15 Best Things to Do in Baton Rouge

15 Best Things to Do in Baton Rouge

The state capital of good old Louisiana- Battle Rouge is one of the top places to check out if you want to experience a cool, interesting, and historically significant vacation.

The beautiful views of the Mississipi river combined with the various cultural aspects of Baten Rouge and the different museums indeed make this a good destination.

These are the top 15 things to do in Baton Rouge-

Visit the Old State Capitol of Louisiana

Old State Capitol of Louisiana
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Want to start this trip by looking at the most gorgeous building in Louisiana?

Well, here in Baton Rouge- there is a building that makes everyone stare at it. But, we are not quite sure if we should call it a building for it looks more like a castle when we click pictures! Welcome to the old State Capitol of Louisiana.

Constructed in the Gothic-Revival style, the old State Capitol brings in crows every day. It started functioning as a government body in 1847. But, it faced a gruesome event when it was burned beyond repair in 1882.

After several tries and renovations- the building was re-built in 1932. There is even a museum built that contains a lot of displays on some important political aspects of Baton Rouge.

Visit the Louisiana State University campus

Louisiana State University campus
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The Louisiana State University did not always use to be in Baton Rouge. When it was first set up- its location was Alexandria. But, then after a change of plans, it made its place here in Baton Rouge, and here you are now- seeing the Louisiana State University campus.

There are a lot of sights to see here inside the Louisiana State University campus/ The Natural Science Museum and the Rural Museum are some of them.

Also, the world-famous stadium that is also the home of the university football team is here that we shall be checking out later. The grounds are a fun place to look around and hang out at.

Appreciate the LSU Museum of Art

LSU Museum of Art is no doubt one of the best places to spend an evening here in Baton Rouge.

If you feel like you want to go see some beautiful art- the LSU Museum of Art is the right place to head over to. And, the best part is that there is not one, but fourteen galleries spread across the LSU Museum of Art.

The ceilings are almost 15 feet in height and are gorgeous to look at. The interiors are mesmerizing.

They are something that will make you go, ‘Wow.’ Also, the paintings and the art collection that are hung up on the walls are quite blissful to look at.

Check out the present State Capitol

State Capitol
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If you are done with the old State Capitol Building of Louisiana, we have the new one for you. And, it is more gorgeous than the original one.

Well, it is not remarkable in terms of unique design or architecture. But, the building itself is huge.

There is no State Capitol in the States that is as tall as this one. Also, this is the tallest building in all of the state of Louisiana itself!

It has almost 34 floors, and it stands at a mighty height of more than 450 feet!

Being the house of the Senate as well as the Representatives of the state of Louisiana- the new State Capitol building houses the governors too.

This is a National Historic Landmark and has also had its name among the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Take a trip to Old Governor's Mansion

Old Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge
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If you have already seen the Old State Capitol, you might have even glanced once at the Old Governor’s Mansion. Even if you haven’t- don’t worry, we will be letting you know about it now.

The Old Governor’s Mansion is one of the most gorgeous architectural pieces in Baton Rouge. It originally used to be the home of the governor- Huey P. Long back in the 1930s, but now- it falls under the infamous National Register of Historic Places.

Did you know when it was built- the architects only had the White House in mind? Yes, many people even comment on their resemblances.

Nine governors have lived in this mansion. And, now it is open to the public as well. Tours are allowed, but those will be led by an expert guide who will show you everything along with telling some of the unknown stories!

Learn new things at Louisiana State Museum

Wanna know everything there is to know about Louisiana? Well, you might just need to head over to Louisiana State Museum.

The Louisiana State Museum is not just one museum- but, it is the collection of 9 museums in total! So, learning about Louisiana becomes a bit too easy if there are 9 museums to show you, isn’t it?

The culture, people, industrial growth, early settlers, history- everything can be found in these museums. Experiencing Louisiana and Grounds for Greatness are the main displays that can be found here.

Another aspect that has been presented quite significantly is the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953. You can even get to know about the different industries like sugarcane and oil that grew up here.

Get to know about different cultures at LSU Rural Life Museum

LSU Rural Life Museum
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Louisiana has seen a lot of ups and downs- both in politics and cultures. It has seen a lot of powers rise and fall. It did not always use to be such an industrially rich state.

So, how was Louisiana like back in the old days? If you feel like you want to know more about the old state, we should just make you go to LSU Rural Life Museum.

In the LSU Rural Life Museum- there is everything about who ruled Louisiana and how it was like throughout the different decades.

You can see out for the Working Plantation where you learn about the past. Also, some old structures have been reconstructed as a replica for tourists. So, enjoy there for an evening!

