Pregnancy is a magical time in your life, but it can also be stressful and tiring. From the planning process to visits to the doctor, you might feel like you seldom have a few minutes for yourself or quality time with your sweetie. Take a few days off to get away form it all with a babymoon in Louisiana. Book a Louisiana vacation rental in a small town to enjoy Southern charm and local attractions, or opt for an exciting bungalow in New Orleans. Consider these six destinations in Louisiana for your upcoming babymoon.

1. New Orleans

Explore the softer side of New Orleans during your babymoon in this iconic city. Start each morning at a table for two at Cafe du Monde, eating beignets and sipping a cup of hot, rich decaf coffee as you plan out the day’s activities. Enjoy the street performers and jazz musicians that perform in and around the Jackson Square area as you stroll hand-in-hand. If you have the energy, continue on to the Garden District to see the amazing historic homes. Unwind with a spa day at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Spa and enjoy a massage, facial, or other body treatment. Chef John Besh makes you a romantic French meal at August where you can spend hours talking about the future at a tucked away table.

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2. Lake Charles

Lake Charles is all about unwinding and relaxing while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Rent a boat from Lake Area Adventures for a day out on the water, soaking up the sun or fishing quietly side-by-side just enjoying being together. Creole Nature Trail is the best place for an afternoon stroll especially if one of you is a bird lover. This nature area features more than 400 species of birds living in the area. Don’t forget to stop by the Creole Nature Trail Visitors Center to pick up a map and learn about the local ecosystem. Dress up for an evening at the L’Auberge Casino where you can throw a few coins in the slot machine or play one of the table games. For a romantic meal, La Truffe Sauvage offers French food with a Louisiana flair.

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3. New Iberia

Feel your tension melt away and your inner time clock begins to slow down as you arrive at your vacation rental in New Iberia. Learn more about what life is like on the bayou when you take a tour of the Bayou Teche Museum. For a day trip, go over to Avery Island, home to the Tabasco plant. If you arrive in the spring Jungle Gardens on Avery Island is in full bloom with a riot of colors and fragrance from the flowers and blooming plants. It’s the perfect place to stroll and navigate the many walking paths. After meandering around the downtown area, stop by Duffy’s Diner and grab some burgers to go. The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and green space around are an ideal place for a romantic picnic.

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4. Shreveport

Enjoy all the beautiful and historic architecture in Shreveport during your babymoon. For a romantic evening out, book tickets for a music concert at the at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum or check out available events at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium. You have to take time to stop and smell the roses at the American Rose Society. This unique attraction offers 20,000 rosebushes, decorative sculptures and fountains, and more than 60 rose gardens spread out over 115 acres. Spend an afternoon on the water with Spirit of the Red River Cruise. This company takes groups of no more than 35 people out on the water to see the wildlife and learn more about the local ecosystem. Bella Fresca is a romantic hot spot with a global menu so you’re sure to find something new to try.

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5. Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the state’s capital and worth consideration for your babymoon. Spice up your love life and menu when you take a cooking class together at Red Stick Spice Company. You choose between watching a cooking demonstration and a hands-on lesson. No matter the time of day, you can cuddle together and enjoy some stargazing at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum’s planetarium show. For an evening out, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra offers several concert series throughout the year, and start the evening with a meal at the Mansurs on the Boulevard with its upscale menu and intimate setting.

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6. Lafayette

Known as the heart of Cajun country, Lafayette is a great place for a kickin’ good time on your babymoon. Hop aboard a minibus for your chance to indulge any spicy cravings you have on the Cajun Food Tours. This tour includes stops at six of the area’s best restaurants to get your fill of Cajun cooking. To cool off, stop by Borden’s Ice Cream for a cone or a sundae with hot fudge. Step back in time a take a tour of the Joseph Jefferson mansion that was built in the 1870s. Joseph Jefferson was the author of “Rip Van Winkle.” Meander through the gardens at the home and settle under one of the trees for shade and rest when you’re feet get tired. Start tapping your toes early in the day at Cafe de Amis that offers live music to enjoy with your hearty breakfast.

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