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Louisiana is another place in the U.S. that offers a unique culture to explore. Start with the utterly one-of-a-kind New Orleans, which has some top family attractions such as the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, and Insectarium. In the French Quarter, just strolling around is fun, treating the family to sweeets such as beignets, and perhaps watching some musicians perform in the street. History buffs can delve into centuries of New Orlean's fascinating past, and even the most casual visitor can enjoy the unique architecture and ambiance.
Then take a side trip west to "Acadiana", or Cajun Country, which has its own fascinating history as French Louisiana, plus wonderful music, and great local dishes. It's easy to pick up some local history at several kid-friendly museums which recreate Acadian village life. Meanwhile, music fans can satisfy some cravings in Acadiana. And any visiting family should be sure to do a swamp tour of some sort.
When to Visit
Visitors may want to avoid the hottest summer months. April and October are prime, with comfortable temperatures and a flurry of festivals. Festivals and music are a big part of life in Louisiana, and families can jump right into the fun -- for example, at Shreveport's Mudbug Madness, with crawfish-eating contests and great music. Even the giant New Orleans Jazzfest welcomes kids, and even the biggest festival of them all --Mardi Gras in New Orleans --can be a good event for family travelers if you select the right parades and locale. Christmas is another top time to visit, with unique celebrations -- such as Christmas Eve bonfires along the Mississippi River -- to enjoy.