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On vacation with kids to: Louisiana, USA.

The State of Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Louisiana is bordered to the west by Texas, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by Mississippi and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico.

The surface of the Louisiana may be divided into two parts, the uplands, and the alluvial, coast and swamp regions. The alluvial regions, including the low swamps and coast lands, cover an area of about 20,000 square miles (52,000 km²) and lie principally along the Mississippi River, which runs through the state from north to south for a distance of about 600 miles (1,000 km) and ultimately emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. The uplands and contiguous hill lands of the north and north western part of the state have an area of more than 25,000 square miles (65,000 km²) and they consist of prairie and woodlands. Louisiana offers an unique natural system of navigable waterways aggregating over 4,000 miles in length. The state also has 1,060 square miles (2,745 km²) of land-locked bays, 1,700 square miles (4,400 km²) of inland lakes, and a river surface of over 500 square miles (1,300 km²). Louisiana has a unique multicultural and multilingual heritage and is home to many speakers of Cajun French and Louisiana Creole French.
Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate, with long hot humid summers and short mild winters. Louisiana is often affected by tropical cyclones and prone to frequent thunderstorms. The entire state averages over 60 days of thunderstorms a year averaging more thunderstorms than any other state except Florida.
Louisiana has an estimated population of 4,468,976 (estimated in 2000). The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge and the most populous city with an estimated population of 255,000 (estimated in 2006 after Katrina) is New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina the city of New Orleans had an estimated population of 484,674 (estimated in 2000). The Greater New Orleans area is still Louisiana's largest urban center with an estimated population of 1.2 million (2006).
From Mardi Gras in New Orleans, to the southern plantations, to the lakes of the North Country, to the miles of coastline on the Gulf of Mexico, all ingredients for a great vacation with the kids. In Louisiana, the food is spicy, the history is rich, the festive atmosphere is infectious, the people are warm and wonderful and your family will love it, sounds like a great spot for your next family vacation.
Each of Louisiana's culturally diverse five regions have something spectacular awaiting you.
The Sportsman's Paradise region is the ideal location for the outdoor lover or the casino lover in your family. The Shreveport-Bossier area keeps the family busy with entertainment day and night. The area has engaging festivals, horse racing, casinos, museums, rides and guided tours. To enjoy some outdoor fun, check out the Cypress Black Bayou Recreation area. This area offers camping, hiking, and boating.
The Crossroads Region is full of adventures in history and the outdoors. You can explore the Kisatchie National Forest, visit the Cane River National Heritage Area, or visit one of the many plantations the area offers. For superior fishing, boating and recreation you can visit the Toledo Bend Lake.
Cajun Country is an area whose character is unique in the United States. The area has a rich mix of French heritage with a sprinkling of Indian, African, Spanish, and American influence. Cajun Country has an unique landscape with forests and plains with bayous, swamps, and marshes. This combination of culture and landscape has brought a great deal of beauty and wonder to the culture and people who live here. A must visit is the city of Lafayette which has a strong tourism industry. The city of Lafayette offers plenty of history and is famous for its great food, music, and festivals.
Plantation Country is home to the state capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge. In this area you can see and stay in Old South plantation homes. As Louisiana's capital, Baton Rouge is also at the hub of all things Louisiana and close to all the sights and fun that makes this area so unique. It has majestic plantations, legendary jazz, mouth watering cuisine, swamp tours, riverboat gaming and shopping. Baton Rouge has an abundance of fun for families and kids of all ages, from museums and educational experiences to outdoor adventures. Baton Rouge also is a must visit while visiting Louisiana on your vacation with the kids.
The Greater New Orleans area is rich with history and is the official home to Mardi Gras in the United States. Tour themes such as literary, haunted, and voodoo can be found here. The Greater New Orleans area is also famous for its unique shopping and dining. In the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, the infamous Bourbon Street comes alive and dining and music reign. From the story of Jazz to the tales of French settlers, the Greater New Orleans area offers lots of activities for the whole family. The city of New Orleans has a status as a world-famous tourist destination, due to its architecture, music, cuisine, its annual Mardi Gras, and other celebrations and festivals. The city is often referred to as 'The most unique city in America'.
Louisiana is a diverse and much-loved state on the Gulf of Mexico, which is steeped in history and mystery and can be a great vacation destination for your next vacation with the kids. Louisiana has an abundance of fun for families and kids of all ages and truly is a top vacation spot for the whole family.

Popular cities and towns in Louisiana:

Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in Louisiana are: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Houma, Kenner, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Iberia, New Orleans, Opelousas, Ruston, Shreveport, Slidell and Sulphur.

Accommodations:

Looking for a family friendly Louisiana accommodation? Louisiana offers something for every taste and budget, ranging from elegant high-rise hotels to a mix of boutique hotels and historic bed and breakfasts. Take a look at the accommodations section to see what to look for in a accommodation suited for your vacation with the kids. Many of Louisiana family hotels and resorts offer unique vacation accommodations, including family suites and kid suites, family style dining and friendly service. Louisiana hotels can be reasonably priced and comfortably furnished as you would expect of family hotels. Louisiana offers a wide variety of accommodations. Why not choose a beachfront cottage or a vacation rental by owner. There are many types of vacation rentals all over the state and most are suited for your vacation with the kids. If your into camping then check out one of the campgrounds Louisiana has to offer.
Fortunately Louisiana offers a wide variety of resorts, hotels, bed and breakfast, lodging, country inns, vacation rentals and campgrounds all suited for a great vacation with the kids.




Attractions:

Louisiana's attractions are as diverse as its many cultures, from casinos and nightlife, to plantations and museums, to restaurants, shopping, marinas, golf courses and Mardi Gras and other festivals. Here we've listed some attractions that might be worth visiting on your vacation with the kids.

Louisiana Amusement and Theme Parks:
Carousel Gardens
Dixie Landin'
Six Flags New Orleans (At the moment we wrote this article it was closed due to Hurricane Katrina)
Storyland
City Park



Louisiana waterparks and waterfun:
Blue Bayou
SPAR Sulphur Waterpark
Waterland U.S.A.
Water Town USA

Louisiana zoos:
The Alexandria Zoo
Aquarium of the Americas
Audubon Zoo
Baton Rouge Zoo
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo

Other sites and tours to see with the kids:
Norris Outfitters guided canoe tours
Bayou Pier Alligator Park
Kent Plantation House in Alexandria
State Capitol
Eighth Air Force Museum
Atchafalaya River Basin
Hodges Gardens in Sabine Parish
Three State Commemorative Areas
Fort St. Jean Baptiste in Nachitoches
Eighth Air Force Museum
National World War II Museum
Garden District
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
the American Rose Center Gardens
Hermann-Grima Home
Gallier House
Cabildo Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins
Oak Alley


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More usefull websites:
Louisiana Official State Information Website
Louisiana Office of Tourism 


    
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