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Hey, now you can learn about local weather conditions and also stay in touch with family and friends while enjoying the great outdoors -- at least in four Louisiana State Parks. In a pilot program, the parks group is offering free wireless Internet access to overnight visitors at the following: 

**Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego: group camp and campsites

**Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville: campsites

**Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville: campsites

**Poverty Point Reservoir State Park in Delhi: cabins, lodges and campsites

State Parks guests who have a laptop with a wireless card should detect the signal automatically. 

Technical support for the wireless service is not available at these Sites. 


Visit www.crt.state.la.us/parks.

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If you're headed across Louisiana with the kids in the car, you might plan a break at the newly expanded Lake Charles Children's Museum, 327 Broad St. It's 7,000 square feet of fun. Best of all, admission is only $5 per person.
Kids will love the new Karaoke Room. Plus the museum's second floor is filled with new science exhibits and activities, including the Bubble Factory, Momentum Machine, Pressure Zone, and RGB Room.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact 337-433-9420 or www.child-museum.org.

Plantation Mansions Dot St. Francisville

Quaint St. Francisville, LA, is home to eight historic plantations, some with palatial mansions, others with magnificent gardens. One home, the Myrtles, has been featured on many national television programs. It's considered among the most haunted homes in America.

Other plantation mansion are famed for their association with famous people, including John Audubon, the painter of birds, and General (later President) Andrew Jackson.

St. Francisville today still charms. Several of the plantation mansions operate as bed-and-breakfast inns. Freelance writer and journalist Lorry Heverly, based in Baton Rouge, unveils the "ins" and "outs" of what's to see and do at the plantation homes of St. Francisville.
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Rollin' On the River -- the Red that is!

The twin cities of Shreveport and Bossier City boast a lot of attractions for visitors traveling to or through northern Louisiana.

What's up for 2007? Science is fun at the new Sci-Port Discovery Center. Year-round there's a fun Mardi Gras Museum to explore. And whether you like your activities quiet and reflective or rough and tumble, the region offers something for all.

So come inside as we explore tourism opportunities along the the Red River.
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It's Free, It's Fun: Shreveport Trolley Tour

If you're in Shreveport, LA, the third Thursday of the month, head for Artspace on Texas Street. There you may board the free Trolley Tour of downtown. Several trolleys make continual 20-minute loops to points of interest around the city.

You can get on and off at will. Most importantly for families or larger groups, the ride and tour are free on this one evening. Plus, the attractions along the way also offer free admission during the "third Thursday" evening tours.

So come along. Clang, clang, clang.....
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10 Fun Things To See and Do in Baton Rouge!

Nowhere do politics and tourism meld quite the way they do in Louisiana's capital city, Baton Rouge (meaning "red stick" in French). Thanks to former Governor Huey P. Long's reputation, the city has fascinating sites and real-life tale of intrigue to fascinate visitors. From savory cajun cuisine to eco-adventure, from the Old Governor's Mansion (a scaled down version of The White House) to Hollywood movie making action, come along for our "Top 10 List of Fun Things to See and Do in Baton Rouge.
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