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traveling to Baton Rouge with kids

Louisiana is a popular tourist destination, and Baton Rouge welcomes thousands of visitors a year as a college town. We are often asked “is Baton Rouge kid friendly,” and “what should I do if I travel to Baton Rouge with kids?” The good news is that we have tons of resources for those who travel to Baton Rouge with their family in tow, like the ultimate guide to summer in Baton Rouge and this guide to visiting Baton Rouge with kids. Let Red Stick Mom offer you our tried and true family travel tips, recommendations, and ideas … both for families coming to Baton Rouge and those wanting to get away!

Our Baton Rouge mom writers have been all over the world and are here to recommend easy weekend trips, as well as more extensive vacations to places as unique as Utah! We love sharing family travel tips with Baton Rouge families because we know that it can be overwhelming to plan even a weekend getaway with kids.

Taking the kids to Disney? Here’s what to expect. Maybe you want to travel to Orlando and skip Disney. We share tips for how to do that, too. Or maybe you love Disney and want to take a Disney cruise. Red Stick Mom has been there, done that. Looking for creative road trip ideas from Baton Rouge? We have several family-friendly short distance vacations that are drivable with kids from Baton Rouge.

At Red Stick Mom, we don’t just tell you where to go on vacation but also how to get there and what to expect. We’re not just talking about where to go, we also look at how to get there. Whether you need mom hacks for road trips with kids or advice for flying with a baby, we have you covered.

Some of the most interesting family travel tips are the ideas that Baton Rouge moms have put together for easy road trips nearby. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast or hiking Tunica Hills, we are all about locations that are close to Baton Rouge and won’t break the bank. After all, sometimes the family travel tips we need the most are those ideas that are simple and budget-friendly. 

No matter where your Baton Rouge family decides to vacation next or how long you intend to stay, Red Stick Mom prides itself on sharing digestible and useful family travel tips to make planning your next getaway easy and stress-free!

Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by our wonderful partners at Disney Cruise Line. Welcome, Aboard! When we first heard that Disney Cruise Line would be sending the Disney Wonder to sail out of New Orleans in early 2020, to say we were ecstatic is an understatement. Many have come to know The Walt Disney Company for setting a high standard for their unrivaled dedication to making family experiences purely magical in theme parks around the world. Their fleet of cruise vessels has been no exception to making the "Disney difference" stand out. The Disney Wonder first set sail on her maiden voyage in 1999 and has been a beloved ship of the fleet ever since. We were thrilled to have...

Take the Kid-Free Trip!

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I just got back from a weekend getaway in Houston with my man and wow, did we need it! I didn’t even realize how much we needed it until I was there, having fun, with my guy, acting like a couple of teenagers. Why was it so much fun, you ask? Oh, partly because we left the kids at home.  We LOVE our kids, let me tell you. We’re obsessed with them, actually. But we desperately needed time to focus on each other. Here’s what I learned on this trip: #1 :: No kids means no distractions. A weekend away without kids is a weekend without changing diapers, feeding them, bathing them, dressing them, picking up after them, etc. Sounds like paradise,...
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Sunday Driving

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Family adventures don’t require airfare. Just a tank of gas and an open afternoon are all you need to experience new things with your family. It is not unusual for all four of us (husband, daughter, son and I) to get into our car on a Sunday afternoon, get to the end of our street, sit and ask the age old question: right or left? What started out as a way to just get out of the house and allow our kids to have a change in scenery (bonus points if they happened to take a nap) has become a way for us to find new adventures within driving distance from our house. We might end up in False River,...
A few weeks ago, I was listening to a nationally syndicated country morning show after I dropped the kids off at daycare. They were interviewing an artist, asking him what his road trip necessities were. Listening to their conversation got me thinking. Thinking about family vacations when I was a kid brought out loads of nostalgia. When I was a kid, our summer vacations were always camping trips. We camped a lot in East Texas and those trips are remembered fondly by me and my siblings. Traveling to our destination was half the fun. Our trips included paper maps (gasp!), sandwiches and snacks (see fudge rounds, sunflower seeds and chips) put together by my mom and music picks by my dad....
"Take a deep breath in for four counts, hold it for seven, and exhale for eight." I tried to find my zen in yoga class while also doing the fastest seven-count ever. I admit that I'm pretty bad at relaxing. The entire time I'm supposed to shake off the day, I'm typically running through the events of tomorrow. Still, mentally managing all the curricular and extra-curricular activities of my four kids and busy husband does give this control-freak an odd sense of calm. When our instructor suggests that the class find its happy place, many picture the beach. Toes digging into the sand, the sound of waves gently and consistently ebbing, and the sun like a blanket on the skin...
Disclosure :: this post is sponsored by Coastal Mississippi; however, all opinions are my own as we had a great experience and lots of fun on our trip. Why Your Family Should Visit Coastal Mississippi for a Weekend Getaway Having lived in Southeast Louisiana my entire life, many memories were made on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi ... from camping at Buccaneer State Park and going to the wave pool as a child to attending the many shows and concerts at the local casinos as an adult. So when the opportunity arose for us to take a weekend trip to the coast, I couldn't wait to relive some of those memories as well as create new ones with my own family. When I...
Here you are, packed and ready for a family trip to Disney. Fast passes are arranged, dining is reserved, you’ve prepped snacks with care. You arrive to the parks with hope and excitement then ... the clouds gather and it starts to RAIN. Panic sets in as you frantically search for the dollar store ponchos EVERY Disney blogger told you to pack. And because you were ready to be fully prepared for any scenario, you packed them. Wishfully thinking, no doubt, that there would be no reason for them. Girl. Of COURSE, you were going to need them. Rain in that part of Florida is a part of the forecast for at least 2 minutes EVERY day. And if you’re lucky,...

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