Louisiana Water Parks and Theme Parks

Where to Find Fun in the State

Blue Bayou water slide in Louisiana
••• Blue Bayou is one of the water parks in Louisiana. Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin'

There are a few places to ride roller coasters and water slides in Louisiana, which are listed below. But there used to be some wonderful amusement parks in the state, which, sadly, have been lost to the sands of time. New Orleans used to host quite a few, including White City, which boasted three coasters and closed in 1912, West End Park, which had two coasters and closed in 1903, and Scenic Park, which offered one coaster and closed in 1914.

Perhaps the most famous (and surely enduring) park, for which older folks hold fond memories is Pontchartrain Beach. It entertained visitors from 1939 until it closed in 1983. The city didn't have a major amusement park again until 2000 when Jazzland opened. Among its coasters was Mega Zeph, which was a tribute to Pontchartrain Beach's famous ride, the Zephyr. The park was bought by Six Flags, which renamed it Six Flags New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage to the park in 2005, and it never reopened.

Operating Water Parks

Blue Bayou
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The good-sized outdoor water park includes Azuka, a funnel ride, Voodoo, a bowl ride, the speed slides, Lafitte's Plunge, a wave pool, a lazy river, and a large children's interactive play area. it is part of Dixie Landin' amusement park (see below), and both parks are included in admission.
Affiliated theme park: Dixie Landin'

SPAR Sulphur Waterpark
Sulphur, Louisiana

The small, municipal outdoor water park includes attractions for young children as well as older visitors. Activities include two lazy rivers, two interactive water play areas, and a few slides.

Splash Kingdom Shreveport
Shreveport, Louisiana

The medium-sized outdoor water park offers a wave pool, lazy river, and a number of water slides, including Flash Flood, Bonzai, and Cannon Ball.

There are also areas for young children, a lagoon, and sand volleyball.

Operating Theme Parks

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
New Orleans, Louisiana

Located in City Park, the downtown recreation area includes a lovely old carousel, Ferris wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl and other rides.

Dixie Landin'
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The medium-sized amusement park, includes Ragin' Cajun, a boomerang steel coaster, Hot Shot, a drop tower ride, and The Splinter, a log flume ride. One price includes admission to the Blue Bayou waterpark (see above).

Storyland
New Orleans, Louisiana

​Also located in City Park, the charming park features s geared to families with young children. it features storybook dioramas such as the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Pinocchio.

Parks in Other States

Magic Springs
Hot Springs, Arkansas

SplashTown
Spring (near Houston), Texas

Schlitterbahn
New Braunfels, Texas

SeaWorld San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
San Antonio, Texas