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Key Info

10503 N Oak Hills Pkwy.

Price & Hours

$3 for adults 18-64; $2 for youths 3-17; free for children 2 and younger
Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun noon-5 p.m.

Details

Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Calling all nature lovers! While in Baton Rouge, you may want to plan a trip to the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, a 103-acre facility that boasts more than a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks that connect a variety of habitats, including a cypress-tupelo swamp, beech-magnolia and hardwood forests. Among the wildlife that call the area home are hundreds of bird species, snakes, turtles, racoons, opossums and more. For even more animal viewing, head to the 9,500-square-foot exhibit building, which is filled with live animal displays, photos and other artifacts related to the center's flora and fauna, such as feathers, pelts and skulls.

Past visitors said this was a great place to bring young children thanks to a helpful staff eager to answer any questions. Reviewers reported seeing plenty of snakes and turtles and recommended visiting the exhibit building displays for a dose of air conditioning and more small animal exhibits. Travelers also described the center as being well-maintained.

The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is located about 10 miles southeast of downtown Baton Rouge. It welcomes visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission costs $3 for adults 18 to 64, $2 for youths ages 3 to 17 and is free for children 2 and younger. Discounts are available for seniors and college students. For more information, visit the center's official website.

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