Keep cool at Blue Bayou theme park

Published 11:09 pm Tuesday, July 29, 2008

BATON ROUGE — As the temperatures continue to rise, Blue Bayou and Dixie Landing theme park in Baton Rouge offer a great way to keep cool.

“It’s a great place to beat the heat,” said Liz Harrison, director of marketing and entertainment for the park.

The water park has more the 20 rides, including the Azuka, the Voodoo, the Racers and the Conja’, which are the most popular.

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“We have an advertising campaign called Land of the Giants because all of those are the biggest in the world,” Harrison said.

However, the park offers more than just thrill rides.

“There’s something for all ages — things that they can do as a family,” Harrison said.

Pirates Cove is a water play area for children under four feet tall, and is very popular with kids, Harrison said. The Hurricane Bay wave pool also offers family fun with three to four foot waves.

Admission to Blue Bayou includes admission to Dixie Landing Theme Park, which offers several thrill rides that won’t leave you dripping. The roller coasters are by far the most popular rides, Harrison said. Especially, the Extem and the Ragin Cajun.

Like, Blue Bayou, Dixie Landing has several rides that appeal to non-thrill seekers, like the 90 feet Ferris Wheel and the Grand Carousel.

On Saturday nights, you can top off the day with a nationally know musical act. The park’s summer concert series, which has brought in artist including Craig Morgan and Good Charlotte, has been very successful, Harrison said. Good Charlotte, who performed with Boys Like Girls, Metro Station and the Maine, brought a huge crowd, she said.

Vanessa Hudgens, one of the stars of Disney’s High School Musical, performs Saturday and should be very popular with younger children, she said.

General admission to the concert is included with the park tickets, but reserved seating can be purchased for $25.

No outside food or drinks are allowed in the park, but they do offer a variety of food choices, serving every thing from chicken to tacos to turkey legs, Harrison said. Guests can expect to spend around $7 a person on food.

Admission to both parks is $34.95 for people over 4 feet tall, $27.95 senior or those under 4 feet tall, and free for those under 3 feet tall.

However, if you want to extend your park visit into a second day, you can have your ticket validated and get a second day in the park for free.

The parks are located at 18142 Perkins Road, near I-10 and Highland Road and are open every day through Aug. 6, and will then be open Saturday and Sunday’s through and including Labor Day.

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