One hour from New Orleans, Splendor Farms sits on 75 acres near the Bogue Chitto River. The working farm houses goats, horses, chickens, and a miniature-long-haired-dachshund kennel; guests can gather eggs and pick vegetables from the garden or just relax by the pool. Each of the bed and breakfast’s rooms has a private entrance and its own personality—the Ponderosa room has a distinct cowboy theme, with Western prints on the walls and an equestrian quilt, whereas La Louisiane is more romantic, with flowers and candles scattered around the room.
Every morning, you’ll wake up to a farm-hearty breakfast, with eggs, grits, and bacon making regular appearances on the menu. After eating your fill, head outside to visit the farm’s petting zoo, which has friendly miniature horses, alpacas, and burros. In nearby Covington, five-star restaurants abound, as do art galleries, bookstores, and boutiques.
Years from now, the whole world will be lit by black lights and people will battle for the last slice of pizza with laser gun battles?at least according to Safari Quest Family Fun Center. The futuristic laser-tag arena sprawls over 3,000 square feet, boasting multiple levels for competitors to run, duck, and hide from their opponents with the agility and speed of a frightened cottontail rabbit. On the ropes course, visitors challenge their balance and agility, while in the climbing area, kids make like monkeys as they scale coconut trees. To fuel the revelry, The Watering Hole serves up pizza, salads, and sandwiches.
Folsom Spirits sheds light on paranormal activity during two-hour specter-searching walking tours through a spooky, 12-acre tree farm (a $17 value for adults, a $7 value for children ages 8–13). Tours kick off at 8 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday, when attendees congregate around the campfire for a debriefing on the property’s paranormal happenings and a bongo-led round of “Kumbaya.” Guides then lead groups of up to 25 people by lantern into tunneling groves of oak and crepe myrtle trees to witness apparitions and orbs, believed to be either the energy of spirits who have passed on or a sign of the imminent arrival of King Hamlet. Folsom Spirits encourages guests to bring cameras to capture proof for doubtful friends throughout the journey, which generally lasts about two hours but may go longer depending on the group.
Within the springy confines of Space Walk’s Vertical Rush, tykes ricochet like excited electrons across tunnels, slides, and climbing walls. The springy obstacle course is one of hundreds housed inside Space Walk of Greater New Orleans’ 43,000-square-foot facility. Though those bounce houses typically measure 15’x15’, the facility can supply revelers with inflatables that measure up to 23-feet tall.
To ensure safe gravity defiance, trained bounce experts help parents hone in on an inflatables that suits tykes’ ages, interests and varying Buzz Aldrin impersonations. Additionally, the staff not only delivers and sets up houses, but happily trains party throwers in proper bounce-house technique, along with scrubbing down the houses before and after use.
In a fun twist on traditional campgrounds, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park supplies visitors with amenities and creature comforts such as WiFi and a video arcade. Two swimming pools and two fishing lakes can be found on campus along with playgrounds, a baseball field, and a basketball court. There are 12 types of cabin that come with kitchens, beds, heat, and air conditioning or 374 campsites and RV sites that can accommodate those traveling via saddled wooly mammoth. When not fishing the nearby lakes, families can board a canoe, kayak, or paddleboat for a leisurely float under the sun. After picnicking beneath the trees or relaxing poolside, guests can challenge each other to a game of mini golf or take a tractor-pulled hayride. Onsite laundry facilities ensure clean clothes, and seasonal activities keep kids occupied.