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With a population of only 3,409, Ethel, Louisiana may pack the most fun per person than anywhere else!

Nestled in East Feliciana Parish, Ethel's claim to fame is being home to blues singer and musician Jimmy Dotson. They're also one heck of a town to visit. It's a short drive from most of south Louisiana and a fun weekend for the rest of the state.

So, what does Ethel have that's worth the price of gas right now? They boast the longest zip line in all of Louisiana. Magnolia Ridge Adventure Park, a part of the Barn Hill Preserve, which opened back in 2020 and is already making a name for itself as a destination. In addition to ziplining, you can test your mettle on bridge crossings and climbing towers. As someone who is afraid of heights, I might need to wear an adult diaper to participate!

If you prefer your R&R at a slower pace, you can also enjoy an exotic animal experience at Barn Hill Preserve. That's the place you've probably heard of where you can swim with otters, meet a two-toed sloth, see giraffes, and more!

Add in Ethel's small-town southern hospitality, Louisiana's world-famous food, and a stay at one of these charming area Airbnb offerings, and you have the makings of an experience you and your family will treasure for a lifetime!

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