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Nature isn’t just for adults

Baton Rouge is a great place to get outdoors, and that’s true for children just as much as it is for grown-ups. As a matter of fact, it’s a great idea to introduce kids to the natural world by getting them outside when they’re young.
If you’re looking for a way to get outside as a family, definitely check out these places right nearby.
Milford Wampold Memorial Park
BREC’s Wampold Park is located on University Lake, and is more commonly known as the prime place to access the lake from Stanford Avenue. Wampold Park is more than just a place to start your walk or run around the lake, though, especially if you have children.
The park has a sand beach on the lake, allowing children a spot to play in essentially a giant sandbox. When they want to get out of the sand, they can run around the large grassy areas, or can even go for a walk around the lake like the grown-ups. On some days, there are also kayakers and SUP-ers using the lake, providing another fun activity for kids to keep an eye on while they play.
LSU Hilltop Arboretum
LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum on Highland is a great spot for everyone in Baton Rouge to check out, including families with children. The Arboretum features approximately a quarter-mile of trails through the trees, which is short enough for even the smallest legs to handle.
If the children are looking for more activity than a quiet walk through the woods, there is a large meadow where children can run and play. Finally, the arboretum features a large pond; the pond has a boardwalk surrounding most of the edge, with a large deck overlooking the rest of it. Children and adults alike both enjoy watching all the turtles that live in the lake as they swim around and bask in the sunshine.
Burden Museum and Gardens
The Burden Museum and Gardens on Essen (most well-known for housing the Rural Life Museum) is a branch of LSU’s AgCenter. In addition to having beautiful botanical gardens, the center does feature trails throughout the property. Though many of the trails might be too long for younger children, there is a small winding network of short trails right by the parking lot.
Not only do these trails feature educational signs written in simple English for kids to learn about nature, but they have even cut child-size steps and seats in some of the biggest fallen logs so children can play in and on the trees themselves!
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center has a number of trails and boardwalks through the swamp for exploration and nature viewing. However, the Nature Center itself is what makes this a great place for children.
A large building containing nature displays and animals, kids can learn a great deal about swamps just by exploring the Nature Center itself. Plus, the parking lot has a pond with a large population of resident turtles, so children can even get some wildlife sightings as soon as they’re out of the car!


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