Baton Rouge is known for being the home of the LSU Tigers and Louisiana’s State Capitol. However, there is a lot of fun to be found here! Here is a list of 25 things to do in Baton Rouge.
Myrtle’s Plantation – About an hour’s drive from Baton Rouge in St. Francisville, Myrtle’s Plantation is known as one of the country’s most haunted plantations. Tours are given daily, but if you are up for the challenge you can do the night time tour or even spend the night!
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center – This BREC park is a 103 acre facility dedicated to conservation, education, recreation and tourism. There is a 9500 sq foot building with live animals and exhibits. There are also boardwalks and trails through the cypress-tupelo swamp, beech-magnolia, and hardwood forest.
Louisiana Art and Science Museum – The museum offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. From art galleries showcasing fine art exhibitions to the interactive art and science galleries designed just for children, LASM is great for the whole family. On the first Sunday of every month, LASM offers free admission to the children’s galleries.
LSU Museum of Natural Science – Learn about science and Louisiana at this museum located on LSU’s campus. Featuring exhibits about Louisiana’s past, Mike the Tiger, and the Native Americans that called Louisiana home.
Rural Life Museum – Take a step back in time to the 18th and 19th centuries to see how people in Louisiana lived.
Baton Rouge Zoo – Geaux wild and connect with animals from all over the world like tigers, bears, alligators and more!
Hilltop Arboretum – Fourteen acres showcasing Louisiana native trees and shrubs. The Hilltop Arboretum is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk and offers free admission.
Blue Bayou and Dixie Landing – Open seasonally during the summer months, Blue Bayou and Dixie Landing offer fun for all ages. Dixie Landing is home to 29 rides, including four roller coasters and Blue Bayou is home to over 20 water attractions.
Magnolia Mound Plantation – This plantation is a rare survivor of the vernacular architecture influenced by early settlers from France and the West Indies. The main house built in 1791 and surrounding buildings are open for tours.
State Capitol Building – Built in 1932, it is the tallest capitol building in the US. There is an observation deck on the 27th floor overlooks the city of Baton Rouge. The capitol building and observation deck are free to the public and open daily for tours.
Old Governor’s Mansion – Visit and learn about the Louisiana governors who lived here from 1887 – 1929. Tours are offered Tuesday – Friday from 10 am – 4 pm.
St. Francisville – Located just north of Baton Rouge, St. Francisville is home to a great historic district, six plantations and more. It’s a great place to spend a day or a weekend.
USS Kidd – Located in downtown Baton Rouge, the USS Kidd is a Fletcher-class destroyer and is also known as the “Pirate of the Pacific”. You can walk the decks and explore the USS Kidd Tuesday- Sunday from 9am – 5pm.
Highland Road Park Observatory – Located on the south side of BREC’s Highland Park, the observatory offers lectures, children’s programs, evening sky viewing and more.
Old State Capitol – This 160 old building houses the Old State Capitol Museum of Political History and is open to the public free of charge Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am – 4pm.
Sherwood Forest Indoor Playground – Located in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, this park houses an indoor walking track, fitness facility and virtual playground.
Old Arsenal Museum – Located on the grounds of the state capitol the museum built in 1838 used to be a federal military post. Tours of the site are given Tuesday – Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
LSU Campus – Home of the LSU Tigers! Visit the historic Indian Mounds, Mike the Tiger, Death Valley and more.
Downtown Baton Rouge – Take a stroll through downtown and see the Mississippi River, shop, and play.
Ice Skating – Leo’s Iceland has an Olympic sized ice rink and offers lessons and hockey seasonally. The Baton Rouge River Center offers Ice Skating on the River for two weeks during the holiday season, opening December 19th.
Red Stick Farmer’s Market – Open Thursdays from 8 am – noon at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and Saturdays from 8 am – noon in downtown Baton Rouge (5th and Main Streets) the market features food from locally owned farms and food businesses.
Old Hickory Railroad – Take a trip back in time on a steam locomotive through the town of Jackson, La.
LSU Museum of Natural History – Explore the history of Louisiana at this museum located on the LSU campus.