Without a doubt, one of my favorite things to do is take my children to the Baton Rouge zoo. Above is a more recent picture of the kids looking at the giraffes. My daughter just loves the giraffes. On one of our first trips there we rode the train for first time. The kids liked it but Haley said it was loud. My wife and I usually get the family membership that the zoo offers for about $35.oo per year. This enables us to go as many times as we want during the year for a one time fee. You must present a picture ID when you use the card to prevent fraudulent use of the zoo pass card as it is sent to you in the mail. I guess people will even try to scam the zoo these days. Anyway, we've found it to be a great value for our family. If you live in the Baton Rouge area and have kids, I recommend the zoo annual membership program for sure.
Below is a picture of me and the kids as we get ready to ride the zoo train. You can really tell that my daughter has grown up a lot since this train ride.
There is a brand new Tiger exhibit at the zoo and new rest rooms and other renovations under way. There is an aquarium and reptile exhibit towards the back of the zoo. It's excellent and showcases many of the fish native to Louisiana's fresh and salt waters. A bonus of touring this building is that it has cool air conditioning to take a break from the heat outside on this hot summer day.