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Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

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Bird Watching, Hiking Trails, Healthy/Active, Adventurous, Touristy, Green
10503 North Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA
URL: Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center...  Phone: 225-757-8905

Activity Overview

Bluebonnet is a 102.75 acre nature center that's just off Interstate I-10 and Bluebonnet Road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is very close to Mayfair Park and the Mall of Louisiana - the central location of the park makes it accessible for visitors looking for a day trip and want to see nature within a short period of time.

Things to Do

  • Hike along the paths to see the swamp within the compound. There is over a mile of gravel and boardwalk paths that you can choose from, although the more scenic routes involve walking around the boardwalks.
  • Bird watch or view the wildlife within the area - there are wild turtles, numerous birds, and other critters.
  • Know more about the animals that live there at the visitor center/education center. You can touch some of the exhibits and see snakes and other live exhibits.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Insider Tips

  • The park has a no pet policy except on certain days, so you can't bring your dog for a walk or to explore with you. Best to check their website to see which days they are open to pets.
  • The park is normally closed on Mondays. Best to go in the early morning (as soon as the park opens) or later in the afternoon (an hour or two before the park closes) to avoid the Louisiana heat during summer.
  • There are numerous events/seasonal activities hosted by the park for various ages. Best to check the park's website or Facebook page for their calendar of events and see if your trip coincides with one of them.
  • Bring your camera! There are plenty of picture worthy spots - you might also get up close with one of the wildlife and would be an excellent souvenir for your trip.

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