for students in grade three and above are welcome. For collegiate students and scholars, the museum and artifacts are available for scholarly research by students and teachers at Louisiana State University and others, including Southern University. Special events take place at the museum all year round. Harvest Days are a living history demonstration of life on a Louisiana plantation in the 1800s. The public may participate in hands-on activities such as soap-making, woodworking, and open hearth cooking. Holiday events include a Halloween-themed country fair, which includes cake walks, story telling, and trick or treating. A Rural Life Christmas offers costumed re-enactors, musical performances, story telling, and a visit from Papa Noel.
The botanic gardens, also under the management of the Louisiana State University School of Agriculture, are located adjacent to the Rural Life Museum. Over ten gardens, forested areas, and trails are open to the public free of charge. Windrush Garden is accessed from the Rural Life Museum, and represents the life work of Steele Burden (1900–1995), a self-taught landscape architect from Baton Rouge who began his career in garden design with plantings at his family’s 600-acre Louisiana plantation.
4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Phone: 225-765-2437
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More Ideas in Louisiana: Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum
At the hands-on, interactive Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, kids can explore a variety of different fun exhibits. Children can pretend their working at a restaurant in the Kids’ Cafe, as well as crawl through a heart, slide down a giant microscope, and play in a pharmacy at the Discovery Hospital. Kids can also have fun driving an ambulance in the museum’s Health Hall, blow bubbles in Bubble Works, and play with a puzzle in the shape of a giant ear at The Hearing Aid exhibit.
The Big Mouth exhibit teaches children about dental health, while the Reuseum teaches kids about recycling and how they can make something new out of recycled materials. The Baby Bayou exhibit area at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum is designed for kids ages three and under, and is filled with age-appropriate hands-on activities. The museum also features Santa’s Christmas Village during the Christmas holiday season.
The focus of the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum is to encourage kids to explore the wide world that surrounds them through a variety of hands-on and creative activities and play. The children’s museum also provides whimsical activities and events, offering children energetic ways to explore the world around them. Fun and learning intertwine at the museum, whether kids create giant bubbles in the bubble factory, practice being a doctor in the pretend hospital, put together a puzzle of a giant ear, or build a gingerbread house during the holiday season.
The Kids’ Cafe at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum is a hands-on exhibit that is sponsored by The Louisiana Restaurant Association. The exhibit creates a real-life environment of a restaurant, in which kids explore the several kinds of jobs within a restaurant business. Children can explore what it’s like to be a chef, server, or a dishwasher.
The Junior League of Monroe sponsors the museum’s Bubbleworks exhibit. This bubble-filled exhibit is a space where children blow giant bubbles, measure the height of a bubble to surround themselves in, and enjoy a water table where they can race boats. The Discovery Hospital at the museum allows children a chance to pretend to be a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor, as well as crawl through a massive heart, listening to it beat.
The Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum’s Baby Bayou is a space created just for children ages three and under. This exhibit area is designed to be a brain-building space. There is also a space within the children’s museum designed for toddlers called Toddler Town, as well as a kids’ fire station complete with a fire pole.
The Big Mouth exhibit was designed and constructed by local dentists. Several dentists in the area came together to carve a set of teach designed to look like a real mouth, but much larger, out of foam. The Reuseum at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum invites children to use their wild imagination to create things out of recycled materials.
323 Walnut Street, Monroe, LA, Phone: 318-361-9611
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