Catch a game at LSU Tiger Stadium

Tiger stadium at LSU
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We have already taken a look around the campus of the iconic university, and we talked about the infamous LSU Tiger Stadium. Now, it is time to pay a quick visit to the LSU Tiger Stadium.

Being the home turf of the Louisiana State University Tigers- the stadium has quite a deadly reputation for delivering some of the best as well as chaotic matches.

The nickname “Death Valley” probably says a lot of the gruesome matches that are played here!

After a lot of renovations- it falls under the top 10 football stadiums in the entire world. It has a capacity of holding more than 102,321 people.

Check out Mike the Tiger Habitat

Mike in its natural habitat
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Do you have any idea who the mascot of the Louisiana State University is? Well, you might have guessed by the name. Yes, it is Mike the Tiger.

We shall be going over to his residence for a bit now. The first tiger who became the mascot was known as Mike I. But, he is no longer with us, and the new Mike now lives here lavishly.

The space is huge comprising 15,000 square feet of area. Did you know there is even a waterfall inside the habitat to make Mike happy and busy? There is even a stream inside where Mike goes in for a swim if he wants to.

Shop a bit at Red Stick Farmers Markets

Are you looking for a bit of shopping after you are done with the local sightseeing? Well, we might have a good option for you to shop a bit and get to experience the local culture at the same time.

If you are here on Thursday or Saturday- you shall be able to pay a visit to the Red Stick Farmers Markets.

There are a lot of things you can check out here. For example, the food is fresh. The vegetables sold here are organic and grown by the farmers themselves.

You also get to eat a lot of local home-made goodies too. The vegetable changes seasonally and the best part is that you get the freshest stuff!

Take a break at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
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If you want to take a casual break from all the sightseeing, you can do so by surrounding yourself in the natural greens. And, we even have a perfect place just in mind for you!

The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a perfect visual treat that will make you feel better in no time at all.

Not only is the place filled with swamps, but you can also see a lot of wild animals here. Armadillos, otters, deer, coyotes, and even foxes can be seen in this huge space of almost 103 acres of land.

They host exhibits and events every-year where you can see the animals and plants and get to know more about them too.

If you are visiting in the winter, you can get your eyes on a lot of migratory birds too.

Check out the local food

Louisiana is well known for its sizzling dishes. And, the best part about the great food of the state is that it conducts a lot of food tours.

There are a lot of companies who offer this service of taking you to the restaurant area to explore all the best dishes.

It is more like a walking tour and the best place to start exploring is the downtown area that is lined by food chains and restaurants.

You not only get to taste the local delicacies, but the guides will also describe the story behind it and history if there is any.

Some of the mention-worthy dishes that you must try if you are doing this on your own are- Beef PO-boy of Poor Boy Lloyd, crab and corn Brie bisque of Strobes. Do try the muffuletta of Lobby Café.

Visit the Magnolia Mound Plantation

Magnolia Mound Plantation
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The Magnolia Mound Plantation is yet another beautiful property here in Baton Rouge. But, its style tells stories from Europe. Let us get a better knowledge of Magnolia Mound Plantation.

You cannot find any finer example of French architecture anywhere else in Baton Rouge.

Built back in 1791, it was originally meant to be a cottage, but the project came out to be a French Creole house. The views are splendid, and you can see the waters of the Mississipi river rushing by.

The house also has its name on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The plantation along with the design of the house and the architecture makes everyone attracted towards it.

Take a stroll around Downtown Baton Rouge

Downtown Baton Rouge
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If you want to get a true taste of Baton Rouge, you should probably check out their downtown area. The downtown of any city is generally the hub of their entertainment. And, it is the same in the case of Baton Rouge.

The fact that the lovely Mississipi flows by it- makes things even better. This is a hip location that remains crowded with people.

If you are hungry- you can always get into one of the many restaurants that are lined along the street. There are a lot of shops here too. The downtown is the hub for all kinds of culture and entertainment.

It is one of the best places to spend an evening at.

Have some pizza at Fleur de Lis Pizza

Fleur de Lis Pizza in Baton Rouge
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Who doesn’t like pizza after a long day of sightseeing? So, we are here to take you to a traditional pizza shop that makes pizzas with their everything.

However, the best thing about this restaurant is that it solely focuses on making pizzas, and they do their very best instead of aspiring to increase their menu every day.

The pizzas of Fleur de Lis Pizza can be traditional or modern depending on what you order.

You can enjoy the delicious smell of cheese from a traditional Roman Pizza, or you can order some new toppings on a gluten-free pizza! The choice is entirely yours, and no matter what you end up ordering- it is the best!

Unfortunately- this is the end of the beautiful trip. We hope you have a good time in Baton Rouge.