Baton Rouge is known for being the home of The Human Jukebox, LSU Tigers, and Louisiana’s State Capitol. However, there is a lot of fun to be found here!
The city boasts everything from incredible hiking and gorgeous nature preserves to unusual sights—and some great food. If you’re looking for a summer vacation, or even if you’re a local looking for a few new weekend haunts, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find so many new things to do in Baton Rouge that you might just have to plan another trip back next year.
Sights & Activities
If you’re planning things to do in Baton Rouge, your first question should probably be: What should I see? First off, you’ll almost certainly want to admire the city’s architectural feats, from religious buildings to Baton Rouge’s public library.
Start off by taking a tour of Louisiana State Capitol, Louisiana is home to the tallest state capitol in the U.S., at 450 feet and 34 floors. On the 27th floor is an observation deck that you can visit for FREE! It provides an amazing view of the 10.5 acres Capitol Park, downtown Baton Rouge, and the Mississippi River. Don’t forget your camera for this view.
On a clear day, you really can see a lot of Louisiana from the top of the Capitol Tower! French guided tours, as well as a walking tour of the State Capitol grounds, are available.
Restaurants & Bars
You can’t plan things to do in Baton Rouge without planning for a few good meals. You’ve seen the sights around town, and now it’s chow-time.
The Chimes Since 1983, The Chimes has been home to some tasty bites. It’s no wonder the place is always packed. If you’re looking for some good old south Louisiana appetizers, look no further. At the Chimes East and Highland locations, you can chomp down on gator—fried or blackened—crabmeat-stuffed mushrooms, hush puppies and more. Don’t miss out on the raw oysters on the half shell, either. thechimes.com
Ambrosia Bakery What is better way there to enjoy the warmer months than a cool, refreshing strawberry cake? Ambrosia’s version takes the cake. It is the bakery’s specialty; it’s even trademarked. It features four layers of yellow cake with Ambrosia’s famous fresh strawberry filling between each layer, and you don’t even have to leave the house to try one. Ambrosia will gladly ship this delicious specialty to you or to your out-of-state friends. The bakery also makes tons of other goods, from king cakes to pound cakes to cake balls, and there’s even a deli section that serves sandwiches and burgers. ambrosiabakery.com
City Pork Deli & Charcuterie City Pork barbecue sauce is the stuff of legend. Nowhere is that more evident than at its Hollydale Avenue location, which serves up a fan favorite, a mouthwatering barbecue sandwich like no other: smoked pork shoulder with Carolina-style sauce and coleslaw on brioche. It’s aptly named the Big Pig. citypork.com/deli-and-charcuterie
Mason’s Grill Saturdays and Sundays are all about brunch, and we all know what the best part of any brunch is: bottomless beverages. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, you can enjoy Mason’s Grill’s bottomless Champagne for $4.50 with the purchase of an entree. Or for $10 build your own Bloody Mason, the restaurant’s famous drink that’s gotten the attention of national publications such as People and USA Today. Pair your drinks with a breakfast burger, featuring a homemade sausage patty, or spice things up with a seafood omelet: three fluffy eggs stuffed with sauteed shrimp and topped with lump crabmeat. masonsgrill.com
Tony’s Seafood Is there anything better than a big boiling pot of these little mudbugs? Tony’s Seafood serves up some of the best crawfish around. You can get them boiled, live, stuffed in a pie or just the heads or tails. Buy them boiled by the pound, find a picnic table under a shady oak tree and go to town. tonyseafood.com
The Great Outdoors
Plenty of people come to Louisiana to experience Baton Rouge outdoors. And why not? The state boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the nation. Those looking to traverse wild unknowns will have more than enough ground to travel inside Baton Rouge. Some of the best things to do in Baton Rouge are in the great outdoors.
Undoubtedly, when you think of things to do in Louisiana you think about the swamps, but there’s more to explore in the way of natural wonders in the city.
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.
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.
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